John has directed some of the most iconic films in history. From the decade-defining Saturday Night Fever to 80’s hits like War Games, Short Circuit, & Stakeout to 90’s action classics like Bird on a Wire, Point of No Return, Nick of Time, and Drop Zone.
Welcome back author and Story Maps guru Daniel Calvisi. I wanted to bring him back to discuss how to use his story mapping technique on a TV/streaming script. This is based on his book STORY MAPS: TV Drama: The Structure of the One-Hour Pilot.
Welcome back recurring guest, screenwriter career coach, Lee Jessup. Lee is a whiz when it comes to everything that's going on in the industry, and since it's ever changing and evolving, Max and Felicity will get the update on how things are looking now.
This week Ashley Scott Meyers talks with Miska Kajanus.
Starting as an Actor in Finland, Miska Kajanus moved to Los Angeles and is the Writer/Director of the Finnish language feature, Insanity (2020).
They talk about that movie and how working as an extra is a good way to get started in the film industry.
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This week Ashley Scott Meyers talks with the Writing/Directing team Ruckus Skye and Lane Skye.
They wrote the Horror movie Becky (2020). The directors of Becky were interviewed in episode 337 of the podcast. Ruckus Skye and Lane Skye also wrote and directed the Thriller The Devil To Pay (2019).
Topics featured here are making The Devil To Pay and how their script Rattle The Cage (2015) was discovered and produced through a script listing service.
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This week Ashley Scott Meyers talks with Writer/Director Seth Larney.
He started with Visual Effects and as a Digital Assets Technician for The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions (2003).
Topics include how Seth Larney transitioned into filmmaking. They talk about his new Sci-Fi movie 2067 (2020) which stars Kodi Smit-McPhee.
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This week Ashley Scott Meyers talks with Filmmaker Will Wernick. Will Wernick is the Writer/Director of the Horror movie No Escape (2020) which stars Holland Roden. He also Directed Escape Room (2017).
They talk about No Escape and his DIY approach to filmmaking which has served him well.
This week Ashley Scott Meyers talks with Writer/Director/Actor Jessie McCormack.
They talk about her new TV/Web Series Piss Off, I Love You. Jessie McCormack is the Writer/Director/Actor of that Comedy series and is the Writer/Director of the feature Expecting (2013).
Other topics discussed includes making movies or shorts with an I-Phone and how networking at film festivals helped launch her career.
I wanted to bring Peter on the show to discuss what it was like to be a part of one of the biggest budget films in Hollywood history at the time.
For the big Episode 350 we have a big guest! This week Ashley Scott Meyers talks with Horror Filmmaker Darren Lynn Bousman.
They talk about his new feature Death Of Me (2020) starring Maggie Q and Luke Hemsworth. Darren Lynn Bousman has a long career as a Writer/Director, his credits include Saw II, Saw III and the upcoming Spiral (2021).
Other topics they discuss includes the differences of producing a movie in Japan instead of the United States.
This is a returning guest, you can hear the prior ep of the podcast with Darren Lynn Bousman SYS 154
This week Ashley Scott Meyers talks with filmmaker Sam Macaroni. They talk about his new Comedy Guest House (2020).
This movie features Pauly Shore, Aimee Teegarden and Billy Zane. Sam Macaroni Directed Guest House and wrote it with Sean Bishop and Troy Duffy (The Boondock Saints - 1999).
They also talk about how he worked with Robert De Niro on the movie Heat (1995) and pitching the script for Guest House and where this idea came from.
This week Ashley Scott Meyers talks with Australian filmmaker James Di Martino.
They talk about how he went from a marketing background into making shorts and now a feature film. James Di Martino is the writer/director of the Horror movie The Faceless Man (2019).
They talk about that movie, running a Kickstarter campaign and how he started his own production company.
We are proud to present The Table Read My Screenplay 2020 Genre Grand Prize winning short script, The Ride by Kimberly Truong.
The role of Catherine will be played by Amy Sullivan
Jess is read by Karisa Tate
With narration by Felicity Wren
Today’s guest is Australian filmmaker Mark Toia who created the indie sci-fi action film Monsters of Man. He self-distributed his film as an experiment to see if he could do it and also to prove to filmmakers that you can get a great ROI on your own.
Today on the show we have studio veteran, story consultant, and best-selling author of The Script Selling Game- 2nd edition: A Hollywood Insider’s Look at Getting Your Script Sold and Produced Kathie Fong Yoneda.
Topics include Blood Quantum (2019) a new Horror Movie Jeff Barnaby wrote and and directed. They also talk about pitching film projects at the Cannes Film Market.
Blood Quantum is a high concept zombie movie with a cast that includes Devery Jacobs (American Gods) and Michael Greyeyes (True Detective).
We have a spirited conversation about the future and how the mindset of filmmakers needs to change to make it in the future. Emily Best is the founder and CEO of the crowdfunding platform Seed&Spark, which she started with a group of independent creators
We have writer and showrunner Michael Jamin. Michael has been writing for television since 1996. His many credits include Just Shoot Me, King of the Hill, Beavis & Butthead, Wilfred, Out of Practice, Rules of Engagement, Lopez and Tacoma FD.
This week Ashley Scott Meyers talks with Filmmaker Christian Sesma.
They talk about his latest Crime/Thriller Paydirt (2020) which stars actors Val Kilmer, Murielle Telio and Luke Goss.
Christian Sesma is the Writer/Director of other movies including The Night Crew (2015). Topics in this episode of the podcast include how Sesma was able to find producers for his movies.
Today on the show we have a director who shot a time travel feature film in two days, his name is Grant Pichla and his film is called Making Time. Making Time’s 110 pages were shot in just two crazy, fast-paced days, separated by seven months.
Lisa Cron is story coach and the best-selling author of Wired for Story: The Writer’s Guide to Using Brain Science to Hook Readers from the Very First Sentence and Story Genius: How to Use Brain Science to Go Beyond Outlining and Write a Riveting Novel.