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


  • 682. Talented Tiffany

    682. Talented Tiffany

    18/09/2020 Duración: 38min

    Writer Tiffany Thomas talks about writing on the reboot of The Proud Family and how working as a sketch comedian helped her on the page and in the writers’ room.

  • 681. Writing Lovecraft Country

    681. Writing Lovecraft Country

    11/09/2020 Duración: 44min

    Writer Shannon Houston (Homecoming, Little Fires Everywhere, Station 11) is both a writer on and a fan of the HBO show Lovecraft Country which she describes as "complicated, strange and always unraveling.”

  • 680. Writing The Resident

    680. Writing "The Resident"

    04/09/2020 Duración: 40min

    Andrew Chapman, Executive Producer of The Resident, talks about the ways in which the show shines a light on the problems within the medical industry and stresses themes of accountability.

  • 679. Triple Threat

    679. Triple Threat

    28/08/2020 Duración: 44min

    Richard Bosner talks about the ways working as a producer on independent movies like Fruitvale Station, Other People and Mapplethorpe have taught him as a writer and director.

  • 678. “Where Are the Women Who Look Like Me?”

    678. “Where Are the Women Who Look Like Me?”

    21/08/2020 Duración: 42min

    Writer/actor Kemiyondo Coutinho (MTV’s Undressed, Starz’ Step Up:High Water), talks about the ways that creating content for herself led to her current career as a TV writer.

  • 677. Telling the Truth

    677. Telling the Truth

    14/08/2020 Duración: 43min

    Writer/Producer Michael Jamin (Tacoma FD, Maron, King of the Hill) talks about relying on the truth when he needs to find the story and the funny for TV or memoir.

  • 676. Work It!

    676. Work It!

    07/08/2020 Duración: 38min

    Screenwriter Alison Peck, writer of Ugly Dolls and You Can’t Keep a Good Girl Down (in development)  talks about her approach to writing story and dance in the new Netflix movie Work It.

  • 675. Solving Mysteries with Christine Lenig

    675. Solving Mysteries with Christine Lenig

    31/07/2020 Duración: 39min

    Fugitives, murders, UFOs and lost loves! Christine Lenig, Senior Vice President of Cosgrove/Meurer Production, talks about the storytelling that goes into the Netflix reboot of Unsolved Mysteries.

  • 674. Writing is Like Chocolate Chip Cookies

    674. Writing is Like Chocolate Chip Cookies

    24/07/2020 Duración: 46min

    TV showrunner Janine Sherman Barrois (Claws, Self Made, Criminal Minds, ER) talks about what she looks for in writers' participation and pages, how she breaks story in the writers’ room and why a writing career is like getting to eat chocolate chip cookies all day.

  • 673. I Just Wanted to Write Everything”

    673. "I Just Wanted to Write Everything”

    17/07/2020 Duración: 45min

    Writer Aydrea Walden discusses her recent job as a development executive at DreamWorks TV and her new gig writing for a Disney Jr. show. She also gives some valuable tips about networking and insight into the writers' room.

  • 672. No Wimping. No Crying.

    672. No Wimping. No Crying.

    10/07/2020 Duración: 46min

    Writing/Directing brothers Tony Dean Smith and Ryan W. Smith talk about their journey from making movies in their living room to independent filmmaking and the release of their feature film “Volition."

  • 671. A Community of Creatives

    671. A Community of Creatives

    03/07/2020 Duración: 54min

    Ten writers from across the country and around the world get together on Zoom to ask questions about the craft of screenwriting. Special thanks to guests Christina Nicole, Danielle Pinnock, Deanna Brauer, Glenn Lawrence, Kennet Bennervall, Lateefah Holder, Mario Kersey, Marky Hinojosa, Mykal Kilgore, Seamus Heffernan and Tony Gapastione.

  • 670. No More “Sassy” or “No-nonsense

    670. No More “Sassy” or “No-nonsense"

    26/06/2020 Duración: 52min

    Actor/writers Danielle Pinnock and Kimberly Hebert-Gregory talk about their annoyance with one-dimensional characterizations of black women in movie and TV stories, their wish for duality and complexity in the roles they play and their hope that the current push for change doesn’t turn out to be a “Jenny Craig moment.” 

  • 669. Little Fires Everywhere

    669. Little Fires Everywhere

    19/06/2020 Duración: 49min

    Executive producer Liz Tigelaar dives deep into the character dynamics and issues explored in the Hulu limited series Little Fires Everywhere. Find out the difference between plot and story and learn why Liz is the “queen of the act-out."

  • 668. The Optimistic Mischief Maker

    668. The Optimistic Mischief Maker

    12/06/2020 Duración: 44min

    Writer / Director Ben Mekler talks about his experiences writing for the Netflix animated series Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts.

  • 667. Ten Things Hollywood Can Do to Fight Racism and Promote Justice

    667. Ten Things Hollywood Can Do to Fight Racism and Promote Justice

    05/06/2020 Duración: 43min

    From a "stereotype moratorium" to “divestment from discriminatory locales," writer and social justice leader Alan Jenkins describes the concrete actions that writers and others in the entertainment industry can take right now.

  • 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.

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