Two brothers, Ben and Dan work through the process of writing a movie. Each episode they discuss different parts of the journey of writing a film. From concept to pages ending with a finished screenplay. They also pick a movie each week to watch and talk about the difference between the screenplay and the finished movie.
S1 E1 - Finding a Format and Jaggin' Off
In this episode Ben and Dan start this thing. These two brothers love movies and are on a quest to create their own. Each week they will drill into the process further until a finished movie is on the other side. They talk about nonsense a hate for a movie (The Core) and love of others (Get Out) and dumb stuff in between. This is an exploration into the chaos of two minds that are wired differently. Tally ho!
S1 E2 - Overview and Randomness
This week Ben and Dan are staging the scene for the upcoming season. Ben gives Dan an overview of his movie. They talk about what not to call the movie. We start to get a glimpse at Dan's "Crazy Lazy" attitude and demeanor. The format of future shows is nailed out. Next week they discuss Shawshank Redemption. They also discuss other random things.
S1 E3 - Loglines and Rita Hayworth (The Shawshank Redemption)
Two brothers Ben and Dan start their journey of writing their first screenplay. These too have been obsessed with movies since they were younger and now are putting in the work to write their own. During each episode they will tackle and workshop a part of the screen play process. They also will review a movie they love and drill into the differences and similarities between what is on the paper and what makes it to the screen. Follow along each week to see a movie written before your ears..
S1 E4 - Treatment and Copper Top (The Matrix)
This week Ben shares the first draft of his treatment for Hinterlands. They work through a few notes and decide to table a rewrite until they can develop the characters next week. They review The Wachowskis 1999 hit film The Matrix. Dan describes the mindfuck he experienced on his 17th birthday watching this film. Next week they will dig into the characters of Hinterlands and review the Ace Ventura: Pet Detective screenplay.
S1 E5 - Character Development pt 1 and Ray Finkle (Ace Ventura: Pet Detective)
Ben and Dan discuss a handful of characters and build the backstory that will power the screenplay. They then discuss Ace Ventura: Pet Detective. There is a little baby joining us for a few minutes in the beginning. Next week they will go through a few other characters and review Mission Impossible.
S1 E6 - Character Development pt 2 and The Drake Hotel (Mission Impossible)
Ben and Dan discuss more characters from their movie Hinterlands. Characters are the most important aspects to any story. The more you know about your characters the better the story. You can connect scenes to their core desires as people. Spending time working on characters will hopefully make the writing process run smoother.After that they discuss the 1996 action movie, Mission Impossible. This movie still holds up and was cutting edge. It is very well written with subtle foreshadowing elements baked in. If you haven't seen this already, they will ruin it for you.
This is an entertaining podcast!
I love this podcast! It is very interesting to follow the creative processes involved in writing a screen play. There are so many aspects to creating that you never really think about and the interactions between Dan and Ben are intelligent, interesting and often hilarious. I’ve missed going to the movies this past year, and their movie reviews have given me much joy. Based on their reviews I’ve even watched some classics that I had not seen before. Every one was great!