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On The Page

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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.

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301 Ratings
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By Abicakes2540 - Jul 13 2019
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I’m new to LA and screenwriting. I just recently discovered On The Page podcast... I’m gobbling up the episodes and plan to take some of these classes. This is a terrific resource. Thanks so much!

A pillar of the film community

By moon002 - Apr 17 2019
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Pilar is a charming knowledgeable smart screenwriting coach and interlocutor, who invites smart creative insightful professional writers and hyphenates onto her show, to elucidate the nitty gritty and macro levels of scriptwriting. Did I use too many adjectives jsut now?

iTunes Ratings

301 Ratings
Average Ratings
230
37
14
7
13

Trilled

By Abicakes2540 - Jul 13 2019
Read more
I’m new to LA and screenwriting. I just recently discovered On The Page podcast... I’m gobbling up the episodes and plan to take some of these classes. This is a terrific resource. Thanks so much!

A pillar of the film community

By moon002 - Apr 17 2019
Read more
Pilar is a charming knowledgeable smart screenwriting coach and interlocutor, who invites smart creative insightful professional writers and hyphenates onto her show, to elucidate the nitty gritty and macro levels of scriptwriting. Did I use too many adjectives jsut now?
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On The Page

Latest release on Jan 17, 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: 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 #3: 388. Layered Storytelling

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Writer/Director Paul Linsley walks us through four “layers” of storytelling:  Letter, allegory, moral and anagoge.

Feb 13 2015

49mins

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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: 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 #6: 383. Anatomy of a TV Show

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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.

Jan 10 2015

49mins

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Rank #7: 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 #8: 376. Sex, Death And Other TV Tips From Carole Kirschner

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Carole Kirschner, director of the WGA Showrunner Training Program, lists the components of a strong pilot and reveals the best TV shows to spec.

Nov 21 2014

47mins

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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: 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 #11: 451. Making Connections When You Have Zero Connections

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Writer and marketing consultant Melissa Cassera talks about
7 ways you can create your “little black book” of helpful industry
connections.

Apr 29 2016

59mins

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Rank #12: 490. Breaking In

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Career coach Lee Jessup returns to talk about the interviews she conducted for her new book “Breaking In: Tales From The Screenwriting Trenches.”

Jan 27 2017

40mins

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Rank #13: 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 #14: 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 #15: 475. Getting Creative

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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.

Oct 14 2016

54mins

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Rank #16: 351. Tapping Into Our Fears

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Devi Snively, writer and film professor at Notre Dame, explores and examines horror movies from a sociological perspective. http://deviantpictures.com

May 31 2014

46mins

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Rank #17: 453. Writing the Thing That Scares You

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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).

May 13 2016

44mins

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Rank #18: 395. Stealing from Shakespeare

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GregRobin Smith, Managing Director of The Washington Shakespeare Festival, discusses the Shakespearean tropes, themes, characters and structure that work for contemporary script-writing.

Apr 03 2015

56mins

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Rank #19: 536. Trends for 2018

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Career-coach Lee Jessup returns to talk about the changes we saw in 2017 and writing trends ahead for 2018. 

Dec 16 2017

48mins

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Rank #20: 458. Inspired By

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Pilar helps writers Alicia Lomas Gross and Steve D’Arcangelo build a whole movie from one real-life-event. Listen and follow along!

Jun 17 2016

50mins

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646. Producer on the Brink

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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.

Jan 17 2020

48mins

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645. Developing TV in the US and the UK

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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.

Jan 10 2020

45mins

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644. Cartoon Kate

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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.

Jan 03 2020

50mins

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643. 2019 Writing Trends in Review

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Career coach Lee Jessup returns to discuss the writing trends popular in 2019 and shares what’s ahead for the new year.

Dec 27 2019

51mins

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642. Log Line Contest 2019

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Pilar and Aadip evaluate log lines sent in by listeners. Who will get a consider, recommend or pass? 

Dec 20 2019

1hr 20mins

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641. The Agent

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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.

Dec 13 2019

46mins

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640. A Very Scotty Christmas

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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.

Dec 06 2019

48mins

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639. Basement Club Reunion (Part 2)

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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."

Nov 29 2019

50mins

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638. Bonus: Logline Lesson

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Announcement of the deadline and rules for the 2019 Logline Competition.  Plus 10 patterns to help build your logline.

Nov 25 2019

8mins

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637. Basement Club Reunion (Part 1)

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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.

Nov 22 2019

54mins

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636. TV Trends Updated

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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.

Nov 15 2019

53mins

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635. Frederator!

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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.

Nov 08 2019

40mins

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634. The Genre Mash

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Pilar and writer Jake Morgan discuss ways to combine genre, tone and intention to create the perfect “genre mash” television show.

Nov 01 2019

47mins

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633. The 17-year Overnight Success

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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.

Oct 25 2019

59mins

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632. Rewrite Techniques

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Pilar offers “Five Easy Rewrites” and writers on social media add over 40 more!  Take notes on this one.

Oct 18 2019

24mins

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631. The Tenacious Writer

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Writer Anne Kruse shares five concepts that build writer perseverance.

Oct 11 2019

49mins

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630. Getting Schooled in Star Trek

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David Wright, writer/producer on Star Trek: Lower Decks, discusses the storytelling legacy of Star Trek.

Oct 04 2019

47mins

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629. Notes From The Writer To The Actor

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Acting coach Crystal Carson reveals the ways she helps actors analyze story, discover characters and interpret meaning from feature and TV scripts. 

Sep 27 2019

51mins

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628. Bless the Harts ... and Christy Stratton

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Writer/Producer Christy Stratton shares her love of act structure and enthusiasm for the new FOX animated show “Bless the Harts.”

Sep 20 2019

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627. Scott Beck and Bryan Woods

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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.

Sep 13 2019

45mins

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iTunes Ratings

301 Ratings
Average Ratings
230
37
14
7
13

Trilled

By Abicakes2540 - Jul 13 2019
Read more
I’m new to LA and screenwriting. I just recently discovered On The Page podcast... I’m gobbling up the episodes and plan to take some of these classes. This is a terrific resource. Thanks so much!

A pillar of the film community

By moon002 - Apr 17 2019
Read more
Pilar is a charming knowledgeable smart screenwriting coach and interlocutor, who invites smart creative insightful professional writers and hyphenates onto her show, to elucidate the nitty gritty and macro levels of scriptwriting. Did I use too many adjectives jsut now?