ON THE PAGE: Join professional script consultant Pilar Alessandra as she demystifies screenwriting and answers your questions about script craft and story.


  • 666. The Omen with David Seltzer

    666. The Omen with David Seltzer

    29/05/2020 Duración: 46min

    Episode 666 called for a discussion of one of the greatest movies of all times, The Omen, with one of the greatest screenwriters of all times, David Seltzer. Not only does he share his thoughts and feelings about writing horror, he also gives insight into the movie Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory!

  • 665. A Roadmap for Achieving Your Goals

    665. A Roadmap for Achieving Your Goals

    22/05/2020 Duración: 59min

    Goal coach Debra Eckerling talks about the road trip approach to setting, planning and achieving goals laid out in her new book, Your Goal Guide.

  • 664. Finding the Movie of the Doc.

    664. Finding the Movie of the Doc.

    15/05/2020 Duración: 42min

    Documentary filmmaker Senain Kheshgi talks about the way she uses narrative movie structure to shape her groundbreaking films.

  • 663. The Enchanting Rich Fulcher

    663. The Enchanting Rich Fulcher

    08/05/2020 Duración: 51min

    Writer/Actor/Comedian Rich Fulcher returns to crack Pilar up with his take on voice acting, pitching and writing on Matt Groening’s animated show Disenchantment.

  • 662. From “Ha” to “Aw”

    662. From “Ha” to “Aw”

    01/05/2020 Duración: 47min

    Veteran writers Juliet Aires Giglio and Keith Giglio talk about following structure while freshening genre in their latest venture writing Christmas movies (Christmas Reservations,  A Very Nutty Christmas) for Lifetime.

  • 661. Your Favorite Quarantainment

    661. Your Favorite Quarantainment

    24/04/2020 Duración: 01h04min

    Pilar enlists the listeners to talk about the bingeable shows that are helping them get through the Coronavirus quarantine.

  • 660. “This is My Jam

    660. “This is My Jam"

    17/04/2020 Duración: 55min

    Chris Sparling, writer of BURIED, THE SEA OF TREES (nominated for the Palm d'Or at Cannes), MERCY and the soon to be released GREENLAND, is a veteran at working remotely and taking meetings online. In this episode he offers tips on virtual networking, maintaining focus and writing well. 

  • 659. Will Podcast for Candy

    659. Will Podcast for Candy

    10/04/2020 Duración: 49min

    Locked down with their mom, Pilar’s kids Ezra Dodson and Rita Dodson discuss “teen” language, portrayals of teenagers on screen and their mutual love of inappropriate horror movies.

  • 658. The Myth of the Starving Artist

    658. The Myth of the Starving Artist

    03/04/2020 Duración: 58min

    Personal finance consultant Lisa Gould leads a creative conversation about ways that writers can save, manage and spend their hard-earned money.

  • 657. Like An Escape Room

    657. "Like An Escape Room"

    27/03/2020 Duración: 01h42s

    Brian Keith Etheridge has been a writer and co-EP for the half-hour comedy The Neighborhood, The Goldbergs, Mike and Molly, The Mick and The Ranch … just to name a few. Here he shares his wisdom about writing, pitching and the dynamics of the writers’ room. His philosophy:  “Anyone who pitches the solution is a hero."

  • 656. “The Note Home Remains the Same”

    656. “The Note Home Remains the Same”

    20/03/2020 Duración: 53min

    Screenwriters Dave Merlino and Dustin Sweet share their four-year journey filming a documentary about war veterans.

  • 655. Wanuri Kahiu and the Art of “Afro-bubblegum

    655. Wanuri Kahiu and the Art of “Afro-bubblegum"

    13/03/2020 Duración: 46min

    Writer/director Wanuri Kahiu lives in Kenya, takes meetings in LA, and makes movies for the world.  Here she gives her inspiring take on writing adaptations, directing actors and the need for “fun and frivolous” stories about African culture.

  • 654. Special Announcement from Pilar

    654. Special Announcement from Pilar

    12/03/2020 Duración: 01min

    Pilar wants to let you know about online/video-conference classes at On the Page and to announce that in-person classes are suspended at the studio for spring due to COVID-19. Stay safe and have a good writing week!

  • 653. Loglining A Life

    653. Loglining A Life

    06/03/2020 Duración: 43min

    Pilar sits down with her step-father, Philippe Koenig, to discuss the first 40 years of his life as though it were a series of movies.

  • 652. Writing The Watercooler Kill

    652. Writing "The Watercooler Kill"

    28/02/2020 Duración: 48min

    Writers Pete Goldfinger and Josh Stolberg discuss their love of horror, their unique writing partnership and their experiences writing Spiral (the next movie in the Saw franchise) starring Chris Rock and Samuel L. Jackson.

  • 651. A Box Full of Toys

    651. A Box Full of Toys

    21/02/2020 Duración: 53min

    Showrunner Jeffrey Lieber digs into story, craft and the writers room as he shares his experiences about moving from playwright to filmmaker to TV writer and pitching a show called LOST along the way.

  • 650. Movies Are Like Magic

    650. Movies Are Like Magic

    14/02/2020 Duración: 42min

    Writer/Director Danish Renzu talks about the passion and persistence that went into making his latest movie, “The Illegal.”

  • 649. Oscar Podcast 2020

    649. Oscar Podcast 2020

    07/02/2020 Duración: 01h12min

    Pilar and her friends Brian Pope and Mike Musa get together for their annual discussion/argument about the best screenplay and best adapted screenplay Oscar nominees.

  • 648. Getting Started

    648. Getting Started

    31/01/2020 Duración: 40min

    Ready, set, go!  Determined to finally get your script “out of your head and onto the page?” Hear how Pilar helped one of her toughest cases: her husband Pat!

  • 647. Things I Learned From Picture Books

    647. Things I Learned From Picture Books

    24/01/2020 Duración: 43min

    Author / illustrator Vincent X. Kirsch talks about the ways that picture books have helped him write better screenplays and the ways screenwriting has helped him make better picture books. 

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