Rank #1: 622. Writing for Young Audiences
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.
Rank #2: 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.
Rank #3: 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!
Rank #4: 460. Plan For Success
Entertainment attorney Richard DeLossa discusses copyright protection, script releases, writing partnerships and more.
Rank #5: 621. I Will
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.
Rank #6: 527. Screenplay Development from the Inside Out
So you’ve got a script. What happens next? Producer Rona Edwards fills us in. A must-listen for those who want to understand the true business side of showbiz. Also check out the third edition of her book, “I Liked It, I Didn’t Love It: Screenplay Development from the Inside Out."
Rank #7: 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.
Rank #8: 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.
Rank #9: 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.
Rank #10: 383. Anatomy of a TV Show
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.
Rank #11: 339. Breaking Into The Business
Rank #12: 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.
Rank #13: 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.
Rank #14: 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."
Rank #15: 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.”
Rank #16: 350. Shakespeare for Screenwriters
Hamlet for psychological depth, Macbeth for obsession, Lear for family drama. Jennie Evenson, author of "Shakespeare for Screenwriters," shows us how these characters help us create modern stories with timeless themes.
Rank #17: 451. Making Connections When You Have Zero Connections
Writer and marketing consultant Melissa Cassera talks about
7 ways you can create your “little black book” of helpful industry
Rank #18: 577. The Idea
In anticipation of his new book, writer Erik Bork discusses the seven elements of a viable story for screen, stage or fiction.
Rank #19: 551. Talk Talk Bam!
Writer Jim Rash (The Descendants, The Way Way Back) talks about his co-writing process, his take on character and dialogue and how winning an Oscar doesn’t mean you don’t get writer's block.
Rank #20: 610. Character Development
Pilar is joined by writer Melissa Cassera to discuss ways to create and show the emotional progression of on-screen characters.