Indie Film Hustle’s Top 10 Screenwriting Podcasts
Screenwriting Podcasts are a treasure trove of knowledge for the aspiring or professional screenwriter. Indie Film Hustle has put together the Top Ten must listen to screenwriting podcast of the last year.
The list below is a whos who in the screenwriting world. Be sure to take notes because there are a ton of knowledge bombs that are dropped in these screenwriting podcasts. This list will be updated every few months so keep checking back.
We I have a MAJOR treat for the tribe this week. I have no other than Jim Uhls, the master screenwriter behind David Fincher’s “Fight Club”, one of the greatest films in my generation, in my humble option. Towards the end of the interview Jim gives easily the GREATEST ADVICE ON HOW TO BECOME A WORKING SCREENWRITER I’VE EVER HEARD! This screenwriting podcast is not to be missed.
If you’re interest in downloading his course click here: The Screenwriters Toolkit
We’ve all read in Variety or The Hollywood Reporter of some no name screenwriter selling his or her screenplay for a million bucks. Ever wonder how they did it? What structure did they use? What tricks of the trade were employed? May I introduce Paul Castro, the original writer of one of my favorite films August Rush. Paul Castro is a produced, award winning screenwriter and world-renowned screenwriting professor.
Enjoy this whopper of a podcast episode and if you haven’t seen August Rush do yourself a favor a watch it. It’s worth watching for Robin Williams alone!
If you’re interest in downloading his course click here: The Million Dollar Screenplay
You are in for a treat. This week’s guest, MICHAEL HAUGE has been one of Hollywood’s top script consultants, story experts and authors for more than 30 years. He coaches screenwriters, novelists, filmmakers, professional speakers, internet marketers and corporate leaders, helping transform their stories and their audiences using the principles and methods of Hollywood’s most successful movies.
After our interview Michael Hauge and I decide to bring one of his best courses to the IFH Tribe. We called is Screenplay and Story Blueprint: The Hero’s Two Journeys
Linda Seger is a legend when it comes to screenwriting coaching and script consultanting. She’s been couching for over 30 years and pretty much invented the job title. After reading her best selling book, “Making A Good Script Great” I had to have her on the show. Take a listen to this master class on screenwriting with Linda Seger and get ready to take notes!
Why would you want to ‘Save the Cat’? If you are a screenwriter or aspiring one you should of heard by now of Blake Snyder’s game changing screenwriting book. His book, Save the Cat!® The Last Book on Screenwriting You’ll Ever Need, was published in May, 2005, and is now in its 24th printing. When I read this book it really had an impact on my storytelling and screenwriting.
I had the pleasure of interviewing one of Blake’s main pupils Jose Silerio. Jose is carrying the torch of Blake’s work and travels around the world well…saving the cat. Enjoy my informative screenwriting podcast with Jose Silerio.
This week we were lucky enough to have as out guest screenwriting guru Karl Iglesias. He has written award winning books including: The 101 Habits of Highly Successful Screenwriters, Writing for Emotional Impact, and Cut to the Chase. (FREE AUDIO BOOK VERSIONS HERE) I really asked Karl the tough questions so we could fill this episode with amazing content for you. This is one screenwriting podcast your won’t want to miss. Enjoy!
If you have seen Star Wars then you know Joseph Campbell‘s work. If you ever have seen The Lion Kingthen you have seen one of Campbell’s best student’s, Chris Vogler, work. Chris wrote the game changing book The Writers Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers. I read this book over 20 years ago and it changed the way I look at story. Chris studied the work and principles of the late master Joseph Campbell. His book The Hero with a Thousand Faces was the bases for Star Wars as well as almost every other Hollywood feature film in the past 60 years. Enjoy my conversation with Chris Vogler in this screenwriting podcast.
Ever wanted to learn the dark craft of being able to pitch your story idea successfully? Stephanie Palmer has made it her life’s mission to help people do just that. Stephanie Palmer is a former MGM Pictures executive and best-selling author of the book “Good in a Room: How To Sell Yourself (And Your Ideas) And Win Over Any Audience” Learn how to pitch your screenplay like a pro with Stephanie Palmer.
So how marketable is your film idea or screenplay? I know so many screenwriters and filmmakers who spend months and sometimes years on an idea that is cool to just themselves. Paul Castro, the writer of the Warner Brothers feature film August Rush (Starring Robin Williams) shares with us his thoughts on how to test and find marketable ideas. Take a listen to this remarkable screenwriting podcast.
If you’re interest in downloading his course click here: The MILLION DOLLAR BUSINESS OF SCREEN WRITING
As indie filmmakers we throw a lot of obstacles on our own path to creating a feature or short film. No obstacle is larger then the almighty screenplay. How many screenwriters and filmmakers do you know that have been working on the movie script for 3, 5, or 7 years? They keep chipping at it in hopes of cracking that nut or it gives them an excuse for not actually making a feature film.
Here is a list of films I mention and discuss in detail in the screenwriting podcast:
- John Cassavetes – Shadows
- Mike Leigh – Vera Drake
- David O. Russell – American Hustle
- Lynn Shelton – Your Sister’s Sister
- Jon Favreau – Iron Man
- Derek Cianfrance – Blue Valentine
- Mark Duplass – The One I Love & The Puffy Chair
- Seth Rogan – This is the End
- Joe Swanberg – Drinking Buddies, Digging For Fire, Happy Christmas
- Daniel Myrick – The Blair Witch Project
- Drake Doremus – Like Crazy
Take a listen on why you don’t need a screenplay to make an awesome movie.
I hope I got your attention with that title. I’m truly PISSED OFF guys and am tired of seeing my fellow indie filmmakers and artist struggle to make a living doing what they love. I decided to put together a list of steps that every indie filmmaker needs to do in order to thrive in the film business.
Since this website is call INDIE FILM HUSTLE the terminology I’ll be using will be aimed at filmmaking or screenwriting but all of these concepts can be applied to any art form. Good luck with all your future projects. Keep that hustle going and keep your dreams alive!
BONUS: Some of the BEST Online Screenwriting Courses & Books available:
- Aaron Sorkin Screenwriting MasterClass
- Jim Uhls’ (Writer of Fight Club) The Screenwriters Toolkit
- Paul Castro’s The MILLION DOLLAR BUSINESS OF SCREEN WRITING
- Paul Castro’s The Million Dollar Screenplay
- Stephan Palmer’s Good in a Room – FREE AUDIO BOOK VERSION
- Michael Hauge’s & Chris Vogler’s Screenwriting & Story Blueprint: The Hero’s Two Journeys
- Karl Igelsias’s Writing for Emotional Impact – FREE AUDIO BOOK VERSIONS HERE
- Save the Cat!® The Last Book on Screenwriting You’ll Ever Need – FREE AUDIO BOOK VERSION
- Linda Seger’s Making A Good Script Great – FREE AUDIO BOOK VERSION
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