July 3, 2020
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.
June 26, 2020
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.”
June 19, 2020
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."
June 12, 2020
Writer / Director Ben Mekler talks about his experiences writing for the Netflix animated series Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts.
June 5, 2020
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.
May 29, 2020
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!
May 22, 2020
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.
May 15, 2020
Documentary filmmaker Senain Kheshgi talks about the way she uses narrative movie structure to shape her groundbreaking films.
May 8, 2020
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.
May 1, 2020
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.
April 24, 2020
Pilar enlists the listeners to talk about the bingeable shows that are helping them get through the Coronavirus quarantine.
April 17, 2020
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.
April 10, 2020
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.
April 3, 2020
Personal finance consultant Lisa Gould leads a creative conversation about ways that writers can save, manage and spend their hard-earned money.
March 27, 2020
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 … just to name a few. Here he shares his wisdom about writing, pitching and the dynamics of the writers’ room. His philosophy: “Anyone who pitches the solution is a hero."
March 20, 2020
Screenwriters Dave Merlino and Dustin Sweet share their four-year journey filming a documentary about war veterans.
March 13, 2020
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.
March 12, 2020
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!
March 6, 2020
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.
February 28, 2020
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.
February 21, 2020
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.
February 14, 2020
Writer/Director Danish Renzu talks about the passion and persistence that went into making his latest movie, “The Illegal.”
February 7, 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.
January 31, 2020
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!
January 24, 2020
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.
January 17, 2020
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.
January 10, 2020
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.
January 3, 2020
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.
December 27, 2019
Career coach Lee Jessup returns to discuss the writing trends popular in 2018 and shares what’s ahead for the new year.
December 20, 2019
Pilar and Aadip evaluate log lines sent in by listeners. Who will get a consider, recommend or pass?
December 13, 2019
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.
December 6, 2019
Writer Scotty Mullins 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.
November 29, 2019
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."
November 25, 2019
Announcement of the deadline and rules for the 2019 Logline Competition. Plus 10 patterns to help build your logline.
November 22, 2019
Writer/Directors Hannah Macpherson, 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.
November 15, 2019
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.
November 8, 2019
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.
November 1, 2019
Pilar and writer Jake Morgan discuss ways to combine genre, tone and intention to create the perfect “genre mash” television show.
October 25, 2019
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.
October 18, 2019
Pilar offers “Five Easy Rewrites” and writers on social media add over 40 more! Take notes on this one.
October 11, 2019
Writer Anne Kruse shares five concepts that build writer perseverance.
October 4, 2019
David Wright, writer/producer on Star Trek: Lower Decks, discusses the storytelling legacy of Star Trek.
September 27, 2019
Acting coach Crystal Carson reveals the ways she helps actors analyze story, discover characters and interpret meaning from feature and TV scripts.
September 20, 2019
Writer/Producer Christy Stratton shares her love of act structure and enthusiasm for the new FOX animated show “Bless the Harts.”
September 13, 2019
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.
September 6, 2019
Pilar guides you through a few lazy ways to brainstorm, outline and write your TV pilot. E-mail for the handout!
August 30, 2019
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.
August 23, 2019
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.
August 16, 2019
Writer Taylor Vaughn Lasley talks about her exciting summer pitching two series; one with Damon Wayans Jr. and one with Funny or Die.
August 9, 2019
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.
August 2, 2019
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.
July 26, 2019
Writer Rachel Kaplan talks about what she’s learned in the writer’s room of the popular, animated comedy BoJack Horseman.
July 19, 2019
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.
July 12, 2019
Filmmakers Sterling Macer Jr, Chris Molinaro and Jeremy Walton share their “dos” and “don'ts” about making movies cheaply, independently and with integrity.
July 5, 2019
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.
June 28, 2019
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.
June 21, 2019
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.
June 14, 2019
TV executive Rev. Karen Frost talks about her path in Hollywood and her current role as creative executive at Viola Davis’s JuVee Productions.
June 7, 2019
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.
May 31, 2019
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).
May 24, 2019
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 .
May 17, 2019
Pilar is joined by writer Melissa Cassera to discuss ways to create and show the emotional progression of on-screen characters.
May 10, 2019
Canadian writers Michelle Muldoon and Geordie Sabbagh talk about the daring steps they’ve taken to seek out contacts and make their own movies.
May 3, 2019
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.
April 26, 2019
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.
April 19, 2019
Manager/Producer Marcus Goerg (Heroes and Villains Entertainment) describes a writer’s career as, “never boring, never easy and never a straight line."
April 12, 2019
Playwright / screenwriter Christy Hall (I Am Not OK With This on Netflix), discusses her approach to writing for the stage and screen.
April 5, 2019
Organizer Tracy McCubbin, author of Making Space, Clutter Free, discusses ways to declutter your writing space and organize your writing time.
March 29, 2019
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.
March 22, 2019
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.
March 15, 2019
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.
March 8, 2019
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.
March 1, 2019
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.
February 22, 2019
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.
February 15, 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.
February 8, 2019
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.
February 1, 2019
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.
January 25, 2019
Stop working so hard! In a quick tutorial, Pilar guides you through some lazy ways to brainstorm, outline and write your screenplay.
January 19, 2019
Jade Branion and Darren O’Hare made some fascinating life choices that influenced and energized their writing.
January 11, 2019
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.
January 4, 2019
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.
December 28, 2018
Pilar and Aadip evaluate log lines sent in by listeners. Who will win ... and who will end up on the “But List?”
December 21, 2018
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.
December 14, 2018
The creative team at the video game company BioWare shares their insight into writing characters, story lines and action moments.
December 7, 2018
Career coach Lee Jessup returns to discuss the writing trends popular in 2018 and shares what’s ahead for the new year.
November 30, 2018
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.
November 23, 2018
Writer/Actor Taryn O’Neill discusses the ways that stories about science can entertain and change the world.
November 16, 2018
With the help of writer Elena Zaretsky, Pilar explains the meaning of the mysterious red pen marks she makes on her students' scripts.
November 9, 2018
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.
November 2, 2018
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!
October 26, 2018
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.
October 19, 2018
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.
October 12, 2018
John Stimpson has happily made a living and achieved success writing, producing and directing movies without moving to Los Angeles!
October 5, 2018
Writers Chuck McCue and Jules Vincent thought like producers when writing their horror movie “Alive.” Now it’s screening at Austin.
September 28, 2018
In anticipation of his new book, writer Erik Bork discusses the seven elements of a viable story for screen, stage or fiction.
September 21, 2018
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.
September 14, 2018
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!
September 7, 2018
Kerry Carroll discusses the ways that market research is used to test scripts, films and TV shows.
August 31, 2018
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.
August 24, 2018
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.
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