Join professional script consultant Pilar Alessandra as she demystifies screenwriting and answers your questions about script craft and story.
855. Announcement: 2023 Logline Contest
Ready to submit for the annual On the Page logline competition? Pilar explains the rules and gives the deadline.
28/11/2023 • 3 minutes 10 seconds
854. Writing His Way Into a New Life
As he reaches his ten year anniversary of writing, Scotty Mullen returns to share his thoughts on what he’s learned from writing low budget horror, women in peril movies, Christmas movies and so much more. Bottom line: Writing has to be fun!
24/11/2023 • 46 minutes 41 seconds
853. Action and Heart
Writer/Director Lee Whittaker spent years as a stunt man, stunt coordinator and second-unit director before setting out to make a feature film on his own. Hear what he learned from his experience and desire to make a movie with a message.
17/11/2023 • 37 minutes 8 seconds
852. Telling Their Stories
Writer/directors Dave Merlino and Dustin Sweet set out to document the stories of the men who served in the 9th Cavalry Regiment in Vietnam. But what they ended up with was a documentary about the need to talk through trauma. Here they discuss their years-long journey making and distributing Apache Blues: Welcome Home.
10/11/2023 • 36 minutes 50 seconds
851. Creating a Community
From providing a performance space for the UCB in New York to creating writing/acting "Second Draft” evenings in Los Angeles, writer Ellen Ancui continually brings together groups of creatives and builds her own supportive writing community.
03/11/2023 • 45 minutes 10 seconds
850. Crescent Dials In
Writer Crescent Imani Novell won the Nickelodeon Writing Fellowship in 2018 and has been writing on an animated shows like Dreamworks' Fright Krewe, Marvel’s Moon Girl and Mattel's Barbie: It Takes Two. She’s got excellent advice about story, character and dialogue, with a little personal hustle thrown in.
27/10/2023 • 38 minutes 16 seconds
849. Horror Themes
Writer Seth M. Sherwood (Leatherface, Light as a Feather) discusses common horror themes from “screwed by the system” to “man plays God” as written about in his new book, The Scary Movie Writers Guide.
20/10/2023 • 35 minutes 4 seconds
848. Hammer Time
Writer Nick Smith joins Pilar and her husband Pat Francis in a discussion about Hammer Films, the production company that made Dracula, The Curse of Frankenstein, The Mummy and much more!
13/10/2023 • 51 minutes 8 seconds
847. The Strike is Over!
From writers' room minimums to guaranteed second steps, career coach Lee Jessup talks about the “exceptional” gains made by the WGA as a result of the 148-day writers’ strike.
06/10/2023 • 38 minutes 48 seconds
846. All The Things
Writer/director Nico Casavecchia has made award-winning movies and short films with everything from VR to carbon monoxide molecules. Here he discusses his approach to telling story through unconventional mediums and ways to think of AI as a potential creative tool.
29/09/2023 • 39 minutes 15 seconds
845. Calling Himself A Writer
Last time writer/actor Michael-Leon Wooley was on the podcast his script Hey Wait A Minute had just gotten the attention of UTA. Two years later UTA is repping another script, Witch Please, and both have been optioned and packaged by major production companies. His ultimate goal? To write "everyone’s favorite movie."
22/09/2023 • 44 minutes 16 seconds
844. Climate Screenwriting
Leigh Medeiros, co-founder and co-director of the Hollywood Climate Summit’s Pitchfest for Film and TV, talks about how climate screenwriting equals good storytelling and gives “ten reasons why the time is now for screenwriters to help save the planet."
15/09/2023 • 43 minutes 57 seconds
843. The Augustin Empire
Daniel Augustin and Sh’Kia are actors, writers, musicians and spouses. Listen to how they learned production from music, acquired filmmaking skills from auditioning and started writing directing and starring in their own projects to keep it all alive.
08/09/2023 • 53 minutes 57 seconds
842. Storytelling for Docuseries and Reality
Producers Trishtan Williams and KC Chan Haimes describe the storytelling process behind their new docuseries Why Not Us: Howard Golf and discuss their approach to finding narrative and character authenticity in all of their work.
01/09/2023 • 38 minutes 38 seconds
841. "What Is The Truth?”
Whether it’s the factual truth for documentary or the emotional truth for her fictional narratives, writer/director Alicia Ontiveros believes in truth and fairness in her work. Here she talks about what she’s learned from her work in docs over the years and where she’s going next in her screenplays.
25/08/2023 • 51 minutes 46 seconds
What does Once Upon a Time In Hollywood and Barbie have in common? They’re both examples of “Metamodernism." Writer M. Elizabeth Eller explains it all!
18/08/2023 • 51 minutes 8 seconds
839. Are You Having Fun?
Writer Marc Haimes stresses the importance of creative collaborations and the need to have fun as he returns to the podcast to talk about his latest projects, Nimona, Ultraman and Lost Ollie.
11/08/2023 • 48 minutes 4 seconds
838. Feeling “Luckey”
Rocky (RaKenna) Luckey talks about how she took the skills she learned from “pressure cooker" jobs in music, production and film festivals to write a spec and land a job in television!
04/08/2023 • 51 minutes 28 seconds
837. Telling Positive Stories About Mental Health
Dr. Laura Erickson–Schroth, psychiatrist, writer and activist, discusses positive and negative portrayals of mental health issues in film and television.
28/07/2023 • 37 minutes 5 seconds
836. Zack Facts
Managers versus agents, packaging deals versus spec sales. Zack Zucker from Bellevue Management breaks it all down for us.
21/07/2023 • 50 minutes 6 seconds
835. Creating Together
Proving that a couple who creates together stays together, writer Elizabeth Musgrave and artist Frank Forte talk about their adventures turning features into plays, plays into short films and scripts into comic books.
14/07/2023 • 55 minutes 34 seconds
834. Independence Day
Pilar helps you “declare your independence” from a conventional screenwriting school of thought on outlining, branding, daily writing and more!
07/07/2023 • 28 minutes 49 seconds
833. Bringing a Trans-perspective to Storytelling
Actor/writer Scott Turner Schofield, Executive Producer of They/Them and consultant for Euphoria, talks about his work bringing complex and authentic stories of trans-characters to script and screen.
30/06/2023 • 48 minutes 11 seconds
832. Call to Action
Jon Fitzgerald, co-founder of Slamdance and author of Filmmaking for Change talks about ways to get attention at film festivals, the importance of a call to action in movies with a message and how his latest venture, Cause Cinema, highlights content with social impact.
23/06/2023 • 36 minutes 40 seconds
831. True to His Film School
Writer Bill True, Department Chair at the Scottsdale School of Film and Theater, talks about the specific factors that helped propel a community college in Arizona to Variety’s list of "Top Film Schools in North America.”
16/06/2023 • 58 minutes 39 seconds
830. The Great Tony McNamara
Bafta-winning, Academy Award-nominated writer Tony McNamara, (The Favourite, The Great, Cruella), talks about his approach to telling story and creating period pieces with a contemporary stamp.
09/06/2023 • 37 minutes 40 seconds
829. Learning on the Job
Jennifer Cram’s experience in casting helped her say “yes” to directing her first feature. Jen talks about the years-long journey of her soon-to-be-released feature film, Sick Girl, why it’s fun to write about unlikeable characters and how she’s learned to be an advocate for her own work.
02/06/2023 • 43 minutes 53 seconds
828. Getting Them To 100
Advice from Brian Keith Etheridge (Mythic Quest, The Neighborhood, The Ranch, Mike and Molly), will help you with pitching and characters, and may just make you a better poker player as well!
26/05/2023 • 1 hour 13 minutes 48 seconds
827. “Not All Teenagers Say Slay"
For Mother’s Day, Pilar’s 18-year-old daughter Rita Dodson shares her thoughts and wisdom about on-screen content that portrays teenagers in accurate and interesting ways.
19/05/2023 • 44 minutes 44 seconds
826. Unsticking the Duck
Career coach Carole Kirchner returns to the podcast to talk about ways to brave career obstacles and overcome writers block.
12/05/2023 • 32 minutes 30 seconds
825. Writers Strike 2023
WGA writers are striking to get the pay and benefits they deserve. But how does this effect non WGA writers as well? Career coach Lee Jessup explains it all.
05/05/2023 • 47 minutes 35 seconds
824. Chat GPT and the Future of Screenwriting
A little scared about AI’s role in the writing world? So are we. Writer and communications data analyst Michael Grebb helps us understand what’s happening now and what might be ahead.
28/04/2023 • 41 minutes 22 seconds
823. The Journey of Paint
Brit McAdams talks about the fact that it took twelve years to make his comedy Paint, starring Owen Wilson, only to discover that now is the perfect time.
21/04/2023 • 34 minutes 28 seconds
822. The Marvelous Mona Mira
What does a late night talk show, a game show, a limited series about The Godfather and a college soap have in common? The writer Mona Mira! Listen to how she wrote and learned on The Weakest Link, The Offer and the Hulu series Tell Me Lies.
14/04/2023 • 40 minutes 14 seconds
821. A Truly Irish Movie
Co-writer/directors Peter Murphy and Rachael Moriarty talk about making movies in Ireland, their creative process and the open door that allowed them to write their award winning movie, Róise and Frank, about a grieving woman and the dog who may or may not be her husband.
07/04/2023 • 38 minutes 55 seconds
820. "They’re Looking for You”
When Broadway went dark and Tommar Wilson found himself without a job, he turned to writing. Now he’s an NBC Fellow and has just been staffed on an upcoming TV show for Universal Content Productions that will air on Netflix.
31/03/2023 • 38 minutes 55 seconds
819. Writing What He Knows. Doing What He Loves.
After years in the music business and as a counselor in corrections, Jevon Graves found himself writing on the We TV show, Kold x Windy. Now he’s truly doing what he loves.
24/03/2023 • 42 minutes 24 seconds
818. Scene Direction Contest 2023
Actor/writer Kristen Lee Kelly (original cast of Rent) stage-reads scene direction submissions from listeners as they showcase their writing skills! Who will win?
17/03/2023 • 1 hour 59 seconds
817. Theater vs. Film: A Director’s POV
Acclaimed theater director Marya Mazor shares her thoughts on the differences between directing for theater and for the screen and how she follows the clues within the script to help achieve her vision.
10/03/2023 • 46 minutes 58 seconds
816. Announcement: 2023 Scene Direction Contest
Did you write a prize-worthy piece of scene direction? Enter it in the On the Page Scene Direction Contest! Pilar explains the rules and gives the deadline.
06/03/2023 • 2 minutes 9 seconds
815. Scene Writing
Emphasizing “the art of reader engagement," writers Chris Perry and Eric Henry Sanders’s new book Scenewriting helps writers come up with new ways to plan, draft and perfect their scenes.
03/03/2023 • 52 minutes 18 seconds
814. Oscar Talk 2023
Pilar and her friends Brian Pope, Mike Musa and Alex Troxler get together for their annual discussion about the best screenplay and best adapted screenplay Oscar nominees.
24/02/2023 • 1 hour 33 minutes 58 seconds
813. Writing in Perfect Harmony
Writer Alicia Lomas-Gross shares about her experiences and writing process on her first produced feature, Perfect Harmony for Hallmark Movies and Mysteries.
17/02/2023 • 40 minutes 5 seconds
812. B-sides, Kudos and Flipping the Dolphin
Writer Matt Pacult of Documentary Now talks about the creative ways he goes about finding story, pitching ideas and giving notes.
10/02/2023 • 51 minutes 26 seconds
811. Having Lunch with Spike Lee
Hear how Victor Gabriel captured “the resilience of innocence” in his first short film that went to Sundance and his feature film which attracted none other than director Spike Lee.
03/02/2023 • 44 minutes 2 seconds
810. Copyright Q&A
Copyright advocate David Newhoff returns to answer all your questions about protecting your work, obtaining rights to IP, hiring a lawyer and much, much more.
27/01/2023 • 1 hour 1 minute 24 seconds
809. First Read Radio
Writer Gary Jones talks about what he’s learned about writing and editing as he turns written short films into spoken radio plays.
20/01/2023 • 44 minutes 4 seconds
808. The Prescription for Success
Mika Frank talks about how her love of writing, combined with her training in pharmacy and research led her to her current job as story editor on Fox’s hit show, The Resident.
13/01/2023 • 38 minutes 36 seconds
807. Dude, Where's My Car-tharsis?
From comedy writer to therapist, Phil Stark, writer on South Park, That 70’s Show and the screenwriter of the movie Dude, Where's My Car? talks about his unique, personal journey.
06/01/2023 • 34 minutes 23 seconds
806. 2022 Writing Trends in Review
Career coach Lee Jessup returns to discuss the writing trends popular in 2022 and shares what’s ahead for the new year.
30/12/2022 • 40 minutes 49 seconds
805. Logline Competition 2022: Part 2
Pilar reads and gives feedback on the loglines that didn’t make the top fifteen lists for the 2022 Logline Contest.
23/12/2022 • 1 hour 12 minutes 37 seconds
804. Logline Competition 2022
Pilar and Aadip read, evaluate and vote on feature and TV loglines sent in by listeners. It all comes down to a well-written sentence and a creative idea. Who will win?
23/12/2022 • 1 hour 31 minutes 42 seconds
803. Writing For Christmas
When his day job was threatened, writer Jeff Bonnett decided that he wasn’t going to write a resume; he was going to write a screenplay. The end result is “Falling for Christmas,” a Netflix movie starring Lindsay Lohan.
16/12/2022 • 50 minutes 40 seconds
802. Loss and Grief on Screen
Linda Klein, co-editor of the new book Loss and Grief, discusses the visual, sensory and emotional realities of the dying and grieving experience and how writers can use this knowledge to create more truthful depictions on screen.
09/12/2022 • 41 minutes 54 seconds
801. Announcement: 2022 Logline Contest
Ready to submit for the annual On the Page logline competition? Pilar explains the rules and gives the deadline.
06/12/2022 • 3 minutes 44 seconds
800. The Anatomy of Genres
Screenwriting teacher and author John Truby reveals how to master and transcend genre by understanding their unique story systems and philosophies.
02/12/2022 • 39 minutes 41 seconds
799. Meg LeFauve
The writer of the Oscar winning film Inside Out talks about her new movie My Father’s Dragon and how she builds story from theme and emotion.
25/11/2022 • 49 minutes 59 seconds
798. The Year of Getting It
We check back in with writer Kris Crenwelge after her “year of going for it” earned her three writers’ fellowships, staffing on an animated show and a new job on the series True Lies on CBS.
18/11/2022 • 41 minutes 36 seconds
797. Lunchtime Punchlines
Brandon Childs was only a PA when he started adding jokes to the lunch order e-mail. Before long he was brought into the writers room on Black Monday, Kenan and, most recently, Netflix’s new comedy Blockbuster.
11/11/2022 • 43 minutes 11 seconds
796. Seeing Through the Lens
Cinematographer Sarah Whelden talks about how she holds the vision of the director, looking through the lens to help capture theme, tone and story.
04/11/2022 • 48 minutes 30 seconds
795. The Commonwealth of Writers
As British writer Sam Benjamin discusses the release of his new film The Payday he’s joined by Elizabeth McKenzie from Australia and Dawn Ius from Canada to discuss the challenges of writing in their home country, the lure of Los Angeles and the love of their genres.
28/10/2022 • 1 hour 5 minutes 34 seconds
794. Story Maverick
Andy Raymer shares writing and industry information gleaned from his experience as a writer, creative exec, independent producer and script consultant.
21/10/2022 • 57 minutes 6 seconds
793. Cocktails and Covid
Actor/writer Cynthia Gravinese decided to stop feeling powerless and write a web series about the people and place she loved. When Covid hit her hard and she lost the ability to speak, she did the same thing all over again.
14/10/2022 • 40 minutes 53 seconds
792. Playlist to Page
Pilar and her husband Pat brainstorm film and TV show premises inspired by song titles in Pat’s playlist. A fun way to find your next script idea!
07/10/2022 • 52 minutes 43 seconds
791. Putting Themself on the Page
Vanessa Benton wrote their “F-it” script and broke through. Now they're a writer for Netflix projects Sandman and Fate: The Winx Saga, writing the dark fiction that they love.
30/09/2022 • 40 minutes 36 seconds
790. Making History
Writer and historian Gina DeAngelis talks about the balance of historical accuracy and entertainment in her scripted work and on screen in general.
23/09/2022 • 53 minutes 21 seconds
789. Saving Planty
Josh Staman, Executive Producer of Weird Waters (Peacock), talks about the unique structure of short-form animation, pushing through “analysis paralysis,” and learning to be more “hare-brained” in his writing.
16/09/2022 • 42 minutes 11 seconds
788. Pick's Picks
Pilar sits down with her 16 year old nephew, Eric Pick, to find out about the classic films he’s watching as he embarks upon his journey to become a director and screenwriter. A worthy film list for any writer!
09/09/2022 • 1 hour 9 minutes 40 seconds
787. The Ebo Sisters
Filmmaking duo Adamma & Adanne Ebo talk about the work and thought that went into writing, directing and producing their feature film Honk for Jesus, Save Your Soul starring Regina Hall and Sterling K. Brown.
02/09/2022 • 37 minutes 42 seconds
786. The Many Hats of Keena Ferguson
From writer to producer to director to actor to parent, Keena Ferguson is always thinking creatively about ways to get her message and stories onto the screen and out to the world.
26/08/2022 • 34 minutes 8 seconds
785. A Couple of Q’s and a Bunch of A’s
An informal Q&A with two students from Pilar’s class, Laura Weekes and Dale Hildebrand, resulted in an in-depth discussion about the pros and cons of independent filmmaking.
19/08/2022 • 45 minutes 5 seconds
784. Una Meta Movie
Writer/director Jennifer Sharp decided to buck the system, travel to Mexico and make her movie ... which ended up being a story about a writer trying to make her movie while battling the system.
12/08/2022 • 45 minutes 29 seconds
783. The Other Kid in the Hall
Writer Paul Bellini, “the guy in the towel,” talks about what he’s learned from writing with Scott Thompson and the Kids in the Hall for over thirty years.
05/08/2022 • 34 minutes 16 seconds
782. I Love My Dad
What do you do when your dad catfishes you? Write a movie about it, of course! James Morosini talks about drawing from the truth and creating empathy for his characters as he wrote, directed and starred in his feature film, I Love My Dad, starring Patton Oswalt.
29/07/2022 • 39 minutes 7 seconds
781. Andy Siara
From his critically acclaimed screenplay Palm Springs to his upcoming series The Resort, writer Andy Siara likes to explore the “disappointment of time.”
22/07/2022 • 42 minutes 5 seconds
780. Psychology for Screenwriters
William Indick, author of “Psychology for Screenwriters,” discusses why screenwriters must understand human behavior to make their stories come alive.
15/07/2022 • 50 minutes 5 seconds
779. Inclusive Screenwriting
Author Jess King talks about their new game-changing screenwriting book, Inclusive Screenwriting for Film and Television, which examines and challenges conventional notions of characterization, world building and three act structure.
08/07/2022 • 40 minutes 7 seconds
778. The Summer of Christmas
Keith Giglio and Juliet Aires Giglio share the knowledge of screenwriting and Christmas movies that inspired their new book, “The Summer of Christmas."
01/07/2022 • 42 minutes 11 seconds
777. The Storytelling of D&D
Pilar’s oldest child Ezra Dodson walks us through the structure and character rules of Dungeons and Dragons, emphasizing the ways in which it can work as a writing and brainstorming tool for non-D&D storytelling.
24/06/2022 • 1 hour 8 seconds
776. Good Luck and Hard Work
After years of assisting and learning on the job, Naomi Brodkin is a working writer with an episode of Little America coming out soon. She discusses what she’s learned from being on set and in the writers’ room and how her hard work led to the good luck of being involved in the Academy Award winning movie Coda.
17/06/2022 • 52 minutes 59 seconds
775. Writing with Pride
Writer Jared Pascoe shares the personal experiences and desire for story that led to his co-founding the Pre-Rainbow Pages aimed at bringing visibility to non-writers guild LGBTQIA+ writers.
10/06/2022 • 31 minutes 3 seconds
774. Phil Rosenthal
Phil Rosenthal, the creator of Everybody Loves Raymond, Somebody Feed Phil and the new podcast Naked Lunch, talks about the ways that specificity contributes to great storytelling.
03/06/2022 • 50 minutes 7 seconds
Writer Gigi Rios New discusses writing for The Garcias on HBO Max and for the need for Latin-driven content in TV and film.
27/05/2022 • 43 minutes 39 seconds
772. The Trajectory of Chris Derrick
Writer / director Chris Derrick discusses writing for Star Trek: Picard and how it’s taught him to write to the emotional arc first and bring the cool stuff in later.
20/05/2022 • 54 minutes 7 seconds
771. Impact 50
What takes eight years, sixty-seven writers, thirty-six directors and one actual apocalypse? Hear how filmmaker Chris Jones produced the crowd-created feature film, The Impact, connecting 50 short films into one narrative.
13/05/2022 • 49 minutes 49 seconds
Actor, writer Beverly Mickins, creator of Los Angeles’s longest running storytelling venue Story Salon, talks about the elements that make up a well told, personal story.
06/05/2022 • 42 minutes 37 seconds
769. Supporting Ukrainian Filmmakers
Screenwriter Agnieszka Kruk talks about the ways that her creative community in Poland is helping filmmakers in Ukraine affected by the war, and suggests ways that writers worldwide can support their cause.
29/04/2022 • 42 minutes 42 seconds
768. Yakira Chambers and the Golden Nugget
After earning a spot in the prestigious CBS Mentoring Program, Writer Yakira Chambers learned how to create a “personal A story” that contributed to her getting a job as a writer on NCIS Hawaii. She discusses her successful first year, writing three episodes and getting the opportunity to work with LeVar Burton.
22/04/2022 • 33 minutes 42 seconds
767. Sibling Success
On "Sibling Day” Pilar sits down with her brother Chris Pittas to discuss his decision to pursue screenwriting, his success in competitions, recent representation with Citizen Skull Management … and what he’s learned along the way.
15/04/2022 • 51 minutes 52 seconds
766. The Showrunner of Comic Books
Veteran comic book editor Shelly Bond discusses the similarities and differences between comic book writing and screenwriting.
08/04/2022 • 42 minutes 34 seconds
765. A Director’s Journey
Television director and feature writer Pete Chatmon dives into his extensive experience and unique perspective on storytelling and directing, while giving a sneak peak of his new book,"Transitions: A Director's Journey and Motivational Handbook."
01/04/2022 • 52 minutes 29 seconds
764. A Marriage of Art and Commerce
Manager Matt Dy talks about the way he discovers and develops material for the management/production company Lit Entertainment.
25/03/2022 • 44 minutes 1 second
763. Oscar Talk 2022
Pilar and her friends Brian Pope, Mike Musa and Alex Troxler get together for their annual discussion about the best screenplay and best adapted screenplay Oscar nominees.
18/03/2022 • 1 hour 23 minutes 54 seconds
762. Actor to Writer
York Walker, staff writer on FBI, talks about his personal path from actor to playwright to television writer.
11/03/2022 • 40 minutes 55 seconds
761. Thinking Like an Anthropologist
How can writers truly observe their world and society and write honestly about them? Dr. Teruko Vida Mitsuhara, a linguistic anthropologist and script writer, is here to tell you.
04/03/2022 • 35 minutes 40 seconds
760. The Making of The Unmaking of a College
Joshua Berman found himself in the middle of a movement, reached for a camera and never stopped filming. Director Amy Goldstein took it from there, crafting the story that became The Unmaking of a College, a documentary about the 2019 student-led, 75-day sit-in at Hampshire College – the longest in American college history
25/02/2022 • 41 minutes 10 seconds
759. Making Minamata
A passion for the true story and years of “crawling through broken glass” helped writer David Kessler get his movie Minamata produced, starring Johnny Depp and directed by Andrew Levitas.
18/02/2022 • 45 minutes 40 seconds
758. Thinking High Concept
For 30 years Charlie Vignola has had a hand in developing some of the world’s most successful movie franchises for Jerry Bruckheimer Films. Here he shares what he learned about acquiring, developing and “creative problem solving,” for the Pirates of the Caribbean saga, the National Treasure films, the Bad Boys series and others.
11/02/2022 • 56 minutes 1 second
757. The Benefits of Age
Barbara Ward Thall's script Geriosity sparks a discussion about how our views on aging create bias in the hiring process and prevent accurate depictions on screen.
04/02/2022 • 39 minutes 8 seconds
756. The Super Power of Sydney Baloue
Sydney Baloue (CW’s Tom Swift) talks about how his experiences in the world of queer culture and ballroom contribute to his super power as a storyteller and television writer.
28/01/2022 • 42 minutes 53 seconds
755. Manager Talk
Allard Cantor, co-founder of the literary management company Epicenter, shares about finding talent, developing material and getting his clients work in the film and TV industry.
21/01/2022 • 55 minutes 45 seconds
754. The ABTs of Storytelling
Doug Passon and Randy Olson talk about the “And, But, Therefore” template they use to help lawyers, scientists and screenwriters tell effective stories.
14/01/2022 • 39 minutes 58 seconds
753. Writing Tips
From love interests to courtroom scenes, Pilar offers writing tips to kickstart the writing year. Writer Sam Benjamin joins her to discuss!
07/01/2022 • 47 minutes 6 seconds
752. 2021 Writing Trends in Review
Career coach Lee Jessup returns to discuss the writing trends popular in 2021 and shares what’s ahead for the new year.
31/12/2021 • 42 minutes 23 seconds
751. A Very Scotty Christmas Eve
Writer Scotty Mullen returns to to talk about his newest movie, A Christmas Village Romance, his love of all things Christmas and why the entertainment industry is a "buffet of bonkerness.”
24/12/2021 • 46 minutes 31 seconds
750. Logline Contest 2021
Pilar gives a logline lesson built off of listener submissions, then Pilar and Aadip pick their favorites!
17/12/2021 • 1 hour 50 minutes 31 seconds
749. Sustainable Filmmaking
Development executive Zsófia Szemerédy talks about the the importance of sustainable practices in filmmaking and discusses ways to implement them on set and on the page.
10/12/2021 • 34 minutes 48 seconds
748. Writing Wolf
Writer-director Nathalie Biancheri discusses the preparation, script-work and directorial vision that went into creating her new psychological drama, Wolf.
03/12/2021 • 36 minutes 57 seconds
747. Announcement: 2021 Logline Competition
'Tis the season for the annual On the Page logline competition! Pilar explains the rules and gives the deadline.
28/11/2021 • 4 minutes 44 seconds
746. Film Pioneers
Emerson film student Kat Poole’s passion is to rediscover and celebrate female film pioneers. Here, she educates us about three of them: filmmaker Alice-Guy Blache screenwriter Jeanie MacPherson and editor Margaret Booth.
26/11/2021 • 42 minutes 5 seconds
745. Inside Hollywood and Washington
George Stevens Jr. the founder of the American Film Institute, talks about the passion for film that inspired him to preserve and archive great movies, establish the Kennedy Center Honors and serve as a voice for the arts in Washington DC. as Co-chair of the Presidential Committee on the Arts & Humanities.
19/11/2021 • 39 minutes 46 seconds
744. One Take Wonder
Director Philip Barantini shot his independent feature film Boiling Point in one take and lived to tell the tale. Hear how he kept the camera moving while also telling a rich story of an intense night in a restaurant.
12/11/2021 • 41 minutes 37 seconds
743. Never Judge a Character
Writer Celia Finkelstein talks about the projects she has in development, her pitch style on Zoom and how her acting experience has taught her not to judge a character.
05/11/2021 • 41 minutes 40 seconds
742. A Tornado of Talent
Canadian writer Lindsay Gossling reveals the work and effort that went into writing and directing her disaster movieThirteen Minutes. She also talks about the challenges of making her film Un Traductor which went on to become Cuba’s submission for the Academy Awards.
29/10/2021 • 40 minutes 48 seconds
741. Creating Friday the 13th
Sean S. Cunningham, director and producer of the original Friday the 13th movie, talks about the film's humble beginnings, Jason’s evolvement as an “anti-hero” and the need for great story above all.
22/10/2021 • 40 minutes 34 seconds
740. A Sense of Dread
What makes us afraid and how do we write that on the page? Writer Neal Marshall Stevens provides answers as he gives a preview of his book, A Sense of Dread: Getting Under the Skin of Horror Writing.
15/10/2021 • 54 minutes 37 seconds
739. Writing for The Conners
Shelley Dennis grew up loving the TV show Roseanne and now she has a staff writing position on The Conners! Hear how hard work, attention to story and a little mindfulness paid off.
08/10/2021 • 37 minutes 30 seconds
738. Executive Chair to Writers’ Room
Veteran producer and creative executive Kelly Edwards worked with every major studio in Hollywood and is now pursuing her dream of being a television writer on the Fox Drama Our Kind of People. Here she talks openly about her career pivot and also offers nuggets from her new book The Executive Chair: A Writer’s Guide To TV Series Development.
01/10/2021 • 1 hour 11 seconds
737. Riding the Rollercoaster
Writer Jo Rochelle was just about to call it quits when her writing career caught fire. Hear how she got the attention of a manager, became staffed on her favorite show Good Trouble, and filmed her own independent movie - all while continuing to “ride the rollercoaster."
24/09/2021 • 36 minutes 4 seconds
736. Dynamic Danielle
Actor/writer Danielle Pinnock had a crazy year full of ups and downs but she kept writing, found inspiration in her underwear drawer and set up her animated series Unmentionables with Taraji P. Henson!
17/09/2021 • 39 minutes 19 seconds
735. Allergic to Mediocrity
Michael-Leon Wooley’s search for depth in his singing and performing has informed his writing as well, leading to major attention on his very first feature-film script! Hear how he did it and why “fine is not enough."
10/09/2021 • 44 minutes 35 seconds
734. Turning 20
Pilar Alessandra’s teaching and consulting business On the Page celebrates a 20 year anniversary! Alex Troxler interviews Pilar about her program, its humble beginnings and the way her teachings and the industry have changed.
03/09/2021 • 1 hour 11 minutes 35 seconds
733. Change is Inevitable
Richie Siegel and Marissa Torelli-Pedevska, co-founders of the Inevitable Foundation, talk about the need to hire and produce the work of disabled screenwriters.
27/08/2021 • 45 minutes 18 seconds
732. The Given Circumstances of Story
Writer Matt Foss talks about how he went from being “terrible and earnest” to "consciously competent” as an award winning playwright and how he uses “given circumstances” to ground his stories and adaptations.
20/08/2021 • 56 minutes 50 seconds
731. The Writers Lab
Elizabeth Kaiden and Nitza Wilon, co-founders of The Writers Lab, talk about their efforts to highlight the voices of women over 40 on the screen and on the page.
13/08/2021 • 42 minutes 31 seconds
730. Emily Fox Turns On a Flashlight
Writer/producer Emily Fox (Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist, Daybreak, Girlfriends Guide to Divorce) shines a light for writers as she describes how she comes up with story and runs a writers room.
06/08/2021 • 58 minutes 50 seconds
729. Dan Mazer from A to Zed
Writer and director Dan Mazer talks about his long collaboration with Sacha Baron Cohen and the complex storytelling that goes into writing movies with a number of possibilities and outcomes.
30/07/2021 • 40 minutes 13 seconds
728. This Guy Wrote Black Widow!
Eric Pearson, the writer of Black Widow and Thor: Ragnarok talks about his and Marvel’s approach to storytelling, including “every scene needs to do two things” and “that’s a long way to go for salami."
23/07/2021 • 42 minutes 17 seconds
727. From "Angry Nerd" to Emmy Winner
Tim Long’s nerdy beginnings inspired his new movie The Exchange, and his story sense and comedy chops earned him head writer status at Letterman and a 20 year run on The Simpsons.
16/07/2021 • 35 minutes 26 seconds
726. Performance and Story
Ted Campbell talks about how his experience as a second unit director and assistant director helped him develop the writing and directing skills he needed to be hired as a writer and director for three projects for MarVista Entertainment.
09/07/2021 • 50 minutes 37 seconds
725. Thinking Like a Creative Director
Glenn Sanders, Senior Creative Director at Amazon Prime Video, talks about entertainment marketing and how it can impact choices a writer makes early on in terms of concept, story and character.
02/07/2021 • 51 minutes 41 seconds
724. The Year of Going For It
Writer Kris Crenwelge turned a lockdown low to an end of the year high when she set her mind to treating her writing passion as a TV business. Hear her take on applying to labs, interviewing for “entertainment adjacent” jobs and doing the hard work that eventually landed her her first paid writing gig.
25/06/2021 • 47 minutes 5 seconds
723. Antwone Fisher
Writer Antwone Fisher talks about what went into writing and selling the classic movie about his real life and the importance of letting yourself be embarrassed by the truth.
18/06/2021 • 54 minutes 33 seconds
722. The History of Stand-Up
Comedian Wayne Federman, author of “The History of Stand-Up," talks about the way that technology and the times have changed stand-up from Mark Twain to Dave Chapelle.
11/06/2021 • 58 minutes 5 seconds
721. Bilbo Is Cree
Writer/director Sonya Ballantyne talks about her experiences as a “creative native” and about her scripted work focusing on Indigenous women and girls in non-traditional film genres.
04/06/2021 • 45 minutes 2 seconds
720. Cruel Summer. Cool Writer.
Writer Savannah Ward loves to be “devastated” by a good story. They discuss the multiple timelines highlighted on Cruel Summer and, as a non-binary writer, give their personal take about trans characters on screen.
28/05/2021 • 37 minutes 51 seconds
719. Writing The Emotional Procedural
Alicia Carroll, staff writer for Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist, talks about the show’s unique structure and approach to story and music.
21/05/2021 • 46 minutes 58 seconds
718. A Truly Creative Executive
Award-winning playwright Dezi Gallegos is now a creative executive at Proximity Media (Judas and the Black Messiah). Here he talks about the company’s desire to develop original movies with a unique perspective.
14/05/2021 • 38 minutes 38 seconds
717. Asian-American Representation on Screen
Jennifer Paz talks about her take on script and story as an actor and writer and about the need for more Asian-American content and characters on screen.
07/05/2021 • 52 minutes 5 seconds
716. Reality Running Wild
Rob Buchta, producer of Running Wild and creator of You vs. Wild on Netflix, talks about the challenges of a choose-your-own-adventure experience and the marriage of action and emotion needed for a factual adventure show.
30/04/2021 • 36 minutes 47 seconds
715. Filmmaking for Beginners
Deborah Patz’s book, Write! Shoot! Edit! was intended for teenagers but it’s the perfect primer for anyone who’s ever wanted to film something but was too afraid to start.
23/04/2021 • 46 minutes 51 seconds
714. Oscar Podcast 2021
Pilar and her friends Brian Pope, Mike Musa and Alex Troxler get together for their annual discussion about the best screenplay and best adapted screenplay Oscar nominees.
16/04/2021 • 1 hour 27 minutes 19 seconds
713. PA to Producer
Writer Michelle Denise Jackson talks about what she’s learned as she advanced from Writer’s PA on Grey’s Anatomy, to Writers Assistant on Mrs. America, to Staff Writer on two Netflix series and now as Co-Producer on Queen Sugar!
09/04/2021 • 50 minutes 12 seconds
712. Visual Aids
Writer/Producer Evette Vargas discusses the content and applications needed to create successful pitch decks and sizzle reels.
02/04/2021 • 46 minutes 59 seconds
Pilar Alessandra talks about ways to give and get script notes at the submission stage, the development stage and the production stage.
26/03/2021 • 35 minutes 40 seconds
710. Screenwriter to Novelist
Rebecca Phelps talks about her approach to writing the Watty Award-winning novel Down World and its similarities, in process, to writing a screenplay.
19/03/2021 • 41 minutes 46 seconds
709. Jessica Goldberg
Screenwriter and executive producer Jessica Goldberg talks about Cherry, the feature film she co-wrote starring Tom Holland, as well as her experiences creating the Hulu series The Path and acting as showrunner for the Netflix series Away.
12/03/2021 • 40 minutes 54 seconds
708. Writing Military Scripts
Tom McCafferty, Vice Chairman of Veterans in Media and Entertainment, talks about the creative possibilities and unique challenges of writing movie and TV shows that focus on military events and characters.
05/03/2021 • 47 minutes 53 seconds
707. Writer’s Room CPA
When should you incorporate? How can you take a home office deduction? How can you get financially organized? Entertainment accountant Trina Rozen explains it all to you.
26/02/2021 • 39 minutes 40 seconds
706. Before, During and After
Actor/Writer Finnerty Steeves discusses the courage and "1001 favors" it took to write, produce and star in her independent film, Before/During/After being released by Gravitas Pictures.
19/02/2021 • 44 minutes 32 seconds
705. Honoring the Game Universe
Andrew Robinson, senior writer for Blizzard Entertainment talks about how he helps craft narrative and world-building for World of Warcraft, StarCraft, Heroes of the Storm, Hearthstone and Overwatch with animated cinematics, short stories, comics and songs.
12/02/2021 • 52 minutes 34 seconds
704. Constant Collaboration
Johanna Stein, show-runner of Madagascar A Little Wild, breaks down the animation process from story board to “lip flap."
05/02/2021 • 45 minutes 40 seconds
703. Crosby Selander and the Seven Figure Deal
After years of hard work and hustle, writer Crosby Selander defied the odds and sold his script in a major bidding war to Legendary Pictures. Hear how he did it and cleared that “final hurdle!"
29/01/2021 • 43 minutes 42 seconds
702. Writing Telenovela
Award-winning Brazilian writer Rosane Svartman talks about the story work that goes into writing 155 episodes of one season of a prime-time telenovela.
22/01/2021 • 54 minutes 25 seconds
701. What Does The Character Think of Himself?
Hunter Doohan discusses what he’s learned as an actor and as a writer from portraying the role of Adam opposite Bryan Cranston on the Showtime series Your Honor.
15/01/2021 • 41 minutes 10 seconds
700. Script Guy for Coverfly
Mitch Lusas, Head of Product for Coverfly, talks about his company’s approach to finding talent and helping writers.
08/01/2021 • 42 minutes 14 seconds
699. Double the Talent
JaNeika and JaSheika James, co-executive producers of Gossip Girl, talk about the life and career experiences that went into their inspiring memoir, Living Double.
01/01/2021 • 44 minutes 35 seconds
698. Logline Contest 2020: Part 2
Pilar reads and gives feedback on the loglines that didn’t make the consider or recommend list for the 2020 Logline Contest.
28/12/2020 • 55 minutes 39 seconds
697. Logline Contest 2020
Pilar and Aadip evaluate loglines sent in by listeners. Who will get a consider, recommend or pass?
25/12/2020 • 1 hour 45 minutes 48 seconds
696. 2020 Writing Trends in Review
Career coach Lee Jessup returns to discuss the writing trends popular in 2020 and shares what’s ahead for the new year.
18/12/2020 • 51 minutes 2 seconds
695. Filming it While Living It
With a little help from Michael Bay, Adam Mason and Simon Boyes wrote and produced a movie about the pandemic during the pandemic. Hear how both the story and the production of their movie, Songbird, adapted to the real-life events happening around them.
11/12/2020 • 42 minutes 59 seconds
694. Getting Creative During Covid
Alexander Troxler reached out to other writers during the lockdown and ended up with a collaborative tv pilot and a whole new kind of writers’ room.
04/12/2020 • 57 minutes 48 seconds
Stress relief expert Suzanne Gundersen talks about how writers can overcome writer's block by dealing with their fear, grief and anxiety.
27/11/2020 • 36 minutes 23 seconds
692. 2020 Logline Competition Announcement!
Announcement of the deadline and rules for the 2020 Logline Competition. Plus a replay of last year’s bonus episode to remind you of 10 patterns to help build your logline.
26/11/2020 • 8 minutes 42 seconds
691. It’s All About The Theme
Whether she’s writing on the prequel to Game of Thrones, helping adapt Daisy Jones and The Six for Reese Witherspoon’s company or developing a feature film for Margot Robbie, it all comes down to one thing for writer Charmaine DeGrate: theme.
20/11/2020 • 54 minutes 32 seconds
690. Who Invented Oscar Wilde?
David Newhoff, author of Who Invented Oscar Wilde, dives deep into the history of copyright and the protection issues writers and creatives still deal with today.
13/11/2020 • 1 hour 1 minute 12 seconds
689. Filmmakers Make!
Making movies. Making film festivals. Tony Gapastione of Bravemaker Productions talks about the many things he’s learned as he creates and curates short films and features.
06/11/2020 • 45 minutes 53 seconds
688. Going to Sketch School
Free-writing, fun writing and brain dumps! Writer/comedian Marc Warzecha talks about ways you can turn an ordinary subject into a hilarious sketch.
30/10/2020 • 40 minutes 5 seconds
687. Burning Down the Kitchen with Mike Royce
Writer/ Producer Mike Royce talks about the ways that life issues and personal stories in the writers’ room inspire episodes of the shows he’s worked on: One Day at a Time, Enlisted, Men of a Certain Age and Everybody Loves Raymond.
23/10/2020 • 46 minutes 35 seconds
686. "Be Confident in Your Vision”
Landi Maduro, director and producer at Bluechild Entertainment, offers advice to new filmmakers about creating the emotion, tone and visual look of their on-screen projects.
16/10/2020 • 47 minutes 35 seconds
685. A Writer’s Story
Writer Delondra Mesa (Z-Nation, Step Up) has paid her dues, working from Zombie-movie writer to Executive Story Editor. Hear how she did it and why she is a better writer because of it!
09/10/2020 • 44 minutes 19 seconds
684. "Very Smart and Very Dumb”
Writer / producer Erica Rivinoja (South Park, Clone High, The Last Man on Earth) has great advice about turning simple kids stories into big movies, finding the funny in a scene and pitching with confidence in the writers room.
02/10/2020 • 43 minutes 38 seconds
683. Going on the Record
Shireen Razack and Angela Harvey, co-chairs of the Think Tank for Inclusion & Equity, talk about issues and problems in the industry facing underrepresented writers and the ways in which their report put hard numbers to the anecdotes.
25/09/2020 • 54 minutes 20 seconds
682. Talented Tiffany
Writer Tiffany Thomas talks about writing on the reboot of The Proud Family and how working as a sketch comedian helped her on the page and in the writers’ room.
18/09/2020 • 38 minutes 58 seconds
681. Writing Lovecraft Country
Writer Shannon Houston (Homecoming, Little Fires Everywhere, Station 11) is both a writer on and a fan of the HBO show Lovecraft Country which she describes as "complicated, strange and always unraveling.”
11/09/2020 • 44 minutes 38 seconds
680. Writing "The Resident"
Andrew Chapman, Executive Producer of The Resident, talks about the ways in which the show shines a light on the problems within the medical industry and stresses themes of accountability.
04/09/2020 • 40 minutes 16 seconds
679. Triple Threat
Richard Bosner talks about the ways working as a producer on independent movies like Fruitvale Station, Other People and Mapplethorpe have taught him as a writer and director.
28/08/2020 • 44 minutes 5 seconds
678. “Where Are the Women Who Look Like Me?”
Writer/actor Kemiyondo Coutinho (MTV’s Undressed, Starz’ Step Up:High Water), talks about the ways that creating content for herself led to her current career as a TV writer.
21/08/2020 • 42 minutes 24 seconds
677. Telling the Truth
Writer/Producer Michael Jamin (Tacoma FD, Maron, King of the Hill) talks about relying on the truth when he needs to find the story and the funny for TV or memoir.
14/08/2020 • 43 minutes 37 seconds
676. Work It!
Screenwriter Alison Peck, writer of Ugly Dolls and You Can’t Keep a Good Girl Down (in development) talks about her approach to writing story and dance in the new Netflix movie Work It.
07/08/2020 • 38 minutes 36 seconds
675. Solving Mysteries with Christine Lenig
Fugitives, murders, UFOs and lost loves! Christine Lenig, Senior Vice President of Cosgrove/Meurer Production, talks about the storytelling that goes into the Netflix reboot of Unsolved Mysteries.
31/07/2020 • 39 minutes 1 second
674. Writing is Like Chocolate Chip Cookies
TV showrunner Janine Sherman Barrois (Claws, Self Made, Criminal Minds, ER) talks about what she looks for in writers' participation and pages, how she breaks story in the writers’ room and why a writing career is like getting to eat chocolate chip cookies all day.
24/07/2020 • 46 minutes 41 seconds
673. "I Just Wanted to Write Everything”
Writer Aydrea Walden discusses her recent job as a development executive at DreamWorks TV and her new gig writing for a Disney Jr. show. She also gives some valuable tips about networking and insight into the writers' room.
17/07/2020 • 45 minutes 14 seconds
672. No Wimping. No Crying.
Writing/Directing brothers Tony Dean Smith and Ryan W. Smith talk about their journey from making movies in their living room to independent filmmaking and the release of their feature film “Volition."
10/07/2020 • 46 minutes 1 second
671. A Community of Creatives
Ten writers from across the country and around the world get together on Zoom to ask questions about the craft of screenwriting. Special thanks to guests Christina Nicole, Danielle Pinnock, Deanna Brauer, Glenn Lawrence, Kennet Bennervall, Lateefah Holder, Mario Kersey, Marky Hinojosa, Mykal Kilgore, Seamus Heffernan and Tony Gapastione.
03/07/2020 • 54 minutes 57 seconds
670. No More “Sassy” or “No-nonsense"
Actor/writers Danielle Pinnock and Kimberly Hebert-Gregory talk about their annoyance with one-dimensional characterizations of black women in movie and TV stories, their wish for duality and complexity in the roles they play and their hope that the current push for change doesn’t turn out to be a “Jenny Craig moment.”
26/06/2020 • 52 minutes 44 seconds
669. Little Fires Everywhere
Executive producer Liz Tigelaar dives deep into the character dynamics and issues explored in the Hulu limited series Little Fires Everywhere. Find out the difference between plot and story and learn why Liz is the “queen of the act-out."
19/06/2020 • 49 minutes 7 seconds
668. The Optimistic Mischief Maker
Writer / Director Ben Mekler talks about his experiences writing for the Netflix animated series Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts.
12/06/2020 • 44 minutes 39 seconds
667. Ten Things Hollywood Can Do to Fight Racism and Promote Justice
From a "stereotype moratorium" to “divestment from discriminatory locales," writer and social justice leader Alan Jenkins describes the concrete actions that writers and others in the entertainment industry can take right now.
05/06/2020 • 43 minutes 12 seconds
666. The Omen with David Seltzer
Episode 666 called for a discussion of one of the greatest movies of all times, The Omen, with one of the greatest screenwriters of all times, David Seltzer. Not only does he share his thoughts and feelings about writing horror, he also gives insight into the movie Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory!
29/05/2020 • 46 minutes 52 seconds
665. A Roadmap for Achieving Your Goals
Goal coach Debra Eckerling talks about the road trip approach to setting, planning and achieving goals laid out in her new book, Your Goal Guide.
22/05/2020 • 59 minutes 18 seconds
664. Finding the Movie of the Doc.
Documentary filmmaker Senain Kheshgi talks about the way she uses narrative movie structure to shape her groundbreaking films.
15/05/2020 • 42 minutes 7 seconds
663. The Enchanting Rich Fulcher
Writer/Actor/Comedian Rich Fulcher returns to crack Pilar up with his take on voice acting, pitching and writing on Matt Groening’s animated show Disenchantment.
08/05/2020 • 51 minutes 6 seconds
662. From “Ha” to “Aw”
Veteran writers Juliet Aires Giglio and Keith Giglio talk about following structure while freshening genre in their latest venture writing Christmas movies (Christmas Reservations, A Very Nutty Christmas) for Lifetime.
01/05/2020 • 47 minutes 38 seconds
661. Your Favorite Quarantainment
Pilar enlists the listeners to talk about the bingeable shows that are helping them get through the Coronavirus quarantine.
24/04/2020 • 1 hour 4 minutes 32 seconds
660. “This is My Jam"
Chris Sparling, writer of BURIED, THE SEA OF TREES (nominated for the Palm d'Or at Cannes), MERCY and the soon to be released GREENLAND, is a veteran at working remotely and taking meetings online. In this episode he offers tips on virtual networking, maintaining focus and writing well.
17/04/2020 • 55 minutes 22 seconds
659. Will Podcast for Candy
Locked down with their mom, Pilar’s kids Ezra Dodson and Rita Dodson discuss “teen” language, portrayals of teenagers on screen and their mutual love of inappropriate horror movies.
10/04/2020 • 49 minutes 20 seconds
658. The Myth of the Starving Artist
Personal finance consultant Lisa Gould leads a creative conversation about ways that writers can save, manage and spend their hard-earned money.
03/04/2020 • 58 minutes 7 seconds
657. "Like An Escape Room"
Brian Keith Etheridge has been a writer and co-EP for the half-hour comedy The Neighborhood, The Goldbergs, Mike and Molly, The Mick and The Ranch<span class="yiv
27/03/2020 • 1 hour 42 seconds
656. “The Note Home Remains the Same”
Screenwriters Dave Merlino and Dustin Sweet share their four-year journey filming a documentary about war veterans.
20/03/2020 • 53 minutes 36 seconds
655. Wanuri Kahiu and the Art of “Afro-bubblegum"
Writer/director Wanuri Kahiu lives in Kenya, takes meetings in LA, and makes movies for the world. Here she gives her inspiring take on writing adaptations, directing actors and the need for “fun and frivolous” stories about African culture.
13/03/2020 • 46 minutes 39 seconds
654. Special Announcement from Pilar
Pilar wants to let you know about online/video-conference classes at On the Page and to announce that in-person classes are suspended at the studio for spring due to COVID-19. Stay safe and have a good writing week! www.onthepage.tv
12/03/2020 • 1 minute 55 seconds
653. Loglining A Life
Pilar sits down with her step-father, Philippe Koenig, to discuss the first 40 years of his life as though it were a series of movies.
06/03/2020 • 43 minutes 51 seconds
652. Writing "The Watercooler Kill"
Writers Pete Goldfinger and Josh Stolberg discuss their love of horror, their unique writing partnership and their experiences writing Spiral (the next movie in the Saw franchise) starring Chris Rock and Samuel L. Jackson.
28/02/2020 • 48 minutes 48 seconds
651. A Box Full of Toys
Showrunner Jeffrey Lieber digs into story, craft and the writers room as he shares his experiences about moving from playwright to filmmaker to TV writer and pitching a show called LOST along the way.
21/02/2020 • 53 minutes 14 seconds
650. Movies Are Like Magic
Writer/Director Danish Renzu talks about the passion and persistence that went into making his latest movie, “The Illegal.”
14/02/2020 • 42 minutes 32 seconds
649. Oscar Podcast 2020
Pilar and her friends Brian Pope and Mike Musa get together for their annual discussion/argument about the best screenplay and best adapted screenplay Oscar nominees.
07/02/2020 • 1 hour 12 minutes 28 seconds
648. Getting Started
Ready, set, go! Determined to finally get your script “out of your head and onto the page?” Hear how Pilar helped one of her toughest cases: her husband Pat!
31/01/2020 • 40 minutes 45 seconds
647. Things I Learned From Picture Books
Author / illustrator Vincent X. Kirsch talks about the ways that picture books have helped him write better screenplays and the ways screenwriting has helped him make better picture books.
24/01/2020 • 43 minutes 38 seconds
646. Producer on the Brink
Writers aren’t the only ones who have to work their way up. Producer Mandy June Turpin has paid her dues and now has a roster of projects to talk about - as well as advice about how to develop a movie from script to screen.
17/01/2020 • 48 minutes 10 seconds
645. Developing TV in the US and the UK
Siobhan Bachman is a TV executive who previously developed IP for Archie Studios (Riverdale), worked as a manager at 360, was ABC’s UK Comedy and Drama Development Scout and may or may not have discovered a chap named John Oliver. Here, she shares her wisdom about character development, IP adaptation and the differences between British and American story development.
10/01/2020 • 45 minutes 14 seconds
644. Cartoon Kate
Manager Kate Brogden of The Cartel discusses what she looks for in a great animated project and a great animation client. A must-listen if you write animation or just love watching it.
03/01/2020 • 50 minutes 26 seconds
643. 2019 Writing Trends in Review
Career coach Lee Jessup returns to discuss the writing trends popular in 2019 and shares what’s ahead for the new year.
27/12/2019 • 51 minutes 27 seconds
642. Log Line Contest 2019
Pilar and Aadip evaluate log lines sent in by listeners. Who will get a consider, recommend or pass?
20/12/2019 • 1 hour 20 minutes 59 seconds
641. The Agent
TV literary agent Davina Hefflin (The Gersh Agency) talks about her work with writers and the storytelling and character development that moves her on the page.
13/12/2019 • 46 minutes 30 seconds
640. A Very Scotty Christmas
Writer Scotty Mullen returns to the podcast to talk about his upcoming holiday movie, the Christmas tropes he loves and what it’s like to work with Donna Mills.
06/12/2019 • 48 minutes 6 seconds
639. Basement Club Reunion (Part 2)
Writer/Directors Emily Dell and Hannah Macpherson talk about their productive year creating horror/thriller content and their interesting advice to "come at storytelling sideways."
29/11/2019 • 50 minutes 38 seconds
638. Bonus: Logline Lesson
Announcement of the deadline and rules for the 2019 Logline Competition. Plus 10 patterns to help build your logline.
25/11/2019 • 8 minutes 9 seconds
637. Basement Club Reunion (Part 1)
Writer/Directors Etta Devine, Barbara Stepansky and April Wright return to talk about a year writing on Outlander, getting a blacklist script produced, creating an award winning documentary and much more.
22/11/2019 • 54 minutes 29 seconds
636. TV Trends Updated
Writer and television journalist Michael Grebb returns to discuss “Five Big Trends Writers Should Know About” including a new take on "peak TV," the death of the television season and the fact that almost everything in the industry is motivated by CYA.
15/11/2019 • 53 minutes 46 seconds
Kelsey Calaitges, development executive at Frederator Studios (Adventure Time, The Fairly Odd Parents) and writer on GO! Cartoons Bravest Warriors shares wisdom about pitching and writing for character-driven animation.
08/11/2019 • 40 minutes 52 seconds
634. The Genre Mash
Pilar and writer Jake Morgan discuss ways to combine genre, tone and intention to create the perfect “genre mash” television show.
01/11/2019 • 47 minutes 23 seconds
633. The 17-year Overnight Success
Hear how, after seventeen years of stops and starts, Matt Harris’s script “The Starling” was produced with actors Melissa McCarthy, Kevin Kline, Chris O’Dowd, Timothy Olyphant and director Ted Melfi.
25/10/2019 • 59 minutes 3 seconds
632. Rewrite Techniques
Pilar offers “Five Easy Rewrites” and writers on social media add over 40 more! Take notes on this one.
18/10/2019 • 24 minutes 44 seconds
631. The Tenacious Writer
Writer Anne Kruse shares five concepts that build writer perseverance.
11/10/2019 • 49 minutes 22 seconds
630. Getting Schooled in Star Trek
David Wright, writer/producer on Star Trek: Lower Decks, discusses the storytelling legacy of Star Trek.
04/10/2019 • 47 minutes 54 seconds
629. Notes From The Writer To The Actor
Acting coach Crystal Carson reveals the ways she helps actors analyze story, discover characters and interpret meaning from feature and TV scripts.
27/09/2019 • 51 minutes 15 seconds
628. Bless the Harts ... and Christy Stratton
Writer/Producer Christy Stratton shares her love of act structure and enthusiasm for the new FOX animated show “Bless the Harts.”
20/09/2019 • 50 minutes 26 seconds
627. Scott Beck and Bryan Woods
The writers of A Quiet Place discuss their upcoming film Haunt, their long-standing writing partnership and their process of discovering story and characters on the page.
13/09/2019 • 45 minutes 41 seconds
626. Lazy TV Writing
Pilar guides you through a few lazy ways to brainstorm, outline and write your TV pilot. E-mail for the handout!
06/09/2019 • 24 minutes 19 seconds
625. Making it Real
Leon Gittens, a character animator for movies and video games, talks about the different kinds of animators needed to create one product, the role of the script in that product and the ways in which he personally brings emotion to a character.
30/08/2019 • 42 minutes 23 seconds
624. Aadip Desai: Working Writer!
Aadip Desai has gone from On the Page Podcast producer to ABC/Disney fellow to staff writer on The Goldbergs. Hear about his journey to get there and what he’s learned - and is still learning - along the way.
23/08/2019 • 1 hour 3 minutes 23 seconds
623. Taylor’s Hollywood Month
Writer Taylor Vaughn Lasley talks about her exciting summer pitching two series; one with Damon Wayans Jr. and one withFunny or Die.
16/08/2019 • 44 minutes 20 seconds
622. Writing for Young Audiences
David Skelly (The Muppets, Splash and Bubbles, Word Party) and Jennifer Skelly (My Little Pony, The Lion Guards, Motown Magic) return to the podcast to talk about writing and creating TV for pre-school and elementary age audiences.
09/08/2019 • 51 minutes 53 seconds
621. I Will
Maura Chanz, Michelle Flowers and Clarissa Kern have turned their jobs assisting show-runners and producers into major stepping stones to a writing and producing career.
02/08/2019 • 48 minutes 36 seconds
620. Kaplan Talks Horseman
Writer Rachel Kaplan talks about what she’s learned in the writer’s room of the popular, animated comedy BoJack Horseman.
26/07/2019 • 37 minutes 11 seconds
619. The Wrong End of the Table
Writer and editor Ayser Salman returns to talk about how she turned real life experiences into a comic memoir and pitch for a tv series.
19/07/2019 • 47 minutes 27 seconds
618. Independent Thinkers
Filmmakers Sterling Macer Jr, Chris Molinaro and Jeremy Walton share their “dos” and “don'ts” about making movies cheaply, independently and with integrity.
12/07/2019 • 59 minutes 6 seconds
617. Rising Star
Years of creating high quality content is paying off for writer Jude Roth. Hear what she’s learned from taking meetings and obtaining high quality representation.
05/07/2019 • 40 minutes 36 seconds
616. The Hustle
Filmmaker Alex Ferrari talks about the “hustle” of independent filmmaking and the personal experiences that led him to write his new book, Shooting for the Mob.
28/06/2019 • 49 minutes 12 seconds
615. Like Magic and Music
Shaun Cassidy (New Amsterdam, Emerald City, American Gothic) went from pop star to rockstar writer. Here he digs into the process of the writers’ room and reveals his personal inspiration for finding story. A must-listen.
21/06/2019 • 49 minutes 54 seconds
614. "Television Is My Ministry"
TV executive Rev. Karen Frost talks about her path in Hollywood and her current role as creative executive at Viola Davis’s JuVee Productions.
14/06/2019 • 45 minutes 25 seconds
613. College Reunion
Carnegie Mellon graduates Tommar Wilson and Beth Crosby reunited in an On the Page screenwriting class. Although Tommar performs on Broadway and Beth performs sketch and improv, they also united in their observations about writing and acting.
07/06/2019 • 45 minutes 1 second
The Sixth Sense, Election, Being John Malkovich, Magnolia … Tonight we’re gonna write like it’s1999! Special assistance from Pat Francis and Azul Nino (also produced in 1999).
31/05/2019 • 1 hour 20 minutes 21 seconds
611. Wedded to the Writing
Writers Jason Director and Ayla Harrison are happily married and constantly moving forward in their writing career. They’ve also developed a list for finalists and fellows to help them make contacts and get work .
24/05/2019 • 41 minutes 24 seconds
610. Character Development
Pilar is joined by writer Melissa Cassera to discuss ways to create and show the emotional progression of on-screen characters.
17/05/2019 • 44 minutes
609. Daring Canadians
Canadian writers Michelle Muldoon and Geordie Sabbagh talk about the daring steps they’ve taken to seek out contacts and make their own movies.
10/05/2019 • 48 minutes 45 seconds
608. The World Builder
Ashleigh Powell (The Nutcracker and the Four Realms; one of Variety’s 10 Screenwriters to Watch) talks about her love of writing, genre, and world building.
03/05/2019 • 40 minutes 41 seconds
607. Bare Knuckle Writing
David Matillo wrote seven unproduced scripts before his feature spec “Bare Knuckle” made the 2015 Blacklist. He discusses the projects he’s written since then and what he’s learned along the way.
26/04/2019 • 40 minutes 44 seconds
606. What’s the Star on the Horizon?
Manager/Producer Markus Goerg (Heroes and Villains Entertainment) describes a writer’s career as, “never boring, never easy and never a straight line."
19/04/2019 • 51 minutes 49 seconds
605. "Assume Your Audience is Smart”
Playwright / screenwriter Christy Hall (I Am Not OK With This on Netflix), discusses her approach to writing for the stage and screen.
12/04/2019 • 44 minutes 32 seconds
604. The Organized Writer
Organizer Tracy McCubbin, author of Making Space, Clutter Free, discusses ways to declutter your writing space and organize your writing time.
05/04/2019 • 42 minutes 58 seconds
603. Writing the TV Drama Series
Author/ USC Professor Pamela Douglas discusses the changes to genre, structure and the international market addressed in the fourth edition of her classic book Writing the TV Drama Series.
29/03/2019 • 52 minutes 35 seconds
602. "All of the Above"
Hilliard Guess, writer on Deadly Class, talks about asking for what you want, changing perception and his personal steps toward becoming the next J.J. Abrams.
22/03/2019 • 49 minutes 8 seconds
Ryan O’ Connell talks about writing on Will and Grace and Awkward and discusses his upcoming Netflix series Special, inspired by his experiences as a gay man navigating the world with cerebral palsy.
15/03/2019 • 46 minutes 32 seconds
Eight days. Thirteen states. Thirty drivers. Pilar’s husband Pat Francis talks about his new documentary in which he traveled across country using only the ride-share service Lyft.
08/03/2019 • 34 minutes 50 seconds
Kendra Jordan and Racquel Baker discuss the new B.E.T. show Boomerang and the way they find episodes and break story in the writers’ room.
01/03/2019 • 47 minutes 37 seconds
598. Doctors in the House
Psychiatrist Laura Erickson-Schroth and general practitioner Justin Young are also writers who crave a more realistic depiction of the medical profession on screen. Listen to their advice about myth vs. truth in the medical world.
22/02/2019 • 45 minutes 14 seconds
597. Oscar Podcast 2019
Pilar and her friends Brian Pope, Mike Musa and Nancy Noever get together for their annual discussion/argument about the best screenplay and best adapted screenplay Oscar nominees.
15/02/2019 • 1 hour 5 minutes 40 seconds
596. The Gate Keepers
Story analysts Mark Chandley (HBO), Holly Sklar (Warner Bros.) and Daniel Livnat (UTA) discuss their approach to reading and covering scripts and books for production companies, studios and agencies.
08/02/2019 • 53 minutes
595. Meredith Danluck
Writer / director Meredith Danluck discusses the thought and effort that went into her independent thriller State Like Sleep and her four-screen narrative film North of South, West of East.
01/02/2019 • 49 minutes 4 seconds
594. Lazy Screenwriting
Stop working so hard! In a quick tutorial, Pilar guides you through some lazy ways to brainstorm, outline and write your screenplay.
25/01/2019 • 23 minutes 6 seconds
593. Finding a Career by Living a Life
Jade Branion and Darren O’Hare made some fascinating life choices that influenced and energized their writing.
19/01/2019 • 41 minutes 59 seconds
592. What Do Competitions Want?
Kristin Overn, Executive Director of the PAGE International Screenwriting Awards, talks about the world of writing competitions and provides insight into the ways judges read and evaluate scripts.
11/01/2019 • 40 minutes 41 seconds
591. Writing BlacKkKlansman
David Rabinowitz’s first feature-length script got the attention of Jordan Peele and was directed by Spike Lee. He discusses the writing and pitching process and what he’s learned along the way.
04/01/2019 • 46 minutes 21 seconds
590. Log Line Contest 2018
Pilar and Aadip evaluate log lines sent in by listeners. Who will win ... and who will end up on the “But List?”
28/12/2018 • 1 hour 34 minutes 16 seconds
589. Return of the Go-Getters
One sold a movie. One was nominated for a Webby. And one decided to just focus on being happy. Denise Cruz-Castino, Aydrea Walden and Mike Martin update.
21/12/2018 • 51 minutes 1 second
588. When Your Audience is Your Protagonist
The creative team at the video game company BioWare shares their insight into writing characters, story lines and action moments.
14/12/2018 • 27 minutes 42 seconds
587. Writing Trends in Review with Lee Jessup
Career coach Lee Jessup returns to discuss the writing trends popular in 2018 and shares what’s ahead for the new year.
07/12/2018 • 43 minutes 7 seconds
586. Kyle is AOK
Writer/editor Kyle Dodson discusses what he’s learned from being in the world of short-form content at the digital production company AOK. He also shares tips for new creatives moving to Los Angeles.
30/11/2018 • 40 minutes 33 seconds
Writer/Actor Taryn O’Neill discusses the ways that stories about science can entertain and change the world.
23/11/2018 • 49 minutes 3 seconds
584. OTN, BS and EH
With the help of writer Elena Zaretsky, Pilar explains the meaning of the mysterious red pen marks she makes on her students' scripts.
16/11/2018 • 51 minutes 34 seconds
583. Harry Potter and the Podcast of Screenwriting
Writers Carlton Allen and Michael Monteiro Wise love the Harry Potter movies. Here they explain why the book-to-screen adaptations work so well and why Harry Potter fans may end up saving the world.
09/11/2018 • 44 minutes 25 seconds
582. Scary Suzanne
Suzanne Keilly has had such a successful two years writing on Dallas and Robo, creating two horror movies for SyFy and being staffed on the upcoming Netflix show Warrior Nun, that we made her return to the show to tell us about it!
02/11/2018 • 55 minutes 24 seconds
581. Your Private Development Executive
Literary manager Jeff Portnoy talks about his role giving notes to writers, setting them up with agents, getting them ready for staffing and even producing movies.
26/10/2018 • 57 minutes 17 seconds
580. This Podcast is Rated PG-13
Film ratings consultant Barry Freeman discusses rating elements such as sex, violence and language on screen and explains why this knowledge is important for screenwriters.
19/10/2018 • 35 minutes 53 seconds
579. Making Movies in Massachusetts
John Stimpson has happily made a living and achieved success writing, producing and directing movies without moving to Los Angeles!
12/10/2018 • 40 minutes 1 second
578. Staying Alive
Writers Chuck McCue and Jules Vincent thought like producers when writing their horror movie “Alive.” Now it’s screening at Austin.
05/10/2018 • 49 minutes 6 seconds
577. The Idea
In anticipation of his new book, writer Erik Bork discusses the seven elements of a viable story for screen, stage or fiction.
28/09/2018 • 40 minutes 32 seconds
576. Done Deal!
Will Plyler, owner of Done Deal Pro, shares his thoughts about the thousands of film and TV deals made in Hollywood and archived daily on his website.
21/09/2018 • 53 minutes 31 seconds
575. Pippi Goes to Hollywood
Greta Heinemann raised herself at an early age, learned English by watching Baywatch, came to the United States determined to be a writer and is now a producer on NCIS New Orleans!
14/09/2018 • 39 minutes 24 seconds
574. Market Research
Kerry Carroll discusses the ways that market research is used to test scripts, films and TV shows.
07/09/2018 • 46 minutes 52 seconds
573. A House, A Woman and a Broken Tooth
Producer Kelli Joan Bennett and writer Monica Zepeda talk about how they turned a simple idea and one location into “Collusions,” a festival-winning movie starring Tom Everett Scott.
31/08/2018 • 44 minutes 38 seconds
572. More Than Just a Bottle of Water
Writer Alex Cramer returns to talk about his latest spec sale and what he’s learned from ten years of writing assignments and pitch meetings.
24/08/2018 • 40 minutes 56 seconds
571. Passion and Persistence
Karen Campbell’s hard work and love of the writers’ room has earned her writing and producing credits on everything from Dexter to Outlander.
17/08/2018 • 41 minutes 12 seconds
570. Writing With Both Hands
Writer/producer Anthony Sparks talks about writing "what is and what could be” in his career and on the television drama Queen Sugar.
10/08/2018 • 44 minutes 6 seconds
569. The Stand-up Whisperer
Writer/ producer Matthew Claybrooks has written for both Chris Rock and Kevin Hart. Here he talks about how he honors the comic’s personality and the ways he turns jokes into story.
03/08/2018 • 47 minutes 54 seconds
568. Toni Graphia
Outlander, Battlestar Galactica, Grey’s Anatomy, Roswell … and the list goes on! Producer / writer Toni Graphia reveals her process and talks about the writers' room from a show-runner’s perspective.
27/07/2018 • 51 minutes 5 seconds
567. Directing for Writers
Directing teacher Robert Bailey discusses ways that writer/directors can work with actors to bring out the intention and emotion of the page.
20/07/2018 • 48 minutes 29 seconds
566. See What Sticks
Writers Ilana Pena (Crazy Ex-Girlriend) and Madeline Hendricks (Jane the Virgin) discuss story brainstorming and joke writing in the writers’ room.
13/07/2018 • 48 minutes 45 seconds
565. A Novel Approach
Thomas Barron, author of the new novel “Bocas," shares the screenwriting-friendly techniques he uses to keep readers turning the page.
06/07/2018 • 44 minutes 41 seconds
564. Crowdsourcing for Creatives
Drawing from his book "Crowdsourcing for Filmmakers,” Richard (RB) Botto discusses the power of creating networks of friends and fans before, during and after the screenwriting and filmmaking process.
29/06/2018 • 51 minutes 43 seconds
563. Making Mischief
After rising from intern to junior agent to development executive, On the Page’s own Nick Oleksiw is starting his own company, “Mischief Films.” He talks about what he’s learned about networking, story telling and script development and what he’s looking for with new material.
22/06/2018 • 50 minutes 3 seconds
562. The Basement Club
These six female writer/directors aren’t afraid to “go into the basement” when it comes to genre. Emily Dell, Etta Devine, Sarah Ivy, Barbara Stepansky, Hannah MacPherson and April Wright talk about the tools and team building needed to be a working director.
15/06/2018 • 1 hour 13 minutes 28 seconds
561. Creating Great Content in the Digital Era
Writer, teacher and author Neil Landau gives tips for writing in the current market and discusses his new book TV Writing on Demand: Creating Great Content in the Digital Era.
09/06/2018 • 54 minutes 23 seconds
560. Making It Meaningful
Writer/ director Marcus and Karrie Cox share their experiences as producers on movies like Tangerine and Adult Beginners and discuss their process for acquiring and developing material they truly believe in.
01/06/2018 • 42 minutes 32 seconds
559. Focus On Ability
Jessica Orcsik, Manager & Program Director for Focus on Ability Film Festival discusses storytelling opportunities in writing about characters with disabilities.
25/05/2018 • 45 minutes 34 seconds
558. May the Fourth Be With You
Three writers, Chris Derrick, Michael Zannettis and Amanda Torigiani, talk about their favorite Star Wars movies. ‘Nuff said.
18/05/2018 • 1 hour 1 second
557. Another Day at the Dream Factory
Writer/Director Vaughn Stein talks about the lessons he learned as an assistant director that helped him write and direct his movie, “Terminal,” starring Margot Robbie and Simon Pegg.
11/05/2018 • 41 minutes 36 seconds
556. Brad Silberling and the Weighty Hey
The work of writer/director Brad Silberling spans mediums and genres. Jane the Virgin, A Series of Unfortunate Events and Moonlight Mile are just a few of the projects he’s been involved in. Here he discusses his approach to editing and dialogue and reveals his inspiration for his latest movie An Ordinary Man.
04/05/2018 • 50 minutes 38 seconds
555. Why Are Grandma’s Cats Trying to Kill Her?
Writer Russ McGarry returns to the podcast to talk about a career as a freelance writer and his latest job writing a three minute show with a compelling season arc.
27/04/2018 • 41 minutes 55 seconds
554. Keeping Score
West Anthony, host of the Musical Notation Podcast, talks about his favorite scores and soundtracks and how they enhance the story on the screen.
20/04/2018 • 47 minutes 23 seconds
553. John Yorke
Executive producer John Yorke (Wolf Hall, Casualty, Shameless) talks about writing and selling television in the UK.
13/04/2018 • 45 minutes 21 seconds
552. A Little Sketchy
Marc Warzecha of the Second City Comedy Theater talks about the “game” of the sketch and ways that the principles of sketch writing work for TV writing.
06/04/2018 • 50 minutes 45 seconds
551. Talk Talk Bam!
Writer Jim Rash (The Descendants, The Way Way Back) talks about his co-writing process, his take on character and dialogue and how winning an Oscar doesn’t mean you don’t get writer's block.
30/03/2018 • 45 minutes 50 seconds
550. Paul's World
Writer, Actor and longtime listener Paul A. Rose, Jr. sits in to ask questions and give information pertaining to previous episodes of the On the Page Podcast.
23/03/2018 • 51 minutes 38 seconds
When you choose a “frame” for your story, you control the story that’s told. Writers Michael Zannettis and Chelsea O’Connor, hosts of the “We Can Talk About Podcast” discuss the “Strict Father / Nurturing Parent” frame used by many movies and TV Shows.
16/03/2018 • 41 minutes 44 seconds
548. Writers Who Research
Curiosity and lots of research helped Andrew Logan and Taylor Allen write the movie “Chappaquiddick,” a dramatization of the car accident and cover-up involving Senator Ted Kennedy.
09/03/2018 • 50 minutes 35 seconds
547. Indie Advice
Filmmaker Ben Zolno talks about what he’s learned from making the improvised dialogue movie, “Status Pending.”
02/03/2018 • 50 minutes 51 seconds
546. Oscar Podcast 2018
Brian Pope, Mike Musa, Nina Berry and Pat Francis join Pilar for their annual discussion of the Oscar nominees for best screenplay and best adapted screenplay.
23/02/2018 • 1 hour 18 minutes 15 seconds
545. Just Like Dating
Writer Jake Morgan describes the ways in which taking meetings and working in a writers’ room is like dating. And, in honor of Valentine’s Day, Pilar walks us through a structural template for romantic comedies.
16/02/2018 • 45 minutes 38 seconds
544. Starting from Real Life
Writer Jennifer Joyce talks about how her life and experiences become the starting point for sketches, TV shows and movies.
09/02/2018 • 43 minutes 50 seconds
543. Writing From The Inside Out
Writer John Whittington (The Lego Batman Movie, When We First Met, Boy 21) talks about his live action/animation writing career and the surprising script that changed everything.
02/02/2018 • 40 minutes 43 seconds
542. The Wisdom of Ed Solomon
Writer Ed Solomon (“Now You See Me,” “Men in Black,” “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure”) wrote the HBO six-part series “Mosaic” as well as the eight-hour storytelling app that goes with it. Here he discusses objective and subjective storytelling and talks about how he breaks and rewrites his scripts.
26/01/2018 • 55 minutes 9 seconds
541. Diving in with Doug Jones
Doug Jones, star of the Golden Globe winning film "The Shape Of Water,” reveals how he brings silent and non-human characters to life.
19/01/2018 • 52 minutes 29 seconds
540. Writing Coco
Writer Matthew Aldrich and writer/co-director Adrian Molina discuss their approach to story, pay-off and world building for “Coco,” the winner of the 2018 Golden Globe for animated feature.
12/01/2018 • 50 minutes 53 seconds
539. Pitching as Performance
Jennifer Julian and Holly Payberg of June Bug Pictures talk about the techniques they use to hook a listener in a two-minute pitch.
05/01/2018 • 40 minutes 58 seconds
538. Storytelling For Change
Alan Jenkins, President of The Opportunity Agenda, and Jon Fitzgerald, author of "Filmmaking for Change," discuss ways to change the world through film, TV and documentary storytelling.
29/12/2017 • 39 minutes 56 seconds
537. Wisdom from the Christmas Guy
Writer Brian Turner returns to talk about his new job writing for the Netflix series “Trolls” and helps Pilar answer more questions from her neglected e-mail inbox.
22/12/2017 • 41 minutes 26 seconds
536. Trends for 2018
Career-coach Lee Jessup returns to talk about the changes we saw in 2017 and writing trends ahead for 2018.
16/12/2017 • 48 minutes 39 seconds
535. Log Line Contest 2017
Pilar and Aadip review log lines sent in from listeners! Who will be the winner?
08/12/2017 • 1 hour 23 minutes 50 seconds
534. Writing Non-binary Characters
Non-binary characters don’t fit into classic male or female molds. Writers Laura Erickson-Schroth and Sonya Ellis discuss the challenges and creative opportunities. Pilar’s 17-year-old daughter Ezra Rae Dodson leads the way.
01/12/2017 • 56 minutes 57 seconds
533. Surviving AFM
Armed with a case of thumb drives and a bag filled with aspirin, filmmakers Curt Wiser, Al Mauro and John Wotring went to the American Film Market for four days of pitching, meetings and networking. Hear their day-by-day account in this special “roving reporter” episode.
24/11/2017 • 48 minutes 23 seconds
532. Beyond Bollywood
Filmmakers Shazia Malik and Danish Renzu talk about their experiences pitching, writing and directing movies in India and the U.S.
17/11/2017 • 47 minutes 2 seconds
531. Mr. Fortuitous
Sometimes you just happen to run into an old client from New York, who happens to be in town taking meetings for his feature after wrapping production for his short film. So, what do you do next? Put him on the podcast of course! Guest: Keith Armonaitis
10/11/2017 • 44 minutes 48 seconds
530. VO, Flashback and Breaking the 4th Wall
Pilar gives a sneak preview of her next book, “The Coffee Break Screenwriter Breaks the Rules,” with this discussion about narrative devices like voice over and flashback.
03/11/2017 • 24 minutes 10 seconds
529. Scary Scripting
Josh Stolberg, writer of “Jigsaw” (in theaters now), talks about the “Saw" franchise, working with Clive Barker and his advice for being scary on the page.
27/10/2017 • 47 minutes 37 seconds
528. Write It Like Bruce
Writer on the verge Eric Rudnick talks about rewriting, video pitching and channeling your inner Bruce Springsteen.
20/10/2017 • 55 minutes 44 seconds
527. Screenplay Development from the Inside Out
So you’ve got a script. What happens next? Producer Rona Edwards fills us in. A must-listen for those who want to understand the true business side of showbiz. Also check out the third edition of her book, “I Liked It, I Didn’t Love It: Screenplay Development from the Inside Out."
13/10/2017 • 1 hour 1 minute 2 seconds
526. The Adventures of Katie Mattila
Animation writer Katie Mattila (Avatar: The Last Airbender, Kung Fu Panda, Harvey Beaks, 100 Things to do Before High School, Tangled: The Series and Home: Adventures with Tip and Oh) talks about her experience with script-driven animated series and story-board driven animated series.
06/10/2017 • 39 minutes 4 seconds
525. Writing in Cologne
Pilar's students from the International Film School in Cologne, Germany talk about their stories and feelings about US and German television.
01/10/2017 • 53 minutes 36 seconds
With the help of writer Suzanne Keilly, Pilar clears out her overstuffed e-mail inbox and gives long overdue answers to listener questions.
22/09/2017 • 59 minutes 14 seconds
523. The Comic Hero’s Journey
Using comedy expert Steve Kaplan’s upcoming book as a launching point, he and TV writer Ellen Sandler discuss the journey, goals and drive of main characters in comedy features and TV shows.
15/09/2017 • 54 minutes 6 seconds
522. Keeping it “The 100”
Star student turned star TV writer Charmaine DeGrate returns to the podcast to share what she’s learned as a writer and producer of the popular CW series “The 100.”
08/09/2017 • 44 minutes 14 seconds
521. Christopher Vogler
Christopher Vogler, author of the landmark book "The Writer's Journey”, discusses mythic structure, connectivity and “the wisdom of the body."
01/09/2017 • 45 minutes 12 seconds
520. Acquiring Life Rights
David Kessler spent years attempting to get life rights for the scripts he wanted to write. In this episode he shares his journey and provides tips for the passionate (and brave) screenwriter.
25/08/2017 • 55 minutes 22 seconds
519. The Song Of My Movie: Take 2
It's another On The Page/Rock Solid mash-up as Pilar and Pat Francis read listener's log lines and play the songs that the writer would want on the soundtrack.
18/08/2017 • 1 hour 13 minutes 26 seconds
518. Now That's Funny!
Want to get a laugh? Try some conflict and hostility. Peter Desberg, psychologist, teacher and author, explains it all to you.
11/08/2017 • 48 minutes 5 seconds
517. The Positive Press Tour
Silicon Valley writer Shawn Boxe talks about getting work, navigating the writers room and creating story while also battling cancer.
04/08/2017 • 54 minutes 30 seconds
516. Not a Cucumber Sandwich Party
The great Scotty Mullen returns to talk about his latest movie: Sharknado 5!
28/07/2017 • 44 minutes 58 seconds
515. The Script Supervisor
Time, place, pacing and continuity: these are just some of the responsibilities of a script supervisor. Sylvia Parker (Edge of Tomorrow, T2 Trainspotting, The Theory of Everything, Murder on the Orient Express), covers the details!
21/07/2017 • 49 minutes 50 seconds
514. Bend and Snap with Kiwi Smith
Kirsten (Kiwi) Smith, the co-writer of "Legally Blonde," "10 Things I Hate About You," "Ella Enchanted" and (in development) "The Expendabelles" and "Sister Act 3," talks about breaking story, creating set-pieces and discovering the “joy" of a character.
14/07/2017 • 48 minutes 53 seconds
513. Character Arc
From inner wounds to onion chopping, Pilar and author Michael Hauge hash out the complex character arc of the on-screen protagonist.
07/07/2017 • 1 hour 1 minute 40 seconds
512. Dynamic Duo
Writing partners Lauren Hynek and Elizabeth Martin describe their journey from winning contests to writing the live action “Mulan" for Disney.
30/06/2017 • 51 minutes 53 seconds
511. Idea Think Tank
How do you find the next great story? Writers Jacob Coakley, Alicia Lomas-Gross, Amanda Torigiani, Nadia Madden and Neal Thibedeau share the ways they brainstorm new ideas and find character inspiration from news, work and life.
23/06/2017 • 47 minutes 13 seconds
510. Not Just A Pretty Face
Jamie Anderson has worked hard creating content and pitching ideas. Now it's paying off with representation and features in development.
16/06/2017 • 31 minutes 43 seconds
509. The Reality of Reality
Producer Wendy Miller (formerly with Playboy TV, NBC Universal, Lifetime, Oxygen) has heard many, many reality pitches. Here are some of her do’s and don’ts!
09/06/2017 • 54 minutes 59 seconds
508. Hallmark Heather
Heather Overton, manager of original programming at Crown Media Family Networks, discusses the mission and story approach at the Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movies and Mysteries.
02/06/2017 • 41 minutes 59 seconds
507. Gentle Subversion
Irish writer/director John Butler discusses the ways he honored and subverted archetypes in his "coming out of age" film, "Handsome Devil."
26/05/2017 • 48 minutes 9 seconds
506. The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Pilar learns from husband Pat Francis about the “three phases” of Marvel story-lines in the movies and on television.
19/05/2017 • 56 minutes 58 seconds
505. Luck with Lifetime
Writers Melissa Cassera and Hunter Doohan separately made their first script sales with Lifetime. Hear how they did it, what it’s taught them and what’s next on the horizon.
12/05/2017 • 34 minutes 14 seconds
504. What Not To Wear
Carole Kirschner, Director of the WGA Showrunner Training Program, CBS Diversity Program and Humanitas Fellowship, returns with business advice on how to create your personal PR packet, how to prep for a meeting and what not to wear to an interview.
05/05/2017 • 43 minutes 46 seconds
503. Six Experts and a Toucan
A distributor, marketing expert, acquisitions director, producer, writer and filmmaker offer their opinions and expertise at the Cartagena International Film Festival.
28/04/2017 • 41 minutes 38 seconds
502. Digging Under The Castle Walls
"Go-getters” Aydrea Walden, T. Michael Martin and Denise Cruz reveal the unique approaches to story and business that helped them hit the ground running with their writing careers.
21/04/2017 • 53 minutes 42 seconds
501. John Badham
Pilar welcomes legendary Director John Badham (Saturday Night Fever, War Games, Blue Thunder, Stakeout) to the show to discuss his career in filmmaking and his approach to the script.
14/04/2017 • 1 hour 3 minutes 11 seconds
500. Happy Anniversary
Pilar celebrates the 500th episode of the On the Page Podcast with her producers past and present.
07/04/2017 • 1 hour 4 minutes 35 seconds
499. My Dinner with Arnold
Director Elliott Lester discusses his upcoming slate of projects including the new film "Aftermath" starring Arnold Schwarzenegger.
31/03/2017 • 59 minutes 17 seconds
498. Daniel Pyne
Daniel Pyne, screenwriter (sum of all fears, manchurian candidate, pacific heights) and novelist, drops by the OTP Studio to chat about noir tropes, writing authentically, and the challenges of inaccurate IMDB descriptions.
24/03/2017 • 42 minutes 13 seconds
497. Six Pitches
Pilar and guest co-host Jason Levy (winner of the 2016 Log Line Contest) listen to the movie and TV pitches of writers Cat Alvarado, Barbara Cole, Julianne Eggold, Darius Garland, Misha Klein and Ryan Nanni.
17/03/2017 • 49 minutes 22 seconds
496. Writing Muslim Characters
Writers Ayser Salman and Lena Khan talk about the challenge and promise of writing Muslim characters for film and TV.
10/03/2017 • 50 minutes 31 seconds
495. Gotta Dance
TV and film choreographer Courtney Miller reveals the way on-screen dance contributes to story.
03/03/2017 • 47 minutes
494. Oscar Podcast 2017
Brian Pope, Mike Musa, Nina Berry and Pat Francis join Pilar for their annual discussion of the nominees for best screenplay and best adapted screenplay.
24/02/2017 • 1 hour 34 minutes 38 seconds
493. The Heart and the Spine of the Story
Kim Zubick, producer of "The Zookeeper’s Wife," reveals the movie's long road from book to screen.
17/02/2017 • 44 minutes 24 seconds
492. Films To Save Your Love Life
Author Pamela Jaye Smith talks about the structure, characters and different kinds of love found in the movies curated in her new book, “Romantic Comedies: These Films Can Save Your Love Life."
10/02/2017 • 51 minutes 8 seconds
491. Looking Back at the Writers Strike: A Double Episode
Brian Kalata and Stephen Andrzejewski, the producers of the documentary "Pencils Down! The 100 Days of the Writers Guild Strike,” look back at the issues that created the strike and discuss the changes in the industry since its resolution. We then rebroadcast Episode 10 of the On the Page Podcast, originally recorded on the eve of the Writers Strike.
03/02/2017 • 1 hour 13 minutes 23 seconds
490. Breaking In
Career coach Lee Jessup returns to talk about the interviews she conducted for her new book “Breaking In: Tales From The Screenwriting Trenches.”
27/01/2017 • 40 minutes 1 second
489. Writing for Virtual Reality
Screenwriter Giz Gewirtz, co-founder of Seismic Games, discusses the possibilities and limitations of virtual reality narratives.
20/01/2017 • 47 minutes 44 seconds
Kathryn Renee Thomas and Caitlin Barlow, creators and stars of “Teachers” on TV Land, school us in the improv techniques they use to build characters and find “the game of the scene.”
13/01/2017 • 56 minutes 40 seconds
487. Action on Film
Jim Churchman, stunt coordinator for Marvel movies, discusses what lifts off the page and onto the screen to create great action sequences.
07/01/2017 • 45 minutes 5 seconds
486. Happy New Year 2017!
Pilar and members of her Tuesday-night Writers Group pour champagne, look back on 2016 successes and discuss goals for the new year. (Stick around for Pilar’s 5 Writing Resolutions for 2017. They might surprise you.)
30/12/2016 • 45 minutes 35 seconds
485. On The Page and In The Ring
What do pro-wrestling and good screenwriting have in common? Writer, actor and wrestling fan Sam Benjamin explains it to you.
23/12/2016 • 44 minutes 58 seconds
484. The Twelve Days Of Writing Revisited
This week Pilar is on a business trip teaching on the East Coast, so please enjoy a rebroadcast from December 16, 2011. A twelve day writing guide from logline to pages. Sing along with Pat and Pilar!
16/12/2016 • 49 minutes 34 seconds
483. Making It Big In Shorts
Filmmaker Kim Adelman shares tips on short film writing and low-budget filmmaking from her book, “Making It Big In Shorts,” now in its third edition.
09/12/2016 • 50 minutes 38 seconds
482. The Deadly Sins of Actors … and Writers!
Actor Kevin E. West gives an actor’s perspective on the script and discusses how the 7 Deadly Sins get in the way of artists’ success.
02/12/2016 • 41 minutes 23 seconds
481. Most Improved
Nadia Madden, Pilar's "most improved" writer of 2016, talks about navigating the Austin Film Festival, the benefit of notes and classes and how much she secretly hates pumpkin pie.
25/11/2016 • 35 minutes 42 seconds
480. Storytelling with Mark and Niall
English writer/director Mark Heywood and Irish writer/director and Tribeca shorts programmer Niall McKay talk about the different story telling approaches here and abroad.
18/11/2016 • 59 minutes 56 seconds
479. Funny Or Die
Can we still have a good laugh after this election? Kelly Hudson and Jocelyn Richard of “Funny or Die” are here to help.
11/11/2016 • 51 minutes 28 seconds
478. Hit the Floor Running
Writers Judalina Neira and Sarah Fahey talk about the different roads that led them from college in Boston to writing for shows like “Hit the Floor” and “The Flash.”
04/11/2016 • 41 minutes
477. The Industry-Ready Checklist
Pilar goes it alone this week to help you polish up your script before giving it to an important reader. E-mail her at [email protected] to get the list!
28/10/2016 • 38 minutes 6 seconds
476. Script to Comic to Script
Comic book writer Eric Freitas (Judge Dredd, Regular Show, Godzilla), reveals how he uses movie structure to write his comic books, then uses the scripts he’s created to write feature films.
21/10/2016 • 48 minutes 3 seconds
475. Getting Creative
Sometimes a creator’s got to create in order to create more. Filmmaker Noel Orput and web series producer Sarah Hawkins explain how they made it happen for themselves.
14/10/2016 • 54 minutes 29 seconds
474. The Magical Number Three
Academy award-nominated animation supervisor David Schaub shares the analysis of three-act structure he used when creating his structure app, “The Three Act Compass.”
07/10/2016 • 49 minutes 2 seconds
473. The AFM
Jonathan Wolf, Managing Director of the American Film Market, discusses the power of the pitch at the world’s largest motion picture business event.
30/09/2016 • 40 minutes 49 seconds
472. Fan Club
Audience Development Strategist Lara Hoefs discusses the ways that creators and storytellers can learn from their fanbase.
23/09/2016 • 44 minutes 36 seconds
471. Glenn Williamson
Producer Glenn Williamson brings stories from his early years working for Tim Burton on Edward Scissorhands to producing critically hailed and compelling titles like 'Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind', 'Sunshine Cleaning', and 'The Omen' (2006).
16/09/2016 • 54 minutes 42 seconds
470. Log Line Contest 2016
Matt Belknap (podcast king and former reader for Imagine Entertainment) joins Pilar to evaluate listener log lines and pick a winner!
09/09/2016 • 1 hour 43 minutes 41 seconds
469. Moving the Needle
Tom Nunan discusses his tremendous career from being an executive at ABC, Fox, NBC and UPN to founding Bull’s Eye Entertainment which produced the Academy Award winning movie "Crash.”
02/09/2016 • 1 hour 12 minutes 17 seconds
468. The Return of Marc Haimes
Marc Haimes, writer of "Kubo And The Two Strings," discusses his up and coming projects: the adaptation of the subversive graphic novel “Nimona," and a drama based on the Waco Texas tragedy, produced by Mark Boal.
26/08/2016 • 56 minutes 38 seconds
467. Reality Rocks
Producer and TV host Damona Hoffman talks about the creativity and storytelling that goes into developing and writing reality shows.
19/08/2016 • 47 minutes 39 seconds
466. How To Write Like A 10th Grader
Larry Friedman, the high school teacher you wish you had, walks us through the inspiring prompts and exercises he gives in his writing classes. Guaranteed to unstick any writer ... no matter what the age.
12/08/2016 • 50 minutes 4 seconds
465. Trans Characters on Screen
Writer Sonya Ellis talks about the negative tropes and positive approaches to writing trans characters in film and TV.
05/08/2016 • 45 minutes 41 seconds
464. Scoring Story
Composer and writer Heather Schmidt talks about the ways she captures the emotion, tone, pace and story beats of the films, TV shows, and video games she scores.
29/07/2016 • 51 minutes 17 seconds
463. Romy, Michelle, and Robin Schiff
Pilar entertains Robin Schiff in the OTP Studio, as Robin relates the autobiographical origin of her script for 'Romy and Michelle’s High School Reunion', and teaches us how to effectively write voices through improv, all while reflecting on how writing comedy for TV and Film have changed over her thirty-year career.
22/07/2016 • 46 minutes 20 seconds
462. Scripting Suits
Writer Aaron Korsh, (creator of the hit show Suits), and director Kevin Bray (Suits, Empire, Blackish, CSI, Walking Tall) discuss the happy intersection of writing and directing on TV.
15/07/2016 • 53 minutes 53 seconds
461. Novel To Screen
Rebecca Phelps and Chris Cookson, authors of the blog “Novel2Screen,” discuss the ways that screen adaptations go right … and painfully wrong.
08/07/2016 • 43 minutes
460. Plan For Success
Entertainment attorney Richard DeLossa discusses copyright protection, script releases, writing partnerships and more.
01/07/2016 • 1 hour 1 minute 25 seconds
459. Out of the Ashes
Writer Suzanne Keilly talks about her work on "Ash vs. Evil Dead" as a writers’ assistant, episode writer and webisode writer.
24/06/2016 • 44 minutes 16 seconds
458. Inspired By
Pilar helps writers Alicia Lomas Gross and Steve D’Arcangelo build a whole movie from one real-life-event. Listen and follow along!
17/06/2016 • 50 minutes 57 seconds
457. Terry Rossio
Terry Rossio, writer of “Aladdin," “Shrek" and "Pirates of the Caribbean," shares his thoughts about adaptation, story telling, dialogue and script notes.
10/06/2016 • 58 minutes 1 second
456. The Poetry of the Page
SK Valenzuela, literature professor and winner of the Industry Insider Screenwriting Contest, discusses the similarities between poetry writing and screenwriting.
03/06/2016 • 37 minutes 5 seconds
455. Pickle and Peanut and Joel and Noah
Joel Trussell and Noah Jones traveled from Maine and Tennessee to the land of unicorns. Hear how they did it and went on to work on animated projects such as "Yo Gabba Gabba," "Fish Hooks" and "Pickle and Peanut."
27/05/2016 • 46 minutes 23 seconds
454. Joy To The Script
Joy Gorman Wettels, producer of "The Meddler" and "Seeking a Friend for the End of the World," starts with the question, “why should your story be told?"
20/05/2016 • 42 minutes 50 seconds
453. Writing the Thing That Scares You
Writer Irene Turner does not shrink away from tough characters and true crime. Here, she talks about co-writing "An American Crime," starring Ellen Page, and "The Most Hated Woman in America," with Melissa Leo (Netflix 2017).
13/05/2016 • 44 minutes 47 seconds
452. Paul Rust
Writer Paul Rust is everywhere on Netflix right now with his show “Love” and co-writing credit on “Pee-wee’s Big Holiday.” So it looked like a good time to replay an episode you might have missed!
06/05/2016 • 51 minutes 53 seconds
451. Making Connections When You Have Zero Connections
Writer and marketing consultant Melissa Cassera talks about
7 ways you can create your “little black book” of helpful industry
29/04/2016 • 59 minutes 57 seconds
450. 1-Hour & Y.A.
What do a "Grey’s Anatomy” and “I-Zombie” writer have in common? They both moonlight as Y.A. writers! Jen Klein and Sara Saedi talk about structure and storytelling for both mediums.
22/04/2016 • 52 minutes 9 seconds
Aaron Covington, co-writer of “Creed," talks about the work and thought that went into writing the 7th "Rocky” movie.
15/04/2016 • 49 minutes 6 seconds
448. Stephanie Allain
Stephanie Allain, producer of “Dear White People," and “Hustle and Flow,” and an early champion of "Boyz n the Hood," talks about theme, diversity and scripts that make her “heart beat fast.”
08/04/2016 • 47 minutes 1 second
447. Pilar and the Script Monsters
Pilar is joined by writers Garrett Frawley and Brian Turner (AKA The Christmas Guys) to discuss their reboot of the 70's kids' show "Sigmund and the Sea Monsters” and their award-winning Amazon show "Gortimer Gibbon's Life on Normal Street.” Guest interviewer: Rita Dodson.
01/04/2016 • 44 minutes 13 seconds
446. Return of The Coffee Break Screenwriter!
As the second edition of "The Coffee Break Screenwriter" hits the shelves, we replay an episode devoted to that book, hosted by Matt Belknap. New edition available through mwp.com and amazon.com
26/03/2016 • 48 minutes 41 seconds
445. Screenwriters Rising
Pilar sits down with screenwriting team Creighton Rothenberger and Katrin Benedikt to discuss the intricacies of writing action films such as "Olympus Has Fallen," "The Expendables 3" and their current release "London Has Fallen."
18/03/2016 • 41 minutes 48 seconds
444. Writing Homeland
"What keeps you up at night?" Writer Charlotte Stoudt discusses what it's like to write for Homeland.
11/03/2016 • 40 minutes 42 seconds
443. The Producer
Ethan Erwin, executive VP of Silver Pictures and producer of The Book of Eli and The Nice Guys, discusses the process of movie making, working with Shane Black, Denzel Washington's guest house and Jean Claude Van Damme's six pack.
07/03/2016 • 47 minutes 21 seconds
442. Finding the Layers
Costume designer Mary Zophres and set decorator Dena Allen look to the script to layer the movies and TV shows they work on.
26/02/2016 • 56 minutes 6 seconds
441. Oscar Podcast 2016
Brian Pope and Mike Musa join Pat Francis and Pilar for their annual discussion of the nominees for best screenplay and best adapted screenplay.
19/02/2016 • 1 hour 9 minutes 57 seconds
440. 5 Things to Avoid When Pitching
Joey Tuccio, the head of Stage 32 Happy Writers Online Pitchfest, talks about do’s and don’ts for online pitching.
12/02/2016 • 46 minutes 16 seconds
439. The Song Of My Movie
It's another On The Page/Rock Solid mash-up as Pilar and Pat Francis read listener's log lines and play the songs that they would want on the soundtrack.
05/02/2016 • 48 minutes 59 seconds
438. Movies and Web Series and Comic Books, Oh My!
Meredith Berg started in theater, but now she has a critically acclaimed independent movie, a web series with over six-million hits and comic book experience that would make any geek jealous.
29/01/2016 • 52 minutes 59 seconds
437. Hollywood in Wisconsin
Pilar sits down with Comedian and Screenwriter Pete Schwaba to discuss making independent films anywhere in the USA.
22/01/2016 • 44 minutes 12 seconds
436. Q&A with P&A
With Aadip’s help, Pilar answers listeners’ questions about writing voice, genre, scene beats, script competitions and more.
16/01/2016 • 1 hour 11 minutes 19 seconds
435. Starting With A Song
Pilar and the music / writing experts of the Rock Solid Podcast (Pat Francis, Christy Stratton and Murray Valeriano) use song titles to brainstorm movie and TV ideas.
08/01/2016 • 50 minutes 58 seconds
434. Speaking Forensic
Jennifer Dornbush, the author of the book “Forensic Speak," separates fact from fiction for those writing about forensics, evidence and crime scenes.
02/01/2016 • 49 minutes 39 seconds
433. TV to Novel to Feature
Writer Hollie Overton wrote a novel in the “spare time” she had as a working TV writer. Now she’s adapting that book into a feature film. We talk to her about doing it all.
26/12/2015 • 41 minutes 42 seconds
432. Loglining A Lifetime
Pilar sits down with her mom, Sydelle Pittas, to discuss the story of her life as it might play out through movie log lines.
18/12/2015 • 43 minutes 53 seconds
431. Sibling Scriptwriters
Brother and sister team Adam Wilson and Melanie Wilson LaBracio reveal their process for writing movies, tv and ice shows!
11/12/2015 • 46 minutes 13 seconds
430. Fact and Fantasy in Movies
Screenwriter and Author Jonathan Vankin discusses the liberties filmmakers take when they adapt non fiction subject matter for the big screen.
04/12/2015 • 57 minutes 10 seconds
429. Writing Docs Like Scripts
Filmmaker Viko Nikci talks about his award-winning documentary “Coming Home,” which he edited as though he was writing a screenplay.
27/11/2015 • 41 minutes 37 seconds
428. Making Movies In South Africa
Pilar sits down to discuss the craft of screenwriting with the executives at Triggerfish Animation and some of South Africa's most promising writers.
20/11/2015 • 1 hour 25 minutes 14 seconds
427. Rewrite Contest Part 2
With the help of her handsome sidekicks Pat and Mike, Pilar evaluates "Before & After" rewrite submissions sent in by her faithful listeners.
13/11/2015 • 48 minutes 28 seconds
426. Rewrite Contest Part 1
With the help of her handsome sidekicks Pat and Mike, Pilar evaluates "Before & After" rewrite submissions sent in by her faithful listeners.
06/11/2015 • 48 minutes 16 seconds
Pilar is joined by writers Valerie Ahern, Mike Montesano and Eric Schaar to discuss their process for writing family oriented sitcoms.
30/10/2015 • 56 minutes 49 seconds
424. Thinking Out of the Boxe
Writer Shawn Boxe is on the brink! Here he talks about breaking story and taking meetings.
23/10/2015 • 42 minutes 24 seconds
423. John Vorhaus Knows Everything
Need tools for comedy, sitcom writing or life itself? Author and TV Writer, John Vorhaus has something to teach you.
17/10/2015 • 48 minutes 47 seconds
422. 10 Ways To Make L.A. Work For You
Writer Alexandra Denye came for a visit and never stopped moving. Here are 10 things she did to make progress on her writing and further her career.
09/10/2015 • 48 minutes 25 seconds
421. Character Epiphanies
Great on-screen stories often revolve around major character epiphanies. Author Elise Ballard and Pilar discuss.
02/10/2015 • 32 minutes 49 seconds
420. The Dan O'Bannon Way
Writer Matt R. Lohr shares what he learned about conflict, structure and world-building from the writer of "Alien" and "Total Recall."
25/09/2015 • 43 minutes 32 seconds
419. Walking the Walk
Filmmaker Coley Sohn talks about her indie film “Sassy Pants,” her days as Pilar’s wingman and her take on gay characters on screen.
18/09/2015 • 43 minutes 39 seconds
418. Just Between Gaby and Allison
YouTube comedy writers Gaby Dunn and Allison Raskin share their tips and techniques for creating entertaining short content on the web and beyond.
11/09/2015 • 48 minutes 27 seconds
417. Crime Time
Criminology expert Kat Lindsey discusses the accuracy of killers and crime as they are portrayed in film and TV.
04/09/2015 • 57 minutes 8 seconds
416. 6 Rewrites
Pilar revisits six of the rewrite tools from "The Coffee Break Screenwriter" in order to get you prepped for her Before and After Writing Contest.
28/08/2015 • 28 minutes 3 seconds
415. Rolling The Dice With Carlito Rodriguez
Hear how writer Carlito Rodriguez entered The Magical Starbucks and came out writing for "The Leftovers" and “Empire."
21/08/2015 • 50 minutes 51 seconds
414. Joking Around With Laurie Kilmartin
Comedian, writer and author Laurie Kilmartin discusses her work writing political jokes for Conan O'Brien and personal jokes for her standup.
14/08/2015 • 48 minutes 14 seconds
413. Rich Sommer
Actor Rich Sommer talks about his interpretation of script and character while playing Harry Crane on AMC's "Mad Men."
07/08/2015 • 44 minutes 23 seconds
412. Cashing In With Corey
Writer Corey Mandell returns to the podcast to talk to Pilar and Aadip about “cashing in on the second golden age of television."
01/08/2015 • 46 minutes 45 seconds
411. David Nutter: TV Director
Director David Nutter joins Pilar to discuss directing episodes of some of the most popular shows in television history, including The Sopranos, X-Files and Game Of Thrones. (And yes, he directed the episode with “The Red Wedding!”)
25/07/2015 • 50 minutes
410. Significant Mother
Writer Erin Cardillo discusses creating, writing and producing the upcoming CW sitcom "Significant Mother."
17/07/2015 • 43 minutes 29 seconds
409. Story Through Animation
Animation director Joshua Taback joins Pilar to discuss how he turns the written word into a fully realized and animated story.
10/07/2015 • 52 minutes 22 seconds
408. Bernadette And The Bronze
Writer Melissa Rauch (Bernadette on “The Big Bang Theory”) and writer Winston Rauch discuss their independent comedy "The Bronze” which opened Sundance this year and will be released in October.
03/07/2015 • 40 minutes 28 seconds
407. The Bogdanovich Way
Pilar sits down with Antonia Bogdanovich and her legendary father Peter (Paper Moon, The Last Picture Show, What’s Up Doc) to discuss “The Phantom Halo” written and directed by Antonia. Episode perk: a Bogdanovich-curated top ten list of classic movies!
26/06/2015 • 40 minutes 9 seconds
406. Dads On Film
Pilar sits down with Pat and actors David Rees Snell and Ted Lyde to discuss the pros and cons of dad depictions on film and TV.
19/06/2015 • 50 minutes 53 seconds
405. High School on Hulu
Pilar is joined by writer / producers Charo Toledo and Carlos Portugal to discuss their Hulu original series "East Los High.”
12/06/2015 • 37 minutes 10 seconds
404. Laurie Lamson (Exclamation Point)
Writer Laurie Lamson shares information from her "Now Write!” books about screenwriting, science fiction and mystery.
05/06/2015 • 39 minutes 41 seconds
403. Mike, Molly and More
Writer Brian Keith Etheridge joins Pilar to discuss his career as a television writer and producer on "Mike and Molly," "South Park" and “Workaholics.”
29/05/2015 • 53 minutes 6 seconds
402. Character and World Rules
On Mother's Day Pilar sits down with two story experts (her daughters Sara and Rita) to discuss the world and character rules of their favorite movies, shows and books.
22/05/2015 • 43 minutes 34 seconds
Director Elliott Lester discusses the making of his soon to be released HBO feature "Nightingale."
15/05/2015 • 43 minutes 24 seconds
400. Hot Pursuit
Pilar is joined by writer John Quaintance on opening day of his film "Hot Pursuit” starring Reese Witherspoon and Sofia Vergara.
08/05/2015 • 38 minutes 2 seconds
399. The Age Of Adaline
Screenwriter J. Mills Goodloe talks about writing in "The Shed" and the long journey to get his film "The Age Of Adaline" onto the big screen.
01/05/2015 • 56 minutes 3 seconds
398. Ride Along
Charley Dane’s research for his original pilots includes police ride-alongs and gang tours. He talks about this plus his experience writing for KYLE XY, LEGEND OF THE SEEKER and TNT’s PERCEPTION.
24/04/2015 • 45 minutes 51 seconds
397. Lean In To Your Strengths
Manager/Producer Scott Carr talks about what he looks for in writers and in scripts.
17/04/2015 • 52 minutes 42 seconds
396. Writing Treatments
Writer Eileen Jones discussed her work writing treatments for TV, film and commercials.
10/04/2015 • 45 minutes 19 seconds
395. Stealing from Shakespeare
GregRobin Smith, Managing Director of The Washington Shakespeare Festival, discusses the Shakespearean tropes, themes, characters and structure that work for contemporary script-writing.
03/04/2015 • 56 minutes 23 seconds
394. The Page 69 Rule
Writer/Executive Producer Paul Guyot (THE LIBRARIANS, GEOSTORM, LEVERAGE, FELICITY) returns to update us on his adventures in film and TV.
27/03/2015 • 45 minutes 14 seconds
393. What Do Film Festivals Want?
Writer/director April Wright talks about how she reviews films as a programming associate for the Sundance Film Festival and AFI Film Festival.
21/03/2015 • 52 minutes 52 seconds
392. Comics vs. Movies
Jonathan Vankin, screenwriter and former editor with DC Comics talks about the difference between comic book stories and movie stories. Helping out with the questions are super-fans Kyle Dodson and Kevin Killebrew.
13/03/2015 • 53 minutes 33 seconds
391. Better Call Bob!
A repost of the 2010 episode featuring actor/writer Bob Odenkirk of "Breaking Bad" and "Better Call Saul."
07/03/2015 • 57 minutes 47 seconds
390. Jessica Bendinger
Accomplished writer/director/novelist and song-writer Jessica Bendinger talks about story and the need to become a “missionary” for your project.
27/02/2015 • 48 minutes
389. Oscar Podcast 2015
Brian Pope and Mike Musa join Pat Francis and Pilar for their annual discussion of the nominees for best screenplay and best adapted screenplay.
20/02/2015 • 1 hour 7 minutes 25 seconds
388. Layered Storytelling
Writer/Director Paul Linsley walks us through four “layers” of storytelling: Letter, allegory, moral and anagoge.
13/02/2015 • 49 minutes 8 seconds
387. Star Students!
On the page writers Charmaine DeGrate and Michael Grebb talk about their recent successes winning awards and getting meetings.
06/02/2015 • 52 minutes 31 seconds
386. The "New Maker"
Life is an improv for Rick Overton, actor, comedian and Emmy-award-winning writer.
30/01/2015 • 46 minutes 46 seconds
385. Lessons from 2014
Cablers, streamers and hackers oh my! Career coach Lee Jessup talks about the trends and trials of a very interesting year.
23/01/2015 • 50 minutes 26 seconds
384. Setting it Up
John Zaozirny, a principal at Bellevue Productions, talks about what it takes to get a project "set up" within the industry.
16/01/2015 • 42 minutes 2 seconds
383. Anatomy of a TV Show
Tawnya Bhattacharya, writer/co-producer on NBC’s "The Night Shift” and instructor at “Script Anatomy,” talks about the elements of a good pilot and tv spec.
10/01/2015 • 49 minutes 19 seconds
382. Film, TV or Web?
Pilar provides a list of guidelines to help you determine if your story is best
suited for film, tv or web.
02/01/2015 • 44 minutes 43 seconds
381. Stage 32
Pilar talks film, scripts and pitching with Richard “RB” Botto, the founder/ CEO of Stage 32.
26/12/2014 • 46 minutes 40 seconds
380. Christmas Guys 2014
We're visited once again by Garrett Frawley and Brian Turner, the Christmas Guys who hate Christmas. This year, they talk about their new gig as staff writers for Amazon’s kid show "Gortimer Gibbon's Life on Normal Street."
19/12/2014 • 54 minutes 5 seconds
379. In The Backyard With Jeff Stolhand
We go to the Budds' backyard as Ryan interviews filmmaker Jeff Stolhand, co-writer of "Burned" (with From Dusk Til Dawn's Alvaro Rodriguez) about living and working in Austin, TX and taking yearly meetings in LA.
13/12/2014 • 31 minutes 37 seconds
378. From South Park to Shameless
Writer Nancy Pimental talks about her experience as Executive Producer of “Shameless" and her early days writing for "South Park."
05/12/2014 • 57 minutes 41 seconds
377. Flight Of Fancy
Chief Pilot Syd Blue discusses the many ways the world of aviation inspires great story telling. NOTE: In the event of a water landing, this podcast can be used as a flotation device.
28/11/2014 • 49 minutes 41 seconds
376. Sex, Death And Other TV Tips From Carole Kirschner
Carole Kirschner, director of the WGA Showrunner Training Program, lists the components of a strong pilot and reveals the best TV shows to spec.
21/11/2014 • 47 minutes 16 seconds
375. Meet The Gambinos
Powerhouse team Lori Gambino (a blacklist screenwriter) and her husband David (producer of “The Judge,” starring Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall) talk about screenwriting, biographical adaptations and the creative collaboration of marriage.
14/11/2014 • 58 minutes 56 seconds
374. LSF 2014
Writer Emma Gahan steps in as roving reporter for this year’s London Screenwriters’ Festival. Guests include the Deputy Chairwoman of the Writers' Guild of Great Britain, Jason Pittock (the winner of the Bluecat Screenplay Competition), Amma Asante (director of “Belle”) and more!
07/11/2014 • 49 minutes 14 seconds
373. An Imagineer Writes
Jeffrey Travis brought engineering and art together with his film "Flatland" and his business "Positron." Here he talks about those projects as well as his movie "Dragon Day," on VOD this week and "Old Fashioned," going against "Fifty Shades of Grey."
31/10/2014 • 36 minutes 23 seconds
372. A Great Spec And A Dash of Confidence
Writer/director Tracie Laymon has a hot spec and new representation. Fortunately, her experience in the independent world has prepared her well.
24/10/2014 • 44 minutes 51 seconds
371. Black Characters on Screen (or the lack thereof)
Writers Hilliard Guess and Lisa Bolekaja talk about the need for diverse characters and diverse writers’ rooms.
17/10/2014 • 1 hour 9 minutes 34 seconds
370. Beware “The X-Factor!"
Chris Amick, Development Assistant at Trigger Street Productions, offers up a list of “do’s and don’ts" for new writers.
10/10/2014 • 55 minutes 40 seconds
369. Confessions of Two Very Sweet Writers
Hear how Cheryl Texiera (writer/director of "Confessions of a Bitter-Sweet Actress") and Cassie Daniels (writer of "Convalescent" with Sinovio Entertainment) teamed up to write their spec "Bachelorette Weekend" and sold it within six months!
03/10/2014 • 40 minutes 56 seconds
368. Log Line Contest 2014
Former Imagine reader Matt Belknap, armed with his terrible Australian accent, returns to help Pilar analyze listener log lines. Who will be the big winner?
26/09/2014 • 1 hour 38 minutes 25 seconds
367. Pep Talk
Writer/Director Josh Stolberg inspires as he talks about his Hollywood hits ... and notable misses.
19/09/2014 • 50 minutes 51 seconds
366. The Versatile Writer
Writer Mark Valadez talks about his journey from the ABC/Disney Fellowship to the comedy medical show “Scrubs" to the dramatic one-hour “Gang Related.”
12/09/2014 • 53 minutes 14 seconds
365. Amy Brenneman
Amy Brenneman, star of "The Leftovers," "The Practice" and "Judging Amy," talks about character arc, story intention and discovering emotion on the page... even when the character is silent.
06/09/2014 • 54 minutes 21 seconds
364. Oh The Places You’ll Go
Writer / location manager Robert Paulsen joins Pilar and Mike Siegel of “Travel Tales Podcast” to talk about how place becomes character in well-written scripts.
29/08/2014 • 51 minutes 18 seconds
363. Storytelling for Change
Writer/director Ben Zolno creates story-driven campaigns to make people think differently. Terrific tips on how to get a message out, without being message-heavy.
22/08/2014 • 41 minutes 51 seconds
362. Hell on Wheels
Bruce Marshall Romans, Writer/Producer for the AMC show “Hell on Wheels” talks about the importance of writing from character and staying grounded in reality.
15/08/2014 • 47 minutes 11 seconds
361. Writing Maron
Interview with Duncan Birmingham, executive producer of “Maron” on IFC.
08/08/2014 • 51 minutes 6 seconds
360. Writer Q&A
What are the biggest mistakes writers make? How do you tackle the rewrite? Procrastination? Agents vs. Managers? Corey Mandell and Pilar answer your questions!
02/08/2014 • 49 minutes 24 seconds
359. Always Be Joking
Ben Mekler, staff writer at Nerdist Industries, is always joking... and always working.
24/07/2014 • 44 minutes 49 seconds
358. Pitchfest 2014
Roving reporter Ryan Budds interviews speakers, producers and attendees at the 2014 Great American Pitchfest!
18/07/2014 • 48 minutes 56 seconds
357. Be A Fan
Being a fan of Adult Swim got writer/director Casper Kelly "in the building,” and eventually landed him the position of creator for the popular show, “Your Pretty Face Is Going to Hell."
11/07/2014 • 50 minutes 30 seconds
356. Married to Screenwriting
Screenwriters Keith Giglio and Juliet Aires Giglio share their secrets about being a successful writing team and successful spouses.
04/07/2014 • 48 minutes 8 seconds
355. Live From Dublin!
Pilar and guest producer Emma Gahan talk with Alan Fitzpatrick, the Managing Director of “Filmbase,” a national resource centre for filmmakers in Ireland.
27/06/2014 • 29 minutes 1 second
354. Be Heard
U.K. writer/ producer Judy Goldberg discusses her collaborative film projects "Be Heard” and “50 Kisses.”
20/06/2014 • 35 minutes 31 seconds
353. 500 Days of Ryan Budds
On the Page’s own Ryan Budds gives 10 Tips for Making It In LA.
13/06/2014 • 50 minutes 27 seconds
352. The Flexible Writer
Alex Cramer returns to talk about writing a rock biopic and a Disney movie and gives his more seasoned take on The Bottled Water Tour.
07/06/2014 • 45 minutes 34 seconds
351. Tapping Into Our Fears
Devi Snively, writer and film professor at Notre Dame, explores and examines horror movies from a sociological perspective. http://deviantpictures.com
31/05/2014 • 46 minutes 17 seconds
350. Shakespeare for Screenwriters
Hamlet for psychological depth, Macbeth for obsession, Lear for family drama. Jennie Evenson, author of "Shakespeare for Screenwriters," shows us how these characters help us create modern stories with timeless themes.
24/05/2014 • 35 minutes 45 seconds
349. Best TV Moments
David Bax and Pilar discuss some of their favorite moments on TV including "biggest shocker" and "best kiss."
17/05/2014 • 51 minutes 51 seconds
348. Non-Stop Writing
Christopher Roach, writer of the Liam Neeson hit movie “Non-Stop,” talks about screenwriting, his roots in reality TV and writing for the WWE.
09/05/2014 • 41 minutes 47 seconds
347. All You Need Is Love
Pamela Jaye Smith, author of “Show Me The Love! All Kinds of Love for All Kinds of Stories” discusses the different kinds of love that can be found in movies and tv shows.
02/05/2014 • 40 minutes 42 seconds
346. "Write to the Gun"
Writer Matthew Riopelle talks about eight act structure and writing for Lifetime.
25/04/2014 • 45 minutes 37 seconds
345. Sign. Service. Sell.
Jake Wagner, head of the Management Division of BenderSpink, talks about finding talent and selling screenplays.
18/04/2014 • 40 minutes 18 seconds
344. The Doctor Is In
Dr. Zach Lutsky talks about what he's learned as a medical consultant and writer for television dramas (E.R., Mob Doctor, Scandal and more).
11/04/2014 • 35 minutes 26 seconds
343. Digital Storytelling
Jesse Wolfe, writer of Eye Of The Hurricane, director, and film professor at Savannah College of Art and Design says the future of film is all about story.
05/04/2014 • 47 minutes 27 seconds
342. Acquisitions and “Artsploitation”
John Rhodes, founder of ScreenCraft, talks about what he’s learned from working in acquisitions and on films such as Rabbit Hole, Drive and Enders Game.
28/03/2014 • 51 minutes 8 seconds
341. Comedy Central
Gary Mann, Senior VP of Original Programming and Development, talks about the direction, tone, and taste of Comedy Central.
21/03/2014 • 41 minutes 21 seconds
340. "Getting It Write" with Lee Jessup
Career Coach Lee Jessup returns to talk about her new book, “Getting It Write: An Insider’s Guide to a Screenwriting Career.”
14/03/2014 • 44 minutes 5 seconds
339. Breaking Into The Business
Corey Mandell returns to talk about the best way to get work and keep working as a Hollywood screenwriter. www.coreymandell.net
07/03/2014 • 43 minutes 7 seconds
338. Seth Hoffman and The Walking Dead
That’s right, “The Walking Dead!” Plus, Seth has written for House, Prison Break and more.
28/02/2014 • 53 minutes 29 seconds
337. Oscar Podcast 2014
Brian Pope and Mike Musa join David Bax and Pilar for their annual discussion of the nominees for best screenplay and best adapted screenplay.
22/02/2014 • 1 hour 7 minutes 32 seconds
336. Group Hug
Pilar celebrates Valentine’s Day by answering writing questions from some of the people she loves … her students.
14/02/2014 • 1 hour 2 minutes 5 seconds
335. Stories Unexpected
Writer/Producer Liz Tigelaar (Bates Motel, Revenge, Nashville) and actress Shiri Appleby (Girls, E.R., Roswell) talk about how life intersected with fiction on the one-hour drama "Life Unexpected."
08/02/2014 • 43 minutes 23 seconds
334. Camping It Up
Scotty Mullen, writer of Asylum's My Boyfriend is a Zombie Stoner, talks about his hot delicious pizza approach to pitching and writing.
01/02/2014 • 35 minutes 16 seconds
333. Managing The Agent Relationship
Chad Gervich, Author of How To Manage Your Agent, talks candidly about getting and keeping an agent.
25/01/2014 • 52 minutes 16 seconds
332. The Internal Green Light Analysis
Song writer David Kauffman set out not only to make a film, but to open a film. Here’s his story so far.
17/01/2014 • 41 minutes 52 seconds
331. The Gender Gap
Franklin Leonard (founder of the Blacklist) and Madeline Di Nonno (director of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media) discuss “unconscious bias” on screen and in the hiring process.
11/01/2014 • 49 minutes 47 seconds
330. About Nadia
Nadia Bacon, staff writer on “About a Boy,” talks about comedy, perseverance, and dating as research.
03/01/2014 • 36 minutes 20 seconds
329. Wine and Chocolate with Christy
Christy Stratton, Co-EP of "Awkward" and writer on "King of the Hill" talks about the "glamorous" world of tv writing.
27/12/2013 • 43 minutes 14 seconds
328. Christmas Guys!
Garrett Frawley and Brian Turner, writers of four Christmas specials, return to talk about their work on live and animated shows in 2013.
21/12/2013 • 45 minutes 9 seconds
327. Crowd-funding and the Independent Spirit
What goes into a successful crowd-funding campaign? Independent filmmakers Kat Castaneda, Reko Moreno and Gary Allen discuss!
13/12/2013 • 44 minutes 12 seconds
326. The Activity Pass
Ignore the echo and prepare to take notes! Pilar provides tips and tools from her rewrite class to help make your scenes more active and entertaining.
07/12/2013 • 29 minutes 44 seconds
Michael Hitchcock (writer on Glee) and Eddie Alfano (actor/writer) talk about their industry experience and their writing collaboration.
30/11/2013 • 42 minutes 33 seconds
324. Remembering Syd
In honor of the great screenwriting teacher Syd Field, we replay his 2011 On the Page episode.
22/11/2013 • 45 minutes 56 seconds
323. Scene Direction Contest, Part 2
Well, 1/4 page really. Pilar and Ryan Budds read and evaluate listener submissions with the help of Mike Siegel.
15/11/2013 • 52 minutes 52 seconds
322. Scene Direction Contest, Part 1
Well, 1/4 page really. Pilar and Ryan Budds read and evaluate listener submissions with the help of Mike Siegel.
08/11/2013 • 45 minutes 5 seconds
321. Writing for Video Games
Do video game characters have backstories? Could Breaking Bad become a video game?
Game writer Susan O'Connor reveals all.
01/11/2013 • 57 minutes 21 seconds
320. Molly Shannon
Molly Shannon from Saturday Night LIVE, TV and Movies talks about creating characters.
25/10/2013 • 42 minutes 28 seconds
319. Blue Cat
Gordy Hoffman talks about the Blue Cat Screenplay Competition and about what works on the page.
19/10/2013 • 44 minutes 1 second
318. Paul Pitches
Screenwriter and TV producer Paul Guyot returns to talk about pitches, meetings and being good in the room.
11/10/2013 • 54 minutes 15 seconds
317. Russ McGarry: Writer Ninja
Writer Russ McGarry talks about his wrestling documentary, writing on Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja (Disney XD), and his podcast.
05/10/2013 • 45 minutes 55 seconds
316. Tremor's Resume
Writer Tremor Temchin - former agent assistant, writer's assistant and celebrity assistant - shares what he's learned about writing and about the industry. (pardon the echo)
28/09/2013 • 45 minutes 44 seconds
315. Story Templates
Pilar goes through the structure of 8 different story-telling templates from "Origin Stories" to "Puzzle Movies." NOTE: The "echoes" of the new studio affect the sound quality of this episode. Apologies in advance.
21/09/2013 • 31 minutes 34 seconds
314. Avoiding Sushi
Theater fundamentals for screenwriters as discussed by playwright / Film Instructor Steven Wolfson. Take his advice and audiences won't be tempted to step out for sushi during your second act.
14/09/2013 • 38 minutes 18 seconds
313. It's a Crime
Can a car door protect you from a bullet? How do you know when a criminal is lying
Writers Dave Merlino (former Federal law Enforcement Supervisor) and Dustin Sweet provide answers.
07/09/2013 • 45 minutes 48 seconds
312. Perfectly Pippa
Actor / Writer Pippa Hinchley talks about sketch vs. film and gives tips from her class on writing for the web.
30/08/2013 • 55 minutes 24 seconds
"San Francisco Terisa" crashes Comic-Con and snags interviews with Jane Espenson, Scott Aukerman, Jeffrey Tambor and More!
23/08/2013 • 1 hour 12 minutes 40 seconds
310. Writing for Game Shows
Writer/producers Bret Calvert and John Ricci Jr. talk about the comedy and drama of Game Shows!
16/08/2013 • 45 minutes 20 seconds
Geeky Award / Comic-Con Preview
At Comic-Con, roving reporter San Francisco Terisa spends six minutes with Kristen Nedopak talking about the up-coming Geeky Awards.
13/08/2013 • 6 minutes 13 seconds
309. How To Write Like a Third Grader
Third grade super teacher Erica Rood provides writing tips for writers of all ages.
09/08/2013 • 36 minutes
308. No Nodding
Actor David Rees Snell of "The Shield" and "The Unit" talks about his take on scripts from
an actors point of view.
02/08/2013 • 47 minutes 33 seconds
307. Writing With Refrigerator Magnets
Writer/Producer Troy Devolld, author of "Reality TV: An Insiders Guide to TV's Hottest Market," talks about getting work in the reality show industry.
27/07/2013 • 46 minutes 22 seconds
306. Agency Analysis
Jeff Portnoy, Story Editor for Resolution, talks about what he and others look for when reading scripts submitted for representation.
20/07/2013 • 52 minutes 54 seconds
Chellis Ying, writer and marketing executive, discusses the ways
that China has become a major film market and an emerging force
within the film industry.
12/07/2013 • 36 minutes 52 seconds
304. A Passionate Writer and a Seven-Figure Sale
Paul Guyot, Feature and TV writer, talks about his recent feature sale to Paramount Pictures and his experience writing for TV shows such as "Leverage" and "Judging Amy."
05/07/2013 • 1 hour 7 minutes 45 seconds
303. Candid Producer Talk
Producer Kim Zubick (The Zookeeper's Wife; License To Wed: Yours, Mine and Ours), discusses the state of the industry, the different approaches to producing movies of varying budgets, and attaching A-list talent.
28/06/2013 • 57 minutes 31 seconds
Ruth Atkinson, script consultant, story editor, and advisor to Sundance Institute/Film Independent, discusses the importance of theme and making your movie "about" something.
21/06/2013 • 45 minutes
301. The Comic Book Guy Returns
Carr D'Angelo, movie producer and owner of Earth 2 Comics, discusses the marriage of comics and movies.
14/06/2013 • 42 minutes 50 seconds
300. The Starling
Pilar is joined by writer Matt Harris to discuss their new venture … producing the independent feature, "The Starling."
07/06/2013 • 52 minutes 44 seconds
299. Mother Effing Good Writing
Actor, writer, comedian Johanna Stein talks about writing for tv, web and more.
01/06/2013 • 40 minutes 47 seconds
Roving reporter San Francisco Terisa sits down with Pilar to discuss her experiences at the Tribeca Film Festival and the Silent Film Festival.
25/05/2013 • 46 minutes 59 seconds
297. Writing In Warsaw
What's it like to be a writer in Poland? Writer and festival organizer Agnieszka Kruk provides insight.
17/05/2013 • 30 minutes 52 seconds
296. iPhone Filmmaking
Writer/Director Chad Diez talks about creating his award-winning web series, LAPS, on an iPhone.
10/05/2013 • 36 minutes 18 seconds
295. Bacon Sizzles
Writer Caleb Bacon returns to talk about his work on the Vince Vaughn produced show "Sullivan and Son."
03/05/2013 • 48 minutes 41 seconds
294. The Writing Groups
The members of Pilar's private writers' groups tell all.
28/04/2013 • 1 hour 8 minutes 51 seconds
293. Tammy and Joe's Act 3
Filmmakers Tammy Caplan and Joe Gold wrap up their long adventure with their indie-film, by talking about distribution and the road to screening in NYC and L.A.
20/04/2013 • 48 minutes 34 seconds
292. The Business of TV Writing
"Staffing season." "Baby writers." "Diversity hires." Nick (our intern-turned-agency-bigshot) explains it all!
13/04/2013 • 54 minutes 32 seconds
291. Coming to LA
Ryan Budds, aspiring writing and future On the Page podcast producer, talks about his first six months out in Los Angeles and opportunities found by just saying "yes."
06/04/2013 • 58 minutes 33 seconds
290. Phil Tippett
Roving reporter San Francisco Terisa interviews visual effects master Phil Tippett about his work on Star Wars, Twilight and more.
30/03/2013 • 32 minutes 14 seconds
289. Q&A with Karl Iglesias
Karl Iglesias, author of "Writing For Emotional Impact" joins Pilar and Aadip in answering listener questions about suspense, flash-forwards, love scenes and more.
22/03/2013 • 1 hour 3 minutes 40 seconds
288. Logline Contest 2013 (Part 2)
A winner is picked from this year's batch of listener loglines!
16/03/2013 • 56 minutes 42 seconds
287. Logline Contest 2013 (Part 1)
Matt Belknap joins Pilar to evaluate and vote on listener loglines!
09/03/2013 • 1 hour 14 minutes 58 seconds
286. Matt Price
Writer/Actor Matt Price talks about writing for "The Regular Show" while also acting on such shows as "Men of a Certain Age," "Reno 911" and "1600 Penn."
02/03/2013 • 1 hour 3 minutes 35 seconds
285. Oscars 2013!
Brian Pope and Mike Musa are back to review the best screenplay and adapted screenplay nominees. This year they're joining Pilar and David Bax to argue about "Moonrise Kingdom," "Argo," "Lincoln," "Amour" and more!
23/02/2013 • 1 hour 18 minutes 19 seconds
Writer Craig Fernandez discusses his approach to adaptation of books, classic stories and comic books.
16/02/2013 • 1 hour 3 minutes 33 seconds
283. Rich Fulcher: Man of Mystery
David Bax and Pilar talk to writer/performer Rich Fulcher (The Mighty Boosh and Snuffbox) about career and comedy in the US and UK.
09/02/2013 • 55 minutes 45 seconds
282. Supporting Characters Gone Wild
As a follow up to her Script Magazine article, "Party Pals and Doormat Dudes,"Pilar and Aadip cover the wide-range of supporting characters on film and TV. (They also geek out on Downton Abbey.)
01/02/2013 • 50 minutes 47 seconds
281. "Guy In Wheelchair"
Actor Tobias Forrest and Director Hilari Scarl discuss the benefits of writing for characters with disabilities.
25/01/2013 • 46 minutes 47 seconds
280. Writing for Saturday Night Live
Writer/Producer Hugh Fink talks about his seven years writing on Saturday Night Live and about his current TV show, Parental Discretion.
19/01/2013 • 42 minutes 48 seconds
279. Joy in 2013
Filmmaker and funny girl Joy Gohring talks about her adventures in independent filmmaking for features, tv and web.
11/01/2013 • 43 minutes 24 seconds
278. Career Strategy with Lee Jessup
Career Coach Lee Jessup discusses personal branding and making it in the business. http://www.leejessup.com
04/01/2013 • 47 minutes 19 seconds
277. The Seven Year Pitch
Actor/Producer Joe Sabatino describes the journey he went on to create, pitch and produce the one-hour show "Necessary Roughness."
29/12/2012 • 48 minutes 28 seconds
276. Return of The Christmas Guys
They're back! "Christmas Guys" Brian Turner and Garrett Frawley talk scripts and Santa.
22/12/2012 • 39 minutes 40 seconds
275. TJ Miller
TJ Miller writes in a bathing suit. He also has some interesting things to say about script writing, comedy and ways to create "likable" characters.
15/12/2012 • 56 minutes 55 seconds
274. London Screenwriters Festival, Part 2
Taped live at the London Screenwriters Festival, Pilar interviews Pitchfest Winner Tom Kerevan, Writer Paul Bassett Davies, Producers Luke Ryan & Sascha Hecks and Festival Founder Chris Jones.
07/12/2012 • 50 minutes 16 seconds
273. Political Theater
Filmmakers Jane Edith Wilson and Grace Lee discuss their controversial movie "Janeane From Des Moines" and its unique fact-to-fiction style of storytelling.
30/11/2012 • 39 minutes 50 seconds
272. Stand-up to Script
Stand-up comedians Murray Valeriano, Ryan Budds and Pat Francis discuss the structure of joke writing and the craft of script writing.
24/11/2012 • 54 minutes 37 seconds
271. London Screenwriters Festival, Part 1
Taped live at the London Screenwriters Festival, Pilar interviews producer Lucy V. Hay, author Linda Aronson and writers Tim Clague and Danny Stack.
16/11/2012 • 50 minutes 53 seconds
270: NYC Writers
NYC Writers speak! (Please remember to help out their city).
09/11/2012 • 28 minutes 45 seconds
269. Talking Politics
PIlar and David discuss the structure and DNA of political films and tv shows.
03/11/2012 • 51 minutes 19 seconds
Roving reporter "San Francisco Terisa" interviews writers and filmmakers at Hollywood's scariest film festival!
27/10/2012 • 41 minutes 20 seconds
267. The Unofficial Google Plus Film Festival Podcast Episode
Writer/Director, producer of the "Unofficial" Google Plus Film Festival Mike Wollaeger discusses shorts and web series. http://blindlylefilms.com/pilar
19/10/2012 • 47 minutes 35 seconds
266. Animation and Visual Effects
Dara McGarry, animation production and visual effects, has a "chin wag" with Pilar and Pat.
12/10/2012 • 54 minutes 29 seconds
265. Saying "Yes" To Story
For show runner Jeff Kline, it all boils down to story.
05/10/2012 • 51 minutes 2 seconds
264. Four-part Structure
What do "The Master" and "The Avengers" have in common? Four-part Structure! Pilar and Pat discuss.
29/09/2012 • 44 minutes 21 seconds
263. Writing the Contained Thriller
Chris Sparling, writer of "Buried," talks about finding inspiration from airplanes, obituaries and bunk beds.
22/09/2012 • 58 minutes 41 seconds
262. The Screenwriter's Fairytale
Todd Klick, author and writer, discusses the universal story and scene beats of great movies.
15/09/2012 • 46 minutes 18 seconds
261. Pitching to Representation
Using an On the Page template, Pilar runs through the elements of pitching to a manager or agent.
08/09/2012 • 31 minutes 24 seconds
260. Laura Learns Lessons
In the process of selling two original pilots, Laura House learned ten valuable lessons about writing and selling to Hollywood. http://laurahouse.com
01/09/2012 • 57 minutes 22 seconds
259. Five Projects With Warner Brothers
Writer Bill Birch talks about pitching material, getting assignments and doing the job.
25/08/2012 • 44 minutes 20 seconds
258. Thinking Independently
Edgar Pablos and Judith Cummings discuss pre-production on their film The Legend of The Horse Thief. Joe Gold and Tammy Caplan finish production on their movie Desperate Acts of Magic.
18/08/2012 • 54 minutes 14 seconds
257. Catch-up and Conflict
Pilar and David talk shop and discuss the meaning of scene conflict.
11/08/2012 • 42 minutes 54 seconds
256. Ninja Writing
Dan Avidan & Brian Wecht, co-writers and producers of Ninja Sex Party and DJs in PJs, talk about their love of music and storytelling.