Ep. 40 – The Verdict on Film School and Investing in Your Success as a Screenwriter with Trysta Bissett

Screenwriter and Producer Trysta Bissett joins us to chat about just how much film school does or doesn’t help in your career as a screenwriter and some key ways that you can invest in yourself as a writer.

If you’d like to learn more about Trysta, follow her on Twitter @TryxorTreat!

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Ep. 39 – In Collaboration with Aaron McLane

Patrick is joined by his writing partner and VFX supervisor for AMC’s The Walking Dead, Aaron McLane, to discuss their partnership and newest horror screenplay Daughters of the Moon (First Phase).

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Ep. 38 – Trash Zines and Reddit Horror with Magdalene Burger

We’re joined by screen and trash zine writer Magdalene Burger who discusses the emergence of rogue online horror writing outlets and their rise in popularity among audiences and Hollywood.

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Ep. 37 – A Conversation with Eugenio Mira on his Legacy with Guillermo Del Toro

Screenwriter Eugenio Mira discusses his relationship with Guillermo Del Toro, reverse character arcs, and his illustrious career thus far.

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Ep. 36 – A Merry Horror Holiday Conversation with Zack Kahn

Grab your eggnog and cozy up by the fire!  It’s a horror holiday extravaganza with Zack Kahn, the screenwriter behind Better Watch Out.  

If you want to learn more about Zack, connect with him on Twitter at @ZackKahn!

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Ep. 35 – A Path to Screenwriting Success with Lee Ann Kurr

SCREAMwriter of the upcoming young adult horror film, STUDENT BODY, joins us for a discussion about her path to success and provides some tools that up-and-coming writers can use to help with pitching their finished screenplay.

If you want to learn more about Lee Ann Kurr, connect with her on Instagram at @lannwho!

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Ep. 34 – Building Unforgettable Characters with Tara C. Hall

We’re joined by screamwriter Tara C. Hall in a discussion about what goes into creating unforgettable characters in a screenplay as well as her experiences as an indie horror screenwriter and creator.

If you want to learn more about Tara, connect with her on Twitter at @womanfilm!

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Ep. 33 – Behind the Scenes of the HorrOrigins Film and Screenplay Festival

Get an in-depth look at what goes on behind the scenes of one of the fastest-growing horror film festivals out there, HorrOrigins, in a frightfully illuminating discussion with Founder Brandon Waites and Guest Host Erman Baradi.

If you want to learn more about Brandon and Erman, connect with them on Twitter at @HorrOrigins and @ermanbaradi!

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Ep. 32 – The Exploration of the Subliminal Diversity in Horror Screenplays with Sepi Mashiahof

We’re joined by Sepi Mashiahof for a discussion about the monumental challenges she’s had to overcome as an up-and-coming Trans horror screenwriter and the ways that writing in the horror genre lends itself to the exploration of diverse characters and themes.

If you want to learn more about Sepi, connect with her on Instagram at @mothsprotectme!

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Ep. 31 – Mick Garris on His Life and Career as a Horror Icon

Mick Garris joins us for an in-depth conversation about his incredible history as a horror writer and creator.  A little bit of luck, a whole lot of talent, and some incredible stories make this one of the most fascinating career tales in the horror genre. 

If you want to learn more about Mick, connect with him on Twitter at @MickGarrisPM!

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Ep. 30 – The Musicality of Screenplays with Andy Mitton

Writing a screenplay has so much structurally in common with writing a piece of music.  On this episode, we’re joined by horror composer and screenwriter Andy Mitton who discusses his approach to writing scenes and then scoring them and the similarities between both disciplines.

If you want to learn more about Andy, connect with him on Twitter at @andymitton!

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Ep. 29 – Dangerous Screenplay Ideas with William Malone

What SCREAMwriter ever had fun playing it safe? We speak with William Malone about his many success as a veteran horror screenwriter and how having dangerous screenplay ideas can elevate your work and further your career.

If you want to learn more about William, connect with him on Instagram at @williammalonedirector!

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Ep. 28 – Kickstarter Campaigns with Lil’ Baker Films’ Nath Milburn and Luke Baker

We’re baaaaaaack!  Season 2 starts off with a bang with special guest host Catie Moyer and an interview with Lil’ Baker Films’ Nath Milburn and Luke Baker.  We chat about using Kickstarter campaigns as a screenplay distribution strategy and how being a “Jack of all Trades” can be the best asset yet to further your screenwriting career.

If you want to learn more about Nath and Luke, connect with them on Twitter at @lilbakerfilms & @lukerbaker!

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Ep. 27 – Scary Story Season Finale

In the season one finale, Patrick and Ariel are joined around the campfire by writer Sabina Graves and alumni guest Jessica Kane.  They each take turns telling scary stories and end up scaring themselves in the process.

If you want to learn more about Jessica, connect with her on Twitter at @JessKane31!

If you want to learn more about Sabina, connect with her on Twitter at @SabinaHasNoR!

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Ep. 26 – Horror Publications with Former Editor-in-Chief of Fangoria Magazine Ken W. Hanley

With only two episodes left in the first season, Ariel and Patrick get sentimental, chat about horror magazines from their youth and speak with Ken W. Hanley, former editor-in-chief of Fangoria magazine.

If you want to learn more about Ken, connect with him on Twitter at @movieguyiguess!

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Ep. 25 – Spec Scripts and Valuable Advice from Screenwriter Adam Gaines

Ariel and Patrick discuss their experiences with The Black List before they’re joined by NEW YEAR, NEW YOU (Blumhouse’s Into the Dark) and NEGATIVE screenwriter, Adam Gaines, who tells us about his journey, gives valuable advice, as well as his latest screenplay, REWIRED.

If you want to learn more about Adam, connect with him on Twitter at @Nothing_To_Gain!

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Ep. 24 – Unconventional Screenplay Submission Tactics

Ariel and Patrick discuss some of the wild and unconventional things that screenwriters have done in order to get their work read by industry gatekeepers and are joined by Zack Ford who defied all boundaries to get his screenplay into Production. Don’t try ANY of what you hear at home.

If you want to learn more about Zack, connect with him on Twitter at @BarbaricMedia!  

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Ep. 23 – Industry Etiquette and Boundaries with Sandra Leviton

Ariel and Patrick discuss the importance of industry etiquette and how not to behave before being joined by Under the Stairs Entertainment’s very own Sandra Leviton, who shares details of her career journey, how screenplays catch her attention, and the scary experiences she’s had with screenwriters who don’t respect boundaries.

If you want to learn more about Sandra, connect with her on Twitter at @UnderStairsEnt!

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Ep. 22 – Page-Ones and Story Ideas

Ariel and Patrick choose three of their favorite listener-submitted screenplay page-ones to read aloud, discuss ideas versus an actual script, and chat with up-and-coming SCREAMwriter Christopher O’Bryant.

If you want to learn more about Christopher, connect with him on Twitter at @ObryantCJ!

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Ep. 21 – G.O. Parsons and The World of Willy’s Wonderland

Ariel and Patrick chat with screenwriter G.O. Parsons who recently broke into the biz with his spec screenplay WILLY’S WONDERLAND, which was recently made into a major motion picture now available on VOD.

If you want to learn more about G.O., connect with him on Twitter at @GOParsons!

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Ep. 20 – The Freedom of Wearing Many Creative Hats with Josh Ruben

More and more writers are deciding to spread their creativity into different roles on a project. Whether it be to retain creative vision or just get their story told quicker without jumping through the hoops of the Hollywood gatekeepers. Ariel and Patrick welcome one such jack of all trades, SCARE ME’S Director, Writer, Actor, AND Producer—Josh Ruben to the show.

If you want to learn more about Josh, connect with him on Twitter at @JoshRuben!

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Ep. 19 – Screenplay Festivals: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugl‪y‬

It’s the start of screenplay festival season once more! GenreBlast Film Festival Founder and Director Nathan Ludwig and Women in Horror Film Festival Founder & Director Vanessa Wright join Patrick and Ariel for a conversation about (almost) everything you need to know about submitting your screenplay for competition.

If you want to learn more about Vanessa, connect with her on Twitter at @kreepygrrl!

If you want to learn more about Nathan, connect with him on Twitter at @loogenhausen!

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Ep. 18 – Building Relationships in the Industry with Producer Thomas Pettinell‪i‬

Patrick and Ariel discuss their experiences with producers and are joined by Branded Pictures Entertainment’s very own Thomas Pettinelli, who discusses what it’s like to work with screenwriters, producers, and how to go about building relationships in the industry.

If you want to learn more about Thomas, connect with him on Twitter at @TAPettinelli!

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Ep. 17 – Handbooks and Screenwriting Tips with Thomas Fenton

On this episode, Patrick and Ariel discuss the screenwriting handbooks they use to help keep their screenplays up to par. They’re joined by Thomas Fenton (SAW IV, I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE 2) who shares a few of his favorite tips, lessons, and even a few laughs. 

If you want to learn more about Thomas, connect with him on Twitter at @ThomasFenton!

Interested in signing up for Thomas’s Intensive Screenwriting Course? Visit www.workingscreenwriter.com and use the code SW75 for $75 OFF the course!

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Ep. 16 – A Retreat From Your Writer’s Block with Screenwriter Damien LeVeck

Patrick has a case of the old “writer’s block rut” and calls on Ariel and the SCREAMwriting community for help before being joined by Damien LeVeck, Writer and Director of “The Cleansing Hour.” 

If you want to learn more about Damien, connect with him on Twitter at @DamienLeVeck!

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