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Mission Log 005: The Naked Time | Star Trek TOS

Breaking a sweat leads to multiple breakdowns on the Enterprise. Singing! Swordplay! Kirk is torn between two lovers! This week, we’re putting “The Naked Time” in the Mission Log! ....

Mission Log 007: Mudd’s Women | TOS

Chicanery. Bureaucracy. Misogyny. It’s just another day on the 23rd Century frontier. This week, the Mission Log tracks the adventures of “Mudd’s Women.” ....

"Lorelei" Dir. Sabrina Doyle on Finding Child Actors for Blue-Collar Fable

When Sabrina Doyle was casting her film Lorelei — a working-class fable about a biker, a mermaid, and three shades of blue — she had Emmy nominee Pablo Schreiber (Orange Is the New Black) and Golden Globe nominee Jena Malone (The Hunger Games). What sh....

"The Ride" by Kimberly Truong, Table Read My Screenplay Winner

We are proud to present the 2020 Austin Table Read My Screenplay Genre Grand Prize winning short script, "The Ride" by Kimberly Truong. The role of Catherine will be pl....

10 Cloverfield Lane: Everything Possible Must Happen

Oftentimes, when we're developing the story of a film, developing the plot of the film, we're afraid that we're going to run out of story, that we're going to run out of the right story. We worry that we don't have enough story, or a good enough story, that our idea doesn't work, that we don't have the right ending, that....

15 Checkpoints To Make Your Screenplay More Saleable

In this insightful teleconference, Dr. Melody Jackson, founder and Chief Smart Girl at Smart Girls Productions, will break down a variety of distinctions in screenwriting that have always been thought to be subjective. She turns them into a list of measurable checkpoints for evaluating your script's "saleability". In this in....

16 Things To Do After You Finish Your Screenplay w/ David Silverman

Don't send your script out right after you finish it. You only get one chance to make a first impression. Don't blow it. --Get feedback before submitting--How to get your script read--What readers look for when reading What every writer needs to do after finishing their script; get feedback from friends who write screenplays, too,....

303: Quitting Your First Feature and Making Your Second Come True w/Anthony

This week Liz and Alrik chat with writer/director Anthony Scott Burns to talk about making his second feature, Come True, which was released by IFC Midnight on March 12th! Anthony talks about how/why he fought to shoot the film in sixty days, what inspired him to make the film and how he had to quit his ....

304: Selling Indie Films with 1091’s Sana Soni!

This week Alrik and Liz sit down with 1091 Senior Sales Manager Sana Soni who talks to us about the task of selling movies to Advertising-Based Video on Demand or AVOD companies and how the changing market has been....

305: Sustaining a Feat Directing Career w/ Slamdance Co-Founder Dan Mirvish

This week Liz and Alrik sit down with writer, director, producer, author, Slamdance film festival co-founder and all around indie film expert, Dan Mirvish, to talk about how he has managed to direct six features over his career. Dan also talks about his process of raising funds, how he reverse engineers ....

306 Creating Killer Roles, Produce Your Own Films w/ the Barbara Crampton

This week Liz and Alrik welcome horror legend Barbara Crampton to the show to talk about her recent jump from acting to producing/acting and to hear about how she got her latest film made Jakob’s Wife, which is in select theaters, on demand and digital April 16th. Barbara talks about how she was insp....

307: Acting, Filmmaking and Living the Artist's Life with Larry Fessenden!

This week Liz and Alrik welcome writer, director, producer and actor, Larry Fessenden on the show to talk about his latest role in the new film Jakob’s Wife. Larry talks about how he got the role in the film, how he treats his acting work differently than when he is behind the camera and we dive into h....

308: Sustaining a Producing Career with Andrew Carlberg!

Sorry for the delay but this week Liz and Alrik chat with Producer Andrew Carlberg, who talks about his process for getting a film made, how he chooses his projects and why he continues to work on short films after producing over a dozen feature films. We have never had a producer break down their proces....

309: Living The Filmmaking Dream with Director Jen McGowan!

In our second episode in our double episode week we welcome Director Jen McGowan on the show to talk about her second feature Rust Creek and making the leap from indie features to directing episodic television. Jen drops all kinds of knowledge bombs on us throughout this episode, including how she handle....

310: Transforming From Actor to Director w/ Nitzan Mager!

Liz and Alrik chat with Actor, writer, producer and director Nitzan Mager to talk about her web series Quarantine I Love You which she wrote/produced/directed three seasons of since the start of the pandemic. Nitzan talks about her process for the show and how she really honed her directing skills throug....

311: Burning Regret AKA Making Your First Feature Film w/ Chelsea Christer

This week Liz and Alrik sit down with filmmaker and commercial director Chelsea Christer to talk about her first feature film, Bleeding Audio, which she made over the course of six years and which played at the 2021 Slamdance Film Festival, winning the George Starks Spirit of Slamdance Award. Chelsea tal....

5 Key Elements That Create A Sellable Script with Rhonda Bloom

It's important to zoom out now and then, and see your project from a bird's eye view. We writers tend to get caught up in the minutiae of the script when at times we need to understand what it is about the project that will draw potential buyers. So with this podcast interview, we bring in long time manager and development executive, Rhonda....

5 Overlooked Filmmaking Concepts

Chris and Mike talk about five overlooked filmmaking concepts. They discuss the four attributes of light, color, intensity, quality and direction. They talk about the 180-degree rule and eyelines, focusing on the second vs. third-person perspective and one-way....

90 Pages/90 Seconds - How to Maximize Your Pitch Meeting

A five-minute pitch meeting is plenty of time to impress an executive as long as you don't pitch for the full five minutes. In 90 Pages/90 Seconds, the founding team behind the Great American Screenwriting Conference & PitchFest will discuss how to maximize your time to deliver an effective and efficient....

90's Blockbusters: Braveheart & The Fugitive

This week, Oscar®-nominated writer Randall Wallace reflects on his  iconic and Academy Award®-winning film, Braveheart followed by screenwriter, Jeb Stuart who dissects the screenplay for his classic thriller The Fugitive, and fills us in on the story's journey from script to screen. Randall Wallac....