A trap screenwriters can fall into is making scripts that are good reads, which doesn’t necessarily mean it will make a good film.
If your goal is to be a film director, you must master scriptwriting.
Know this: whatever your favourite movie is, at some point during the writing of it the screenwriter felt completely lost
This list includes some of my fav movie & screenwriting podcasts. (Right-click on the podcast name to copy the link and add it to iTunes.) Got any additional recommendations?
On the Page: Screenwriting – Hosted by Pilar Alessandra, this weekly podcast is all about the craft and business of screenwriting. Guests range from writers and producers to agents and managers, and they give advice on the writing process, career planning, contests, habits of successful screenwriters, and much more. Still my favorite podcast. Episode length: about 1 hr.
KCRW’s The Treatment – In this weekly podcast hosted by Elvis Mitchell, guests from the industry (writers, actors, directors…) provide interesting insight into their work and inspiration. Episode length: about 30 min.
KCRW’s The Business – This weekly podcast focuses on the business of Hollywood. Episodes are split into some news banter in the beginning, followed by interviews with two or three people about current trends, movies, or showbiz events. Episode length: about 30 min.
KCRW’s Martini Shot – Veteran TV writer and producer Rob Long shares a weekly behind-the-scenes look at Hollywood – often with a certain dry sense of humor. Episode length: 3 – 4 min.
The Q&A with Jeff Goldsmith – The former editor of the discontinued Creative Screenwriting Magazine interviews movie/TV writers and directors and allows them to explain their creative approach and the intentions behind their work. Publication interval: weekly (sort of). Episode length: about 1 hr.
Jen Grisanti Consultancy – Grisanti is a screenwriting consultant, author, and speaker. In these interviews with writers, producers, showrunners, and executives, she and her guests share stories about screenwriting to motivate and inspire new writers. Episodes are published irregularly. Episode length: 30 – 60 min.
Nerdist Writers Panel – In informal chats, moderator Ben Blacker and his guests (professional writers) talk about the process and business of writing – from TV and film, to comic books and music, to novels and any other kind of writing. New episodes are released every 3 – 4 days. Episode length: 40 – 90 min.
Battleship Pretension – Hosts Tyler Smith and David Bax are self-declared movie geeks, and their weekly podcasts are essentially typical conversations between such movie geeks. Opinions, jokes, and obscure references. Episode length: 90 – 120 min.
Every Pixar film was the worst motion picture ever made at one time or another.
The writer has to be indifferent to the realities of filming. The well-behaved film writer, the writer who’s writing for his or her director, is of no use … If you’re already surrendering to the pragmatism of making a film, then the film necessarily will be extremely easy to shoot and, consequently, undemanding.