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Write Your Screenplay Podcast
26 minutes | Jan 15, 2022
How to Sell Your Screenplay Pt. 1
Jake examines how emerging writers can break into the film industry and sell a screenplay or TV pilot. Part 1.
27 minutes | Jan 1, 2022
Writing Resolutions That Actually Work
Jake shares 5 tips for making writing resolutions that work. Understand the Flash Flood Principle for setting goals for yourself learn how to make New Year’s resolutions for your writing that last a lifetime.
41 minutes | Dec 8, 2021
How to Win Pitch Contests: Pitching Tips For Pitch Festivus!
Pitch Festivus is almost here! Jake shares the secrets for how to make an elevator pitch that will help you master what you need for any pitch contest.
23 minutes | Nov 25, 2021
Why Every TV Series Is Like Thanksgiving
Learn how every TV series functions just like Thanksgiving dinner in this new podcast about how to build your TV series engine from pilot to series finale.
32 minutes | Nov 13, 2021
Dune: Exposition Is Killing Your Screenplay
Learn how to write exposition without bogging down your screenplay through Jake’s script analysis of the Dune 2021 adaptation.
28 minutes | Oct 30, 2021
Dexter: How to Write Action In A Screenplay
Using Dexter as a model, learn how to write action in a screenplay and how to turn cliché moments into unforgettable ones.
33 minutes | Oct 16, 2021
Are You Afraid of Pitching?
How can you overcome your fear of pitching? Learn Jake’s approach for overcoming fear and pitching your script like a pro.
27 minutes | Oct 3, 2021
Love on the Spectrum: Understanding Subtext
Learn to write great dialogue and complex subtext by looking where you might least expect it: Netflix’s charming reality TV show Love on the Spectrum.
15 minutes | Sep 4, 2021
Life as a Writer: How to Build a Writing Lifestyle
Jake shares professional tips for prioritizing your writing goals as well as personal experiences for how to create your own writing lifestyle.
15 minutes | Aug 21, 2021
Ted Lasso: Is Your Screenplay Idea Good Enough?
Learn from Ted Lasso how to take a “seen it before” idea, and turn it into a transcendent screenplay.
28 minutes | Aug 7, 2021
Character Development Through Emotional Needs
Learn to develop multidimensional characters that you and your reader can care about, by connecting to your primal emotional needs.
42 minutes | Jul 10, 2021
How To Write a Logline
Learn how to write the perfect logline for your movie or TV show by understanding the key elements of top films and TV shows like Jaws, Brokeback Mountain, Bojack Horseman and Get Out.
27 minutes | Jun 23, 2021
Halston: How to write a likable main character
Learn from Halston what makes a character likable and how to make an audience root for an “unlikable” main character.
42 minutes | Jun 2, 2021
WandaVision: Genre, Structure, Theme, Engine and Your Voice as a Writer
Through a deep analysis of Wandavision’s genre, structure, theme and engine, Jake shows you how to apply the lessons of Wandavision to finding your own voice as a writer.
27 minutes | May 8, 2021
Up vs. Soul: What Theme is Driving Your Writing?
How do you fulfill your destiny as a writer? Jake examines how Pete Docter explores this question in two of his best works, Up and Soul, and reveals how struggling to be the writer you want to be may be the very thing that’s holding you back from being the writer you already are.
29 minutes | Apr 24, 2021
The Mandalorian: Where Hook Meets Engine
Jake discusses the hook and engine of The Mandalorian, the structural, character and thematic challenges that limited the engine to only two seasons, and how to apply those lessons when crafting an engine for your own original series.
24 minutes | Apr 3, 2021
One Night in Miami: Writing for Political Change
Jake discusses three elements of One Night in Miami: the way the screenplay lands its political message, the slightly old-fashioned way it uses exposition (it’s not perfect), and the simple power of a character’s secret as a tool for building structure.
34 minutes | Mar 9, 2021
Cobra Kai: How to Find Your Hook
Jake breaks down the hook, engine and structure of Cobra Kai, how to find your hook, and what to do if the engine of your TV series runs out of steam.
51 minutes | Feb 20, 2021
The Little Things: How to Write a Trick Ending
Jake dissects the trick ending of The Little Things and other great films like The Sixth Sense, The Usual Suspects and Se7en to answer the how do you write a trick ending in your screenplay?
73 minutes | Feb 9, 2021
How To Be a Dope Ass Motherf#&ker: Writing for Hire Tips with Steven Bagatourian
Jake and special guest Steven Bagatourian discuss writing for hire screenwriting gigs, pitching and how building a career as a writer starts with finding your own voice.
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