Every writer with a dream, repeat after me: "It is possible to make my own feature film." This series of interviews show that it can happen with very few resources as long as you have a tenacious drive, you surround yourself with the right people, and you never give up. In this episode, Hudson talks with Walker Whited, the writer & director behind the feature film By Nights End, about how he got started in film, some of the practical ways he brought By Nights End to life so quickly and effectively, and how he turned his envy into something beautiful.
Writing is rewriting. One of the key fundamentals of screenwriting is learning how to take and implement notes. On this episode, Hudson talks about these concepts with with Jenny Frankfurt, founder of the Finish Line Script Competition—a contest built on the “development notes” concept. Jenny shares her tips for breaking into the industry and walks us through the top 5 mistakes most writers make in their first drafts and what we can do about it in the rewrite.
If you ever feel like you have to constantly do, do, do as a writer / filmmaker or else you’ll lose your place in the race to the “breaking in” finish line, you’re not alone. On this episode, Hudson chats with Will Dennis, the writer, director, and star of the new indie rom-com Vanilla, about how to maintain sanity and balance priorities while living the indie film life.
The filmmaking world is not an easy one (to put it extremely lightly) and filmmakers are rarely prepared to cope with the ups and downs of the emotional journey. Hudson chats with actors/writers/directors Megan Peterson & Hannah Black about the insane roller coaster journey they've experienced on their Duplass Brothers produced film, Drought, and what it takes to keep going in the face of smashed expectations.
Rejection. Distraction. Excuses. Low self-esteem. This is the mental slog, Hudson interviews screenwriter Jessica Coleman all about the emotional ups and downs of the screenwriting journey and how having a writing partner helps her navigate it all.
Hudson interviews comic book writer, filmmaker, and multi-hyphenate Van Jensen about balancing work and home alongside your dreams, the importance of protecting your mental energy, and maximizing your productivity.
Hudson interviews professional screenwriter RB Ripley to learn how he first worked his way into the business, how his previous life as a tuba player prepared him for the journey, and how a daily writing habit can make all the difference, even at the beginning of your career.
Hudson interviews screenwriter and professional script reader Samantha Wilson to discuss how to set the right goals, how to make them a reality, and maybe most importantly, how long it takes to make them a reality.
The first step to changing your career is changing your mind. In this episode, Hudson interviews best-selling author and mindset coach Jennifer Blanchard to learn about how our way of thinking has a massive influence on our writing—from first motivation to realizing our end goals.
The first step to any journey is to figure out WHY you're on it. In this episode, Hudson will help you clarify your "why" so that you have a reminder to drive you as you go through the ups and downs of the writer's journey.