11 episodes

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 the server: http://thescreenwritersnetwork.com

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

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    • 5.0 • 2 Ratings

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 the server: http://thescreenwritersnetwork.com

    Interview with Television Writer Ezra W. Nachman (@whinefields)

    Interview with Television Writer Ezra W. Nachman (@whinefields)

    In this episode, Smish interviews Ezra W. Nachman (aka @whinefields), staff writer on NBC’s MANIFEST. They talk about Ezra’s journey to becoming a writer, from his parent’s aspirations for him to be a lawyer, to not being allowed to watch movies or TV as a child. Ezra discusses how his time at USC Film School led to his first job as a writer’s PA and ultimately placing in contests & fellowships. Smish & Ezra discuss the trajectory of his career, becoming a staff writer, and the effects the pandemic has had on a writer’s room.

    Ezra breaks down the positions on a show, and best of all, shares his invaluable advice for successful networking!

    Highlights:

    (1:04) How Ezra began his journey in screenwriting

    (6:45) THE SOPRANOS sparked a love for TV & film that he couldn’t ignore

    (18:47) How to break into TV and the roles on a show

    (31:55) Job of a Writer’s Assistant on LETHAL WEAPON

    (48:48) Ezra’s tip to networking

    (52:21) Becoming a staff writer on MANIFEST

    (1:08:49) How has the writer’s room & production been affected by the pandemic?

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    • 1 hr 27 min
    Interview with Screenwriter Scott Barkan (@Barky)

    Interview with Screenwriter Scott Barkan (@Barky)

    In this brand new episode, Smish welcomes back Scott Barkan (aka @Barky), a Philadelphia based screenwriter who has written two produced screenplays with writing partner, Greg Zehentner. Together they wrote I’M JUST FUCKING WITH YOU, produced by Blumhouse & Hulu, and BLEED. Scott walks us through his career as a writer, from meeting his writing partner, starting a production company, to developing their newest script, THE SUN ALWAYS SETS IN THE WEST with Lionsgate & Danny’s McBride’s company, Rough House Pictures.  They discuss how Scott & Greg found success from pivoting from comedy to horror, finding a mentor, and using the Plus One method of writing.

    Scott gives the invaluable advice --- “Make bold choices” and “Don’t take no for an answer” --- with his story about showing up uninvited on the set of their movie. They also discuss the probability of getting discovered through screenwriting contests!

    Highlights:

    (1:20) How Scott & Greg began their career

    (15:17) Finding a mentor

    (18:34) On the set of I’M JUST FUCKING WITH YOU

    (30:48) Writing with a partner

    (36:00) The Plus One method & starting a production company

    (57:51) What’s next for them?

    (1:01:15) Can a writer be discovered in a contest?

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    VIP members get a bonus segment with Scott. We learn about the one that got away and how that lead to his relationship with Will Smith’s production company. Scott also reveals the one thing he hopes to accomplish in his career before he dies!

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    IMDB page: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm1701134/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_5
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/scottbarkan?lang=en
    Finds Scott’s music: https://www.scottbarkanmusic.com

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    • 1 hr 6 min
    Interview with Screenwriting and Producing Partners Nastasha Baron and Corr Pearce (@tellonestory & @TheGuyWhoIsAlwaysAtCrafty)

    Interview with Screenwriting and Producing Partners Nastasha Baron and Corr Pearce (@tellonestory & @TheGuyWhoIsAlwaysAtCrafty)

    It’s a double feature! This time our host Smish has two guests, Nastasha Baron and Corr Pearce. But you know them as @TellOneStory and @TheGuyWhoIsAlwaysAtCrafty on the Screenwriters Network discord. This screenwriting duo also doubles as producers for 3branes Entertainment and have partnered in producing films such as Blackburn and the television movie Washed Away.

    Nastasha and Corr discuss the pros and cons of working with a co-writer, writing for Hallmark and Lifetime, and how to elevate your projects while checking the right boxes. They give invaluable advice on how working in production affects them as writers, and they even get Smish to tell us the backstory behind the Screenwriters Network!

    Highlights:


    Writing with a Partner (6:45)
    Starting a Production Company (16:35)
    Making a Hallmark Script Stand Out (30:41)
    The Origin Story of the Screenwriters Network (41:19)

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    More About Nastasha
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    Website: https://www.3branes.com/

    More About Corr
    IMDB page: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm5613959/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1
    Website: https://www.3branes.com/
    Twitter: @CorrPearce

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    VIP members get a bonus segment with Nastasha and Corr. In this VIP exclusive we get the story behind the name TheGuyWhoIsAlwaysAtCrafty (which involves a lot of food), and the name TellOneStory (which involves some great advice). We find out what brought Nastasha and Corr to Vancouver and their biggest goals as screenwriters and producers.

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    • 57 min
    Screenwriters Network Professionals Roundtable - Concept Selection & Exploration

    Screenwriters Network Professionals Roundtable - Concept Selection & Exploration

    It’s a super special Bonus Episode! The Screenwriters Network hosts its first ever Professional Roundtable and we are bringing you the entire thing for an exclusive podcast episode. The roundtable focuses on concept selection & exploration! Our very own Moderator and Hit List Screenwriter Mark Mazur (@nqm) hosts a powerhouse of professional writers who share priceless information with our server members and now you our podcast listeners!

    The Lineup (Real name followed by Discord username):

    Alex D. Reid (@Alex (Drenched Goat)) - A screenwriter from Northern Ireland, he won the 2019 Austin Film Festival horror category for his screenplay Delirium and was a previous guest on the Screenwriters Network Podcast.

    Susan E. Connolly (@Dr. Dr. Subeco MVB PhD) - A screenwriter from Ireland, she has five pilots under option. She is currently working on two adaptations of young adult novels. At one point she was the highest ranked competitive debater in Ireland.

    Greg Björkman (@stupidlittlekids) - A screenwriter and director in Los Angeles. He co-wrote “Press Play” with writing partner James Bachelor, which was produced by CJ Entertainment (Parasite’s Producer).

    Scott Barkan (@Barky) - A screenwriter based in Philadelphia, who has written two produced features with his writing partner, Gregg Zehentner. The pair has sold and optioned a number of original screenplays, including “I’m Just F*cking With You”, which was produced by Blumhouse and Hulu.

    This amazing group of writers discusses concept generation and exploration from initial idea to hashing out the characters and world that best fit around a concept. They go in depth to their own ideas, popular movies, and answer questions from our members with the emerging writers tag!

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    • 1 hr 16 min
    Interview with Screencraft Sci-Fi Winning Screenwriter Nabil Chowdhary (Nabil AC)

    Interview with Screencraft Sci-Fi Winning Screenwriter Nabil Chowdhary (Nabil AC)

    In this episode, Smish interviews screenwriter and director Nabil Chowdhary, who walks us through the process of what it’s like to get on the Black List and have the #1 script on the Hit List. Nabil’s feature Pod was not only included on these coveted lists, but it also was the overall winner of the Screencraft Sci-fi contest, and that is what really set things in motion.

    Nabil tells all, from coming up with the initial concept for Pod to gaining representation because of it! He talks about how he used IMDb to research managers, the three key people he shares scripts with for feedback, plus gives us the EXCLUSIVE scoop on the Oscar-nominated screenwriter/producer who optioned Pod!

    Smish and Nabil discuss:


    Nabil’s Writing Process (15:35)
    Finding a Manager (22:34)
    General Meetings in Los Angeles (30:20)
    EXCLUSIVE Who Optioned Pod!? (34:11)
    Dealing with Criticism (41:15)
    Expectations from Management (45:46)

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    More about Nabil:

    Nabil is an active member of our server. You know him as @Nabil AC !

    Twitter: @nabilchowdhary  Website: https://www.nabilchowdhary.com/

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    thanks for listening,

    smish

    • 55 min
    Interview with Comedian, Actress and Screenwriter Andy Erikson (@Gigawatt)

    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)

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    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/

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    • 53 min

Customer Reviews

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2 Ratings

NJ Philippa ,

Great podcast.

This podcast has something for everyone. There’s a mix of working writers, competition winners, such as Nicholl Fellowship and Austin Film Festival, and feedback from the Killer Shorts Horror competition judges on how to write a crunching short. It was thoroughly entertaining and I’m hoping more are coming! Thanks @Smish, you ask some great questions. And thanks to everyone that took the time to join the podcast! 5 well deserved stars.

gspoljaric ,

Informative and Inspiring

I found this podcast by virtue of Twitter and have enjoyed the calibre of guests and the nature of the conversations -- very informative for emerging writers and the host asks relevant questions. I have subsequently joined the Discord server and added the pages to my social networks. (gspoljaric)

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