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


  • 736. Dynamic Danielle

    17/09/2021 Duración: 39min

    Actor/writer Danielle Pinnock had a crazy year full of ups and downs but she kept writing, found inspiration in her underwear drawer and set up her animated series Unmentionables with Taraji P. Henson! 

  • 735. Allergic to Mediocrity

    10/09/2021 Duración: 44min

    Michael-Leon Wooley’s search for depth in his singing and performing has informed his writing as well, leading to major attention on his very first feature-film script! Hear how he did it and why “fine is not enough."

  • 734. Turning 20

    03/09/2021 Duración: 01h11min

    Pilar Alessandra’s teaching and consulting business On the Page celebrates a 20 year anniversary! Alex Troxler interviews Pilar about her program, its humble beginnings and the way her teachings and the industry have changed.

  • 733. Change is Inevitable

    27/08/2021 Duración: 45min

    Richie Siegel and Marissa Torelli-Pedevska, co-founders of the Inevitable Foundation, talk about the need to hire and produce the work of disabled screenwriters. 

  • 732. The Given Circumstances of Story

    20/08/2021 Duración: 56min

    Writer Matt Foss talks about how he went from being “terrible and earnest” to "consciously competent” as an award winning playwright and how he uses “given circumstances” to ground his stories and adaptations.

  • 731. The Writers Lab

    13/08/2021 Duración: 42min

    Elizabeth Kaiden and Nitza Wilon, co-founders of The Writers Lab, talk about their efforts to highlight the voices of women over 40 on the screen and on the page.

  • 730. Emily Fox Turns On a Flashlight

    06/08/2021 Duración: 58min

    Writer/producer Emily Fox (Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist, Daybreak, Girlfriends Guide to Divorce) shines a light for writers as she describes how she comes up with story and runs a writers room.

  • 729. Dan Mazer from A to Zed

    30/07/2021 Duración: 40min

    Writer and director Dan Mazer talks about his long collaboration with Sacha Baron Cohen and the complex storytelling that goes into writing movies with a number of possibilities and outcomes.

  • 728. This Guy Wrote Black Widow!

    23/07/2021 Duración: 42min

    Eric Pearson, the writer of Black Widow and Thor: Ragnarok talks about his and Marvel’s approach to storytelling, including “every scene needs to do two things” and “that’s a long way to go for salami." 

  • 727. From "Angry Nerd" to Emmy Winner

    16/07/2021 Duración: 35min

    Tim Long’s nerdy beginnings inspired his new movie The Exchange, and his story sense and comedy chops earned him head writer status at Letterman and a 20 year run on The Simpsons. 

  • 726. Performance and Story

    09/07/2021 Duración: 50min

    Ted Campbell talks about how his experience as a second unit director and assistant director helped him develop the writing and directing skills he needed to be hired as a writer and director for three projects for MarVista Entertainment.

  • 725. Thinking Like a Creative Director

    02/07/2021 Duración: 51min

    Glenn Sanders, Senior Creative Director at Amazon Prime Video, talks about entertainment marketing and how it can impact choices a writer makes early on in terms of concept, story and character.

  • 724. The Year of Going For It

    25/06/2021 Duración: 47min

    Writer Kris Crenwelge turned a lockdown low to an end of the year high when she set her mind to treating her writing passion as a TV business. Hear her take on applying to labs, interviewing for “entertainment adjacent” jobs and doing the hard work that eventually landed her her first paid writing gig.

  • 723. Antwone Fisher

    18/06/2021 Duración: 54min

    Writer Antwone Fisher talks about what went into writing and selling the classic movie about his real life and the importance of letting yourself be embarrassed by the truth.

  • 722. The History of Stand-Up

    11/06/2021 Duración: 58min

    Comedian Wayne Federman, author of “The History of Stand-Up," talks about the way that technology and the times have changed stand-up from Mark Twain to Dave Chapelle.

  • 721. Bilbo Is Cree

    04/06/2021 Duración: 45min

    Writer/director Sonya Ballantyne talks about her experiences as a “creative native” and about her scripted work focusing on Indigenous women and girls in non-traditional film genres. 

  • 720. Cruel Summer. Cool Writer.

    28/05/2021 Duración: 37min

    Writer Savannah Ward loves to be “devastated” by a good story. They discuss the multiple timelines highlighted on Cruel Summer and, as a non-binary writer, give their personal take about trans characters on screen.

  • 719. Writing The Emotional Procedural

    21/05/2021 Duración: 46min

    Alicia Carroll, staff writer for Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist, talks about the show’s unique structure and approach to story and music. 

  • 718. A Truly Creative Executive

    14/05/2021 Duración: 38min

    Award-winning playwright Dezi Gallegos is now a creative executive at Proximity Media (Judas and the Black Messiah). Here he talks about the company’s desire to develop original movies with a unique perspective. 

  • 717. Asian-American Representation on Screen

    07/05/2021 Duración: 52min

    Jennifer Paz talks about her take on script and story as an actor and writer and about the need for more Asian-American content and characters on screen.

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