EIGHTY-SIX: ANNA ELIZABETH JAMES AND THE HOLLYWOOD CASTLE

Download link Today we chat with writer/director Anna Elizabeth James about inspiration, Blake Snyder, finding your confidence, writing to a G rating, and making her film Emma’s Chance. Plus, we love Beyonce and Oprah so much. Our character spotlight is Kim Baker from Whiskey Tango Foxtrot. Links: Anna’s Twitter Emma’s Chance Facebook page

EIGHTY-FOUR: JONNY UMANSKY, ZACH HYATT AND GETTING THE WIN

Download Link Writers Zach Hyatt and Jonny Umansky stop by to drop some knowledge about pitching TV shows, attracting producers to your material, nervous breakdowns on the 405, Elf Rumspringas, their pilot for The Greys, and finding allies who believe in you. Plus, we throw some love to helpful moms and friend of the show Michael […]

EIGHTY-THREE: STEPHANIE PRESSMAN AND THE GEEK GIRL

Download Link Actor/musician/host/producer Stephanie Pressman joins us this week to talk about “geek culture”, the draw of acting, Harry Potter improv, the nomad lifestyle, and her web seriesStalking Levar. Plus, we sort ourselves into Hogwarts houses. Our character spotlight is Hermione Granger from the Harry Potter series. Links: Stephanie’s Twitter Stalking Levar The Show That Shall Not Be Named […]

EIGHTY-TWO: APRIL WOLFE AND THE RESPONSIBLE CRITIC

Download Link Film critic April Wolfe stops by to talk about the nature of criticism, superhero movies, rape on film, underestimating your audience, horror films, and when to let logic overrule creativity. Plus, we lament one of the negative effects The Hero With a Thousand Faces had on screenwriting. Our character spotlight is Carrie White from the […]

EIGHTY-ONE: AMANDA SHARP AND GAINFUL EMPLOYMENT

Download Link Writer/Director Amanda Sharp stops by to talk about her web series Haute and Bothered, getting paid for unmade projects, updating Shop Around the Corner, breaking up with a writing partner, Ray Liotta, and her film Sticky Notes. Plus, we talk about our favorite director commentaries and wax nostalgic about TV shows from our youth. Our character […]

EIGHTY: IRAM PARVEEN BILAL AND THE FILMPRENEUR

Download Link This week, we chat with writer/director/producer Iram Parveen Bilal about growing up in Pakistan and returning to make both film and social change. We also talk about her films Josh and The Forbidden Staps, leaving science for art, forming an Oscar committee, and self-distribution. Plus, Emily nerds out on The Expanse. Our character […]

SEVENTY-NINE: ME, ME AND ME PART 3

Download Link It’s our third hostful! Today the three of us give updates on what we’ve been doing (a lot). Plus, writing stories that are personal to you, TV series we love, hiring diverse cast and crew, writing personal stories that might upset people in your life, working in the digital world, and advice for […]

SEVENTY-SEVEN: MATT ALTMAN AND THE #LEAPDRAFT PROJECT

Download Link Writer Matt Altman stops by to talk about writing all the time, being the only guy in the women’s studies program, Neil Gaiman, movie theaters, writing in coffee shops, Pretty Woman, and his scripts for Sam and Liz and Must Love Guns. Plus, Maggie talks about meeting Jim Rash. Our character spotlight is Cordelia Chase from Buffy the Vampire […]

SEVENTY-SIX: DENISE HEWETT AND CREATING A PIPELINE FOR DIVERSITY

Download Link Today the founder of Script’d, Denise Hewett, stops by to give us the ins and outs of the site and how it helps young writers. We also get into social media, entrepreneurship, streaming TV, producing live events, and dating in New York. Plus, our thoughts on Grease Live. Our character spotlight is Tammy Taylor […]

SEVENTY-FIVE: RORY UPHOLD AND INSPIRATIONAL HEARBREAK

Download Link Writer/director/singer/songwriter/actress/producer Rory Uphold stops in to talk to us about her career in music, pop culture’s influence, story format, casting, and her web series Only in HelLA and This Is Why We’re Single. Plus, we reminisce about crappy boyfriend who inspired us to do better. Our character spotlight is Cher from Clueless. Links: Rory’s Twitter Only In […]