Podcast: Writers on Writing with Jason Katims

There are few TV shows in which I’ve shed real tears while watching, and FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS is one of them. I’m talking tears during every. single. episode of the first season, and I blame all that mascara smudging on the show’s fantastic writing. If you feel the same, then you’ll enjoy hearing tales behind the writing of FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS, as well as another equally heart-warming NBC show PARENTHOOD, from showrunner Jason Katims at our September 14, 2014 event Writers on Writing.

Interviewed by moderator and fellow writer Jan Oxenberg, you’ll hear Katims’ thoughts on developing such relatable characters and real family dynamics; his approach to running a writers room; and how he channels his personal experiences into the shows he writes.

Stay tuned for more podcasts featuring Jason Katims, who takes the moderator seat for our upcoming Master Class with Winnie Holzman on August 26.

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Music on this podcast is Sensational by NGKFlower.

New Podcast: Words Into Pixels Video Game Writing Panel

It’s been a while since our last podcast, so we’re excited to share this one from our recent sold-out event Words Into Pixels: Couches, Consoles and Creating Worlds, which was all about writing for video games.

Moderated by Neil Druckmann (THE LAST OF US, UNCHARTED 4: A THIEF’S END), our panel included TJ Fixman (RATCHET & CLANK series), Marianne Krawczyk (GOD OF WAR series) and Tom Bissell (GEARS OF WAR: JUDGMENT). Listen for their insightful and very funny stories on:

  • The specific challenges and constraints of writing video game scripts
  • The most annoying parts of the job (Barks!)
  • What skills are important if you want to write for games.

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Music on the podcast is Electronic World v2 by FoxythePirateFoxPL

Kay Cannon at GENRE SMASH!

Even though we hear nothing but great things from our podcast listeners, it’s been quite a while since we’ve been able to post one. But fear not! Here’s a new one! and it’s amazing!

And for those of you who haven’t read the title of this post, and are therefore wondering what’s amazing about it: It’s a recording of a GENRE SMASH earlier this year featuring Kay Cannon, the writer of PITCH PERFECT and PITCH PERFECT 2! Kay has also written for great shows like 30 ROCK and NEW GIRL, and has some great projects in development.

This was a wonderful interview – Kay is as hilarious as she is insightful. Listen for some truly great moments:

  • The basis of the burrito-throwing scene in the first PITCH PERFECT
  • The strange year she had writing PITCH PERFECT 2
  • How she got her first writing gig on 30 ROCK

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David Fury at GENRE SMASH!

Just before we all left for the holidays, David Fury joined us at the NerdMelt Showroom for GENRE SMASH!, where he chatted with us about his early days writing for cartoons like PINKY AND THE BRAIN; getting on board the Joss Whedon Express early; writing some of the most memorable shows on television; and what The Hatch on LOST could have led to, had things gone in a different direction.

Actually, stay for that last part. It’s near the end, and you’ll want to hear it.

But wait, there’s more: David gifted our archive with some truly fascinating materials, including early drafts and notes from many of his scripts. Click here to take a look.

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FRASIER NIGHT!

GUYS. REAL QUICK. Last month we hosted FRASIER co-creator Peter Casey and writer David Isaacs at GENRE SMASH!.

It was a great night, and let me tell you that we got some really excellent audience questions. Maybe it was the intimate atmosphere. Maybe it was the smallish crowd. Maybe it was the fact that we had a really truly dedicated group of working and aspiring TV writers in the room with us. But those audience questions were even better than usual. Not a single “Can I give you my screenplay?” or “What advice would you have…?” in the bunch.

Plus, Peter Casey is brilliant and David Isaacs is hilarious. Plus, we talk about the perils of working with Jack Russell terriers.

Listen. You’ll feel like you’re right there with us.

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J. Michael Straczynski at GENRE SMASH!

Here’s a quick project: Look up J. Michael Straczynski on Wikipedia. I won’t link to it; I’ll just hang out here while you go check out his page.

(twenty-seven minute pause)

So yeah. You probably noticed that not only is Straczynski – known as “JMS” or simply “Joe” – has a pretty huge body of work dating back to the 1980s. And you probably also noticed that it spans media; he’s done features, television, comic books, and more. And you probably also noticed that while he focuses largely on genre fiction like SF and superheroes, he also does straight drama, like 2008’s CHANGELING.

The guy is a machine. He created BABYLON 5 and is working on a new TV project with the Wachowskis. He wrote THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN from 2001-2007. He started his own comics imprint. He wrote a guide to screenwriting.

He does a lot of stuff.

Here’s our conversation with him from about a year ago, in which he talks about how he manages to be so prolific. Here’s a hint: It has to do with getting up, writing, and then writing some more.

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X-FILES Creator CHRIS CARTER at GENRE SMASH!

By this point we’ve made so many “The Truth Is Out There” jokes that we’re pretty sure we’ve run the well dry, so I’ll just get to the point and say: We interviewed Chris Carter and it was glorious.

THE FACTS ARE THESE:
1. He hangs out with David Duchovny and sometimes they go to the movies.
2. Apparently everyone in the world knows that his production company, Ten Thirteen, is a reference to his birthday.
3. His memory of the show is probably better than the most dedicated fan out there.
4. That part of “The Post-Modern Prometheus” where Mulder and Scully slow dance was improvised by Duchovny and Gillian Anderson.
5. He’s a super sweet guy who is very patient with interviewers who interrupt his stories about David Duchovny to say how cool it is that he hangs out with David Duchovny.

Also, we had a few questions during the Q&A segment that were on the… eccentric side. You know, it happens.

The event was recorded October 21, 2014.

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Amy Berg at GENRE SMASH!

A few weeks ago, TV writer extraordinaire Amy Berg joined us at the NerdMelt Showroom, where we talked about breaking into the industry by writing comic books, what it’s like to shoot a pilot that doesn’t get picked up, how to create your own web series from the ground up, and what the deal was in high school with her friend Jessica.

Check out her series Caper, and follow her on Twitter at @bergopolis.

The event was recorded September 16, 2014.

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ASH MILLER and ZACK STENTZ at GENRE SMASH!

The year was 2013. It was the year Florida senator Marco Rubio showed us all the importance of hydration. The year Alec Baldwin made us all feel sort of sorry for paparazzi. And the year the musical world was demanding to know what kind of sound a fox makes.

It was also the debut of our two new series, SCRIBBLE TO SCREEN and GENRE SMASH! At the Austin Film Fest in October, we debuted SCRIBBLE, then came home to start GENRE SMASH! at the NerdMelt Showroom in November.

We didn’t start our podcasts until months later – so this recording kind of wound up sitting in the hopper for a while, despite the fact that both Ash and Zack are great friends of the Foundation and support just about everything we do. So here they are, in all their glory, discussing their extensive body of work at the NerdMelt Showroom.

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