8 episodes

A screenwriting podcast discussing writing, working, and how emerging writers climb the Hollywood ladder.

Scripted From The Bottom Leah Poulliot and Bry Larrea

    • TV & Film
    • 5.0 • 13 Ratings

A screenwriting podcast discussing writing, working, and how emerging writers climb the Hollywood ladder.

    From Spanish Teacher to TV Writer with Jackie Decembly

    From Spanish Teacher to TV Writer with Jackie Decembly

    This week we sit down with Jackie Decembly, story editor on 4400  on the CW. We discuss her journey from Spanish teacher to TV writer, how she got staffed for the first time, how she landed respresentation, the importance of the first few pages of a script, and so much more.

    This is one of our favorite episodes so far and you don't want to miss it! 

    Jackie's Bio:

    Born and raised in the Midwest, Jackie graduated from The Ohio State University and attended the University of Cincinnati for graduate school. After several years as a Spanish teacher, Jackie left teaching to pursue a career as a TV writer. Now an LA based 1hr dramedy/drama writer, Jackie’s writing focuses primarily on female-driven stories that explore complicated family dynamics, female friendship and the idea of being a fish out of water. Her Blackish TV spec “Downsizing” was a semifinalist for The Breakk Screenwriting Competition. Jackie has worked as a set production assistant, a line producer’s assistant and writers’ production assistant. She was a writers’ assistant on Netflix's Ginny & Georgia and was a staff writer on Disney +’s  upcoming show Turner & Hooch. She is currently a story editor for 4400 on the CW.

    Check out: 
    Turner & Hooch  on Disney+ Find us on the socials:
    Jackie's Twitter: @JackiePenn18Podcast Twitter: @ScriptedPod Leah: @leah_lame  Bry: @Bry_larreaEmail us at: team@scriptedfromthebottom.comShows that made us want to be TV writers: 
    Jane the Virgin Ugly Betty The Walking Dead Big Little Lies 

    • 42 min
    Talking Conceit - “How are you delicious?”

    Talking Conceit - “How are you delicious?”

    This week we talk conceit - in your script and in your life.  In our craft section we discuss the king of conceit - Ground Hog Day and movies it later inspired. Other examples discussed include Stranger Things, Unreal, Dead Set, and Searching.. 
     
    For business, we concentrate on discussing “your brand”. Much like writers Spielberg, Shonda Rhimes, and Ryan Murphy - we talk shop on how we hone in on our voices. And from voices we give personal stories that have shaped us into who we are today and influence our writing - therefore influencing our story’s themes and conceits. 
     
    Materials mentioned to check out:
    Blacklist article: https://www.google.com/url?q=https://gointothestory.blcklst.com/reader-question-what-exactly-do-you-mean-by-story-conceit-a31ef090638f&sa=D&source=editors&ust=1626239426783000&usg=AOvVaw0dB-f_r2EINWLjOjBSsv7Z
     
    Lessons From The Screenplay YT discussing the movie Searching. 
    (They also have a podcast -  Beyond the Screenplay)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bVFHAvnfW1A
     
    To find the Stranger Things pitch deck / bible - https://scriptpipeline.com/stranger-things-bible
     
    Carol Kirshner: https://www.carolekirschner.com/
     
    And CORRECTION:
    Goosebumps BOOKS don’t have death - the show did have death. 
     
    Find us on the socials:
    Podcast twitter: @ScriptedPod 
    Leah: @leah_lame  
    Bry: @Bry_larrea
    Email us at: team@scriptedfromthebottom.com
     
    What we’re watching: 
    Fear Street - NetflixTed Lasso - Apple TV
     Scripted From The Bottom is produced by James Bradshaw at Next Day Podcast
    We would love to hear from you! If you have questions, corrections, or personal feedback, please shoot us an email. 
    Every review and subscription matters - so make sure to subscribe! We really appreciate it!

    • 32 min
    Tackling Burnout + IATSE Drama

    Tackling Burnout + IATSE Drama

    Whewwww, Bry and Leah are BURNED OUT. You, too? In episode 206, we talk tactics and tips for combatting burnout, relighting your creative fire, and our personal experiences with burnout this summer. Will we quit writing forever? Listen to find out! 
    In the business segment, we explore the recent IATSE drama and assistant pay. 

    “How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live.” - Henry David Thoreau 

    Mentioned: The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron 


    Find us on the socials:
    Podcast twitter: @ScriptedPod 
    Leah: @leah_lame  
    Bry: @Bry_larrea
    Email us at: team@scriptedfromthebottom.com


    What we’re watching: 
    Jersey Shore on Hulu Plant videos on YouTube Alone on Hulu 
      Scripted From The Bottom is produced by James Bradshaw at Next Day Podcast
    We would love to hear from you! If you have questions, corrections, or personal feedback, please shoot us an email. 
    Every review and subscription matters - so make sure to subscribe! We really appreciate it!

    • 30 min
    Route to Representation with John Zaozirny: Part Two

    Route to Representation with John Zaozirny: Part Two

    For the second week, we sit down with John Zaozirny, a well-known lit manager and head of Bellevue productions. We discuss what to do once you’re ready to be repped. In this episode, he breaks down tactics for querying and putting your work out there so you can land representation. If you’ve done the work and you have samples, this episode is for you! 


    JOHN ZAOZIRNY
     
    John runs Bellevue Productions, a leading literary management company with a focus on discovering and breaking new writers and writer-directors, in both the feature film and television spaces.
     
    John's clients’ writing and directing credits include INFINITE, PARALLEL, ELI, BAD MATCH, BETTER WATCH OUT, HEAVY TRIP, OFFICE UPRISING, SPLINTER, amongst others. His clients have written feature scripts that are set up at Warner Bros, Paramount, 20th, Lionsgate, New Line, Sony, Universal, amongst others. As well, his clients have had 20 scripts on the last 6 Black Lists, the annual list of the best unproduced feature scripts. His client Elyse Hollander wrote BLONDE AMBITION, the number one script on the 2016 Black List, and his client Sophie Dawson wrote HEADHUNTER, the number one script on the 2020 Black List.
     
    His clients have also written on TV shows such as FBI INTERNATIONAL, SHANTARAM, SECRET INVASION, BOSCH PI, MR ROBOT, TRAINING DAY, TINY PRETTY THINGS, HAWAII FIVE-O, THE MAN IN THE HIGH CASTLE and HAND OF GOD, amongst others.  He also reps the writer of the Eisner nominated comic book LITTLE BIRD.
     
    John has produced feature films ALWAYS WATCHING, PARALLEL, ELI, and, most recently,  INFINITE, directed by Antoine Fuqua and starring Mark Wahlberg and Chiwetel Ejiofor.
     
    Raised in Vancouver, Canada, John is a graduate of the Tisch Film and Television program at New York University.  He lives in Los Angeles with his wife Elyse.


    Find us on the socials:
    Podcast twitter: @ScriptedPod 
    Leah: @leah_lame  
    Bry: @Bry_larrea
    John Zaozirny: @johnzaozirny
    Email us at: team@scriptedfromthebottom.com


    What we’re watching: 


    Hacks on HBO MaxIn the Heights 
      Scripted From The Bottom is produced by James Bradshaw at Next Day Podcast
    We would love to hear from you! If you have questions, corrections, or personal feedback, please shoot us an email. 
    Every review and subscription matters - so make sure to subscribe! We really appreciate it!

    • 33 min
    Route to Representation with John Zaozirny: Part One

    Route to Representation with John Zaozirny: Part One

    This week we sit down with John Zaozirny, a well-known lit manager and head of Bellevue productions. We discuss all things “prepping for a manager.” What samples do you need? What does John look for before signing a new writer? What does it mean to have a buzzy sample? If you’re preparing to take your material out seeking representation, this episode is for you. 


    JOHN ZAOZIRNY
     
    John runs Bellevue Productions, a leading literary management company with a focus on discovering and breaking new writers and writer-directors, in both the feature film and television spaces.
     
    John's clients’ writing and directing credits include INFINITE, PARALLEL, ELI, BAD MATCH, BETTER WATCH OUT, HEAVY TRIP, OFFICE UPRISING, SPLINTER, amongst others. His clients have written feature scripts that are set up at Warner Bros, Paramount, 20th, Lionsgate, New Line, Sony, Universal, amongst others. As well, his clients have had 20 scripts on the last 6 Black Lists, the annual list of the best unproduced feature scripts. His client Elyse Hollander wrote BLONDE AMBITION, the number one script on the 2016 Black List, and his client Sophie Dawson wrote HEADHUNTER, the number one script on the 2020 Black List.
     
    His clients have also written on TV shows such as FBI INTERNATIONAL, SHANTARAM, SECRET INVASION, BOSCH PI, MR ROBOT, TRAINING DAY, TINY PRETTY THINGS, HAWAII FIVE-O, THE MAN IN THE HIGH CASTLE and HAND OF GOD, amongst others.  He also reps the writer of the Eisner nominated comic book LITTLE BIRD.
     
    John has produced feature films ALWAYS WATCHING, PARALLEL, ELI, and, most recently,  INFINITE, directed by Antoine Fuqua and starring Mark Wahlberg and Chiwetel Ejiofor.
     
    Raised in Vancouver, Canada, John is a graduate of the Tisch Film and Television program at New York University.  He lives in Los Angeles with his wife Elyse.


    Find us on the socials:


    Podcast twitter: @ScriptedPod Leah: @leah_lame  Bry: @Bry_larreaJohn Zaozirny: @johnzaozirnyEmail us at: team@scriptedfromthebottom.com

    What we’re watching: 


    INFINITE on Paramount+
      Scripted From The Bottom is produced by James Bradshaw at Next Day Podcast
    We would love to hear from you! If you have questions, corrections, or personal feedback, please shoot us an email. 
    Every review and subscription matters - so make sure to subscribe! We really appreciate it!

    • 32 min
    LEAH IS STAFFED! (And how she did it)

    LEAH IS STAFFED! (And how she did it)

    LEAH IS STAFFED! Our very own Scripted from the Bottom host is now a full-time staff writer on DC’s Legends of Tomorrow. In this episode, we walk through Leah’s five-year journey of climbing the Hollywood ladder… and how she landed her full-time job writing for a TV show. Do you love inspiring stories about writers breaking in? This episode is for you. 

    Find us on the socials:
    Podcast twitter: @ScriptedPod 
    Leah: @leah_lame  
    Bry: @Bry_larrea
    Email us at: team@scriptedfromthebottom.com


    Featured Tweets:
    @mattlaughery
    @meredithsonn
    @sankofa_bird
    @jessicarionero
    @Joey_Poach
    @pfeld


    What we’re watching: 


    Sweet Tooth on Netflix 
      Scripted From The Bottom is produced by James Bradshaw at Next Day Podcast
    We would love to hear from you! If you have questions, corrections, or personal feedback, please shoot us an email. 
    Every review and subscription matters - so make sure to subscribe! We really appreciate it!

    • 30 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
13 Ratings

13 Ratings

Copeland59 ,

Excellent

Bry I am proud of you, excellent pod cast

mrsharrop ,

So insightful for new writers!

Fun, inspiring, and insightful by two writers who are doing the work. Can’t wait for more!

Meagan605 ,

A must listen!

This podcast is so fun, upbeat, and gives great advice at the same time. They offer two different sides of the spectrum for advice and get into real life topics. I can’t wait to hear more!

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