Rank #1: 302. Theme
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
Rank #2: 376. Sex, Death And Other TV Tips From Carole Kirschner
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
Rank #3: 631. The Tenacious Writer
Writer Anne Kruse shares five concepts that build writer perseverance.
Oct 11 2019
Rank #4: 388. Layered Storytelling
Writer/Director Paul Linsley walks us through four “layers” of storytelling: Letter, allegory, moral and anagoge.
Feb 13 2015
Rank #5: 513. Character Arc
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
Rank #6: 561. Creating Great Content in the Digital Era
Writer, teacher and author Neil Landau gives tips for writing in the current market and discusses his new book TV Writing on Demand: Creating Great Content in the Digital Era.
Jun 09 2018
Rank #7: 372. A Great Spec And A Dash of Confidence
Writer/director Tracie Laymon has a hot spec and new representation. Fortunately, her experience in the independent world has prepared her well.
Oct 24 2014
Rank #8: 490. Breaking In
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
Rank #9: 610. Character Development
Pilar is joined by writer Melissa Cassera to discuss ways to create and show the emotional progression of on-screen characters.
May 17 2019
Rank #10: 360. Writer Q&A
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
Rank #11: 315. Story Templates
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
Rank #12: 396. Writing Treatments
Writer Eileen Jones discussed her work writing treatments for TV, film and commercials.
Apr 10 2015
Rank #13: 339. Breaking Into The Business
Mar 07 2014
Rank #14: 594. Lazy Screenwriting
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
Rank #15: 397. Lean In To Your Strengths
Manager/Producer Scott Carr talks about what he looks for in writers and in scripts.
Apr 17 2015
Rank #16: 592. What Do Competitions Want?
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
Rank #17: 562. The Basement Club
These six female writer/directors aren’t afraid to “go into the basement” when it comes to genre. Emily Dell, Etta Devine, Sarah Ivy, Barbara Stepansky, Hannah MacPherson and April Wright talk about the tools and team building needed to be a working director.
Jun 15 2018
Rank #18: 291. Coming to LA
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
Rank #19: 402. Character and World Rules
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
Rank #20: 440. 5 Things to Avoid When Pitching
Joey Tuccio, the head of Stage 32 Happy Writers Online Pitchfest, talks about do’s and don’ts for online pitching.
Feb 12 2016