Posts Tagged ‘Podcast’


Writing Log Week 27 – 10. July, 2017

Goddamn, I took down another deadline.

My Fiction Podcast pilot script and season outline — submitted to AFF.

In Miller’s Girl, there’s a teacher, there’s a young school girl, and there’s a misunderstanding that leads to something quite vicious.

Baby Driver was…

Shaun of the Dead is still my favorite Edgar Wright movie. As for Men in Black, it really holds up… except for that Will Smith closing credits song.

Time to switch to my pilot.

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Mid 2017 Check-In – 8. July, 2017

Goddamn, it’s crazy hot. Seriously, this is how I’m gonna spend the rest of the summer.

Regardless, it’s time for a mid-year check-in. I’d say that, despite the ups and downs (and very down downs) of this year, I’ve done an alright job of keeping up with my goals and the required creative output.

Features – At the start of the year I said I wanted to write a contained thriller. I started breaking that story, but then a news item and a friend’s suggestion sent me working on a second, much bigger contained thriller — the first feels like an indie film, the second more like a mid-to-big budget movie. I need to pick one and write it this fall.

Comic Books – I had a script for a flawed short and it died on the vine. That’s fine. Mediocre ideas should die. Now I just need to find another short comic idea.

Pilot – I’ve done some work on my pilot but not nearly enough. That changes today. It will have my total focus until the end of the summer, when I should have a draft.

Spec – I wrote and submitted my Blindspot spec to the Austin Film Festival, the WB Writers Workshop, and the NBC/Universal Writers on the Verge program. In a couple of weeks I’ll submit to the NHMC fellowship.

Fiction Podcast – This wasn’t even on the radar at the start of the year but I just wrote a pilot episode and outlined the first season of a supernatural infused noir drama — and now I’m considering making this sucker (truly, I am a masochist).

I took a Script Anatomy class for my spec and it was great. I absolutely recommend them and I hope to take one more class this year. I am also looking at a couple of other classes (will let you know what I find).

Gotta renew my passport ASAP (otherwise, how will I ever find a Canadian honey?). Still need to do something to fill the music void. Still need to develop an exercise routine.

As if that weren’t enough, this year I also followed Scott Myers1, 2, 7, 14 advice. How am I doing in that respect? Well…

I’m supposed to read 1 script a week. By now I should have read 26 scripts. I’m behind, having only read 19: 8 feature scripts and 11 pilot scripts.

Feature Scripts
In The Deep (The Shallows)
The Wall
Hotel Artemis
Blonde Ambition
James Cameron’s Titanic
Let the Evil Go West

Pilot Scripts
Life Sentence
Killing Eve
El Jefe

I should be watching 2 movies a week, totaling 52 movies to date. Sadly, I’m only up to 39.

The Cabin in the Woods
The Shallows
John Wick
A Monster Calls
Postcards from the Edge
Resident Evil: The Final Chapter
Sleepwalk with Me
Man Up
The Lego Batman Movie
John Wick: Chapter 2
Get Out
Patriot’s Day
Ghost in the Shell (animated)
Kong: Skull Island
Ghost in the Shell (2017)
Phoenix Forgotten
Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2
Alien: Covenant
T2: Trainspotting
Gone Girl
Wonder Woman
Cars 3
Rough Night
In Bruges
The Beguiled
Baby Driver
Men in Black

I should be writing 1 page per day, totaling 182 pages. I stand at 201 pages written to date, SO PUT THAT IN YOUR PIPE AND SMOKE IT!

I should have done 364 hours of research and I… I’m too tired to calculate that.

But see, I’m doing pretty well. Hooray for me!

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Writing Log Week 25 – 26. June, 2017

I am on a roll!

So let’s talk a little bit about that Western script off the Blacklist.

Let The Evil Go West is a very trixie script. It does a ton of things “you’re not supposed to do.” There’s an illustration on the cover, the author’s name isn’t clear, it has camera directions galore, and it does away with slug lines, sorta. There’s no “INT.” or “EXT.” or “DAY” or “NIGHT”. If it’s a DAY scene it’s simply…

And if it’s a night scene it’s…

And it works.

I will confirm that both Rough Night and Spectre are movies. One is long. One is short.

Most importantly, I’m working like crazy to get this fiction podcast idea into shape for the Austin Film Festival. That means I have 11 days to finish 1) a 10-page script and 2) a series outline.

Wish me luck.

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Writing Long Week 23 – 12. June, 2017

It’s the week after submitting to the fellowships and I kind of half-assed it.

I did read that Seinfeld spec about the Twin Towers.

I admit, I laughed out loud.

I watched Wonder Woman and Gone Girl. Both are pretty damn great, albeit a tad too long.

As for my own work, I’m starting back up with my horror pilot and I’m also cultivating ideas for a fiction podcast, ala Homecoming (soon to be a Julia Roberts TV show — WHAT?!), The Truth, and Welcome to Nightvale.

Do you have a favorite fiction podcast? If so, send it my way.

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To Write Better, Listen More – 18. June, 2015


We live in the Golden Age of the podcast and we should thank this man.


Meaning Ira Glass, not Fred Armisen.

Because of podcasts, it’s possible to learn SO. MUCH. MORE about any topic. If you’re an aspiring screenwriter, you absolutely should be listing to these awesome podcasts.

The Nerdist Writers Panel focuses on the television writers room but every so often they’ll have a feature writer. Here’s an interview with Buried screenwriter Chris Sparling.


Scriptnotes is the best screenwriting podcast in the land. They tackle everything from formatting trends to industry news. This is a “must listen” for any writer.


Want a TV writing podcast that’s both in-depth and off the wall? You can’t go wrong with the Children of Tendu.


If you prefer a pushy interviewer trying to dig secrets out of filmmakers (that’s why my buddy Ted *LOVES* this podcast), then you must check out The Q & A.


Looking for a friendlier interviewer of screenwriters? If so, On The Page is your jam.


Do you want to be so appalled that you’re crying from laughter? Subscribe to The Black List Table Reads and start with Balls Out (and thank me later).


I love the Writers Guild Foundation. They’re awesome, they have an amazing library and they have a podcast too.


Lastly, there’s the Austin Film Festival On Story podcast. They’re the best fest for writers and they present many of their panels in podcast form. If you like what you hear, sign up to attend.


Subscribe. Listen. Learn.

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Studio 360 with Alec Baldwin (What?!) – 12. April, 2010

So it’s been a while since I wrote about my favorite NPR podcasts and I almost skipped this one for one obvious reason… but then I had to include it for one obvious reason.

Studio 360 is a great radio program about film, literature, music, the arts that’s normally hosted by Kurt Anderson but this episode is hosted by Alec Baldwin and it’s awesome.

Please listen.


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Theater Talk – 28. December, 2009

I caught most of NINE and just wasn’t blown away. I talked to some friends that also saw it and they just couldn’t put their finger on it either. Then I heard this episode of Theater Talk.

Once again I have KCRW to thank for their insight.

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This American Life – 25. December, 2009

My holiday gift to you is my holiday gift to myself. Last night I bought one of the sweetest shirts I’ve ever seen but there’s a bit of backstory required.

First, you need to check out THIS AMERICAN LIFE. Maybe you’ve seen the cable show but you should really listen to the radio program or podcast them like I do.

Second, you need to listen to this story (it runs about 14 minutes).


Now check out the shirt I bought by clicking on the TAL logo below.  Don’t cheat.  Listen to the whole story first before clicking below.



Lastly, this is public radio so they operate off the generosity of your donations and this year it’s easier than ever to support THIS AMERICAN LIFE.  You can now text the word LIFE to the number 25383 and you’ll make a one-time donation of $5; it’ll show up on your mobile phone bill.  After you send the text, you’ll need to reply YES to the confirmation and you’re done.  If that story and shirt made you smile, why not do the right thing and show this great radio program a little Christmas love.

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Friday Fun: Coverville – 11. December, 2009

Pink Floyd, Nine Inch Nails, The Cure, Sir Mix-A-Lot, Pulp, NWA, Gloria Gaynor, Nirvana… what do they all have in common? Each has had a song covered and now retired to the Coverville Hall of Fame. Therefore, today we celebrate Coverville.

Happy Fun Friday!

Okay, I know most of are asking yourself, “Cover-what?” Allow me to explain. First, a bit of back story. I jumped on the podcasting bandwagon the second I got my first iPod. One of my first subscriptions was Coverville, a music podcast by Brian Ibbott that celebrates the art of the cover. When I started listening, it was well before the show hit triple digits; as of this writing they’ve just posted episode #633, the one referenced above.

I could go into a long explanation about the Coverville Countdown or the Coverville Hall of Fame but let me just say that episode #633 is wall-to-wall awesome and these songs might never be played on Coverville again. Want a preview? Here’s one track you’ll find in episode #633. Warning: this song is not safe for work.

[audio:Nina Gordon – Straight Out Of Compton.mp3]

If that doesn’t get you to subscribe, I don’t know what’s wrong with you.

Also, let me make a little pitch for Coverville. This is a free podcast, as in it doesn’t cost you anything. There’s only one or two commercials in the show and a list of sponsors at the end. Brian is a stand-up guy so he licenses all the music on his show and that’s a heavy financial burden. To ease that burden, he started the Coverville Citizenship program. Donate $40 and you’ll get a t-shirt, a DVD with the previous 100 episodes either as MP3 or AAC (which let’s you skip the commercials) and access to a bonus podcast.

Did I also mention that Brian put together a cover tribute to Spinal Tap? Did I also mention that it’s free, too?

So here’s your mission. First, subscribe to the podcast. Coverville is about to start their annual countdown so you’re guaranteed the cream of the crop. Second, download the Spinal Tap cover album. Third, if the first two things put a smile on your face do the right thing and become a Coverville Citizen. I’m a citizen and look at how happy Brian and I are…

GABF 2009 - 28
(we’re also at the GABF but that’s another story)

Have a great Friday!

(Oh-my-God, my fingers are so tired from embedding all those links!)

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The Business Brief – 16. November, 2009

A while ago I covered The Business by KCRW but they also have a sister program hosted by their producer Matt Holzman. This week’s topic sent a shiver down my back.

I’m gonna assume you’ve seen THE BOONDOCK SAINTS. Have you seen the documentary OVERNIGHT? If not, do that next.

That Troy Duffy gets held up as a 2.0 filmmaking hero and that it’s suggested that others should try to emulate his resolve, well, I know what they mean but that also kinda makes me sick.

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