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ON THE PAGE: Join professional script consultant Pilar Alessandra as she demystifies screenwriting and answers your questions about script craft and story.

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ON THE PAGE: Join professional script consultant Pilar Alessandra as she demystifies screenwriting and answers your questions about script craft and story.

iTunes Ratings

312 Ratings
Average Ratings
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13

Worth more than Fort Knox!

By Andrew Suing - May 28 2020
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I am writing this review because of my frustration! I can ONLY give this podcast five stars out of five. I wish that I could give it ten stars out of five because it’s sooo incredibly helpful and worthy!

Informative!

By Tessa Lauren - Jan 25 2020
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Love Pilar’s take on writing for the industry. She’s a very informative and real host.

iTunes Ratings

312 Ratings
Average Ratings
239
38
15
7
13

Worth more than Fort Knox!

By Andrew Suing - May 28 2020
Read more
I am writing this review because of my frustration! I can ONLY give this podcast five stars out of five. I wish that I could give it ten stars out of five because it’s sooo incredibly helpful and worthy!

Informative!

By Tessa Lauren - Jan 25 2020
Read more
Love Pilar’s take on writing for the industry. She’s a very informative and real host.
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On The Page

Latest release on Jul 03, 2020

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ON THE PAGE: Join professional script consultant Pilar Alessandra as she demystifies screenwriting and answers your questions about script craft and story.

Rank #1: 302. Theme

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Ruth Atkinson, script consultant, story editor, and advisor to Sundance Institute/Film Independent, discusses the importance of theme and making your movie "about" something.

Jun 21 2013

45mins

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Rank #2: 360. Writer Q&A

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What are the biggest mistakes writers make? How do you tackle the rewrite? Procrastination? Agents vs. Managers? Corey Mandell and Pilar answer your questions!

Aug 02 2014

49mins

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Rank #3: 356. Married to Screenwriting

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Screenwriters Keith Giglio and Juliet Aires Giglio share their secrets about being a successful writing team and successful spouses.

Jul 04 2014

48mins

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Rank #4: 610. Character Development

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Pilar is joined by writer Melissa Cassera to discuss ways to create and show the emotional progression of on-screen characters.

May 17 2019

44mins

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Rank #5: 348. Non-Stop Writing

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Christopher Roach, writer of the Liam Neeson hit movie “Non-Stop,” talks about screenwriting, his roots in reality TV and writing for the WWE.

May 09 2014

41mins

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Rank #6: 513. Character Arc

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From inner wounds to onion chopping, Pilar and author Michael Hauge hash out the complex character arc of the on-screen protagonist.

Jul 07 2017

1hr 1min

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Rank #7: 315. Story Templates

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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. 

Sep 21 2013

31mins

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Rank #8: 422. 10 Ways To Make L.A. Work For You

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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.

Oct 09 2015

48mins

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Rank #9: 594. Lazy Screenwriting

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Stop working so hard!  In a quick tutorial, Pilar guides you through some lazy ways to brainstorm, outline and write your screenplay.

Jan 25 2019

23mins

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Rank #10: 577. The Idea

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In anticipation of his new book, writer Erik Bork discusses the seven elements of a viable story for screen, stage or fiction. 

Sep 28 2018

40mins

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Rank #11: 440. 5 Things to Avoid When Pitching

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Joey Tuccio, the head of Stage 32 Happy Writers Online Pitchfest, talks about do’s and don’ts for online pitching.

Feb 12 2016

46mins

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Rank #12: 397. Lean In To Your Strengths

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Manager/Producer Scott Carr talks about what he looks for in writers and in scripts. 

Apr 17 2015

52mins

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Rank #13: 291. Coming to LA

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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."

Apr 06 2013

58mins

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Rank #14: 658. The Myth of the Starving Artist

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Personal finance consultant Lisa Gould leads a creative conversation about ways that writers can save, manage and spend their hard-earned money.

Apr 03 2020

58mins

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Rank #15: 341. Comedy Central

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Gary Mann, Senior VP of Original Programming and Development, talks about the direction, tone, and taste of Comedy Central.

Mar 21 2014

41mins

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Rank #16: 592. What Do Competitions Want?

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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.

Jan 11 2019

40mins

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Rank #17: 402. Character and World Rules

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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.

May 22 2015

43mins

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Rank #18: 396. Writing Treatments

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Writer Eileen Jones discussed her work writing treatments for TV, film and commercials.

Apr 10 2015

45mins

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Rank #19: 412. Cashing In With Corey

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Writer Corey Mandell returns to the podcast to talk to Pilar and Aadip about “cashing in on the second golden age of television."

Aug 01 2015

46mins

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Rank #20: 581. Your Private Development Executive

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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.

Oct 26 2018

57mins

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671. A Community of Creatives

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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.

Jul 03 2020

54mins

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670. No More “Sassy” or “No-nonsense"

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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.” 

Jun 26 2020

52mins

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669. Little Fires Everywhere

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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."

Jun 19 2020

49mins

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668. The Optimistic Mischief Maker

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Writer / Director Ben Mekler talks about his experiences writing for the Netflix animated series Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts.

Jun 12 2020

44mins

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667. Ten Things Hollywood Can Do to Fight Racism and Promote Justice

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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.

Jun 05 2020

43mins

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666. The Omen with David Seltzer

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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 29 2020

46mins

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665. A Roadmap for Achieving Your Goals

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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 22 2020

59mins

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664. Finding the Movie of the Doc.

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Documentary filmmaker Senain Kheshgi talks about the way she uses narrative movie structure to shape her groundbreaking films.

May 15 2020

42mins

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663. The Enchanting Rich Fulcher

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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 08 2020

51mins

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662. From “Ha” to “Aw”

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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.

May 01 2020

47mins

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661. Your Favorite Quarantainment

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Pilar enlists the listeners to talk about the bingeable shows that are helping them get through the Coronavirus quarantine.

Apr 24 2020

1hr 4mins

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660. “This is My Jam"

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Chris Sparling, writer of BURIEDTHE 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. 

Apr 17 2020

55mins

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659. Will Podcast for Candy

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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.

Apr 10 2020

49mins

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658. The Myth of the Starving Artist

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Personal finance consultant Lisa Gould leads a creative conversation about ways that writers can save, manage and spend their hard-earned money.

Apr 03 2020

58mins

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657. "Like An Escape Room"

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Brian Keith Etheridge has been a writer and co-EP for the half-hour comedy The Neighborhood, The GoldbergsMike 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."

Mar 27 2020

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656. “The Note Home Remains the Same”

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Screenwriters Dave Merlino and Dustin Sweet share their four-year journey filming a documentary about war veterans.

Mar 20 2020

53mins

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655. Wanuri Kahiu and the Art of “Afro-bubblegum"

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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.

Mar 13 2020

46mins

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654. Special Announcement from Pilar

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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

Mar 12 2020

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653. Loglining A Life

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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.

Mar 06 2020

43mins

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652. Writing "The Watercooler Kill"

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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.

Feb 28 2020

48mins

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iTunes Ratings

312 Ratings
Average Ratings
239
38
15
7
13

Worth more than Fort Knox!

By Andrew Suing - May 28 2020
Read more
I am writing this review because of my frustration! I can ONLY give this podcast five stars out of five. I wish that I could give it ten stars out of five because it’s sooo incredibly helpful and worthy!

Informative!

By Tessa Lauren - Jan 25 2020
Read more
Love Pilar’s take on writing for the industry. She’s a very informative and real host.