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The New York Screenwriters Workshop sponsored by Final Draft is a weekly intensive for early-career, New York City-based screenwriters who are under-represented in the film industry. Write On host Phil Galasso talks with one of the workshop’s fellows, Beanie Barnes, along with fellowship mentors Jim Hart and Anne Carey about the program. They are a…
 
Craig Brewer, Writer-Director of Hustle & Flow, Black Snake Moan and TV’s Empire, talks to guest host Sade’ Sellers about directing the sequel to Eddie Murphy’s hit comedy Coming to America. “I felt that there was a noble theme inside the sequel… and I was like we gotta stay strong with that because comedy - it’s hard to sustain. But if you have a …
 
Mike Jones speaks to Write On host Phil Galasso about the unique process of writing for Pixar, and how he, Pete Doctor and Kemp Powers collaborated on Soul. “It was a great, kind of fantastic partnership because it's hard to force partnerships, and Kemp [Powers] was so open and willing and also so honest and so forthright with what he believed the …
 
Winner of the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film, Minari is the story of a Korean family who start a farm in Arkansas in the 1980s. For Writer-Director Lee Isaac Chung, the film is deeply personal. “It’s really a family story… a journey that this family takes to understand each other a little better,” Lee tells Write On host Phil Galasso. …
 
Supernova is the moving story of Sam (Colin Firth) and Tusker (Stanley Tucci), who after Tusker’s dementia diagnosis travel across England in an RV to visit family, friends and places from their past. For Writer-Director Harry Macqueen, an enormous amount of research went into ensuring he did justice to the subject of dementia. “I think the key thi…
 
Jesse Chatham talks to guest host Sade' Sellers about how his screenplay about a bereaved woman seeking out a new life off the grid went from placing in the Nicholl Fellowship to becoming a feature directed by and starring Robin Wright (House of Cards). “I placed in the top 50… and one of the readers, Lora Kennedy, was the VP of casting at Warner B…
 
G.O. Parsons has written one of the wildest rides of the year with Wally’s Wonderland, a B-movie homage that pits Academy Award winner Nicolas Cage against a horde of demonic animatronics. “I went into writing Willy's Wonderland with the intention, the sole intention, of just shooting it myself in a friend's garage with absolutely no money,” he tel…
 
Oscar-nominated actor Viggo Mortensen talks to host Phil Galasso about his transition into writing and directing with Falling, a stirring drama he also acts in alongside Lance Henriksen. The film is about a man who along with his male partner and adopted daughter is visited by his aging father who possesses a very different world view and is also f…
 
Will Berson had been haunted by the story of the murder of Black Panthers leader Fred Hampton by police since his hippy parents told it to him as a child. As Will watched events like the Ferguson riots unfold he realized Fred Hampton's story had to be told. After writing the script as a spec he discovered writer/director Shaka King had been working…
 
Showrunner, writer, and mentor Jeffrey Lieber and our host Phil Galasso discuss what Jeffrey looks for when putting together a writer's room, his transition from acting on the stage to writing for the screen, his work helping new writers gain meaningful access with #StartWith8Hollywood, and more! Jeffrey Lieber is the co-creator of Lost and has wor…
 
Promising Young Woman writer-director Emerald Fennell and our host Phil Galasso discuss the tonal tightrope of the film, its use of music, her unconventional writing process, and more. Carey Mulligan stars in this darkly comedic thriller as Cassie, a young woman traumatized by an event in her past, seeking revenge on the "nice guys" that cross her …
 
One Night in Miami screenwriter Kemp Powers discusses adapting his own play into a film, how his previous work as a journalist informs his screenwriting, the real history behind the film's events, and more. Inspired by real events, the movie is a fictional account chronicling a memorable night when Muhammed Ali, Malcolm X, Sam Cook, and Jim Brown g…
 
Ma Rainey's Black Bottom writer Ruben Santiago-Hudson discusses with guest host Sade' Sellers his relationship with August Wilson, the characters of Levee and Ma, and much more. Starring Viola Davis and the late Chadwick Boseman, the film, adapted from the August Wilson play, follows one tension-filled day when trail-blazing blues singer Ma Rainey …
 
The Beach House writer-director Jeffrey A. Brown discusses working within the horror genre, his writing process on the film, how his experience as a location scout helped him, and much more. The Beach House follows two troubled college sweethearts on a romantic getaway that turns into a struggle for survival when unexpected guests. Don’t forget to …
 
Archenemy co-writer and director Adam Egypt Mortimer discusses his approach to working in different genres, the tricky balance of withholding and disclosing information to the audience, and more. In the movie, a teen meets a mysterious man played by Joe Manganiello who claims he lost his superpowers after arriving from another dimension. Together t…
 
Wander Darkly writer-director Tara Miele and our favorite guest host Sade' Sellers discuss working with actors like Sienna Miller and Diego Luna, how a car crash she and her husband got into actually influenced the film and more. In the film, a traumatic accident leads a couple to a surreal state of being that takes them on a disorienting journey t…
 
Storied Media Group's Vice President of Operations Kevin Fernandes and Founder & CEO Todd Hoffman discuss what they look for in an IP (intellectual property), their process for packaging, and more. Storied Media Group was founded in 2013 and has quickly become one of the most powerful brokers and producers of intellectual property in Hollywood. Pro…
 
Happiest Season writer-director Clea DuVall discusses telling a universal story through a unique lens, working within the romantic-comedy and Christmas movies genres, her approach to writing characters, and more! Kristen Stewart stars as a young woman with a plan to propose to her girlfriend while at their family's annual holiday party, only to dis…
 
'Palm Springs' writer Andy Siara discusses how the story evolved through the writing process, the tricky tonal balance the script strikes, and much more. The film stars Andy Samberg and Cristin Milioti as two wedding guests that develop a budding romance while stuck in a time loop, living the same day over and over again. Don’t forget to subscribe …
 
I'm Your Woman writers Jordan Horowitz and Julia Hart discuss telling genre stories through new lenses, the power of silence on screen, and much more. Rachel Brosnahan stars in this 1970's set crime-thriller as a woman forced to go on the run with her baby after her husband betrays his partners in crime. I'm Your Woman is available now on Amazon Pr…
 
Crosby Selander discusses Bringing Back, the spec script he recently sold to Legendary for 7 figures. Selander and guest-host Lee Jessup discuss the journey from writing the script to getting repped through Script Pipeline with Kaplan Perrone, and ultimately the sale itself. Lee Jessup is a screenwriting career consultant and long-time friend of Fi…
 
The Good Lord Bird co-creator Mark Richard discusses the show's use of humor despite the serious subject matter, what it was like to work with Ethan Hawke, how he got his start as a writer, and more. The Showtime and BlumhouseTV miniseries is based on the James McBride novel of the same name. Ethan Hawke co-created and stars in the series as abolit…
 
Emmy® nominated writer-director-producer Leslye Headland joins our host Phil Galasso to discuss her transition from playwright to screenwriter, her time working on the cult-classic The Terriers, the unique challenges of writing Russian Doll, and much more. Don’t forget to subscribe to the Write On Podcast on iTunes!…
 
The Wolf of Snow Hollow writer-director-star Jim Cummings discusses his unique writing process, what inspired him to become a filmmaker, scary movies, and much more. Set in a small, quiet, and snowy town, a werewolf starts killing people. Cummings stars as the deputy Sherriff trying to figure out what the hell is going on while he also deals with s…
 
Spontaneous writer-director Brian Duffield discusses managing the tricky tone of the film, getting the audience to fall in love with your characters, his writing process, and some major spoilers if you haven't yet seen the film. Spontaneous is a heartwarming coming of age story starring Katherine Langford (13 Reasons Why) where a bunch of high scho…
 
Phil Galasso and co-host Sade' Sellers discuss Scare Me with writer-director-producer-star, Josh Ruben. He shares his experience in every facet of production, bringing the story to life with Aya Cash and Chris Redd, and more! The film takes place in a cabin at the Catskills where two writers share scary stories during a power outage and confront th…
 
HOST co-writers Gemma Hurley, Jed Shepherd, and Rob Savage discuss how they managed to produce the film safely during the on-going pandemic and more. What happens when five friends decide to do a totally normal thing and host a seance over Zoom? You’ll have to watch the movie on Shudder to find out. Don’t forget to subscribe to the Write On Podcast…
 
Jeff Barnaby discusses his fresh approach to the zombie genre, balancing theme and story, and more! Blood Quantum is about a zombie virus that decimates all of Earth's population except the native community of Red Crow who now has to contend with the living dead, and with each other. The film is available now on VOD, Digital HD, DVD and Blu-ray. Do…
 
Guest host Sade' Sellers and The Boys writer Anslem 'Slem' Richardson discuss his early career with competitions and tokenism, writing for Season 2, and much more. The Boys follows a group of vigilantes that set out to stop corrupt superheroes who abuse their superpowers. You can new episodes each Friday on Amazon Prime. Don’t forget to subscribe t…
 
The Death of Me director Darren Bousman discusses how he generates story ideas, his writing process, and how it's evolved over his career, his work directing films in the SAW franchise, and much more. Maggie Q and Luke Hemsworth star as Christine and Neil, a couple vacationing in Thailand. After a night of partying way too hard, they wake up to fin…
 
The Devil All the Time co-writers Antonio Campos and Paulo Campos discuss the challenges adapting such a sprawling novel, the use of voice over in the film, their writing process, and much more. The film, based on the acclaimed novel by Donald Ray Pollock stars Tom Holland as a young man devoted to protecting his loved ones in a town full of corrup…
 
Antebellum co-writer and directors Gerard Bush & Christopher Renz discuss how the story came to Gerard in a dream, writing their first feature script, their work in activism and advertising, and more. The film stars Janelle Monae and follows successful author Veronica Henley who finds herself trapped in a horrifying reality that forces her to confr…
 
The Broken Hearts Gallery writer-director Natalie Krinsky discusses her script's long journey to the screen, how her own life experiences inform the story, her work on TV shows like Greys Anatomy, and Gossip Girl, and much more. The film follows Lucy, a young woman living in New York City who after a breakup decides to start a gallery where people …
 
Final Draft's Senior Vice President Joe Jarvis and Chief Architect Steve Brost discuss how they work with professional writers when developing the software, the partnerships and integrations we've done with major studios like Netflix, and more. Don’t forget to subscribe to the Write On Podcast on iTunes!…
 
The Pale Door co-writer and director Aaron B. Koontz discusses his approach to juggling different genres, how he generates ideas for his stories, being vulnerable in your storytelling, and much more. After a botched train robbery, two brothers leading a gang of cowboys must survive the night in a ghost town inhabited by a coven of witches. Don’t fo…
 
Rogue co-writer and director MJ Bassett discusses how the film came together, her passion for telling genre stories, how she found her way into becoming a filmmaker, and much more. Megan Fox stars as team-leader O'Hara as she leads a squad of soldiers on a daring mission to rescue hostages from their captors in remote Africa. But as the mission goe…
 
Shudder's Cursed Films writer-director Jay Cheel discusses what writing a documentary really means, how he chose the films for the series, how he got his start in filmmaking, and much more. Cursed Films is the 5-part documentary series that explores the myths and legends behind some of Hollywood's notoriously cursed horror film productions. You can…
 
#StartWith8Hollywood partners Thuc Nguyen and Cheryl Bedford discuss the roadblocks underrepresented groups often run into, how the campaign got started, success stories they've already seen, and much more. The goal of #StartWith8Hollywood is simple; breakdown the industry's barrier of entry by challenging professionals to mentor at least eight wom…
 
Heroes & Villains Entertainment Literary Manager Chris Coggins discusses her move from development executive to manager, the kind of work ethic she looks for in a client, and what she means by "screenwriters should swing for the fences" when dreaming up their latest spec. Don’t forget to subscribe to the Write On Podcast on iTunes!…
 
The Rental co-writer and director Dave Franco discusses the tricky tone the film balances, his approach to working in and subverting the horror genre, what he learned from working with filmmakers like Barry Jenkins and Seth Rogen, and more. The film, starring Dan Stevens, Shiela Vand, Jeremy Allen White, and Allison Brie, follows two couples who re…
 
Narcos: Mexico showrunner Eric Newman discusses the research involved in making the show, the advantages of telling a story like this in long-form television, his journey from producer to writer, and much more. The show explores the real-life origins of the modern drug war by going back to its roots in 1980's Mexico. You can stream all seasons now …
 
Ramy creator Ramy Youssef discusses finding the comedy in life's struggles, mining universal truths from experiences, and more. The show follows Ramy, son of Egyptian migrants, who begins a spiritual journey, divided between his Muslim community, God, and his friends who see endless possibilities. You can stream season one and two now on Hulu. Ramy…
 
Miss Juneteenth writer-director Channing Godfrey Peoples discusses the serendipity of releasing the film during the current racial justice movement, the long journey of this project from script to screen, her work on the show Queen Sugar, and more. The film follows a former beauty queen and single mom preparing her rebellious teenage daughter for t…
 
Defending Jacob creator and executive producer Mark Bomback discusses finding the right balance of thriller elements and domestic drama in the show, his work on the critically acclaimed Planet of the Apes film, his advice to writers just starting out, and much more. Starring Chris Evans and Michelle Dockery, Defending Jacob is based on the 2012 nov…
 
The Morning Show showrunner Kerry Ehrin discusses her approach to writing complicated characters, her experiences working on shows like Friday Night Lights, Parenthood, and Moonlighting, her advice to young writers, and much more. Starring Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, and Steve Carell, the show is a behind the scenes look at the challenges …
 
Love Life creator and executive producer Sam Boyd discusses the innovative structure of the show, keeping yourself motivated as a writer, how he got his start, and much more. Anna Kendrick stars in this fresh take on the romantic comedy about the journey from first love to lasting love, and how the people we are with make us into who we are. You ca…
 
Homecoming co-creators and executive producers Micah Bloomberg and Eli Horowitz discuss how the show started off as a podcast and what the adaptation process was like, how they got their starts as writers, and more. Season 2 of Homecoming follows Alex (Janelle Monae) whose search for her identity leads to the mysterious and potentially nefarious we…
 
The King of Staten Island co-writer Dave Sirus discusses striking the right balance between laughs and genuine emotion, his work with Pete Davidson on Saturday Night Live, writing for Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, and more. The film loosely based on Pete Davidson's life follows his character as he tries to find his place in the world while struggli…
 
Little Fires Everywhere co-executive producer and writer Raamla Mohamed discusses working on the show, the complex issues the show deals with, and much more. Based on Celeste Ng's 2017 bestseller, Little Fires Everywhere follows the intertwined fates of the picture-perfect Richardson family and the enigmatic mother and daughter who upend their live…
 
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