By Emily
Posted on: Monday, November 3, 2014 - 07:23
Shilpi Roy

Writer/director Shilpi Roy stops by to chat about her web series Hipsterhood, great TV shows, writing diverse characters, and Youtube personalities. Plus, we get to the bottom of this "hipster" persona. Our character profile is Dottie Hinson from A League of Their Own.


Hipsterhood the series

Shilpi's Twitter

Sony Diverse Directors Program

By Emily
Posted on: Monday, October 27, 2014 - 09:01
Joshua Caldwell

Writer/Director/Producer Joshua Caldwell stops by to chat about his extra-low-budget feature, Layover, why he became a filmmaker, the importance of cinematography, self-distribution, and engaging the audience. Plus, spirit fingers and movie awards.

We had so much fun, we ran out of time, so no character spotlight this week, but we do give a shout out to Gravity.


The Layover film site

Use this link to get $1 off the DIY Layover bundle

By Emily
Posted on: Monday, October 20, 2014 - 05:22
Nicole Perlman

Screenwriter Nicole Perman stops by to talk about her journey so far, keeping your expectations low but your attitude positive, casting, Cirque du Soleil, the Science and Entertainment exchange, and of course, Guardians of the Galaxy. Plus, Maggie teases her production of Rocky Horror.

Our character spotlight is Laine Hanson from The Contender.


Nicole's Twitter

The Science and Entertainment Exchange

By Emily
Posted on: Monday, October 13, 2014 - 09:17

In our very first "hostful" podcast, Maggie, Lauren and Emily establish our street cred by talking about where we are in our writing and our short films, our writing process, and lots of other stuff that's on our minds. Our character spotlight is Marla from Fight Club.



Diablo Cody on cake-flavored Oreos

Dear Guy Who Just Made My Burrito

By Emily
Posted on: Sunday, October 5, 2014 - 15:10
Jen McGowan

Director Jen McGowan stops by to chat about putting together her first feature film, Kelly and Cal. She also talks about preparation, casting, the process of taking a script to screen, meetings, and handling criticism. Plus, creating work that sets you up for the future you want and indie films with commercial appeal.

Instead of spotlighting a character, we discuss Emma Watson and her awesome #HeForShe campaign.


Jen's website

Jen's Twitter

By Emily
Posted on: Monday, September 29, 2014 - 08:00
Akela Cooper

Television writer Akela Cooper manages to find time in her packed schedule to talk to us about writing for genre television, diversity programs, how a writer's room works, and what helps you get a job on staff, and working two successful shows at once. Plus, ordering things from Amazon and why The 100 is so great. Our character spotlight is Karen Sisco from Out of Sight.


Akela's Twitter

By Emily
Posted on: Monday, September 22, 2014 - 08:03
Franklin Leonard

Franklin Leonard stops by to discuss the ins and outs of the Black List and the importance of supporting great writing. He shows how to handle criticism like a pro. Plus, Ms. Marvel, advice for baby writers, and encouraging a diverse artist community.

Our character spotlight is the Marquise Isabelle de Merteuil from Dangerous Liaisons.


Black List website

Franklin's Twitter

Go Into The Story

By Emily
Posted on: Monday, September 15, 2014 - 08:20
Nicole Riegel

Screenwriter Nicole Riegel stops by to talk about her script Dogfight, spending a week at the Sundance Labs, using one sentence to drive your theme, and personalizing your story. Plus, being the "female version" of a male writer, using index cards for research and planning, and Beyonce.  For our character spotlight, we discuss Adele and Emma from Blue is the Warmest Color.


Nicole's Twitter

Sundance Labs

By Emily
Posted on: Monday, September 8, 2014 - 08:11
Sarah Moshman

Producer/Director Sarah Moshman stops by to talk about her documentary film The Empowerment Project and her unconventional distribution plan. We also discuss this week in feminism, Maggie's trip to Burning Man, Jessica Williams, and Finding Kind. Plus, Maggie tells a riddle poorly.


Sarah's Twitter

The Empowerment Project

Finding Kind

By Emily
Posted on: Monday, August 25, 2014 - 09:33
Lexi Alexander

Lexi Alexander stops by to talk about her journey from stunt woman to award-winning feature director, auteur theory, screenplay gurus, and the challenge of reading screenplays. Plus, Judd Apatow's broken promise to a 15-year-old Maggie, Lisa Joy Nolan's Reminiscence and "writing like Shane Black."

Our character profile is Lucy, the title character from the new Luc Besson film.


Lexi's Oscar nominated short film, Johnny Flynton