Episodes

How to Take Feedback

Avoid the mistakes novice screenwriters make when receiving feedback.

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Dr. Bill Indick, Author of Psychology for Screenwriters

In this episode, learn:– about the Heroine's Journey– what western's the Mandalorian is based on– what a cowboy's true love really is– how a man on a horse is...

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Where are your great story ideas?

In this episode you will learn the one place you need to look for your best story ideas.

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Will Akers – Screenwriter, Author, Mentor

William M. Akers is a Lifetime Member of the Writers Guild of America and has had three feature films produced from his screenplays. He has written scripts, series television,...

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The Rule of Opposites

The Rule of Opposites is an effective way to help design characters, acts and scenes. Listen to learn all about it.

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Interview with Pinckney Benedict – Author, Screenwriter, Mentor

From teaching me screenwriting in grad school to writing for Francis Ford Coppola to being on the cutting edge of VR, Pinckney has done it all. Listen and learn...

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Pieces of the Puzzle

Listen to find out what Pieces of the Puzzle you should include in your next screenplay!

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Rewriting

The rewriting process hinders many screenwriters because they start rewriting before they finish the first draft and that often results in never finishing it. Don't make that mistake. Listen...

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Bob Saenz Part II – Screenwriter, Author and Mentor

It took almost a year, but we, finally, have part two of the Bob Saenz interview. In it, we talk about the second half of Bob's book, “That's Not...

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Organic Screenwriting

I think it's a good idea for novice screenwriters to develop their screenplay organically. What does that mean, exactly? Listen and find out.

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Andy Silverman – Screenwriter/Producer of Cyst, Producer of Seclusion

Andy Silverman is a screenwriter who specializes in writing and producing low budget features. His latest film “Cyst”,  which he co-wrote and produced, is available on VOD, Amazon Prime,...

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Scenic Polarity

Learn how to apply the chemical and electrical concept of polarity to your screenplay.

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Interview with Dale Pollock – Producer, Author, Professor, Film School Dean and more.

Dale M. Pollock is a film professor, writer and filmmaker with a 22-year career in Los Angeles as an award-winning newspaper reporter and feature film producer, with 13 movies...

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Story vs. Concept

I think this is the biggest mistake novice screenwriters make before they write their screenplays. 

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Interview with Jim Mercurio – Author of “The Craft of Scene Writing”

Jim Mercurio is a filmmaker, writer and author whose screenwriting instruction has inspired tens of thousands of writers around the world. Creative Screenwriting ranked him as one of the...

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Want vs Need

One of the first major decisions I make when starting a new project is figuring out the difference between a protagonist's want and their need. Take a listen and...

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Interview with Jen Grisanti – Story/Career Consultant, Author of StoryLine: Finding Gold in your Life Story

International speaker Jen Grisanti is an acclaimed Story/Career Consultant at Jen Grisanti Consultancy Inc., 13-year Writing Instructor for Writers on the Verge at NBC, and a former 12-year studio...

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Unnecessary Supporting Characters

Too often I read screenplay with unnecessary supporting characters. Well, how do you know if they are necessary or not? Take a listen.

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Joey Tuccio, Founder/CEO of Roadmap Writers

Roadmap Writers is a screenwriting education and training platform for Career Writers looking for a guided path to success. Their programs are hosted by working industry executives and are...

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Audience Manipulation

Many screenwriters don't think about how their story will impact an audience on a scene-by-scene basis. Listen to this podcast to understand how to bring your scenes to life.

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Interview with Christine Conradt – Screenwriter, Producer, Director with over 70 produced screenplays

With more than 70 screenwriting credits, Christine Conradt has been writing for television for almost two decades. Her TV movies have aired on Showtime, Lifetime, Lifetime Movie Network, Hallmark,...

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Interview with Chris Riley – Co-Author of “The Defining Moment – How Writers and Actors Build Characters”

Christopher Riley is a professional screenwriter who co-wrote the award-winning German language courtroom thriller “After the Truth” with his wife, Kathy Riley . The Rileys have written scripts for...

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Emotion Pushes Action

Developing your story from an emotional point-of-view instead of an action first ideology can really help you tell layered, nuanced stories. Listen and find out how Emotion Pushes Action...

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Avoid a Weak Protagonist

Lately, I've seen a lot of screenplay ideas get pitched with weak protagonists. As a result, the odds are that the screenplay is not going to be very good...

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Interview with Tim Albaugh – Screenwriter, Mentor, Teacher and Producer

Tim Albaugh is a writer/producer and a graduate of the UCLA MFA screenwriting program. Tim has taught screenwriting at UCLA, UC Irvine, Hollins University, Pixar Animation Studios, and Walt...

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Cinematic Subtext

Subtext is an important part of storytelling. Most writers to a great job writing subtext in their dialogue but few writers write Cinematic Subtext. Listen to this podcast to...

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SC-8 Bob Saenz – Screenwriter, Author, Mentor – Part 1

An amazing interview with Bob Saenz. It was so good that we are going to have to split into to podcasts with Part 2 coming soon. 

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Designing Scenes

How do you design scenes? What do you think about before you begin writing? Here's a quick look at how I approach writing a scene. 

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Interview with Hal Ackerman – Author of ‘Write Screenplays that Sell – the Ackerman Way”

Hal Ackerman is a screenwriter, published author, and playwright. He taught screenwriting at UCLA for 30 years and was the co-chair of the Screenwriting program for the last 10...

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Designing Antagonists

One of the weakest elements in a novice screenwriters script is a weak antagonist. Learn how to make the antagonist represent so much more than just being the ‘bad...

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How do you know how to write what you know?

I’m sure you’ve all heard that screenwriting adage – write what you know. I heard it in my very first screenwriting class but it took me years to truly...

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Interview with Christopher Vogler, Author of ‘The Writer’s Journey’

Christopher Vogler is a Hollywood development executive, screenwriter, author and educator, best known for working with Disney and his screenwriting guide, ‘The Writer’s Journey: Mythic Structure For Writers.’ He...

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Why does my story run out of steam?

In this short podcast, I answer a question that I’ve been asked 100s of times – Why does my screenplay fizzle out after 20-25 pages? I identify what is...

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Interview with Screenwriter, Professor and Author David Greenberg

David is an accomplished Screenwriter of over 60 screenplays with 15 screenwriting credits on IMDb. David teaches screenwriting at Drexel University and the University of the Arts in Philadelphia....

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