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Script to Screen Podcast

Script to Screen is a monthly screenwriting podcast hosted by Mercedes K. Milner that explores the transitions made from script to screen for all of your favorite films and TV shows! Join her as she celebrates the writing process of screenwriting legends, breakdowns scripts, and shares her thoughts on the fully realized concepts.

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Ep. 105: True Detective - Chapter One: The Long Bright Dark

On this episode, Mercedes K. Milner goes gritty with Nic Pizzolatto’s True Detective. Break out your notepad, fedora, and stern disposition and listen in to her last episode before summer break!Researched, Written, and Produced by Mercedes K. MilnerOriginal Theme by FOOSHAdditional music by Zapsplat, Audio Hero, and Music for VideoSource Articles for Further Reading:Inside the Seasonal Anthology, Eric Thurnam from The GuardianOnce Dead, TV Anthologies Are Enjoying a New Golden Age, Alex Welch from PrimeTimerThe Return of the Episodic Anthology Series, Josef Adalian from VultureRise of the Miniseries, Judy & Sandra Berg from Written ByHow to Write Five Act Structure - Jason Hellerman, No Film SchoolSo You Want To / Write a Police Procedural - TV Tropes3 Steps to Writing a TV Pilot - Alexie Basil, Arc Studio Pro

31mins

4 Jun 2021

Rank #1

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Ep. 104: Romancing the Stone (1984)

On this episode, join Mercedes in celebrating the amazing work of the late Diane Thomas. Hear her thoughts on sexy vs. sexual, harnessing your inner Angelina, and persistence in your writing practice in her breakdown of Romancing the Stone.Researched, Written, and Produced by Mercedes K. MilnerOriginal Theme by FOOSHAdditional music by Zapsplat, Audio Hero, and Music for VideoAdditional Resources: “Diane Thomas” - Wikipedia“How to Write a Car Chase Scene in a Screenplay” - Herman Wilkins, StudioBinder“In Memory of Diane Thomas (1946-1985)” - Scott Meyers, Go Into the Story“What is a Meet Cute?” - Mike Bedard, StudioBinder“Writer of Romancing the Stone Killed…” - Leonard Greenwood, The LA Times

32mins

30 Apr 2021

Rank #2

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Ep. 103: Fleabag - Pilot

On this very special episode of STS, Mercedes is joined by the WODC’s Deanna Gomez! Join them as they dish about the modern dating scene, the magic of flashbacks, and the hidden gems left only on the page for script readers to discover in Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s pilot for Fleabag.. Researched, Produced, and Written by Mercedes K. MilnerSpecial Guest: Deanna GomezOriginal Theme Music by FOOSHAdditional music from ZapSplatAdditional Resources:Determining Separated Rights on a TV Series - WGAUnderstanding Separated RightsFleabag - WikipediaBreaking the Fourth Wall - TV TropesCracking the Sitcom CodeDeliver a Devastating Dark Night of the Soul

52mins

26 Mar 2021

Rank #3

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Ep. 102: Queen & Slim (2019)

It’s Black History Month and Mercedes K. Milner is celebrating with a deep dive into Lena Waithe’s Queen & Slim (2019). Tune it and listen to her breakdown of a powerful script, the “good hair” stereotype, and adding your authentic voice to your writing! Researched and Produced by Mercedes K. MilnerOriginal Theme Song by FOOSHAdditional music from ZapSplat and David Miles Source Articles for further reading:Melina Matsoukas on ‘Queen & Slim’ Inspirations and Why Her Film is No ‘Bonnie & Clyde’ - Pamela McClintock, The Hollywood ReporterThe Powerful Perspective of “Queen & Slim” - Jelani Cobb, The New Yorker Decoding Queen & Slim: The Subtle Symbolism That Made the Film Sing - McKenzie Jean-Phillipe, The Oprah MagazineQueen and Slim is Inspired by Real-Life Events, but the Story is Completely Original - Jonathan Borge, The Oprah Magazine‘Queen & Slim’: Film Review - Preter Debruge, VarietyQueen & Slim - Sheila O’Malley, RogerEbert.com

31mins

26 Feb 2021

Rank #4

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Ep. 101: All About Eve (1950)

The WODC’s Script to Screen Podcast returns in a new format with host Mercedes K. Milner. In this episode, she breaks down Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s adapted screenplay All About Eve (1950). Join her as she talks glamour, glitz, and high society betrayal!Researched and Produced by Mercedes K. MilnerOriginal Theme Song by FOOSHAdditional music by ZapSplat and Taylor Hayward

31mins

29 Jan 2021

Rank #5

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TRAILER: Script to Screen Podcast

Welcome to the new Script to Screen Podcast! Read and screen during the month and tune in on the last Friday to dish about the Script of the Month with host Mercedes K. Milner!

29 Jan 2021

Rank #6

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(STS Classic) One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)

This episode, the Chicks talk through the 1975 adapted classic, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. All recorded Quarantine Style. Research and Script Breakdown by Mercedes K. Milner Produced/Edited by Deanna GomezAs Mentioned in the Episode:- Interview with Michael Douglas- All About CAPS Article- Electroconculsive Therapy- About the Labotomy

1hr 28mins

8 Sep 2020

Rank #7

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(STS Classic) Broadcast News (1987)

Following our hiatus, the Chicks are back and better than ever with a breakdown of the ‘80s classic, Broadcast News (1987)!Follow along as we dish about toxic romance, decade style, and the delicious liberation that is Holly Hunter’s “working woman” vibe. All recorded quarantine style.Research and Script Breakdown by Mercedes K. MilnerProduced/Edited by Deanna GomezAs mentioned in this episode:Criminal Episode #134: Call Russ Ewing“Five Professional Ways to Use Parenthetical in a Script” (WriteBetterScripts.com)“Essentials of Having a Complex Antagonist” (Script Magazine)An Appalling Alternate Ending

2hr 3mins

10 Jul 2020

Rank #8

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(STS Classic) Twin Peaks - Ep. 101: "Traces to Nowhere"

The Chicks take a tumble down the rabbit hole in this episode, talking through the bizarre “non-pilot” script that is Traces to Nowhere. Join them in their efforts to understand what’s really going on in the small, unsuspecting, shady, horny town of Twin Peaks and it’s strange inhabitants. All recorded quarantine style.Research and Script Breakdown by Mercedes K. MilnerProduced/Edited by Deanna Gomez

1hr 41mins

21 Apr 2020

Rank #9

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(STS Classic) Amélie (2001)

In our February Script-to-Screen podcast, we dish about Amelie (2001). Screenplay by Guillame Laurant, Story by Guillame Laurant and Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Sassy Asides by The Write or Die Chicks.Hosted by The Write or Die ChicksResearch and Script Breakdown by Mercedes K. MilnerProduced/Edited by Deanna Gomez

57mins

7 Apr 2020

Rank #10