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Bulletproof Screenwriting™ Podcast with Alex Ferrari takes your screenwriting to the next level by showing you how to make your screenplays bulletproof by interviewing the top screenwriters, story consultants & authors in the film industry. They discuss the craft and business of screenwriting. This is the screenwriting podcast for the rest of us. No fluff. No BS. Just straight talk that will help you on your screenwriting journey. Now get to writing!

Bulletproof Screenwriting™ Podcast with Alex Ferrari Alex Ferrari

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    • 4.6, 116 Ratings

Bulletproof Screenwriting™ Podcast with Alex Ferrari takes your screenwriting to the next level by showing you how to make your screenplays bulletproof by interviewing the top screenwriters, story consultants & authors in the film industry. They discuss the craft and business of screenwriting. This is the screenwriting podcast for the rest of us. No fluff. No BS. Just straight talk that will help you on your screenwriting journey. Now get to writing!

    BPS 078: Screenwriting & Hollywood in the Times of COVID with Greg Gertmenian

    BPS 078: Screenwriting & Hollywood in the Times of COVID with Greg Gertmenian

    Today on the show we have Greg Gertmenian, who is the Head of Script Analytics and Film Development at Slated. He is also the co-inventor of the Script Score, the only screenplay evaluation tool proven to accurately predict good films. Helped arrange financing of films like SUPER TROOPERS 2, DEEP MURDER, CRUISE, AT FIRST LIGHT, GOD BLESS THE BROKEN ROAD, BECOMING and WHAT BREAKS THE ICE.

    Prior to his time at Slated, produced short format content including the fan-beloved short film, BALROG: BEHIND THE GLORY and the award-winning, AFI Fest film THE HAIRCUT.

    I wanted to bring Greg on the show to discuss Hollywood, screenwriters and the COVID pandemic, and what we all can do to survive and thrive during these crazy and uncertain times. Enjoy my conversation with Greg Gertmenian.

    • 1 hr 22 min
    Annoucing the IFH Podcast Network for Screenwriters

    Annoucing the IFH Podcast Network for Screenwriters

    The IFH Podcast Network makes it easy for you to discover, connect, and engage with industry-leading filmmaking and screenwriting podcasts, all in one place. We curate the best podcasts that will help you on your filmmaking and screenwriting journey. You can listen to any of our shows on your favorite podcast platform. #IndieFilmUnite

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    • 3 min
    BPS 077: Wired for Story - How to Become a Story Genius with Lisa Cron

    BPS 077: Wired for Story - How to Become a Story Genius with Lisa Cron

    Do you feel like you have a screenplay inside of you but don’t know how to bring it to life? Today's guest Lisa Cron might be able to help.

    Lisa 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 (Before You Waste Three Years Writing 327 Pages That Go Nowhere).

    Lisa has worked in publishing at W.W. Norton, as an agent at the Angela Rinaldi Literary Agency, as a producer on shows for Showtime and CourtTV, and as a story consultant for Warner Brothers and the William Morris Agency.

    Since 2006, she's been an instructor in the UCLA Extension Writers' Program and she's on the faculty of the School of Visual Arts MFA program in visual narrative in New York City.

    Some of the things we cover in this conversation are:

    What your audience’s brain is hardwired to crave in every story they read – and it’s not what you think.

    Why writing a successful screenplay is not about having the innate “talent” that only a lucky few are born with, but something you can learn!

    How to become a more confident screenwriter, and make whatever you’re writing now deeper, richer, more compelling, and able to do what all stories are meant to do: change how the audience sees the world, themselves, and what they do in the world.

    Enjoy my conversation with Lisa Cron.

    • 1 hr 20 min
    BPS 076: Screenwriting a Multi-Million Dollar Movie Franchise with Aaron Mendelsohn

    BPS 076: Screenwriting a Multi-Million Dollar Movie Franchise with Aaron Mendelsohn

    Today's guest is a screenwriter, director, professor, and Secretary-Treasurer of the Writers Guild of America West Aaron Mendelsohn.  He is best known for co-creating and co-writing the successful AIR BUD family film franchise, which sired eleven sequels and generated millions of dollars over the years. If you have kids then you probably already have seen an Air Bud spin-off film.

    • 1 hr 27 min
    BPS 075: Top 10 Screenwriting Scams to Avoid

    BPS 075: Top 10 Screenwriting Scams to Avoid

    On today's show, I'm going to discuss screenwriting scams that ALL screenwriters should be aware of and avoid at all costs. It never surprises me how predatory people can be with screenwriters and filmmakers in this business.

    I did an episode exposing ways screenwriters can get screwed on writing assignments. I do a deep dive into each of the following scams in the show.

    The Free Option - Optioning your screenplay for free
    Agent Reading Fees
    Script Consults That Ask for a Backend Cut
    Screenwriting Marketing Services
    Screenwriting Contests - Promises
    Screenwriting Contests - Milking Technique
    Ghost Writing Screenplays
    Any Deal That Gives Your Rights Away
    Representation Retainer Fee
    Screenwriting Contests Warning Signs

    Stay safe out there guys. Sharks are everywhere. Enjoy!

    • 22 min
    BPS 074: The Screenwriter's COVID-19 Survival Guide with Jason Mirch

    BPS 074: The Screenwriter's COVID-19 Survival Guide with Jason Mirch

    With all the unknowns facing screenwriters due to world events I thought I'd bring on someone who had his ear to the grindstone of Hollywood to see what the town is thinking and doing during this crazy time. I reached out to Stage 32's Jason Mirch, to talk about Hollywood and how to survive and thrive as a screenwriter during and post-COVID.

    Jason Mirch is a feature film and television producer and executive with over 15 years of experience. Jason also serves as the Director of Script Services at Stage 32 where he works directly with screenwriters, filmmakers, and leading industry executives.

    In addition to his work with Stage 32, Jason runs production and development for a company which produced low-budget genre pictures for an international audience, as well as serves as a business advisor to a successful post-production VFX company which contributed to The Peanut Butter Falcon, Crawl, Martin Scorsese's Silence, Arctic, and Let them Talk for Steven Soderbergh and HBO.

    Most recently, he produced a 3D animated feature film starring Jacob Tremblay, Emmy-winner Christopher Lloyd, Oscar-winner Mel Brooks, Emmy-winner Kenan Thompson, and Emmy-winner Carol Kane.

    Mirch was the Head of Feature and Television Development at Image Nation, a finance and production company based in Abu Dhabi, UAE. There, he supervised the Image Nation contributions in the development of Flight, The Help, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Contagion, Careful What You Wish For, Ghost Rider 2, and 100 Foot Journey.​

    Prior to his work at Image Nation, Mirch was Co-Head of Development at Storyline Entertainment (Oscar-winning Chicago, Footloose, The Bucket List) where he developed a slate of feature film projects for New Line, Paramount, Summit Ent., and CBS/Paramount. He also developed and sold television projects and mini-series to CBS, NBC, Fox, ABC, and Lifetime.

    If you want to know what is currently going on in Hollyweird and how to better position yourself as a screenwriter now and in a post-COVID-19 world then listen up.

    Enjoy my conversation with Jason Mirch.

    • 2 hr 6 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
116 Ratings

116 Ratings

Hingrydude ,

You’re awesome Alex Ferrari

Thanks for this great podcast. You even has on my former UCLA instructor Peter Russell! This podcast is a treasure. Hope to meet you in person someday.

BrownieSamson ,

Alex is great but...

...he needs to learn when to shut up. His wisdom and experience are invaluable but I unsubscribed because he often cuts off and talks over guests.

I stopped back by to listen and sure enough, the episode with Greg Gertmanian, he cuts off Greg throughout, rambling on and on.

I understand it’s his show, but there’s a balance.

Alex never allows guests to flow.

Maybe he’s not listening. Or maybe he’s too much in his own head, racing ahead to his next thought.

Very often you will hear guests starting to make a point, only to be cut off by Alex, never to return to the point.

Still, the podcast is a good resource.

Silverback Storyteller ,

The giving gift

IFH is truly the gift that keeps on giving. Real world truths in a friendly, educational, entertaining & inspiring package.
Alex comes from a sincere place of service to all who have the bug & live with the dream!
Career & life changing!

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