In this, very special 400th episode of The Selling Your Screenplay Podcast Ashley Scott Meyers and Richard Finney analyze storytelling techniques.
Some of the popular movies and television shows they study as examples include Back To The Future, The Shawshank Redemption, Pulp Fiction, Dexter and Breaking Bad.
A main connection they talk about with these great works is the spin in the story.
This week Ashley Scott Meyers talks with Iranian Filmmaker Ramin Niami.
He is the Writer/Director of the Horror/Thriller Eye Without A Face (2021).
They talk about that movie and what it is like starting as a filmmaker in a country like Iran.
This week Ashley Scott Meyers talks with filmmaker Brendan Steere.
He is the Writer/Director of The VelociPastor (2018), a wild Action Comedy which started out as a short film that went viral.
Brendan Steere also talks about making Animosity (2013) and why he's looking forward to re-releasing this movie.
This week Ashley Scott Meyers talks with fellow podcaster Geoffrey D. Calhoun.
He is the author of the book, The Guide For Every Screenwriter and has writing credits on movies such as S.O.S. and Sirens Of Chrome.
Geoffrey D. Calhoun talks about these writing credits and how Dyslexia is a super power for writers.
He is also the host of The Successful Screenwriter Podcast.
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This week Ashley Scott Meyers talks with A-list Screenwriter Eric Pearson.
They talk about his latest movie, Black Widow (2021) starring Scarlett Johansson. His other major studio writing credits include Godzilla Vs. Kong (2021) and Thor: Ragnarok (2017).
Eric Pearson also talks about how he got his start writing for Marvel.
This week Ashley Scott Meyers talks with Actor and Musician Courtney Gains. His acting credits include Children Of The Corn (1984) and Back To The Future (1985).
He talks about being a child actor, about his music and his new movies such as Queen Bees (2021).
There's more than one way to tell a story & sometimes you need a good dice roll before you can write, "the end." We speak with prolific game designer Rob Daviau. His resume is our game shelf, including Betrayal at the House on the Hill & Risk Legacy.
ISA's Scott Markus & Max Timm (of the Fantastic Story Society) reunite for a Halloween special event with DJ MacHale, creator of Are You Afraid of the Dark to discuss horror movies & ghost stories.
We chat with Madison, WI ghost tour guide Lisa Van Buskirk on location at a haunted site, followed by an investigation of the building.
Get an inside look at the behind the scenes podcast, "Making Movies Is Hard" with filmmakers Alrik Bursell & Liz Manashil.
This week Ashley Scott Meyers talks with Writer/Actor Brea Grant.
She is known as an actor with credits such as Dexter and Heroes (TV Series).
They talk about that and her experience as a Writer/Director. Brea Grant is the Writer/Actor of the Horror/Thriller movie Lucky (2020), and wrote and Directed 12 Hour Shift (2020).
This week Ashley Scott Meyers talks with Gary W. Goldstein.
Today's guest is a movie producer of well known films such as Pretty Woman (1990) and Under Siege (1992).
Topics include how Gary W. Goldstein quit his career and moved to LA. He also gives great tips about networking that can be applied to any industry.
This week Ashley Scott Meyers talks with Writer/Producer Suzanne DeLaurentiis. She is the host and producer of the series Suzanne's Saturday Night Scares.
They talk about production and what the future of Hulu and Netflix can mean for writers.
Suzanne is a relative of movie producer Dino DeLaurentiis.
In the intro, Ashley Scott Meyers announced his new podcast The Rightcast. It is a series of actor focused interviews. You can listen to The Rightcast Podcast here: http://www.therightcast.com/
This week Ashley Scott Meyers talks with Writer/Director Michael P. Blevins and Actor Ford Austin.
They talk about their latest movie, a Horror/Thriller called Digging To Death (2021). Michael P. Blevins is the Writer/Director and Ford Austin is the lead actor of Digging To Death.
Topics include, how they started working together and the dreaded Co-Director scam.
A limited number of projects will be invited to participate. The purpose of the lab is to provide direct access for filmmakers & writers seeking representation to discuss, ask questions, pitch their material & receive feedback.
This week Ashley Scott Meyers talks with a very animated guest, Tim Long.
With decades of experience, Tim Long is a writer and producer of Comedy such as The Simpsons, Late Show With David Letterman and Politically Incorrect With Bill Maher.
The Simpsons is the longest running American Sitcom. They talk about working on these great television shows and the movie he wrote called The Exchange (2021).
This week Ashley Scott Meyers talks with Filmmaker Craig Moss.
He is the writer/director of movies such as Bad Ass (2012) starring Danny Trejo and Ron Perlman and Let Us In (2021) with Tobin Bell and Sadie Stanley.
They talk about that Thriller Let Us In and what you should do after you land your big break in the film industry.
This week Ashley Scott Meyers talks with Del Weston.
Besides writing movies such as Trick (2021) and Split (2007), Del Weston is the creator of The Action On Film Festival which has been running for over 17 years now.
They talk about AOF Festival which is held annually in Las Vegas, and Del points out what some Film Festivals do wrong.
I wanted to take a deep dive into the marketing side of screenwriting today because it is in fact, a necessity in the industry today. Guest, Felicity Wren started off in this business as an actor and now is a producer and VP of Development at the ISA.
Stand Up Comic & comedy actor Carlos Alazraqui (Reno 911) Wrote a Zombie Mafia Comedy feature. We discuss the behind the scenes of his first feature.
This week Ashley Scott Meyers talks with Writer/Producer Richard Finney.
Today's guest, Richard Finney has produced movies such as 100 Girls and a screenplay he wrote inspired Alien Zoo, a Virtual Reality experience produced by Steven Spielberg and Walter Parkes.
They talk about when he pitched to Steven Spielberg at Dreamworks and how Richard was able to find his first agent.
This week Ashley Scott Meyers talks with Writer/Director Marcelo Grion.
They talk about The Prototype (2021), a Sci-Fi Thriller with a cast including Victoria De Mare and Theresa Tilly.
Topics also include how he went from being a dish washer to a filmmaker and working with movie Producer Roger Corman.
This week Ashley Scott Meyers talks with Writer/Author Erik Bork.
Returning guest, Erik Bork talks about his Non-Fiction writing guide book The Idea: The Seven Elements of a Viable Story for Screen, Stage or Fiction.
Topics also include how they feel about writing courses and contests. Do up and coming screenwriters need these resources? Erik Bork is an Emmy Award winning Producer of the Band Of Brothers (TV Series).
There are performers that impact your life without you even knowing it and today’s guest fits that bill. We have comedic genius, multi-award-winning actor, writer, producer, director, and television host, Billy Crystal.
This week Ashley Scott Meyers talks with Filmmaker Greg A. Sager.
Greg A. Sager is the Writer/Director of the Mystery-Horror Movie Open Your Eyes (2021).
They talk about making Open Your Eyes and how to write a screenplay to be made on a low budget. Sager's other credits include Gray Matter and Kingdom Come.