Pilar and Aadip review log lines sent in from listeners! Who will be the winner?
Writer and editor Ayser Salman returns to talk about how she turned real life experiences into a comic memoir and pitch for a tv series.
Filmmakers Sterling Macer Jr, Chris Molinaro and Jeremy Walton share their “dos” and “don'ts” about making movies cheaply, independently and with …
Years of creating high quality content is paying off for writer Jude Roth. Hear what she’s learned from taking meetings and obtaining high quality representation.
Filmmaker Alex Ferrari talks about the “hustle” of independent filmmaking and the personal experiences that led him to write his new book, Shooting for the Mob.
Shaun Cassidy (New Amsterdam, Emerald City, American Gothic) went from pop star to rockstar writer. Here he digs into the process of the writers’ room and reveals his personal inspiration for finding story. A …
TV executive Rev. Karen Frost talks about her path in Hollywood and her current role as creative executive at Viola Davis’s JuVee Productions.
Carnegie Mellon graduates Tommar Wilson and Beth Crosby reunited in an On the Page screenwriting class. Although Tommar performs on Broadway and Beth performs sketch and improv, they also united in their observations …
The Sixth Sense, Election, Being John Malkovich, Magnolia … Tonight we’re gonna write like it’s1999! Special assistance from Pat Francis and Azul …
Writers Jason Director and Ayla Harrison are happily married and constantly moving forward in their writing career. They’ve also developed a list for finalists and fellows to help them make contacts and get work .
Pilar is joined by writer Melissa Cassera to discuss ways to create and show the emotional progression of on-screen characters.
Canadian writers Michelle Muldoon and Geordie Sabbagh talk about the daring steps they’ve taken to seek out contacts and make their own movies.
Ashleigh Powell (The Nutcracker and the Four Realms; one of Variety’s 10 Screenwriters to Watch) talks about her love of writing, genre, and world building.
David Matillo wrote seven unproduced scripts before his feature spec “Bare Knuckle” made the 2015 Blacklist. He discusses the projects he’s written since then and what he’s learned along the way.
Manager/Producer Markus Goerg (Heroes and Villains Entertainment) describes a writer’s career as, “never boring, never easy and never a straight line."
Playwright / screenwriter Christy Hall (I Am Not OK With This on Netflix), discusses her approach to writing for the stage and screen.
Organizer Tracy McCubbin, author of Making Space, Clutter Free, discusses ways to declutter your writing space and organize your writing time.
Author/ USC Professor Pamela Douglas discusses the changes to genre, structure and the international market addressed in the fourth edition of her classic book Writing the TV Drama Series.
Hilliard Guess, writer on Deadly Class, talks about asking for what you want, changing perception and his personal steps toward becoming the next J.J. Abrams.
Ryan O’ Connell talks about writing on Will and Grace and Awkward and discusses his upcoming Netflix series Special, inspired by his experiences as a gay man navigating the world with cerebral palsy.
Eight days. Thirteen states. Thirty drivers. Pilar’s husband Pat Francis talks about his new documentary in which he traveled across country using only the ride-share service Lyft.
Kendra Jordan and Racquel Baker discuss the new B.E.T. show Boomerang and the way they find episodes and break story in the writers’ room.
Psychiatrist Laura Erickson-Schroth and general practitioner Justin Young are also writers who crave a more realistic depiction of the medical profession on screen. Listen to their advice about myth vs. truth in the …
Pilar and her friends Brian Pope, Mike Musa and Nancy Noever get together for their annual discussion/argument about the best screenplay and best adapted screenplay Oscar nominees.
Story analysts Mark Chandley (HBO), Holly Sklar (Warner Bros.) and Daniel Livnat (UTA) discuss their approach to reading and covering scripts and …
Writer / director Meredith Danluck discusses the thought and effort that went into her independent thriller State Like Sleep and her four-screen narrative film North of South, West of East.
Stop working so hard! In a quick tutorial, Pilar guides you through some lazy ways to brainstorm, outline and write your screenplay.
Jade Branion and Darren O’Hare made some fascinating life choices that influenced and energized their writing.
Kristin Overn, Executive Director of the PAGE International Screenwriting Awards, talks about the world of writing competitions and provides insight into the ways judges read and evaluate scripts.
David Rabinowitz’s first feature-length script got the attention of Jordan Peele and was directed by Spike Lee. He discusses the writing and pitching process and what he’s learned along the way.
Pilar and Aadip evaluate log lines sent in by listeners. Who will win ... and who will end up on the “But List?”
One sold a movie. One was nominated for a Webby. And one decided to just focus on being happy. Denise Cruz-Castino, Aydrea Walden and Mike Martin …
The creative team at the video game company BioWare shares their insight into writing characters, story lines and action moments.
Career coach Lee Jessup returns to discuss the writing trends popular in 2018 and shares what’s ahead for the new year.
Writer/editor Kyle Dodson discusses what he’s learned from being in the world of short-form content at the digital production company AOK. He also shares tips for new creatives moving to Los Angeles.
Writer/Actor Taryn O’Neill discusses the ways that stories about science can entertain and change the world.
With the help of writer Elena Zaretsky, Pilar explains the meaning of the mysterious red pen marks she makes on her students' scripts.
Writers Carlton Allen and Michael Monteiro Wise love the Harry Potter movies. Here they explain why the book-to-screen adaptations work so well and why Harry Potter fans may end up saving the world.
Suzanne Keilly has had such a successful two years writing on Dallas and Robo, creating two horror movies for SyFy and being staffed on the upcoming …
Literary manager Jeff Portnoy talks about his role giving notes to writers, setting them up with agents, getting them ready for staffing and …
Film ratings consultant Barry Freeman discusses rating elements such as sex, violence and language on screen and explains why this knowledge is …
John Stimpson has happily made a living and achieved success writing, producing and directing movies without moving to Los Angeles!
Writers Chuck McCue and Jules Vincent thought like producers when writing their horror movie “Alive.” Now it’s screening at Austin.
In anticipation of his new book, writer Erik Bork discusses the seven elements of a viable story for screen, stage or fiction.
Will Plyler, owner of Done Deal Pro, shares his thoughts about the thousands of film and TV deals made in Hollywood and archived daily on his …
Greta Heinemann raised herself at an early age, learned English by watching Baywatch, came to the United States determined to be a writer and is now a producer on NCIS New Orleans!
Kerry Carroll discusses the ways that market research is used to test scripts, films and TV shows.
Producer Kelli Joan Bennett and writer Monica Zepeda talk about how they turned a simple idea and one location into “Collusions,” a festival-winning …
Writer Alex Cramer returns to talk about his latest spec sale and what he’s learned from ten years of writing assignments and pitch meetings.
Karen Campbell’s hard work and love of the writers’ room has earned her writing and producing credits on everything from Dexter to Outlander.
Writer/producer Anthony Sparks talks about writing "what is and what could be” in his career and on the television drama Queen Sugar.
Writer/ producer Matthew Claybrooks has written for both Chris Rock and Kevin Hart. Here he talks about how he honors the comic’s personality and the ways he turns jokes into story.
Outlander, Battlestar Galactica, Grey’s Anatomy, Roswell … and the list goes on! Producer / writer Toni Graphia reveals her process and talks about the writers' room from a show-runner’s perspective.
Directing teacher Robert Bailey discusses ways that writer/directors can work with actors to bring out the intention and emotion of the page.
Writers Ilana Pena (Crazy Ex-Girlriend) and Madeline Hendricks (Jane the Virgin) discuss story brainstorming and joke writing in the writers’ room.
Thomas Barron, author of the new novel “Bocas," shares the screenwriting-friendly techniques he uses to keep readers turning the page.
Drawing from his book "Crowdsourcing for Filmmakers,” Richard (RB) Botto discusses the power of creating networks of friends and fans before, during and after the screenwriting and filmmaking process.
After rising from intern to junior agent to development executive, On the Page’s own Nick Oleksiw is starting his own company, “Mischief Films.” He talks about what he’s learned about networking, story telling and …
These six female writer/directors aren’t afraid to “go into the basement” when it comes to genre. Emily Dell, Etta Devine, Sarah Ivy, Barbara …
Writer, teacher and author Neil Landau gives tips for writing in the current market and discusses his new book TV Writing on Demand: Creating Great Content in the Digital Era.
Writer/ director Marcus and Karrie Cox share their experiences as producers on movies like Tangerine and Adult Beginners and discuss their process …
Jessica Orcsik, Manager & Program Director for Focus on Ability Film Festival discusses storytelling opportunities in writing about characters with disabilities.
Three writers, Chris Derrick, Michael Zannettis and Amanda Torigiani, talk about their favorite Star Wars movies. ‘Nuff said.
Writer/Director Vaughn Stein talks about the lessons he learned as an assistant director that helped him write and direct his movie, “Terminal,” starring Margot Robbie and Simon Pegg.
The work of writer/director Brad Silberling spans mediums and genres. Jane the Virgin, A Series of Unfortunate Events and Moonlight Mile are just a …
Writer Russ McGarry returns to the podcast to talk about a career as a freelance writer and his latest job writing a three minute show with a compelling season arc.
West Anthony, host of the Musical Notation Podcast, talks about his favorite scores and soundtracks and how they enhance the story on the screen.
Executive producer John Yorke (Wolf Hall, Casualty, Shameless) talks about writing and selling television in the UK.
Marc Warzecha of the Second City Comedy Theater talks about the “game” of the sketch and ways that the principles of sketch writing work for TV writing.
Writer Jim Rash (The Descendants, The Way Way Back) talks about his co-writing process, his take on character and dialogue and how winning an Oscar doesn’t mean you don’t get writer's block.
Writer, Actor and longtime listener Paul A. Rose, Jr. sits in to ask questions and give information pertaining to previous episodes of the On the …
When you choose a “frame” for your story, you control the story that’s told. Writers Michael Zannettis and Chelsea O’Connor, hosts of the “We Can …
Curiosity and lots of research helped Andrew Logan and Taylor Allen write the movie “Chappaquiddick,” a dramatization of the car accident and …
Filmmaker Ben Zolno talks about what he’s learned from making the improvised dialogue movie, “Status Pending.”
Brian Pope, Mike Musa, Nina Berry and Pat Francis join Pilar for their annual discussion of the Oscar nominees for best screenplay and best adapted screenplay.
Writer Jake Morgan describes the ways in which taking meetings and working in a writers’ room is like dating. And, in honor of Valentine’s Day, Pilar walks us through a structural template for romantic comedies.
Writer Jennifer Joyce talks about how her life and experiences become the starting point for sketches, TV shows and movies.
Writer John Whittington (The Lego Batman Movie, When We First Met, Boy 21) talks about his live action/animation writing career and the surprising script that changed everything.
Writer Ed Solomon (“Now You See Me,” “Men in Black,” “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure”) wrote the HBO six-part series “Mosaic” as well as the …
Doug Jones, star of the Golden Globe winning film "The Shape Of Water,” reveals how he brings silent and non-human characters to life.
Writer Matthew Aldrich and writer/co-director Adrian Molina discuss their approach to story, pay-off and world building for “Coco,” the winner of the …
Jennifer Julian and Holly Payberg of June Bug Pictures talk about the techniques they use to hook a listener in a two-minute pitch.
Alan Jenkins, President of The Opportunity Agenda, and Jon Fitzgerald, author of "Filmmaking for Change," discuss ways to change the world through film, TV and documentary storytelling.
Writer Brian Turner returns to talk about his new job writing for the Netflix series “Trolls” and helps Pilar answer more questions from her …
Career-coach Lee Jessup returns to talk about the changes we saw in 2017 and writing trends ahead for 2018.
Non-binary characters don’t fit into classic male or female molds. Writers Laura Erickson-Schroth and Sonya Ellis discuss the challenges and creative …
Armed with a case of thumb drives and a bag filled with aspirin, filmmakers Curt Wiser, Al Mauro and John Wotring went to the American Film Market for four days of pitching, meetings and networking. Hear their …
Filmmakers Shazia Malik and Danish Renzu talk about their experiences pitching, writing and directing movies in India and the U.S.
Sometimes you just happen to run into an old client from New York, who happens to be in town taking meetings for his feature after wrapping …
Pilar gives a sneak preview of her next book, “The Coffee Break Screenwriter Breaks the Rules,” with this discussion about narrative devices like …
Josh Stolberg, writer of “Jigsaw” (in theaters now), talks about the “Saw" franchise, working with Clive Barker and his advice for being scary on the …
So you’ve got a script. What happens next? Producer Rona Edwards fills us in. A must-listen for those who want to understand the true business side of showbiz. Also check out the third edition of her book, “I Liked …
Animation writer Katie Mattila (Avatar: The Last Airbender, Kung Fu Panda, Harvey Beaks, 100 Things to do Before High School, Tangled: The Series and …
Pilar's students from the International Film School in Cologne, Germany talk about their stories and feelings about US and German television.
With the help of writer Suzanne Keilly, Pilar clears out her overstuffed e-mail inbox and gives long overdue answers to listener questions.
Using comedy expert Steve Kaplan’s upcoming book as a launching point, he and TV writer Ellen Sandler discuss the journey, goals and drive of main characters in comedy features and TV shows.
Star student turned star TV writer Charmaine DeGrate returns to the podcast to share what she’s learned as a writer and producer of the popular CW …
Christopher Vogler, author of the landmark book "The Writer's Journey”, discusses mythic structure, connectivity and “the wisdom of the body."
David Kessler spent years attempting to get life rights for the scripts he wanted to write. In this episode he shares his journey and provides tips for the passionate (and brave) screenwriter.
It's another On The Page/Rock Solid mash-up as Pilar and Pat Francis read listener's log lines and play the songs that the writer would want on the …
Want to get a laugh? Try some conflict and hostility. Peter Desberg, psychologist, teacher and author, explains it all to you.
Silicon Valley writer Shawn Boxe talks about getting work, navigating the writers room and creating story while also battling cancer.
The great Scotty Mullen returns to talk about his latest movie: Sharknado 5!
Time, place, pacing and continuity: these are just some of the responsibilities of a script supervisor. Sylvia Parker (Edge of Tomorrow, T2 Trainspotting, The Theory of Everything, Murder on the Orient Express), covers …
Kirsten (Kiwi) Smith, the co-writer of "Legally Blonde," "10 Things I Hate About You," "Ella Enchanted" and (in development) "The Expendabelles" and "Sister Act 3," talks about breaking story, creating set-pieces and …
From inner wounds to onion chopping, Pilar and author Michael Hauge hash out the complex character arc of the on-screen protagonist.
Writing partners Lauren Hynek and Elizabeth Martin describe their journey from winning contests to writing the live action “Mulan" for Disney.
How do you find the next great story? Writers Jacob Coakley, Alicia Lomas-Gross, Amanda Torigiani, Nadia Madden and Neal Thibedeau share the ways they brainstorm new ideas and find character inspiration from news, work …
Jamie Anderson has worked hard creating content and pitching ideas. Now it's paying off with representation and features in development.
Producer Wendy Miller (formerly with Playboy TV, NBC Universal, Lifetime, Oxygen) has heard many, many reality pitches. Here are some of her do’s and don’ts!
Heather Overton, manager of original programming at Crown Media Family Networks, discusses the mission and story approach at the Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movies and Mysteries.
Irish writer/director John Butler discusses the ways he honored and subverted archetypes in his "coming out of age" film, "Handsome Devil."
Pilar learns from husband Pat Francis about the “three phases” of Marvel story-lines in the movies and on television.
Writers Melissa Cassera and Hunter Doohan separately made their first script sales with Lifetime. Hear how they did it, what it’s taught them and what’s next on the horizon.
Carole Kirschner, Director of the WGA Showrunner Training Program, CBS Diversity Program and Humanitas Fellowship, returns with business advice on …
"Go-getters” Aydrea Walden, T. Michael Martin and Denise Cruz reveal the unique approaches to story and business that helped them hit the ground running with their writing careers.
Pilar celebrates the 500th episode of the On the Page Podcast with her producers past and present.
Director Elliott Lester discusses his upcoming slate of projects including the new film "Aftermath" starring Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Daniel Pyne, screenwriter (sum of all fears, manchurian candidate, pacific heights) and novelist, drops by the OTP Studio to chat about noir tropes, writing authentically, and the challenges of inaccurate IMDB …
Pilar and guest co-host Jason Levy (winner of the 2016 Log Line Contest) listen to the movie and TV pitches of writers Cat Alvarado, Barbara Cole, …
Writers Ayser Salman and Lena Khan talk about the challenge and promise of writing Muslim characters for film and TV.
TV and film choreographer Courtney Miller reveals the way on-screen dance contributes to story.
Brian Pope, Mike Musa, Nina Berry and Pat Francis join Pilar for their annual discussion of the nominees for best screenplay and best adapted screenplay.
Kim Zubick, producer of "The Zookeeper’s Wife," reveals the movie's long road from book to screen.
Author Pamela Jaye Smith talks about the structure, characters and different kinds of love found in the movies curated in her new book, “Romantic Comedies: These Films Can Save Your Love Life."
Brian Kalata and Stephen Andrzejewski, the producers of the documentary "Pencils Down! The 100 Days of the Writers Guild Strike,” look back at the issues that created the strike and discuss the changes in the industry …
Career coach Lee Jessup returns to talk about the interviews she conducted for her new book “Breaking In: Tales From The Screenwriting Trenches.”
Screenwriter Giz Gewirtz, co-founder of Seismic Games, discusses the possibilities and limitations of virtual reality narratives.
Kathryn Renee Thomas and Caitlin Barlow, creators and stars of “Teachers” on TV Land, school us in the improv techniques they use to build characters …
Jim Churchman, stunt coordinator for Marvel movies, discusses what lifts off the page and onto the screen to create great action sequences.
What do pro-wrestling and good screenwriting have in common? Writer, actor and wrestling fan Sam Benjamin explains it to you.
This week Pilar is on a business trip teaching on the East Coast, so please enjoy a rebroadcast from December 16, 2011. A twelve day writing guide from logline to pages. Sing along with Pat and Pilar!
Filmmaker Kim Adelman shares tips on short film writing and low-budget filmmaking from her book, “Making It Big In Shorts,” now in its third edition.
Nadia Madden, Pilar's "most improved" writer of 2016, talks about navigating the Austin Film Festival, the benefit of notes and classes and how much she secretly hates pumpkin pie.
English writer/director Mark Heywood and Irish writer/director and Tribeca shorts programmer Niall McKay talk about the different story telling approaches here and abroad.
Can we still have a good laugh after this election? Kelly Hudson and Jocelyn Richard of “Funny or Die” are here to help.
Writers Judalina Neira and Sarah Fahey talk about the different roads that led them from college in Boston to writing for shows like “Hit the Floor” …
Pilar goes it alone this week to help you polish up your script before giving it to an important reader. E-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org to get …
Comic book writer Eric Freitas (Judge Dredd, Regular Show, Godzilla), reveals how he uses movie structure to write his comic books, then uses the …
Sometimes a creator’s got to create in order to create more. Filmmaker Noel Orput and web series producer Sarah Hawkins explain how they made it happen for themselves.
Academy award-nominated animation supervisor David Schaub shares the analysis of three-act structure he used when creating his structure app, “The Three Act Compass.”
Jonathan Wolf, Managing Director of the American Film Market, discusses the power of the pitch at the world’s largest motion picture business event.
Audience Development Strategist Lara Hoefs discusses the ways that creators and storytellers can learn from their fanbase.
Producer Glenn Williamson brings stories from his early years working for Tim Burton on Edward Scissorhands to producing critically hailed and compelling titles like 'Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind', 'Sunshine …
Matt Belknap (podcast king and former reader for Imagine Entertainment) joins Pilar to evaluate listener log lines and pick a winner!
Tom Nunan discusses his tremendous career from being an executive at ABC, Fox, NBC and UPN to founding Bull’s Eye Entertainment which produced the …
Marc Haimes, writer of "Kubo And The Two Strings," discusses his up and coming projects: the adaptation of the subversive graphic novel “Nimona," and a drama based on the Waco Texas tragedy, produced by Mark Boal.
Producer and TV host Damona Hoffman talks about the creativity and storytelling that goes into developing and writing reality shows.
Larry Friedman, the high school teacher you wish you had, walks us through the inspiring prompts and exercises he gives in his writing classes. …
Writer Sonya Ellis talks about the negative tropes and positive approaches to writing trans characters in film and TV.
Composer and writer Heather Schmidt talks about the ways she captures the emotion, tone, pace and story beats of the films, TV shows, and video games she scores.
Pilar entertains Robin Schiff in the OTP Studio, as Robin relates the autobiographical origin of her script for 'Romy and Michelle’s High School …
Writer Aaron Korsh, (creator of the hit show Suits), and director Kevin Bray (Suits, Empire, Blackish, CSI, Walking Tall) discuss the happy intersection of writing and directing on TV.
Rebecca Phelps and Chris Cookson, authors of the blog “Novel2Screen,” discuss the ways that screen adaptations go right … and painfully wrong.
Entertainment attorney Richard DeLossa discusses copyright protection, script releases, writing partnerships and more.
Writer Suzanne Keilly talks about her work on "Ash vs. Evil Dead" as a writers’ assistant, episode writer and webisode writer.
Pilar helps writers Alicia Lomas Gross and Steve D’Arcangelo build a whole movie from one real-life-event. Listen and follow along!
Terry Rossio, writer of “Aladdin," “Shrek" and "Pirates of the Caribbean," shares his thoughts about adaptation, story telling, dialogue and script notes.
SK Valenzuela, literature professor and winner of the Industry Insider Screenwriting Contest, discusses the similarities between poetry writing and screenwriting.
Joel Trussell and Noah Jones traveled from Maine and Tennessee to the land of unicorns. Hear how they did it and went on to work on animated projects such as "Yo Gabba Gabba," "Fish Hooks" and "Pickle and Peanut."
Joy Gorman Wettels, producer of "The Meddler" and "Seeking a Friend for the End of the World," starts with the question, “why should your story be …
Writer Irene Turner does not shrink away from tough characters and true crime. Here, she talks about co-writing "An American Crime," starring Ellen Page, and "The Most Hated Woman in America," with Melissa Leo (Netflix …
Writer Paul Rust is everywhere on Netflix right now with his show “Love” and co-writing credit on “Pee-wee’s Big Holiday.” So it looked like a good …
Writer and marketing consultant Melissa Cassera talks about 7 ways you can create your “little black book” of helpful industry connections.
What do a "Grey’s Anatomy” and “I-Zombie” writer have in common? They both moonlight as Y.A. writers! Jen Klein and Sara Saedi talk about structure and storytelling for both mediums.
Aaron Covington, co-writer of “Creed," talks about the work and thought that went into writing the 7th "Rocky” movie.
Stephanie Allain, producer of “Dear White People," and “Hustle and Flow,” and an early champion of "Boyz n the Hood," talks about theme, diversity and scripts that make her “heart beat fast.”
Pilar is joined by writers Garrett Frawley and Brian Turner (AKA The Christmas Guys) to discuss their reboot of the 70's kids' show "Sigmund and the Sea Monsters” and their award-winning Amazon show "Gortimer Gibbon's …
As the second edition of "The Coffee Break Screenwriter" hits the shelves, we replay an episode devoted to that book, hosted by Matt Belknap. New edition available through mwp.com and amazon.com
Pilar sits down with screenwriting team Creighton Rothenberger and Katrin Benedikt to discuss the intricacies of writing action films such as "Olympus Has Fallen," "The Expendables 3" and their current release "London …
"What keeps you up at night?" Writer Charlotte Stoudt discusses what it's like to write for Homeland.
Ethan Erwin, executive VP of Silver Pictures and producer of The Book of Eli and The Nice Guys, discusses the process of movie making, working with Shane Black, Denzel Washington's guest house and Jean Claude Van …
Costume designer Mary Zophres and set decorator Dena Allen look to the script to layer the movies and TV shows they work on.
Brian Pope and Mike Musa join Pat Francis and Pilar for their annual discussion of the nominees for best screenplay and best adapted screenplay.
Joey Tuccio, the head of Stage 32 Happy Writers Online Pitchfest, talks about do’s and don’ts for online pitching.
It's another On The Page/Rock Solid mash-up as Pilar and Pat Francis read listener's log lines and play the songs that they would want on the …
Meredith Berg started in theater, but now she has a critically acclaimed independent movie, a web series with over six-million hits and comic book …
Pilar sits down with Comedian and Screenwriter Pete Schwaba to discuss making independent films anywhere in the USA.
With Aadip’s help, Pilar answers listeners’ questions about writing voice, genre, scene beats, script competitions and more.
Pilar and the music / writing experts of the Rock Solid Podcast (Pat Francis, Christy Stratton and Murray Valeriano) use song titles to brainstorm …
Jennifer Dornbush, the author of the book “Forensic Speak," separates fact from fiction for those writing about forensics, evidence and crime scenes.
Writer Hollie Overton wrote a novel in the “spare time” she had as a working TV writer. Now she’s adapting that book into a feature film. We talk to …
Pilar sits down with her mom, Sydelle Pittas, to discuss the story of her life as it might play out through movie log lines.
Brother and sister team Adam Wilson and Melanie Wilson LaBracio reveal their process for writing movies, tv and ice shows!
Screenwriter and Author Jonathan Vankin discusses the liberties filmmakers take when they adapt non fiction subject matter for the big screen.
Filmmaker Viko Nikci talks about his award-winning documentary “Coming Home,” which he edited as though he was writing a screenplay.
Pilar sits down to discuss the craft of screenwriting with the executives at Triggerfish Animation and some of South Africa's most promising writers.
With the help of her handsome sidekicks Pat and Mike, Pilar evaluates "Before & After" rewrite submissions sent in by her faithful listeners.
With the help of her handsome sidekicks Pat and Mike, Pilar evaluates "Before & After" rewrite submissions sent in by her faithful listeners.
Pilar is joined by writers Valerie Ahern, Mike Montesano and Eric Schaar to discuss their process for writing family oriented sitcoms.
Writer Shawn Boxe is on the brink! Here he talks about breaking story and taking meetings.
Need tools for comedy, sitcom writing or life itself? Author and TV Writer, John Vorhaus has something to teach you.
Writer Alexandra Denye came for a visit and never stopped moving. Here are 10 things she did to make progress on her writing and further her career.
Great on-screen stories often revolve around major character epiphanies. Author Elise Ballard and Pilar discuss.
Writer Matt R. Lohr shares what he learned about conflict, structure and world-building from the writer of "Alien" and "Total Recall."
Filmmaker Coley Sohn talks about her indie film “Sassy Pants,” her days as Pilar’s wingman and her take on gay characters on screen.
YouTube comedy writers Gaby Dunn and Allison Raskin share their tips and techniques for creating entertaining short content on the web and beyond.
Criminology expert Kat Lindsey discusses the accuracy of killers and crime as they are portrayed in film and TV.
Pilar revisits six of the rewrite tools from "The Coffee Break Screenwriter" in order to get you prepped for her Before and After Writing Contest.
Hear how writer Carlito Rodriguez entered The Magical Starbucks and came out writing for "The Leftovers" and “Empire."
Comedian, writer and author Laurie Kilmartin discusses her work writing political jokes for Conan O'Brien and personal jokes for her standup.
Actor Rich Sommer talks about his interpretation of script and character while playing Harry Crane on AMC's "Mad Men."
Writer Corey Mandell returns to the podcast to talk to Pilar and Aadip about “cashing in on the second golden age of television."
Director David Nutter joins Pilar to discuss directing episodes of some of the most popular shows in television history, including The Sopranos, …
Writer Erin Cardillo discusses creating, writing and producing the upcoming CW sitcom "Significant Mother."
Animation director Joshua Taback joins Pilar to discuss how he turns the written word into a fully realized and animated story.
Writer Melissa Rauch (Bernadette on “The Big Bang Theory”) and writer Winston Rauch discuss their independent comedy "The Bronze” which opened Sundance this year and will be released in October.
Pilar sits down with Antonia Bogdanovich and her legendary father Peter (Paper Moon, The Last Picture Show, What’s Up Doc) to discuss “The Phantom Halo” written and directed by Antonia. Episode perk: a …
Pilar sits down with Pat and actors David Rees Snell and Ted Lyde to discuss the pros and cons of dad depictions on film and TV.
Pilar is joined by writer / producers Charo Toledo and Carlos Portugal to discuss their Hulu original series "East Los High.”
Writer Laurie Lamson shares information from her "Now Write!” books about screenwriting, science fiction and mystery.
Writer Brian Keith Etheridge joins Pilar to discuss his career as a television writer and producer on "Mike and Molly," "South Park" and …
On Mother's Day Pilar sits down with two story experts (her daughters Sara and Rita) to discuss the world and character rules of their favorite …
Director Elliott Lester discusses the making of his soon to be released HBO feature "Nightingale."
Pilar is joined by writer John Quaintance on opening day of his film "Hot Pursuit” starring Reese Witherspoon and Sofia Vergara.
Screenwriter J. Mills Goodloe talks about writing in "The Shed" and the long journey to get his film "The Age Of Adaline" onto the big screen.
Charley Dane’s research for his original pilots includes police ride-alongs and gang tours. He talks about this plus his experience writing for KYLE …
Manager/Producer Scott Carr talks about what he looks for in writers and in scripts.
Writer Eileen Jones discussed her work writing treatments for TV, film and commercials.
GregRobin Smith, Managing Director of The Washington Shakespeare Festival, discusses the Shakespearean tropes, themes, characters and structure that work for contemporary script-writing.
Writer/Executive Producer Paul Guyot (THE LIBRARIANS, GEOSTORM, LEVERAGE, FELICITY) returns to update us on his adventures in film and TV.
Writer/director April Wright talks about how she reviews films as a programming associate for the Sundance Film Festival and AFI Film Festival.
Jonathan Vankin, screenwriter and former editor with DC Comics talks about the difference between comic book stories and movie stories. Helping out with the questions are super-fans Kyle Dodson and Kevin Killebrew.
A repost of the 2010 episode featuring actor/writer Bob Odenkirk of "Breaking Bad" and "Better Call Saul."
Accomplished writer/director/novelist and song-writer Jessica Bendinger talks about story and the need to become a “missionary” for your project.
Brian Pope and Mike Musa join Pat Francis and Pilar for their annual discussion of the nominees for best screenplay and best adapted screenplay.
Writer/Director Paul Linsley walks us through four “layers” of storytelling: Letter, allegory, moral and anagoge.
On the page writers Charmaine DeGrate and Michael Grebb talk about their recent successes winning awards and getting meetings.
Life is an improv for Rick Overton, actor, comedian and Emmy-award-winning writer.
Cablers, streamers and hackers oh my! Career coach Lee Jessup talks about the trends and trials of a very interesting year.
John Zaozirny, a principal at Bellevue Productions, talks about what it takes to get a project "set up" within the industry.
Tawnya Bhattacharya, writer/co-producer on NBC’s "The Night Shift” and instructor at “Script Anatomy,” talks about the elements of a good pilot and tv spec.
Pilar provides a list of guidelines to help you determine if your story is best
suited for film, tv or web.
Pilar talks film, scripts and pitching with Richard “RB” Botto, the founder/ CEO of Stage 32.
We're visited once again by Garrett Frawley and Brian Turner, the Christmas Guys who hate Christmas. This year, they talk about their new gig as staff writers for Amazon’s kid show "Gortimer Gibbon's Life on Normal …
We go to the Budds' backyard as Ryan interviews filmmaker Jeff Stolhand, co-writer of "Burned" (with From Dusk Til Dawn's Alvaro Rodriguez) about …
Writer Nancy Pimental talks about her experience as Executive Producer of “Shameless" and her early days writing for "South Park."
Chief Pilot Syd Blue discusses the many ways the world of aviation inspires great story telling. NOTE: In the event of a water landing, this podcast can be used as a flotation device.
Carole Kirschner, director of the WGA Showrunner Training Program, lists the components of a strong pilot and reveals the best TV shows to spec.
Powerhouse team Lori Gambino (a blacklist screenwriter) and her husband David (producer of “The Judge,” starring Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall) talk about screenwriting, biographical adaptations and the creative …
Writer Emma Gahan steps in as roving reporter for this year’s London Screenwriters’ Festival. Guests include the Deputy Chairwoman of the Writers' Guild of Great Britain, Jason Pittock (the winner of the Bluecat …
Jeffrey Travis brought engineering and art together with his film "Flatland" and his business "Positron." Here he talks about those projects as well as his movie "Dragon Day," on VOD this week and "Old Fashioned," going …
Writer/director Tracie Laymon has a hot spec and new representation. Fortunately, her experience in the independent world has prepared her well.
Writers Hilliard Guess and Lisa Bolekaja talk about the need for diverse characters and diverse writers’ rooms.
Chris Amick, Development Assistant at Trigger Street Productions, offers up a list of “do’s and don’ts" for new writers.
Hear how Cheryl Texiera (writer/director of "Confessions of a Bitter-Sweet Actress") and Cassie Daniels (writer of "Convalescent" with Sinovio …
Former Imagine reader Matt Belknap, armed with his terrible Australian accent, returns to help Pilar analyze listener log lines. Who will be the big winner?
Writer/Director Josh Stolberg inspires as he talks about his Hollywood hits ... and notable misses.
Writer Mark Valadez talks about his journey from the ABC/Disney Fellowship to the comedy medical show “Scrubs" to the dramatic one-hour “Gang Related.”
Amy Brenneman, star of "The Leftovers," "The Practice" and "Judging Amy," talks about character arc, story intention and discovering emotion on the page... even when the character is silent.
Writer / location manager Robert Paulsen joins Pilar and Mike Siegel of “Travel Tales Podcast” to talk about how place becomes character in …
Writer/director Ben Zolno creates story-driven campaigns to make people think differently. Terrific tips on how to get a message out, without being …
Bruce Marshall Romans, Writer/Producer for the AMC show “Hell on Wheels” talks about the importance of writing from character and staying grounded in reality.
Interview with Duncan Birmingham, executive producer of “Maron” on IFC.
What are the biggest mistakes writers make? How do you tackle the rewrite? Procrastination? Agents vs. Managers? Corey Mandell and Pilar answer your questions!
Ben Mekler, staff writer at Nerdist Industries, is always joking... and always working.
Roving reporter Ryan Budds interviews speakers, producers and attendees at the 2014 Great American Pitchfest!
Being a fan of Adult Swim got writer/director Casper Kelly "in the building,” and eventually landed him the position of creator for the popular show, …
Screenwriters Keith Giglio and Juliet Aires Giglio share their secrets about being a successful writing team and successful spouses.
Pilar and guest producer Emma Gahan talk with Alan Fitzpatrick, the Managing Director of “Filmbase,” a national resource centre for filmmakers in Ireland.
U.K. writer/ producer Judy Goldberg discusses her collaborative film projects "Be Heard” and “50 Kisses.”
On the Page’s own Ryan Budds gives 10 Tips for Making It In LA.
Alex Cramer returns to talk about writing a rock biopic and a Disney movie and gives his more seasoned take on The Bottled Water Tour.
Devi Snively, writer and film professor at Notre Dame, explores and examines horror movies from a sociological perspective. http://deviantpictures.com
Hamlet for psychological depth, Macbeth for obsession, Lear for family drama. Jennie Evenson, author of "Shakespeare for Screenwriters," shows us how …
David Bax and Pilar discuss some of their favorite moments on TV including "biggest shocker" and "best kiss."
Christopher Roach, writer of the Liam Neeson hit movie “Non-Stop,” talks about screenwriting, his roots in reality TV and writing for the WWE.
Pamela Jaye Smith, author of “Show Me The Love! All Kinds of Love for All Kinds of Stories” discusses the different kinds of love that can be found in movies and tv shows.
Writer Matthew Riopelle talks about eight act structure and writing for Lifetime.
Jake Wagner, head of the Management Division of BenderSpink, talks about finding talent and selling screenplays.
Dr. Zach Lutsky talks about what he's learned as a medical consultant and writer for television dramas (E.R., Mob Doctor, Scandal and more).
Jesse Wolfe, writer of Eye Of The Hurricane, director, and film professor at Savannah College of Art and Design says the future of film is all about …
John Rhodes, founder of ScreenCraft, talks about what he’s learned from working in acquisitions and on films such as Rabbit Hole, Drive and Enders …
Gary Mann, Senior VP of Original Programming and Development, talks about the direction, tone, and taste of Comedy Central.
Career Coach Lee Jessup returns to talk about her new book, “Getting It Write: An Insider’s Guide to a Screenwriting Career.”
Corey Mandell returns to talk about the best way to get work and keep working as a Hollywood screenwriter. www.coreymandell.net
That’s right, “The Walking Dead!” Plus, Seth has written for House, Prison Break and more.
Brian Pope and Mike Musa join David Bax and Pilar for their annual discussion of the nominees for best screenplay and best adapted screenplay.
Pilar celebrates Valentine’s Day by answering writing questions from some of the people she loves … her students.
Writer/Producer Liz Tigelaar (Bates Motel, Revenge, Nashville) and actress Shiri Appleby (Girls, E.R., Roswell) talk about how life intersected with fiction on the one-hour drama "Life Unexpected."
Scotty Mullen, writer of Asylum's My Boyfriend is a Zombie Stoner, talks about his hot delicious pizza approach to pitching and writing.
Chad Gervich, Author of How To Manage Your Agent, talks candidly about getting and keeping an agent.
Song writer David Kauffman set out not only to make a film, but to open a film. Here’s his story so far.
Franklin Leonard (founder of the Blacklist) and Madeline Di Nonno (director of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media) discuss “unconscious bias” on screen and in the hiring process.
Nadia Bacon, staff writer on “About a Boy,” talks about comedy, perseverance, and dating as research.
Christy Stratton, Co-EP of "Awkward" and writer on "King of the Hill" talks about the "glamorous" world of tv writing.
Garrett Frawley and Brian Turner, writers of four Christmas specials, return to talk about their work on live and animated shows in 2013.
What goes into a successful crowd-funding campaign? Independent filmmakers Kat Castaneda, Reko Moreno and Gary Allen discuss!
Ignore the echo and prepare to take notes! Pilar provides tips and tools from her rewrite class to help make your scenes more active and …
Michael Hitchcock (writer on Glee) and Eddie Alfano (actor/writer) talk about their industry experience and their writing collaboration.
In honor of the great screenwriting teacher Syd Field, we replay his 2011 On the Page episode.
Well, 1/4 page really. Pilar and Ryan Budds read and evaluate listener submissions with the help of Mike Siegel.
Well, 1/4 page really. Pilar and Ryan Budds read and evaluate listener submissions with the help of Mike Siegel.
Do video game characters have backstories? Could Breaking Bad become a video game?
Game writer Susan O'Connor reveals all.
Molly Shannon from Saturday Night LIVE, TV and Movies talks about creating characters.
Gordy Hoffman talks about the Blue Cat Screenplay Competition and about what works on the page.
Screenwriter and TV producer Paul Guyot returns to talk about pitches, meetings and being good in the room.
Writer Russ McGarry talks about his wrestling documentary, writing on Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja (Disney XD), and his podcast.
Writer Tremor Temchin - former agent assistant, writer's assistant and celebrity assistant - shares what he's learned about writing and about the industry. (pardon the echo)
Pilar goes through the structure of 8 different story-telling templates from "Origin Stories" to "Puzzle Movies." NOTE: The "echoes" of the new …
Theater fundamentals for screenwriters as discussed by playwright / Film Instructor Steven Wolfson. Take his advice and audiences won't be tempted …
Can a car door protect you from a bullet? How do you know when a criminal is lying
Writers Dave Merlino (former Federal law Enforcement Supervisor) …
Actor / Writer Pippa Hinchley talks about sketch vs. film and gives tips from her class on writing for the web.
"San Francisco Terisa" crashes Comic-Con and snags interviews with Jane Espenson, Scott Aukerman, Jeffrey Tambor and More!
Writer/producers Bret Calvert and John Ricci Jr. talk about the comedy and drama of Game Shows!
At Comic-Con, roving reporter San Francisco Terisa spends six minutes with Kristen Nedopak talking about the up-coming Geeky Awards.
Third grade super teacher Erica Rood provides writing tips for writers of all ages.
Actor David Rees Snell of "The Shield" and "The Unit" talks about his take on scripts from
an actors point of view.
Writer/Producer Troy Devolld, author of "Reality TV: An Insiders Guide to TV's Hottest Market," talks about getting work in the reality show industry.
Jeff Portnoy, Story Editor for Resolution, talks about what he and others look for when reading scripts submitted for representation.
Paul Guyot, Feature and TV writer, talks about his recent feature sale to Paramount Pictures and his experience writing for TV shows such as …
Producer Kim Zubick (The Zookeeper's Wife; License To Wed: Yours, Mine and Ours), discusses the state of the industry, the different approaches to producing movies of varying budgets, and attaching A-list talent.
Ruth Atkinson, script consultant, story editor, and advisor to Sundance Institute/Film Independent, discusses the importance of theme and making your …
Carr D'Angelo, movie producer and owner of Earth 2 Comics, discusses the marriage of comics and movies.
Pilar is joined by writer Matt Harris to discuss their new venture … producing the independent feature, "The Starling."
Actor, writer, comedian Johanna Stein talks about writing for tv, web and more.
Roving reporter San Francisco Terisa sits down with Pilar to discuss her experiences at the Tribeca Film Festival and the Silent Film Festival.
What's it like to be a writer in Poland? Writer and festival organizer Agnieszka Kruk provides insight.
Writer/Director Chad Diez talks about creating his award-winning web series, LAPS, on an iPhone.
Writer Caleb Bacon returns to talk about his work on the Vince Vaughn produced show "Sullivan and Son."
The members of Pilar's private writers' groups tell all.
Filmmakers Tammy Caplan and Joe Gold wrap up their long adventure with their indie-film, by talking about distribution and the road to screening in …
"Staffing season." "Baby writers." "Diversity hires." Nick (our intern-turned-agency-bigshot) explains it all!
Ryan Budds, aspiring writing and future On the Page podcast producer, talks about his first six months out in Los Angeles and opportunities found by just saying "yes."
Roving reporter San Francisco Terisa interviews visual effects master Phil Tippett about his work on Star Wars, Twilight and more.
Karl Iglesias, author of "Writing For Emotional Impact" joins Pilar and Aadip in answering listener questions about suspense, flash-forwards, love scenes and more.
A winner is picked from this year's batch of listener loglines!
Matt Belknap joins Pilar to evaluate and vote on listener loglines!
Writer/Actor Matt Price talks about writing for "The Regular Show" while also acting on such shows as "Men of a Certain Age," "Reno 911" and "1600 …
Brian Pope and Mike Musa are back to review the best screenplay and adapted screenplay nominees. This year they're joining Pilar and David Bax to …
Writer Craig Fernandez discusses his approach to adaptation of books, classic stories and comic books.
David Bax and Pilar talk to writer/performer Rich Fulcher (The Mighty Boosh and Snuffbox) about career and comedy in the US and UK.
As a follow up to her Script Magazine article, "Party Pals and Doormat Dudes,"Pilar and Aadip cover the wide-range of supporting characters on film …
Actor Tobias Forrest and Director Hilari Scarl discuss the benefits of writing for characters with disabilities.
Writer/Producer Hugh Fink talks about his seven years writing on Saturday Night Live and about his current TV show, Parental Discretion.
Filmmaker and funny girl Joy Gohring talks about her adventures in independent filmmaking for features, tv and web.
Career Coach Lee Jessup discusses personal branding and making it in the business. http://www.leejessup.com
Actor/Producer Joe Sabatino describes the journey he went on to create, pitch and produce the one-hour show "Necessary Roughness."
They're back! "Christmas Guys" Brian Turner and Garrett Frawley talk scripts and Santa.
TJ Miller writes in a bathing suit. He also has some interesting things to say about script writing, comedy and ways to create "likable" characters.
Taped live at the London Screenwriters Festival, Pilar interviews Pitchfest Winner Tom Kerevan, Writer Paul Bassett Davies, Producers Luke Ryan & …
Filmmakers Jane Edith Wilson and Grace Lee discuss their controversial movie "Janeane From Des Moines" and its unique fact-to-fiction style of storytelling.
Stand-up comedians Murray Valeriano, Ryan Budds and Pat Francis discuss the structure of joke writing and the craft of script writing.
Taped live at the London Screenwriters Festival, Pilar interviews producer Lucy V. Hay, author Linda Aronson and writers Tim Clague and Danny Stack.
NYC Writers speak! (Please remember to help out their city).
PIlar and David discuss the structure and DNA of political films and tv shows.
Roving reporter "San Francisco Terisa" interviews writers and filmmakers at Hollywood's scariest film festival!
Writer/Director, producer of the "Unofficial" Google Plus Film Festival Mike Wollaeger discusses shorts and web series. …
Dara McGarry, animation production and visual effects, has a "chin wag" with Pilar and Pat.
For show runner Jeff Kline, it all boils down to story.
What do "The Master" and "The Avengers" have in common? Four-part Structure! Pilar and Pat discuss.
Chris Sparling, writer of "Buried," talks about finding inspiration from airplanes, obituaries and bunk beds.
Todd Klick, author and writer, discusses the universal story and scene beats of great movies.
Using an On the Page template, Pilar runs through the elements of pitching to a manager or agent.
In the process of selling two original pilots, Laura House learned ten valuable lessons about writing and selling to Hollywood. http://laurahouse.com
Writer Bill Birch talks about pitching material, getting assignments and doing the job.
Edgar Pablos and Judith Cummings discuss pre-production on their film The Legend of The Horse Thief. Joe Gold and Tammy Caplan finish production on …
Pilar and David talk shop and discuss the meaning of scene conflict.
Dan Avidan & Brian Wecht, co-writers and producers of Ninja Sex Party and DJs in PJs, talk about their love of music and storytelling.
Sean Hood, screenwriter (Halloween:Resurrection, Cube2, Conan The Barbarian) and blogger, discusses the (sometimes painful) rewrite process. …
Are you an outliner or a page person? Writer / Teacher Corey Mandell discusses.
Karin and Regina write together and apart, cover every genre on TV and have great advice on getting work!
Literary manager Mark Wheeler discusses what he looks for in clients and in scripts.
Parts 1 and 2 of the reading and analyzing listener submitted scene direction. Who will be the winner?
Writer/director Jesse Wolfe discussed the making of his indie film starring Campbell Scott and Melanie Lynskey.
Roving reporter San Francisco Terisa interviews writers, producers and organizers at the 2012 Great American Pitchfest.
Graham Elwood and Chris Mancini, hosts of the Comedy Film Nerds Podcast, discuss popcorn movies, genre cliches, smart kids camp and the Secret Service. www.comedyfilmnerds.com
Conan writers Dan Cronin and Ted Levin talk comedy, submission packets and the "joke delivery system."
Doug Chamberlain, writer of Toy Story 2, reveals what he's learned about writing and the business.
Mom as movie protagonist? Pilar, Pat and filmmaker Leila Charles Leigh discuss! http://www.leilacharlesleigh.com
Jack Thomas, writer of "The Fairly Odd Parents," "The Replacements," and the tv show "How to Train Your Dragon," talks about his writing career. Special cameo by Rita Dodson.
Pilar, Pat and guest Alex Cramer explore and analyze well-written character descriptions and action lines. New contest announcement as well!
UCLA Screenwriting Professor Howard Suber discusses key ponts from his books The Power of Film and Letters to Young Screenwriters. http://thepoweroffilm.com
Irving Belateche, professional screenwriter and author of Under An Orange Sun, Some Days Are Blue, talks about how a tragic moment changed his perception about life and screenwriting.
No preaching on this podcast! Filmmakers Alan Tregoning and Jason Vaile talk about writing for the Christian market and their personal success with "speed filmmaking."
Independent filmmakers J.T. Arbogast and Kimberly Dilts talk about their creative approach to storytelling and fundraising. www.angelsperch.com
TV executive / career coach Carole Kirschner explains it all to you. http://www.hollywoodgameplan.com
Writer/journalist Michael Grebb discusses the current tastes and trends of the cable and broadcast networks.
Julie Gray discusses her plan to unite women in the Middle East through writing and filmmaking. www.storiesnoborders.com
Find out how Pilar got a black eye, Nick got locked in a trunk and Pat spilled his milkshake.
Director Efram Potelle discusses his approach to writing, directing and the film industry.
Pilar and Laurence join Pope's Picks team Brian Pope and Michael Musa in discussing and analyzing the best screenplay and best adapted screenplay Oscar nominees.
Pilar offers eight different romantic comedy structures as guest David Kessler lends his dating wisdom.
Actor Kevin E. West's (CASTLE, JUSTIFIED, LOST, 24) approach to the page reveals great character and story tips for writers. http://kevinewest.com/
Jen Notas, writer, OTP client and former babysitter, talks about writing for Hallmark. Joe Gold and Tammy Caplan update us on their indie film.
Tonight Show writer Michael Loprete talks about writing for late-night TV. Pilar lists scenes she'd like to retire in 2012.
Indie, Studio, Horror, B-movie... Josh wrote it or is writing it!