18 episodes

SYFY Wire Fan Creator and writer Mark Wooden explores the geek stories we love and figures out the tricks as to why they work (and in some cases don't). He then shares his discoveries to help other creators use these tricks to make their works great.

Mark also drops knowledge on:

* Histories of movies, comic books, and TV shows
* Using role-playing games to help you write
* Writing fanfiction and original fiction
* Updates on his creative works

Come for the knowledge, listen for the snark and comedy.

New episodes of "Thoughts From the Shed" drop every other Wednesday starting November 3rd, 2021.

Thoughts From the Shed Mark Wooden

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SYFY Wire Fan Creator and writer Mark Wooden explores the geek stories we love and figures out the tricks as to why they work (and in some cases don't). He then shares his discoveries to help other creators use these tricks to make their works great.

Mark also drops knowledge on:

* Histories of movies, comic books, and TV shows
* Using role-playing games to help you write
* Writing fanfiction and original fiction
* Updates on his creative works

Come for the knowledge, listen for the snark and comedy.

New episodes of "Thoughts From the Shed" drop every other Wednesday starting November 3rd, 2021.

    TFTS Ep XIII - Music Sets Mood (and how to use it in your novel)

    TFTS Ep XIII - Music Sets Mood (and how to use it in your novel)

    For links relevant to the episode, check out the Writer Mark Wooden website at - https://shadowdancesaga.com/tfts-episode-xiii-music-sets-mood/

    Writer Mark Wooden plays some tunes to show how music sets the mood in movies and TV shows. He uses the works of John Williams, John Powell's music for the Jason Bourne Trilogy, and the TV version of "La Femme Nikita."

    Mark then explains how writers can use music in screenplays and novels with examples from the novel, "Sakura: Intellectual Property."

    See new episodes of the "Thoughts From the Shed" podcast every first Wednesday of the month and then again in two weeks.

    Subscribe to the YouTube channel! You can also follow Writer Mark Wooden at:

    Twitter (it's political, be warned!) - https://twitter.com/shadowdancesaga
    Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/writermarkwooden/
    Website - http://www.WriterMarkWooden.com
    Newsletter - http://eepurl.com/g8RI5b

    #JohnWilliams #JasonBourne #LaFemmeNikita #MoodMusic #ActionMusic #Superman #WriterTips

    • 17 min
    Ep 12 Bonus - More Thoughts on "The Godfather, Part III"

    Ep 12 Bonus - More Thoughts on "The Godfather, Part III"

    For links relevant to the episode, check out the Writer Mark Wooden website at - https://shadowdancesaga.com/tfts-bonus-episode-more-thoughts-on-the-godfather-part-iii/

    Writer Mark Wooden has more thoughts on Francis Ford Coppola's "The Godfather, Part III." These thoughts are not as serious as in the main episode (number 12), but are interesting nonetheless.

    They're also not safe for work. You've been warned.

    See new episodes of the "Thoughts From the Shed" podcast every first Wednesday of the month and then again in two weeks.

    Subscribe to the YouTube channel! You can also follow Writer Mark Wooden at:

    Twitter (it's political, be warned!) - https://twitter.com/shadowdancesaga
    Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/writermarkwooden/
    Website - http://www.WriterMarkWooden.com
    Newsletter - http://eepurl.com/g8RI5b

    #TheGodfatherPart3 #TheGodfather50 #FrancisFordCoppola #MarioPuzo #writertips #FilmCommentary #RobertDuvall

    • 4 min
    TFTS Episode 12 - In Defense of The Godfather, Part III

    TFTS Episode 12 - In Defense of The Godfather, Part III

    For links relevant to the episode, check out the Writer Mark Wooden website at - https://shadowdancesaga.com/tfts-episode-xii-the-godfather-part-iii/

    Writer Mark Wooden defends what some would call the indefensible: Francis Ford Coppola and Mario Puzo's "The Godfather, Part III" and "The Godfather Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone."

    Wooden looks at some unfortunate choices the filmmakers made but why those choices work for the movie. He also handles the elephant in the Corleone office, the casting of Sofia Coppola.

    See new episodes of the "Thoughts From the Shed" podcast every first Wednesday of the month and then again in two weeks.

    Subscribe to the YouTube channel! You can also follow Writer Mark Wooden at:

    Twitter (it's political, be warned!) - https://twitter.com/shadowdancesaga
    Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/writermarkwooden/
    Website - http://www.WriterMarkWooden.com
    Newsletter - http://eepurl.com/g8RI5b

    #TheGodfather50 #TheGodfatherPart3 #FrancisFordCoppola #SofiaCoppola #TheDeathofMichaelCorleone #AlPacino #MarioPuzo #TheGodfather

    • 17 min
    My Thoughts - The Batman

    My Thoughts - The Batman

    For links relevant to the episode, check out the Writer Mark Wooden website at - https://shadowdancesaga.com/my-thoughts-the-batman/

    Writer Mark Wooden introduces a new segment for his Thoughts From the Shed Podcast -- My Thoughts!

    In this inaugural episode, he looks at the new Batman movie, "The Batman."

    Here's the link to the "New Jack City" episode that features a discussion on theme/ having something to say with your creative work - https://shadowdancesaga.com/tfts-episode-xi-how-to-be-a-new-jack-writer/

    And this is the link to my Batman fanfiction - https://wp.me/p5SR7o-F7

    See new episodes of the "Thoughts From the Shed" podcast every first Wednesday of the month and then again in two weeks.

    Subscribe to the YouTube channel! You can also follow Writer Mark Wooden at:

    Twitter (it's political, be warned!) - https://twitter.com/shadowdancesaga
    Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/writermarkwooden/
    Website - http://www.WriterMarkWooden.com
    Newsletter - http://eepurl.com/g8RI5b

    #TheBatman #TheBatmanReview #ZoeKravitz #ComicBookMovies #DCComics #Penguin #JamesGordon #ComicBookMovieReview #Catwoman

    • 5 min
    TFTS Ep XI - How to be a New Jack Writer

    TFTS Ep XI - How to be a New Jack Writer

    For links relevant to the episode, check out the Writer Mark Wooden website at - https://shadowdancesaga.com/tfts-episode-xi-how-to-be-a-new-jack-writer/

    Writer Mark Wooden finishes up Black History Month with a look at the Mario Van Peebles movie, "New Jack City." Specifically, he analyzes the movie to discover four New Jack Techniques Van Peebles uses to raise what could have been a forgettable gangster movie into a classic movie.

    As if the performance from Wesley Snipes and the soundtrack weren't enough to do that already.

    A warning though: I've just about given up on keeping the show apolitical. There's just too much bad going on not to take a stand. But don't worry; if you're not a racist fascist, you'll be just fine.

    See new episodes of the "Thoughts From the Shed" podcast every first Wednesday of the month and then again in two weeks.

    Subscribe to the YouTube channel! You can also follow Writer Mark Wooden at:

    Twitter (it's political, be warned!) - https://twitter.com/shadowdancesaga
    Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/writermarkwooden/
    Website - http://www.WriterMarkWooden.com
    Newsletter - http://eepurl.com/g8RI5b

    #NewJackCity #WriterTips #TipsforWriters #MarioVanPeebles #MelvinVanPeebles #IceT #WesleySnipes #ChrisRock #Levert #Troop #LivingfortheCity #FortheLoveofMoney #WaronDrugs

    • 16 min
    TRAILER: Ep 11 CRT Warning

    TRAILER: Ep 11 CRT Warning

    Advisory warning for episode 11 of writer Mark Wooden's "Thoughts From the Shed" podcast. I'll discuss Mario Van Peebles' "New Jack City" and four New Jack Techniques for making you a New Jack Writer. Which will include some history lessons racists don't wanna hear because it will hurt their fee fees.

    Use the podcast links in the bio. Episode 11 drops Wednesday, March 2nd!

    #NewJackCity #writertips #CRT #MarioVanPeebles #blackhistory #podcastforwriters #BookTube #writertipwednesday

    • 39 sec

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