Write On: A Screenwriting Podcast

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Designed to help you navigate the screenwriting industry, Final Draft interviews working screenwriters, agents, managers, and producers to show you how successful executives and writers make a living writing and working with screenplays, and how you can use their knowledge to break into the industry. Subscribe today to catch every episode!

Episode Date
#BeTheChange - Write On with Champion for Change Thuc Nguyen
52:56

Screenwriter and founder of The Bitch List Thuc Nguyen discusses how she started the list, unconscious biases and micro-aggressions, buzz words that are past their due date and her projects with women of color protagonists currently in development.

The Bitch List shines a spotlight on women of color, people of color and writers of all diverse backgrounds.

 

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Jun 11, 2019
Write On with 'Bodyguard' Creator and Showrunner Jed Mercurio
50:02

Bodyguard creator and showrunner Jed Mercurio discusses his transition from medical doctor to television writer, his blending of the factual and imaginative details in the show, and following the instincts of your inner-writer.

Bodyguard starring Richard Madden is available now on Netflix.

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May 30, 2019
Write On with 'Ozark' Showrunner Chris Mundy
29:31

Ozark showrunner Chris Mundy discusses his transition from Rolling Stone contributor to television writer, how Ozark came to be, and the dynamics of the show's writers room. 

Ozark seasons one and two are available for streaming now on Netflix. 

 

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May 29, 2019
Write On with Grey's Anatomy Showrunner Krista Vernoff and Co-EP Elisabeth Finch
36:38

*Listener discretion is strongly advised: This episode contains sensitive content*

Grey's Anatomy showrunner Krista Vernoff and Co-EP Elisabeth Finch discuss 'Silent All These Years' and how their own experiences informed the deep dive into its sensitive subject matter told from a uniquely personal perspective.

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May 28, 2019
Write On with 'The Hot Zone' Screenwriting Team Kelly Souders and Brian Peterson
33:54

Screenwriting team Kelly Souders and Brian Peterson discuss how their 20-year career together began, their first foray in the writers room of Smallville, their strategy for crafting pitches, and their latest adaptation of The Hot Zone as a series for National Geographic Channel. 

The six-episode miniseries about the frightening spread of the Ebolavirus starring Julianna Margulies airs on Memorial Day. 

 

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May 23, 2019
Write On with Hulu 'Catch-22' Screenwriter Luke Davies
41:47

Screenwriter Luke Davies discusses his earlier work on his novel Candy, the award-winning film Lion, and his adaptation of Joseph Heller's Catch-22 for Hulu, directed by and starring George Clooney.

Catch-22 is now available for streaming, only on Hulu!

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May 21, 2019
Write On with 2018 Big Break Feature Winner Jeff Cassidy
22:56

2018 Big Break feature category winner Jeff Cassidy discusses getting his start as a focus puller in order to learn more about directing, how he eventually transitioned to writing and directing, and why he chose to enter his category-winning script Daisy's Story in the Big Break Contest. 

Since his win, Cassidy recently made his TV-directing debut with an episode of The CW's The Flash.

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May 14, 2019
Write On with Oscar-Winning 'BlacKkKlansman' writer David Rabinowitz
38:42

David Rabinowitz discusses how he and his writing partner Charlie Wachtel got the rights to adapt BlacKkKlansman, getting Jordan Peele and Spike Lee on board, and their Oscar win!

The bio-crime-drama is about Ron Stallworth, an African American police officer from Colorado Springs, CO, who successfully manages to infiltrate the local Ku Klux Klan branch with the help of a Jewish surrogate who eventually becomes its leader.

 

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May 06, 2019
Write On with 'The Twilight Zone' Producer Simon Kinberg
22:36

Simon Kinberg discusses how he and fellow producer Jordan Peele came together to revive The Twilight Zone, the inspiration behind the show's unrelenting twists and how they maintain entertainment and enlightenment in each episode. 

The Twilight Zone is airing now on CBS All Access. 

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Apr 30, 2019
Write On with Screenwriting Career Coach Lee Jessup
39:17

For the last 20 years, Lee Jessup has been coaching screenwriters on all elements of a successful career. Brand assessment and strategy, effective networking, crafting a memorable origin story that makes writers shine in a general meeting - Lee discusses all of this and more. 

You can learn more about Lee Jessup's services here

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Apr 23, 2019
Write On with 'The Wall' Writer-Director Kellie Madison
44:48

Kellie Madison, whose spec script The Wall just sold to Dolphin Entertainment, discusses her transition from acting to writing and directing, her interest in the dark side of the human condition and the early influences she hopes will help her make an elevated horror film.

Madison whose past work includes The Gate and Dear Mr. Gacy is also attached to direct. 

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Apr 15, 2019
Write On with 'Highwaymen' Screenwriter John Fusco
44:26

Veteran screenwriter John Fusco discusses his journey from dropping out of school for The Blues to obtaining his GED, being accepted to NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and eventually winning a screenplay contest that brought him to Los Angeles. Fusco wrote a Western on spec against all advice and went on to writing films including Young Guns, Hildago, and his latest script The Highwaymen.

The crime-drama starring Kevin Costner and Woody Harrelson following a pair of Texas Rangers who come out of retirement to catch the infamous outlaws Bonnie and Clyde is now streaming on Netflix!

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Apr 05, 2019
Write On with 'Wayne' Writer-Director Greg Coolidge
39:29

Wayne writer-director Greg Coolidge discusses his very early relationship with Final Draft, his experience on films including Ride Along and Employee of the Month, and the surprising 'yes' he and writing partner Kirk Ward received in the room from Youtube.


Wayne, a Youtube TV dramedy, follows a 16 year-old Dirty Harry with a heart of gold who sets out on a small two-stroke road bike from Boston to Florida with his new friend Del to get back the shit-hot 79' Trans-Am that was stolen from his father before he died.
 

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Apr 01, 2019
Write On with The Mustang writer-director Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre
21:06

The Mustang writer-director Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre discusses her journey from actress to writer-director, shooting her latest film at Rikers Island, and the challenges of working with animals.

The drama follows Roman Coleman, a violent convict who is given the chance to participate in a rehabilitation therapy program involving the training of wild mustangs. Catch it in theaters now!

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Mar 26, 2019
Write On with The Hummingbird Project writer-director Kim Nguyen
23:46

The Hummingbird Project writer-director Kim Nguyen discusses how he avoids getting stuck in creating backstory, his process of screen testing with friends, and how he was able to set the tone for his protagonist in one scene.

The thriller starring Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network) and Salma Hayek (Frida) follows a pair of high-frequency traders who go up against their old boss in an effort to make millions in a fiber-optic deal. 

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Mar 19, 2019
Write On with "Devil's Path" Writer-Director-Producer Matthew Montgomery
31:03

Writer-director-producer Matthew Montgomery discusses his start as an actor and how he eventually moved behind the camera to produce Devil's Path. 

The drama/thriller is about two men who encounter each other on a dangerous gay cruising park trail, and quickly find themselves caught up in a deadly game of cat and mouse. The film is available now on streaming platforms, such as Youtube, Google Play, Amazon Prime and more!

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Mar 12, 2019
Write On with AFF Script Competition Director Steven DeBose
26:30

Austin Film Festival’s Steven DeBose discusses his journey from festival employee to newly appointed script competition director, the culture that defines Austin Film Festival, and the VIP access afforded to all attendees who come prepared for the endless networking opportunities.

Submissions are currently open to the AFF script competition. Learn more about entering here!

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Mar 05, 2019
Write On with 'Fighting with My Family' writer-director Stephen Merchant
28:25

Fighting with My Family writer-director Stephen Merchant talks with us about his career in both film and television, how he determines what is vital to a story during the editing process, and the creative ways he moved the story along through commentators in the film. 

The dramedy (based on a true story) about a former wrestler and his family who make a living performing at small venues around the country while his kids dream of joining World Wrestling Entertainment is in theaters now! 

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Feb 25, 2019
Write On with Writer-Director Isabella Eklöf
30:03

With the support of the Danish Film Institute, Swedish writer-director Isabella Eklöf premiered her feature debut ‘Holiday’ at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. Eklöf discusses her creative and development process and her overall career in filmmaking.  

‘Holiday’ tells the story of Sascha who joins her drug-lord boyfriend on a luxurious and ultimately ill-fated trip to the port city of Bordum on the Turkish Rivera. Holiday will be available on DVD/VOD on February 26th. 

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Feb 20, 2019
Write On with Big Break Grand Prize Winners Jeff Cassidy and Myles Reid
35:26

Since winning the 2018 Big Break Screenwriting Contest, writers Jeff Cassidy and Myles Reid have been busy taking industry meetings with managers, agents, and producers. In this episode of Write On, Cassidy and Reid discuss their Big Break experience and what's next in their careers. Listen now!

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Feb 12, 2019
Write On with Kevin O'Brien
41:52

Writer-director Kevin O'Brien discusses his transition from Creative Director to filmmaker, raising money through crowdfunding, and submitting his debut feature 'At the End of the Day' to film festivals.

Information about the film can be found HERE.

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Feb 05, 2019
Write On with Cleve Landsberg
53:32

Cleve Landsberg has led a long career, working on films such as 'Weekend at Bernie's', 'BASEketball' and 'Bruce Almighty'. Cleve has also previously been honored with the DGA's Frank Capra Achievement Award, given to an Assistant Director or Unit Production Manager in recognition of their career and service to the industry and the DGA.

In this episode of Write On, Cleve discusses the role of a Unit Production Manager and Line Producer on a film set and how they relate to the overall creative filmmaking process. He also discusses the new Tags Mode feature in Final Draft 11, which he helped develop.

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Jan 16, 2019
Write On with Mimi Leder
14:48

In this episode of Write On, director Mimi Leder discusses her latest film 'On the Basis of Sex' and her connection to Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s story.

Leder was the first female graduate of the AFI Conservatory. She has won two Emmys for directing, and is known for her work on The Leftovers, Deep Impact, L.A. Law and more.

On the Basis of Sex hits theaters everywhere today!

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Jan 11, 2019
Write On with Paul Schrader
51:45

Legendary writer-director and Final Draft Hall of Famer Paul Schrader discusses his acclaimed film First Reformed and offers insights into his creative drive throughout his career.

Starring Ethan Hawke, First Reformed tells the story of a Protestant minister facing spiritual and moral questions at his floundering historical church in upstate New York. 

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Jan 08, 2019
Write On with Greta Heinemann
44:15

2017 Big Break Feature Grand Prize winner Greta Heinemann discusses everything from moving to LA from Germany at age 14 to pursue her writing career, working in television, pitching her features and her latest endeavor the Writers Wright journal.

The Writers Wright Journal is a productivity notebook designed for writers by writers. Including a dedicated notes section, career planner, and calendar, the Writers Wright journal is there to keep writers on track with their personal and professional goals.

Get the Writers Wright Journal here. 

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Jan 04, 2019
Write On with Madam Secretary Executive Producer Lori McCreary
23:23

After leaving her role as a co-founder at the software company CompuLaw, Revelations Entertainment CEO and PGA Board Member Lori McCreary returned to her love of storytelling as Executive Producer of the CBS Series ‘Madam Secretary.’

Lori discusses her transition from producing film to TV, how Madam Secretary went from idea to 100+ episodes on CBS and future projects.

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Dec 26, 2018
Write On with Aquaman Writers Geoff Johns, Will Beall and David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick
20:27

Aquaman writers Geoff Johns, David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick, and Will Beall discuss their paths to becoming writers (including Beall's stint as a homicide detective), their creative process and their advice for aspiring screenwriters.

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Dec 21, 2018
Write On with SAGindie Executive Director Darrien Michele Gipson
31:25

SAGindie Executive Director Darrien Michele Gipson, formerly VP of Development at DEF Pictures, discusses navigating the waters of independent filmmaking and hiring professional actors through SAG-AFTRA’s low-budget contracts.

You can find Darrien speaking on various filmmaking panels, workshops, festivals and more around the world, or reach out to her team at SAGindie HERE for more information.

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Dec 18, 2018
Write On with Jen Grisanti: Refocusing Your Energy for Next Season's Screenwriting Contests and Fellowships
31:17

Screenwriting consultant and former studio executive Jen Grisanti discusses crafting stories that resonate, finding your voice as a writer and building a network of professional relationships.

With experience as a story consultant, TV staffer, and mentor in the CBS Diversity program, Jen Grisanti is dedicated to helping writers make it as working film & TV professionals through the Jen Grisanti Consultancy

Learn more about her new 10-week STORYWISE TV Writing Tele-seminar and training series HERE.  

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Dec 14, 2018
Write On with Writer-Director Sebastián Silva
23:27

"I've seen what you witness in Tyrel many times and it's definitely not comfortable and it carries a lot of hidden tension and hypocrisy."

Award-winning Chilean writer-director Sebastián Silva talks about his love of Sundance, his filmmaking process, and his films, including Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner The Maid (2009) and his latest release, Tyrel (2018).

Information on Tyrel can be found HERE!

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Dec 11, 2018
Write On with Josh Singer, Oscar-winning screenwriter of 'Spotlight'
45:14

“Getting in there and trying to find what’s compelling about these stories and then communicate that and grab people and bring them into the theaters…That job I love.”

Josh Singer, Oscar-winning screenwriter of Spotlight, discusses his start in children’s entertainment, breaking into the industry through writing spec scripts and transitioning from working in TV to writing research-heavy features like First Man, now in theaters. 

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Dec 04, 2018
Write On: Austin Film Festival Wrap Up
14:38

"[Austin Film Festival] will make you feel less alone as a writer who’s trying to break into the business. There’s wonderful networking and camaraderie here…”

This past October, screenwriting and industry professionals from around the world came together for the 25th Austin Film Festival. We spoke with writers Kat Candler (Queen Sugar), Carly Wray (Westworld, The Leftovers) and Stephany Folsom (Toy Story 4) along with Grace Moss, Director, Talent Development & Inclusion at NBC about their experience at AFF.

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Nov 20, 2018
Write on with David E. Talbert
34:55

Acclaimed playwright and filmmaker David E. Talbert discusses his 25-year career in theater, honing his cinematic skills by learning on the job, and how his experiences growing up influence the stories he tells.

David is currently developing an original half-hour comedy for ABC and his next feature will be an original live-action musical for Netflix staring Forest Whitaker slated for release in 2020. Follow David on Instagram and Twitter and visit his website here!

 

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Nov 14, 2018
Write On with 'A Bread Factory' Writer-Director Patrick Wang
39:51

Acclaimed writer-director Patrick Wang discusses his transition from economy major at MIT to filmmaker, how he feels his way through the editing process to find structure in his scripts, and how he used the idea of community for the one-hundred speaking parts in his two-part dramedy feature A Bread Factory.

The limited theatrical screenings schedule for A Bread Factory can be found here

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Nov 05, 2018
Write On with 'Front Runner' Executive Producer-Writer Matt Bai
38:18

Writer Matt Bai discusses his start as a journalist at New York Times Magazine, his novel All the Truth Is Out: The Week Politics Went Tabloid and how he later adapted his work into his new film The Frontrunner.


Written by Matt Bai, Jason Reitman and Jay Carson, The Frontrunner stars Hugh Jackman, Vera Farmiga and J.K. Simmons and is scheduled for limited release on Nov. 6th - the first film to ever be released on an election day. The film will see a nation-wide release on Nov. 21st.

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Oct 30, 2018
Write On: Live Horror Panel with Chris Olen Ray and Seth Sherwood
01:05:14

Emmy-award winning producer/director Chris Olen Ray (The First Purge, Circus Kane) and writer/director/producer Seth Sherwood (Hell Fest Movie, Light As a Feather) discuss their collective careers and share their insight on the horror genre in front of a live audience at the New York Film Academy of Los Angeles. 

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Oct 16, 2018
Write On with Writer/Director/Producer Aya Tanimura
38:24

Aya Tanimura shares how she got her start as a storyteller, her first break directing music videos for Katy Perry, and how writing for the music business differs from writing for films. 

To give a better understanding of the steps directors take to pitch a music video concept, Tanimura has shared her treatment for Disney's Dream Big, Princess campaign - a re-imagining of the Disney Princess franchises. You can download the PDF here!

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Oct 09, 2018
Write On with Jenni Gold, Creator of ‘CinemAbility: The Art of Inclusion’
36:23

We recently chatted with writer/producer/director Jenni Gold about her love of storytelling, when she first realized people with disabilities were not fairly represented and how she hopes her latest film CinemAbility: The Art of Inclusion will inspire screenwriters to write those roles in their scripts.

CinemAbility: The Art of Inclusion is an investigation into the way media portrayals impact the actual inclusion of people with disabilities in society and will be available on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play and more on October 5th!

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Oct 03, 2018
Write On with Raamla Mohamed
37:08

Raamla Mohamed shares details about her early career as a USC film student, becoming a Disney/ABC TV Writing program fellow, and how that opened the doors for her at Shondaland. Raamla recently secured an overall deal with ABC and is working on a new pilot with Issa Rae at HBO.

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Sep 25, 2018
Write On: Women in Comics
50:01

Kirsten "Kiwi" Smith (‘Misfit City’ for BOOM! Studios), Shannon Watters (Senior Editor at BOOM! Studios and Co-writer of ‘Lumberjanes’) and Christina Weir (‘Bad Medicine’) discuss their respective writing careers, how they started writing graphic novels, and their advice for new creators looking to get their own work out there. 

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Sep 11, 2018
Write On with 'Support the Girls' Writer-Director Andrew Bujalski
32:18

Writer-director Andrew Bujalski discusses learning guerrilla filmmaking at Harvard, making his first film Funny, Ha Ha and the tricky tone of his latest film Support the Girls which takes place in a sexist sports bar. 

Support the Girls is about the general manager (Regina Hall) of a "sports bar with curves" who manages to have optimism and faith in her staff and customers throughout the course of a very challenging day. 

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Aug 27, 2018
Write On with 'Skate Kitchen' Writer-Director Crystal Moselle
22:22

Writer-director Crystal Moselle recently chatted with us about her new film Skate Kitchen, how she develops characters before story, and her advice for new writers. 

Skate Kitchen is a drama about a teenage skateboarder who makes friends with a local New York skateboarding gang and quickly learns the hard way about loyalty after falling for a rival gang member

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Aug 21, 2018
Write On with 'Brothers' Series Creators Emmett Jack Lundberg and Sheyam Ghieth
37:26

Emmett Jack Lundberg (writer/director) and Sheyam Ghieth (producer) share how they each got their start in the film industry, the benefits of employing Seed & Spark for fundraising and streaming their content, and their advice for getting your own story made.

Brothers is a critically-acclaimed short-form narrative series that follows a group of transgender male friends, exploring what it means to go up against traditional societal gender roles. You can find Brothers on Amazon, Vimeo On Demand and Seed & Spark

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Aug 14, 2018
Write On with Two-Time Austin Film Fest Screenwriting Competition Winner Troy Anthony Miller
49:34

Being the only writer to hold the coveted distinction of being a two-time Austin Film Festival Screenwriting Competition winner, Troy Anthony Miller attributes his affinity for screenwriting to the life-long lessons he picked up through traveling abroad, working in other careers and maintaining a determined and collaborative work ethic.

We speak with Troy about his feature scripts, The Hitch, a thriller focusing on a young Alfred Hitchcock, and the female centric sports comedy, The Olympian, and more from his career.

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Jul 25, 2018
Write On with Virtual Reality Storyteller Evette Vargas
33:15

Recently named by The New York Times as an "Artist to Watch," Evette Vargas is an award-winning, cross-platform storyteller who is at the vanguard of the digital and virtual reality landscape. 

Evette recently spoke with us about becoming a multi-hyphenate artist and creator, her Web Development Studio, Digital-Reign, and about the enormous opportunity for filmmakers she sees in the emerging virtual reality markets. 

 

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Jul 13, 2018
Write On with Theo Taplitz
25:35

“It seems to me that there are so many ways to tell a story that it doesn’t necessarily need to be just through writing. It can be through acting; I’m writing my own music right now; there’s a lot of different facets of storytelling which interest me so I try to explore as many as I can.”

Known for his work in 'Little Men' and 'True Places Never Are,' Actor-Writer-Director Theo Taplitz is wise beyond his years and shows no signs of slowing down. We recently spoke with him about his process both behind and in front of the camera, and more.

 

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Jul 10, 2018
Write On with Kelsey Scott
30:20

Kelsey Scott is a screenwriter that has worked on shows such as Hollywood Girl as well as a creator of her own content. We sat down with Scott to learn more about how she went from child actress to scribe under the influence of her grandmother. 

Kelsey Scott is known for her acting roles in projects such as How to Get Away with Murder, 12 Years a Slave and HBO's Insecure, to name a few.

 

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Jul 02, 2018
Write On with Guest Host Lee Jessup and 2017 Big Break Feature Winner Greta Heinemann
47:09

Greta Heinemann is the Big Break feature winner for her thriller, Anatomy of a Breakdown. 

In this special edition of our podcast, Greta is interviewed by screenwriting career coach Lee Jessup. The two discuss Greta's incredible journey to the United States from Germany, her current role as writer/producer on NCIS: New Orleans, and how her contest win has impacted her career. 

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Jun 19, 2018
Write On with 2017 Big Break Grand Prize TV Winners Charles and Hana Callaghan
30:45

Hana and Charles Callaghan are the mother/son writing team that won over our 2017 Big Break jury of agents & managers with their one-hour diversity TV pilot, Portia's Law.


The writing duo discuss their experience collaborating on the winning script, how their own relationship mirrors that of their central characters, and what they've been up to since their Big Break win.

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Jun 12, 2018
Write On with "MADMAN" Writer Alexa Garster
23:01

Up and coming writer Alexa Garster talks with us about her feature script MADMAN - an adaptation of Caleb Jenner Stephen’s book Worst Seat in the House: Henry Rathbone’s Front Row View of the Lincoln Assassination. She also discusses her process for writing and rewriting, having the confidence to know when you’re script is ready to be sent out, and more.

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May 21, 2018
Write On with "Altered Carbon" writer Nevin Densham, live from New York Film Academy
55:04

Writer and producer Nevin Densham recently shared stories from his career, discussed how he broke into the industry, and answered questions from the live audience.

Altered Carbon, from Netflix, is a futuristic drama about a prisoner who returns to life in a new body and must solve a mind-bending murder to win his freedom.

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May 15, 2018
Write On with “Pacific Rim: Uprising” Writer-Director Steven DeKnight
49:22

Steven DeKnight, writer-director of Pacific Rim: Uprising chats with us about breaking into the industry later in life, honing his skills in the writers’ room, and bringing a new perspective to an existing IP.

DeKnight is also known for his work on hit shows like Daredevil, Spartacus and Dollhouse,  to name a few. 

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May 08, 2018
Write On with Literary Manager & Big Break Judge Markus Goerg of Heroes and Villains
29:34

We chatted with Literary Manager Markus Goerg of Heroes and Villains, who recently signed two 2017 Big Break Finalists to his roster: Nicola Pinzon (Feature, Diversity) and JJ Bailey (Hour-Long, TV). Goerg shares what it takes to be a story-focused content and management company, how to get his attention with your material, and the importance of knowing your brand.

Founded in 2007, Heroes and Villains Entertainment is a leader in content creation and talent management. Specializing in film, TV, video games, and more, Heroes and Villains boasts a vast slate of content and creators that continues to grow.

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May 01, 2018
Write On with 2017 Big Break Feature-Drama Winner, Julia Mogerman
26:56

2017 Big Break Grand Prize Winner in the feature-drama category, Julia Mogerman, talks about her writing process from outlining, constructing characters and finding sources of conflict to connecting with her new manager, Jeff Portnoy of Bellevue and gaining inspiration through travel.

The 2018 Big Break contest regular deadline is around the corner. Is this your year? Learn more about the contest that launches careers and our winners' continued success stories here! 

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Apr 24, 2018
Write On Live: A Conversation about Unionizing with Script Assistants, Coordinators and IATSE
38:11

Zach Cannon (Script Coordinator, Preacher), Marc Gaffen (Script Coordinator, Here and Now) and Leslie Simon (Business Representative, IATSE Local 871) discuss the importance of these two roles in a writers' room, unionizing with IATSE and more, live at The Cat & Fiddle. 

Follow us on social media to find out more about our May 2018 event! 

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Apr 17, 2018
Write On with "Outside In" Director and Co-Writer Lynn Shelton
47:39

Lynn Shelton, known for such films as Humpday and Your Sister’s Sister, talks about breaking into the industry after debuting her first feature at the Slamdance Film Festival, writing unconventional stories from personal experience, and her collaboration with Jay Duplass on her new film Outside In.

The original drama follows an ex-con’s (Jay Duplass) struggle to readjust to life in his small town and the intense bond he forms with his former high school teacher (Edie Falco). The film is available for download on YouTube and Google Play. 

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Apr 10, 2018
Write On with "Mr. Roosevelt" Writer/Director, Noël Wells
30:40

Hot off her recent directorial-debut, Noël Wells, who also wrote and starred in her film, Mr. Roosevelt, chats with us about her start in entertainment, finding the essence of characters and her creative process while working on and off set.

Mr. Roosevelt is a comedy about a struggling comedian (Wells) who returns to her college town of Austin, Texas and must come to terms with her past while staying with her ex-boyfriend and his new girlfriend. You can stream Mr. Roosevelt on Netflix or download on YouTube and Google Play. 
 
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Apr 03, 2018
Write On with "The Party" Writer/Director Sally Potter
30:56

Writer/director Sally Potter, whose credits include Orlando, Yes and Rage talks about her experiences as an independent filmmaker, her writing process and her new film, The Party

In Potter’s new dark comedy, Janet (Kristin Scott Thomas) is hosting an intimate gathering of friends in her London home to celebrate her political ascension, when her husband suddenly makes explosive revelations. 

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Mar 20, 2018
Write On with "The 15:17 to Paris" Screenwriter, Dorothy Blyskal
29:56

The 15:17 to Paris screenwriter, Dorothy Blyskal recently chatted with us about her start as a web series character blogger, going back to school at UCLA Extension's Writers Program while climbing the corporate ladder and how she left the security of her weekly paycheck to eventually adapting the screenplay for Clint Eastwood.  

The true story is about three Americans who discover a terrorist plot aboard a train while in France, based on the book The 15:17 to Paris: The True Story of a Terrorist, a Train and Three American Heroes by Spencer Stone, Alex Skarlatos and Anthony Sadler. 

You can see The 15:17 to Paris in theaters nationwide. 

 

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Mar 12, 2018
Write On with WME's Head of Story, Adam Novak
41:31

Adam Novak is Head of Story at William Morris/Endeavor in addition to being a novelist. His latest book, Freaks of the Industry, explores the angels and demons of Hollywood. 

Novak chatted with us about his start as a Reader, becoming the Head of Story at WME and the incredible story of his novel going straight to print, without notes. 

You can find Freaks of the Industry at www.booksoup.com

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Feb 22, 2018
Write On with our 2018 Hall of Fame Award winner, Howard A. Rodman
45:49

Howard A. Rodman, past President of the Writers Guild, West comes from a family of writers and entertainers; his father was a screenwriter, his mother a script coordinator and his step-mother a soap actress. 

In this interview, he takes us through his early years as a novelist, transitioning to screenwriting and ultimately becoming a champion for the screenwriting community, from educating inmates of MARCY to the students of University of Southern California and the Sundance Institute. 

Final Draft is proud to induct Howard A. Rodman into our Hall of Fame on February 8, 2018 at Paramount Studios, Hollywood.

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Feb 05, 2018
Write On with "Wonder" Director and Writer, Stephen Chbosky
43:04

Stephen Chbosky is the writer/director of Wonder, based on the New York Times best-selling novel about a 10-year-old boy with facial deformities who has to confront the challenges of attending a mainstream school, starring Julia Roberts and Jacob Tremblay.   

 Chbosky shares the fatherly advice that inspired him to write for film, how taking eight months off to focus on family elevated his script for Beauty and the Beast, and four steps to uncover your best ideas (The Chbosky Method). 

Wonder is playing in theaters nationwide!

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Jan 11, 2018
Write On with "The Shape of Water" Screenwriter, Vanessa Taylor
27:33

Screenwriter, Vanessa Taylor recently chatted with us about her latest project, The Shape of Water, which she co-wrote with Guillermo del Toro. Taylor takes us inside the process of how the two collaborated on the acclaimed film.

Vanessa also discusses following in her mother's footsteps as a writer, the advice she wishes she had taken and her experience in writers rooms, such as Game of Thrones and Alias

Shape of Water is now playing in theaters, nationwide.

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Jan 04, 2018
Write On with "The Disaster Artist" Screenwriter, Scott Neustadter
34:53

Scott Neustadter of The Disaster Artist at the Cat & Fiddle

Neustadter shared stories from his career, discussed how he and co-writer Michael Weber developed the screenplay for the film and answered questions from the audience.

Be sure to follow us on Twitter where we will announce our next panel in Spring of 2018! @finaldraftinc

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Dec 22, 2017
Write On with Amy Glazer and Sylvia Brownrigg of “Kepler’s Dream”
35:03

We recently chatted with director Amy Glazer and screenwriter Sylvia Brownrigg, the filmmakers behind Kepler’s Dream. They discuss working together to adapt Brownrigg’s young adult novel, their personal connections to the story of fractured families and how they were able to find the film’s best narrative with limited resources.

 Kepler’s dream is a family adventure/drama about an 11 year-old girl searching for a missing rare book from her grandmother's (Holland Taylor) library. Along the way, she grapples with the secrets, betrayals and sorrows that have shaped the family for generations.

 The film is now available VOD and in select theaters: https://www.keplersdream.com/

 

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Dec 12, 2017
Write On with Liz Hannah and Brian Duffield's Writers for Puerto Rico
27:48

We chatted with screenwriters Liz Hannah (The Post) and Brian Duffield (Insurgent) about Writers for Puerto Rico, a crowd fund the two started to raise money for those affected by the hurricanes that recently destroyed the region. 

100% of all donations directly benefit United for Puerto Rico whose mission is to provide assistance to individuals and small businesses devastated by Hurricanes Irma and María. 

Hannah and Duffield urge everyone in the writing community to contribute to Writers for Puerto Rico – every little bit helps.

Learn more here: http://bit.ly/2y97r1U

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Nov 21, 2017
Write On with "School of Rock" EP's Jay Kogen, Jim Armogida & Steve Armogida
58:21

Jay Kogen, Jim Armogida & Steve Armogida of Nickelodeon's School of Rock at the Cat & Fiddle

The television show's executive producers shared how their adaptation of the original film went straight to series, the added task of producing a music video within the episodes, and their "song of the day" tradition in the writers room.

Our December event with screenwriter Scott Neustadter will be announced soon! Be sure to follow us on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram for more details.

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Nov 08, 2017
Write On with Armstrong Creators Kerry Carlock, Nicholas Lund-Ulrich and Nick Rufca
40:52
We recently chatted with screenwriter Nick Rufca as well as directors Kerry Carlock and Nicholas Lund-Ulrich, the creators of Armstrong
 
Carlock, Lund and Rufca dish on the process of producing an independent film, from concept to “pencils down,” while also working full-time jobs in the industry.
 
The action film is about a rookie EMT and her partner who pick up a wounded superhero and are pulled into his mission to save Los Angeles from a sinister organization. 
 
The film is available now on VOD and DVD!

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Nov 03, 2017
Write On with McG, Director of Netflix's "The Babysitter"
35:42

We recently sat down with McG, director of Netflix's latest original comedy horror film, The Babysitter to learn how Brian Duffield's (Insurgent) script spoke to him, the inspiration behind his cinematic vision for the film and his advice on "delivering" to your audience.

The film is about a young boy who discovers his hot babysitter (Samara Weaving) is part of a satanic cult that will stop at nothing to keep him quiet. 

McG is known for his work on television, such as Supernatural, Chuck and The O.C. He is also known for his earlier work in the music industry for producing albums and directing music videos. 

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Oct 16, 2017
Write On by Final Draft Q&A with Writer/Producer Aaron Ginsburg of "The 100"
43:17

Final Draft hosted a live discussion with Aaron Ginsburg of The CW's The 100. Aaron shared stories about working on the show, how he began his screenwriting career and answered questions from our audience at The Cat & Fiddle. 

Ginsburg is a veteran screenwriter, producer and director. In addition to The 100, Aaron has worked on shows like Intelligence, Do No Harm, Burn Notice and The Good Guys.

Join us for our next live event at Cat & Fiddle on 11/6/17! Be sure to follow us on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram for more details.

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Oct 11, 2017
Write On with "Stronger's" John Pollono
35:01

John Pollono gets in depth on the many challenges of writing Stronger, an adaptation of the original book about Jeff Bauman (Jake Gyllenhaal), who lost both of his legs when a bomb went off during the 2013 Boston Marathon.

We learn about the collaborative process of "what stays and what goes" in the film, Pollono's favorite scene and how his experience as an actor came into play when writing the script.

Pollono is also a writer on television shows, such as This Is Us (NBC) and wrote & starred the Los Angeles World Premiere Play, Small Engine Repair

Stronger is available in select theaters now!

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Sep 29, 2017
Write On with Screenwriting Fellows, WGA East's Made In NY Writers Room
58:24

We recently sat down with members of the Made in NY Writers Room - Sarah Kraus, Sofia Quintero, Bryan Parker and Joyce Wu - to learn more about their incredible experience with mentors like Beau Willimon (House of Cards).

Like with any fellowship or lab, the fellows hope to "get in the door" or be staffed in a writers room. But Made in NY gives them the confidence that having their own TV show on the air is a very real possibility.   

The Made in NY Writers Room is made up of fellows of diverse backgrounds from New York City. The fellows must meet specific application criteria, including a nomination from a recommending organization or membership in the Writers Guild of America, East. You can learn more about the fellowship here: https://www.wgaeast.org/writersroom/

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Aug 29, 2017
Write On with Screenwriting Partners Ronald Bronstein & Josh Safdie Talk "Good Time," Starring Robert Pattinson
48:46

After a botched bank robbery lands his younger brother in prison, Constantine "Connie" Nikas (Robert Pattinson) embarks on a twisted odyssey through the city's underworld in an increasingly desperate—and dangerous—attempt to get his brother Nick (Benny Safdie) out of jail. 

 We recently sat down with Ronald Bronstein and Josh Safdie to learn more about their new crime-drama Good Time. The writing-duo also share why they stray from traditional story-structure norms and how they use their characters to unfold the story.

 You can see Good Time on VOD and in theaters, August 25th!

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Aug 24, 2017
Write On with Screenwriter Pen Densham on "Riding The Alligator"
01:00:55

Pen Densham is an Oscar-nominated producer, screenwriter and director best known for his work on Robin Hood: Prince of Theives, The Outer Limits, and The Twilight Zone.

Densham takes us through his early years on set with his parents, the beginning of his own filmmaking career and how he helps screenwriters navigate the many challenges they face, including selling yourself and your work.

His book, Riding the Alligator: Strategies for a Career in Screenplay Writing (and not getting eaten), is taught at universities around the world and is a must-read for all writers.

For a limited time, receive a FREE Ebook of Riding the Alligator when you purchase Final Draft 10! More information on the Ebook and our special offer is available here.

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Aug 08, 2017
Literary Manager and Big Break Judge Kailey Marsh Reveals How to Catch Her Eye with Your Script!
37:38

Kailey Marsh takes us through the early years of her career, starting her own firm and how The Blood List has taken on a life of its own.

Marsh is a veteran judge of The Big Break Screenwriting Contest.  Her clients include writers and directors working on cable and network shows, as well as video games. In addition, she and her clients have projects set up across town, in various stages of development and production.  

Are you ready for your Big Break? Enter by 7/14/17 for your chance to be read by Kailey Marsh and the rest of our esteemed Judges: https://goo.gl/zzKDzT

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Jul 10, 2017
Write On with Madhouse Entertainment Manager and Big Break Judge, Adam Kolbrenner: How He Can Tell if You're Serious About Screenwriting
32:15

Madhouse Entertainment manager, Adam Kolbrenner, shares how he learned the art of representation in the industry, why continued education is so important for screenwriters and the very reason he volunteers his time as a judge for our Big Break Screenwriting Contest. 

Madhouse Entertainment is a management and production company that has a long track record of working with incredible writers and writer/directors in both TV and film.

The regular deadline is fast approaching! Enter Big Break by June 26th for a chance to be read by Kolbrenner and many more esteemed managers: https://goo.gl/zzKDzT

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Jun 21, 2017
Write On with Good Fear Manager and Big Break Judge Scott Stoops on His Love for Screenwriting Contests and How to Grab His Attention as a Writer
36:34

Scott Stoops, literary manager at Good Fear and veteran Big Break Screenwriting Contest Judge, talks how to hook him in the first 10 pages of a read.

Scott represents a variety of emerging writers and filmmakers, and has sold both TV and film projects including Man Alive which was written by Joe Greenberg and sold to Fox with Noah Hawley (creator of FX’s Fargo) directing. Man Alive won overall in the 2014 Science Fiction/Fantasy category of Big Break. 

The regular deadline is fast approaching! Enter Big Break by June 26th for a chance to be read by Stoops and many more esteemed managers: https://goo.gl/zzKDzT

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Jun 06, 2017
Write On with Sanjeev Sirpal On "Random Tropical Paradise" & How He's Reviving Original Comedies
49:23

Sanjeev Sirpal takes us from landing his first job in Los Angeles to what got him "in the room," which ultimately led to writing original comedies that actually got made. 

Random Tropical Paradise is an epic journey about a jilted groom and his best man on what was meant to be a romantic honeymoon.

The film is set to release on June 9th in theaters and VOD. 

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May 30, 2017
Write On with Dwain Worrell on "The Wall" and How To Wow Them In The End
26:30

Dwain Worrell is the scribe behind The Wall, a war-drama/thriller about two American Soldiers who are trapped by a lethal sniper, with only an unsteady wall between them.

We talk to Worrell about how he went from an English teacher in Beijing to professional screenwriter and his advice on leaving your audience with a "wow" ending. 

The Wall is produced by Amazon Studios and hits theaters Friday, May 12th.

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May 11, 2017
Manager Marc Manus Talks Unearthing Gems and the Scripts that Catch His Eye
38:09

Marc ManusBig Break judge and Zero Gravity literary manager, Marc Manus, discusses how he got his start, what types of scripts excite him, and how he “goes to the mat” for his screenwriters.

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May 05, 2017
Write On with Netflix Original "Sand Castle" Scribe Chris Roessner Talks to Final Draft
33:55

Chris Roessner talks to Final Draft about his Netflix Original movie Sand Castle, and how joining the military paved the way for film school and a reunion with his military Father. 

Sand Castle is about an inexperienced American private that discovers the true cost of war when his unit is sent on a dangerous mission to repair a water pumping station in a rural Iraqi village.

Starring Nicholas Hoult, the film is available for streaming on Netflix, Friday, April 21st. 

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Apr 19, 2017
Write On with "The Discovery" Writer Charlie McDowell Discusses His Netflix Original & More
32:03

Charlie McDowell lets Final Draft in on how his Sundance film The Discovery grabbed the attention of Netflix. Jason Segel, Robert Redford and Rooney Mara star in the science-fiction, romantic drama about a scientist's discovery of afterlife and its domino effect on the masses.

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Mar 29, 2017
Former Big Break Finalists Talk Landing Jobs as Showrunner's Assistants on "Supernatural" and "The 100"!
26:51

What is it like to be a Showrunners' Assistant on a hit show? 2016 Big Break finalists Meghan Fitzmartin and Paula Sabbaga take us behind the scenes of Supernatural and The 100, discuss their journeys from Big Break to The CW and remind us the importance of the "vomit draft."

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Mar 11, 2017
John Zaozirny of Bellevue Productions Talks Selling Scripts
57:12

John Zaozirny, principal at Bellevue Productions, takes time out of his busy schedule to talk with us about selling scripts, scripts that top the Black List and what it means when a script is "set up." 

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Mar 01, 2017
Write On with "Hidden Figures" Writer Allison Schroeder & Writer/Director Ted Melfi Discuss Layered Storytelling
57:17

In our first ever double episode, we talk with Allison Schroeder and Ted Melfi about Hidden Figures and how subverting expectations can lead to complicated, layered characters and compelling storytelling. 

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Feb 13, 2017
Write On with "Man Alive" Screenwriter Joseph Greenberg on How to Navigate Rewrites, Notes and Pitch Meetings
48:13

Former Big Break Contest finalist and currently on the 2016 Black List, Joe Greenberg tells us how he gets to the bare bones of his stories. 

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Jan 27, 2017
Write On with "Gold" Writing Team Patrick Massett & John Zinman Teach Us How to Write Practical Scenes
38:30

To write Gold, duo Patrick Massett & John Zinman drew from their background in acting to develop practical scenes. They also looked to Amadeus for inspiration on "peeling back layers" and "turning over the final card."

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Dec 23, 2016
Write On with "Hunt for the Wilderpeople" Writer/Director Taika Waititi Talks Keeping Your Audience Engaged
21:35

Writer, actor, director Taika Waititi tells us about creating a new comedy scene in New Zealand and how to keep people feeling like they're a part of your story. He also let slip the inspirations for his What We Do in the Shadows character Viago: His mother combined with C-3PO. 

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Dec 23, 2016
Write On with "Arrival" Screenwriter Eric Heisserer on NASA, Palindromes and Breaking the Rules of Writing
34:59

Eric Heisserer brings the science world to our doorstep and tells us what it's like to break unspoken rules while writing. 

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Dec 22, 2016
Write On with "Jackie" Screenwriter Noah Oppenheim Discusses the Custodian of a Presidential Legacy
30:21

Screenwriter Noah Oppenheim talks with us about writing his first screenplay Jackie and the inspiration he drew from Jackie Kennedy as the custodian and myth-maker of her husband's legacy.

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Dec 21, 2016
Write On with "Lion" Screenwriter Luke Davies Talks the "Rapid, Intense Process of Writing"
29:52

Screenwriter Luke Davies sits down with us to discuss how he fell in love with the story behind Lion

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Dec 21, 2016
Write On with "Hacksaw Ridge" Screenwriter Robert Schenkkan Talks Heroism and Writing Battlegrounds
33:08

Robert Schenkkan returns to our podcast to discuss heroism and writing battlegrounds in his latest, Hacksaw Ridge - in theaters now. 

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Nov 01, 2016
Write On with "The Girl On The Train" Screenwriter, Erin Cressida Wilson Talks Inherent Storytelling
27:20

Screenwriter Erin Cressida Wilson takes us behind the scenes of the thriller The Girl On The Train and dives back into her days teaching screenwriting to divulge her storytelling secrets.

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Oct 25, 2016
Write On with Robert Schenkkan: "All The Way" from Stage to HBO
30:09

Acclaimed writer Robert Schenkkan talks to Final Draft about Lyndon Johnson, Bryan Cranston and adapting his Tony Award winning, historical play for HBO.

All The Way premiers Saturday, May 21st on HBO. Check your local listings!

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May 19, 2016
Write On with "Empire" Writer Eric Haywood on Music Videos and Finishing Your Writing
28:10

Eric Haywood, writer and producer on Fox's hit show, Empire, shares his background in music videos and the mindset it takes to get your story on the page. 

Watch Empire Wednesday nights 9/8c on Fox!

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Apr 20, 2016
Write On with Bryan Sipe Discusses "Demolition" and His Own Creative Path Through Loss
37:07

Screenwriter Bryan Sipe opens up to us about the origins of Demolition and his own struggle through the creative process. 

In the film, Jake Gyllenhaal's character is told, "to understand what's broken, you have to take it all apart," Sipe says. Here, Sipe deconstructs his writing process for us as well. 

Demolition is out in theaters today, April 8th!

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Apr 08, 2016
Write On with Bob Nelson on "The Confirmation" and the Merits of the Dramedy Genre
25:45

We talked to Bob Nelson, screenwriter of Nebraska, about his latest film The Confirmation, his background in comedy and the origin story of Bill Nye the Science Guy. 

The Confirmation is out in theaters and on iTunes March, 18th. 

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Mar 18, 2016
Write On with Julie Delpy who Talks About Her New Film "Lolo"
21:47

Julie Delpy writes, directs and stars in her new film Lolo. Here she talks with us about the bonds of parenthood, French humor and what inspired her love of writing.

Lolo is out in theaters Friday, March 11th.

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Mar 11, 2016
Write On with "The Big Short" Co-Writer Charles Randolph
34:39

Charles Randolph, co-writer of The Big Short, drops by the Write On Podcast to chat with host, Pete D'Alessandro about his background in aesthetic philosophy, working with Adam McKay and what makes credit default swaps such a fascinating film topic. 

 The Big Short is out in theaters now. 

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Feb 03, 2016
Write On with "The Revenant" Screenwriter Mark L. Smith
28:41

Listen as Mark L. Smith, screenwriter of The Revenant, talks to Write On host Pete D'Alessandro about everything from Colorado dude ranches to drafting screenplays before pitching. 

The Revenant is out in wide release today - January 8th, 2016!

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Jan 08, 2016