The Screenwriters Network Podcast: A Screenwriting Podcast for Emerging Writers!

The Screenwriters Network Podcast: A Screenwriting Podcast for Emerging Writers!

By screenwritersnetwork
Interviews with members of the Screenwriters Network Discord server. Guests include professional screenwriters with produced film and television credits. Emerging writers who have optioned screenplays and made The Black List, Blood List, and Hit List. Get insight on how to finish at the top of contests from Austin Film Festival winners and Nicholl Fellowship Finalists. Each episode we discuss the writing process, screenwriting contests, fellowships, dealing with rejection, optioning scripts, and navigating Hollywood from around the world. Join us in the server today: discord.gg/TXTkGBr
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Interview with Comedian, Actress and Screenwriter Andy Erikson (@Gigawatt)
In this episode, smish meets with Andy Erikson  -- @Gigawatt -- a real jack of all trades. Andy is known for her recurring role as Marguerite Honeywell on Scream Queens, as well as placing third on NBC’s Last Comic Standing. Andy is also a prolific screenwriter who recently placed as finalist in the Walt Disney television writing program. Her screenplays have made it to the second round at the Austin Film Festival and the Sundance episodic lab. Get Hype! Andy gives the inside scoop about how she got started writing and how she approaches starting a new idea. Andy reveals all about the Walt Disney writing program and how she made it as a finalist. Then she talks about getting heckled as a screenwriter (it’s possible after all) and her own writing projects! We also get a very special treat, an original song about screenwriting: Cold Openings (26:15). Smish and Andy discuss: Stand Up Comedy versus Screenwriting (1:47) Character Introductions and Descriptions (9:49) Walt Disney Writing Program (12:26) Writer’s Rooms (23:11) #OneMinuteGo (32:03) Sundance Episodic Lab (34:56) Networking (39:56) Sponsored by ScriptUp ScriptUp provides in depth coverage to help screenwriters improve their work! Head to scriptupstudio.com and enter discount code TSN10 for 10% off today! Get Exclusive Extras Gold Level VIP Members get a bonus 20 minutes of Andy and the origin story of her username, Gigawatt. We find out who would win in a fight between screenwriters and comedians, and then we get Andy’s take on the fight that really matters: unicorns versus squirrels! And finally, Andy answers questions from our members! And of course unicorns get brought up again! Check out her site where she literally rates pictures of unicorns: https://unicornratings.tumblr.com/ More about Andy: Andy is a moderator on our Discord Server. You know her as @Gigawatt ! Twitter: @andyerikson  Websites: http://www.andyeriksonwriter.com and http://www.andyerikson.com/ WATCH Andy's comedy special UNICORN STYLE: https://www.vidangel.com/movie/andy-erikson-unicorn-style Also check out The Stand Up Comedy Journal here: https://thestandupcomedyjournal.com/product/the-stand-up-comedy-journal/ Did you enjoy the podcast? Let us know by leaving a review on Apple Podcasts! https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-screenwriters-network-podcast/id148886588 Follow us on Twitter @SCRNWritersNTWK !
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March 13, 2020
How to Write a Killer Short Screenplay featuring Fred Pelzer (@National2080)
A brand spanking new special episode has arrived! In this episode Smish discusses the selection process for the first annual Killer Shorts Horror Short Screenplay Competition with Fred Pelzer (aka @National2080), a moderator of the Screenwriters Network discord server and a reader for the contest. They go into great detail about the judgment process for selecting the 100 Quarter-Finalists and let a lot of great screenwriting advice slip along the way. If you want to know what separates a great horror short screenplay from a good one, this episode is for you! Smish and Fred discuss: What Seperated Certain Scripts (8:54) Putting in a Twist (12:32) Location, Location, Location (18:18) Script Length (21:40) Great Dialogue (30:55) Different Styles of Horror (35:09) Loglines (43:32) I’ve Never Seen That Before (49:15) Many thanks to our sponsors, Shudder, Final Draft, WeScreenplay, Script Butcher, Virtual Pitchfest, Screencraft, Oregon Scream Week, Crimson Screen Horror Film Fest, Coverfly and FilmFreeway. Get Exclusive Extras Did you know that all VIP members Silver and up got one free entry to the Killer Shorts contest? To become a VIP on Patreon and get ad-free monthly episodes 2 weeks before everyone else plus exclusive bonus audio content: http://www.patreon.com/screenwritersnetwork Did you enjoy the podcast? Let us know by leaving a review on Apple Podcasts! https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-screenwriters-network-podcast/id148886588
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February 21, 2020
Interview with Black List Screenwriter Logan Martin aka The Meat Guy (@KingDefault)
This month our host Smish meets Screenwriter Logan Martin -- @KingDefault -- the writer of the polarizing script MEAT. Logan talks about getting the coveted impressive rating on review blog site Scriptshadow and how it led to him getting signed by Good Fear and having his script optioned by Assemble Media. He has been featured on the Black List, The Blood List, and his first feature finished in the top 20% of the Nicholl fellowship. Logan gives great insight on how to block out the haters and to be fearless when sharing your writing! MEAT was a polarizing script, and Logan goes deep into the story and the opportunities it created for him. Then we get his views on breaking the rules of screenwriting and utilizing structure! Smish and Logan discuss: The Scriptshadow Review (1:37) Dealing with Negative Feedback (7:14) MEAT (17:48) Breaking Rules in Screenwriting (28:55) Approach to Structure (34:50) Sponsored by ScriptUp ScriptUp provides in depth coverage to help screenwriters improve their work! Head to scriptupstudio.com and enter discount code TSN10 for 10% off today! Get Exclusive Extras VIP members get a bonus 15 minutes of premium content where Smish and Logan get into the good stuff. Logan answers questions from our VIP members and even lets us know his favorite kind of meat! Best of all, Smish finds a typo on page 39. To become a VIP on Patreon and get ad-free episodes 2 weeks before everyone else plus exclusive bonus audio content: http://www.patreon.com/screenwritersnetwork More about Logan: Logan doesn’t have a website or twitter, but his username is @KingDefault in the Discord server. We have him all to ourselves! Did you enjoy the podcast? Let us know by leaving a review on Apple Podcasts! https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-screenwriters-network-podcast/id148886588
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February 14, 2020
Interview with Viral NoSleep Screenwriter Chris Hicks (writechriswrite)
This month Smish meets screenwriter Chris Hicks - - @WriteChrisWrite -- who coined the phrase “you can’t polish a turd until you shit it out”. Words to live by! Chris talks about everything from optioning over a dozen short scripts to going viral on the nosleep subreddit. He is an Austin Film Festival semi-finalist and is featured on the 2018 SMISH LIST. Smish and Chris discuss: Titlepalooza - (4:02) Optioning Shorts - (6:45) Nosleep subreddit (11:47) Austin Film Festival (27:57) AFF server meetup (36:27) Picking a Genre (41:37) Get Exclusive Extras VIP members get a bonus 20 minutes of premium content where Smish and Chris discuss cute puppies, Chris’s favorite movies, dad jokes, and Chris even lets on his secret to making a million dollars screenwriting in just three easy steps (just kidding?) This extra stuff really slaps! You heard? It slaps! To become a VIP on Patreon and get ad-free episodes 2 weeks before everyone else plus exclusive bonus audio content: http://www.patreon.com/screenwritersnetwork To join the Discord: https://discord.gg/bBHNppT Want Titlepalooza? Check out Smish’s very own book here . More about Chris: Website: http://writechriswrite.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/WriteChrisWrite Ask Smish! Smish answers your questions! Ask her about anything-- screenwriting advice, life advice, the server, the podcast, even questions about smish! Just go to https://anchor.fm/screenwritersnetwork and hit “Send Voice Message”. Make it short (30 seconds or less) and be sure to say your Discord username! You might just get featured on an upcoming episode of the show! Did you enjoy the podcast? Let us know by leaving a review on Apple Podcasts! https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-screenwriters-network-podcast/id148886588
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January 17, 2020
Interview with AFF Horror Winning Screenwriter Alex Reid (Grachamoncha / Goat)
This month Smish meets screenwriter Alex Reid - @Alex (Grachamoncha) - who recently won at the Austin Film Festival. Alex talks about his approach to writing, winning at the AFF and what’s next for him. And the one piece of advice Smish gave him in his winning script! Smish and Alex discuss: How to conduct yourself professionally online (3:15) How Alex wrote his AFF-winning script (7:57) Alex’s approach to writing consistently (8:40) Snagging a manager (17:57) What general meetings are and what he’s doing to prep for them (23:03) Screenwriters Network Discord Server Meetup at AFF (30:23) Get Exclusive Extras VIP members get a bonus 15 minutes of questions where Smish and Alex discuss video games, his deep connection to Phillip the Goat, Wikipedia, and more. Alex even brings Smish to tears. Don’t miss it! To become a VIP on Patreon and get ad-free episodes 2 weeks earlier than the general public plus exclusive bonus audio content: http://www.patreon.com/screenwritersnetwork To join the Discord: https://discord.gg/bBHNppT More about Alex Website http://www.alexdreid.com Twitter http://www.twitter.com/alexdreid Coming Soon! “Ask Smish”:  Smish answers your question! Ask her anything — screenwriting advice, life advice, questions about her personal life, the server, the podcast, whatever! Just go to https://anchor.fm/screenwritersnetwork and hit “Send Voice Message”. Make it short (30 seconds or less) and be sure to say your Discord username! You might just get featured on an upcoming episode of the show! Did you enjoy the podcast? Let us know by leaving a review on iTunes! https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-screenwriters-network-podcast/id148886588
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December 20, 2019
Interview with Hit List Screenwriter Mark Mazur (nqm)
In this first episode of the Screenwriters Network podcast, Smish interviews Emmy award WINNING writer and director Mark Mazur, also known as @nqm in the Discord server! They discuss his two horror short films on ALTER, what’s happening with his Nicholl semi-finalist feature screenplay RETROGRADE (now on the 2019 Hit Lit), his EMMY award, networking with members from the server, and much more. VIP’s can listen to an additional 10 minutes of questions with Mark, where they discuss football, ramen, his favorite moderator and his PROUDEST accomplishment. To join the Discord: https://discord.gg/bBHNppT To become a VIP on Patreon to get early access and exclusive content: http://www.patreon.com/screenwritersnetwork More about Mark Mazur: http://www.markmazur.com https://twitter.com/markmazur Two Devices Connected: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ZdnkBZHp8Q Latency: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IIJdJ6Fgjw0 Please note this is our first episode and we're still figuring things out as we go. Interviews are recorded directly in Discord using a Discord bot. 
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November 22, 2019