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Television veterans Sam Ernst and Jim Dunn invite aspiring writers to their writers room and help them work on and develop their stories.

The Writers Room with Sam and Jim Sam Ernst, Jim Dunn, JR Zamora-Thal

    • TV & Film
    • 5.0 • 3 Ratings

Television veterans Sam Ernst and Jim Dunn invite aspiring writers to their writers room and help them work on and develop their stories.

    Laughter is a Moment Free from Hurt with Marc Brockwell

    Laughter is a Moment Free from Hurt with Marc Brockwell

    Sam and Jim invite Marc into the room and together they work on his as of yet untitled comedy about an investment banker turned caddy after a fall from grace.

    Join us in the room for a discussion about shedding nuance on a first draft, creating a comedic character with a dramatic drive, and creating laughter to make the world a better place.

    Follow us on Twitter and Instagram: @thesamandjim

    Producer: J.R. Zamora-Thal
    Logo Design: Julien Debar-Monclair, @jude.orange
    Music: Buddha Rays, @buddharays

    • 41 min
    Let Your Darlings Take a Bullet in the Back and Other Room Skills with Tania Lotia

    Let Your Darlings Take a Bullet in the Back and Other Room Skills with Tania Lotia

    Sam and Jim invite their friend Tania Lotia into the room. Together they talk about hard won room skills and then they break an original idea, submitted to us by Steve Holbert.

    More about Tania Lotia:

    Tania Lotia is a Los Angeles-based television writer who grew up in Karachi, Pakistan. After graduating from UCLA, she attended law school where she interviewed for the CIA. Then, she opted for a more creative path. 
    Tania is a graduate of the CAPE New Writers Fellowship and the Fox Writers Lab. Her script DJINN was featured on the 2017 WeForShe list of top pilot scripts written by women. 
    Currently, she is a writer and supervising producer on Netflix’s THE WITCHER. Previously, she wrote on WITCHER: BLOOD ORIGIN (Netflix), CARNIVAL ROW (Legendary/Amazon), Stephen King’s THE DARK TOWER TV series adaptation (Media Rights Capital/Amazon), SWAMP THING (Atomic Monster/WBTV), and TRIBES (Sony), and a couple other projects she’s not allowed to talk about... 
    Tania is the current co-chair of the Asian American Writers Committee of the WGA West. 

    Follow us on Twitter and Instagram: @thesamandjim

    Producer: J.R. Zamora-Thal
    Logo Design: Julien Debar-Monclair, @jude.orange
    Music: Buddha Rays, @buddharays

    • 43 min
    Get Your Internal Drive off the Bench with Nate Patton

    Get Your Internal Drive off the Bench with Nate Patton

    Sam and Jim invite Nate into the room and together they work on his high school comedy, tentatively titled, "Specialists".

    Join us in the room for a discussion of creating deep characters that serve the story, writing kids in a way that feels true to adolescence, and creating strong internal drives. 

    Follow us on Twitter and Instagram: @thesamandjim

    Producer: J.R. Zamora-Thal
    Logo Design: Julien Debar-Monclair, @jude.orange
    Music: Buddha Rays, @buddharays

    • 47 min
    There's No Debate, Pitching is Hard with Sarah Heveron-Smith and Paula Skaggs

    There's No Debate, Pitching is Hard with Sarah Heveron-Smith and Paula Skaggs

    Sam and Jim invite Sarah and Paula into the room, and together they work on their high-school comedy feature, tentatively titled, "Maggie and Lenny Go to Nationals".

    Join us in the room for a discussion on using character to pitch scenes, creating compelling and useful backstories, and working with a writing partner.

    Follow us on Twitter and Instagram: @thesamandjim

    Producer: J.R. Zamora-Thal
    Logo Design: Julien Debar-Monclair, @jude.orange
    Music: Buddha Rays, @buddharays

    • 42 min
    Scene Study with Zach Freshley and J Hunter Richardson

    Scene Study with Zach Freshley and J Hunter Richardson

    In this Scene Study episode, Sam and Jim invite Zach Freshley and J Hunter Richardson back in to the room to read and rework scenes from their pilots. If you'd like to follow along, you can download the scenes from our website! Scenes can be found by clicking the Guests tab.

    In our first segment, we read the opening to "Under Investigation", a light drama about a private investigator who's wife suddenly reappears years after going missing. Sam and Jim work with Zach to bring out the character of his protagonist in the first scene of his pilot.

    In our second segment, we read the opening to "Punx Not Dead", J Hunter Richardson's pilot about a punk rock medium trying to make a living in the valley. Sam and Jim work with J to create connective tissue in order to create a series of scenes that build as well as establish his characters and world.

    Special thanks to Meagan Daine for helping out as a voice actor!

    Follow us on Twitter and Instagram: @thesamandjim

    Producer: J.R. Zamora-Thal
    Logo Design: Julien Debar-Monclair, @jude.orange
    Music: Buddha Rays, @buddharays

    • 58 min
    Find Your Core Idea and Toss the Rest with Doris McGill

    Find Your Core Idea and Toss the Rest with Doris McGill

    Sam and Jim invite Doris McGill into the room, and together they work on her comedy about finding your place and fitting in, tentatively titled "Baby Gay".

    Join us in the room for a discussion on crafting scenes that serve the core story, establishing the engine of the show in the first scene, and creating a  logline that makes readers ask for more. 

    Follow us on Twitter and Instagram: @thesamandjim

    Producer: J.R. Zamora-Thal
    Logo Design: Julien Debar-Monclair, @jude.orange
    Music: Buddha Rays, @buddharays

    • 58 min

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