49 Degrees North Writers Podcast
By John Ward
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49 degrees north writers podcast is an informal chat with Canadian writers about writing and working in the Canadian film & TV industry.
||Clean49 degrees north #28 - Thomas Pound||Writer-producer Thomas Pound (Motive) talks story-breaking on The Flash, writing episodes as a team, and how Memento led him to a writing career.||7/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean49 degrees north #27 - Brynn Peebles & Brianna Wiens||Writer-performers Brynn Peebles and Brianna Wiens (AKA GirlonGirlHumor) stop by to discuss writing and producing season two of their digital series Girls vs. The City. You can keep up to date with all their work via their website, and you can...||7/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean49 degrees north #26 - Will Pascoe||Writer-producer-director Will Pascoe (Da Vinci’s Demons, Chicago Med) discusses his recent stint on Hulu's Shut Eye, the importance of “the cards,” and how documentary filmmaking led to the start of his writing career. Will’s documentary film...||7/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean49 degrees north #25 - Diana Frances||Talented writer Diana Frances stops by to discuss the writing process on both The Beaverton and Corner Gas: the animated series. We also talk comedy, failure, and the need for late-night Canadian TV. Be sure to check out Diana’s website to stay up...||6/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean49 degrees north #24 - Jordan Hall||Writer and creator Jordan Hall talks about the Carmilla movie, looks back on her play Kayak and her journey from playwriting to webseries. Check out Carmilla the webseries on YouTube, and you can find the movie here. Be sure to keep up to date with...||6/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean49 degrees north #23 - Andrew Williamson||Producer Andrew Williamson talks about his digital series Spiral, his thoughts on finding the story in unscripted formats, and we discuss how film school rejection set him up for subsequent success. Check out Andrew’s work on his production company...||4/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean49 degrees north #22 - Gemma Holdway||In part two of my conversation with writer Gemma Holdway we discuss the National Screen Institute (NSI) Totally Television Program, Gemma’s transition from journalism to TV writing, and her thoughts on the industry.||3/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean49 degrees north #21 - Gemma Holdway||In part one of this two-part discussion, writer Gemma Holdway talks about her role as story editor on Cardinal and Ghost Wars, reveals the painful origin story of her short film Dog Bite, and explains the rules of writing movies of the week (MOWs).||3/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean49 degrees north #20 - Jackie May||Writer-producer Jackie May (Strange Empire, 19-2) talks about the writing process on Van Helsing and how Twitter plays an interesting role in the discussion. She also looks back on Strange Empire, and provides some great insight for writers looking to..||3/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean49 degrees north #19 - Brianne Nord-Stewart||Writer-producer-director Brianne Nord-Stewart (Trolls, Young & Reckless) discusses the creation of her webseries The Dangers of Online Dating, and her path to becoming a director. You can keep up to date with Brianne’s work on her website, and...||2/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean49 degrees north #18 - Ken Craw||Writer and producer Ken Craw (Heartland) makes time to chat about writing on Heartland, how the X-files led him to Vancouver, and how he made his own indie one-hour pilot.||2/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean49 degrees north #17 - Amanda Verhagen||Award-winning indie producer Amanda Verhagen (The Devout) talks about filmmaking, life as an indie producer, and why we should all watch The Dressmaker. You can find more information about Amanda and her myriad projects on her website, and you should...||2/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean49 degrees north #16 - David Elver||Animation writer David Elver (Nerds and Monsters, Pirate Express) breaks down the animation writing process, his trajectory from actor to writer, and reminisces about helping Bruce Willis find an elevator.||2/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean49 degrees north #15 - Jennica Harper||Award winning writer, producer & poet Jennica Harper (Cardinal, Motive) discusses back-to-back stints in the Somewhere Between and Cardinal writing rooms, her approach to storytelling and her monkey spy movie!!||11/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean49 degrees north #14 - Jason Filiatrault||Screenwriter Jason Filiatrault discusses his new feature film Entanglement, the importance of letting story ideas percolate, and the need for writers to be more pro-active in taking control of their material. Please follow him on Twitter and check out..||11/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean49 degrees north #13 - Sarah Dodd||Writer and Showrunner Sarah Dodd (Cardinal) talks Cardinal season two, writing the perfect index card on Ransom, and breaking into the industry.||11/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean49 degrees north #12 - Rachel Langer||Award-winning writer Rachel Langer (Ghost Wars, This Life) chats about her time on Ghost Wars, and what she learned from This Life. Check out Rachel’s website for news and updates and also visit the Aeternus webseries site for more information on...||10/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean49 Degrees North #11 - Steve Neufeld||Writer Steve Neufeld (Coded) discusses the origins of this award-winning web-series, and we dig deep into his personal writing process. For more details about Coded check out the Coded website and follow them on social media for updates.||10/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean49 Degrees North #10 - Jeremy Smith & Matt Venables||Dynamic writing duo Jeremy Smith and Matt Venables (Van Helsing, Continuum) dig deep about their work on Van Helsing, and their writing team origin story.||10/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean49 Degrees North #9 - Ryan W. Smith||Ryan W. Smith (Volition, Some Assembly Required) talks about his upcoming sci-fi thriller Volition, and shares his thoughts on writing and pitching in TV.||10/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean49 Degrees North #8 - Paul Birkett||Paul Birkett (Drone) discusses how to build a career writing films. We also go on a deep dive into writing process and discuss how to define “a beat.”||9/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean49 Degrees North #7 - Dennis Heaton||Showrunner Dennis Heaton (Ghost Wars, Motive) teases the upcoming Ghost Wars, recalls the origins of Fido, and why we should be making short-films and web-series.||9/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean49 Degrees North #6 - Ken Kabatoff||Ken Kabatoff (Travelers) discusses his experience in the Travelers season two writers room, being Dolph Lungdren’s assistant, and why we need co-productions.||9/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean49 Degrees North #5 - Todd Ireland||Todd Ireland (ReBoot: The Guardian Code, Continuum) discusses his journey from comic book creator to TV writer, and his excitement at working on the upcoming show ReBoot: The Guardian Code.||9/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean49 Degrees North #4 - Karen Lam||Award-winning writer-director Karen Lam (Ghost Wars) discusses cannibal fairy-tales, transitioning from being a lawyer to a creator, and DIY filmmaking. Check out Karen’s website for more information about her current projects.||8/29/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean49 Degrees North #3 - SB Edwards||SB Edwards (Travelers) discusses her upcoming feature film Fall Back Down, attending art-school in New Zealand, and the ups-and-downs of working in TV. Check out SB’s website for more information about her current projects.||8/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean49 Degrees North #2 - Jennifer Siddle||John chats with Jennifer Siddle (Some Assembly Required) about web-series Plaid Men (the lost season of Mad Men), first jobs, Letterman, and the West Edmonton Mall – all while avoiding any mention of the Oilers.||8/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean49 Degrees North #1 - Natty Moher||Natty Moher (Some Assembly Required) talks about writing his first TV script as a 12 year old, shooting your own TV pilot, and making the transition from comedy to drama.||8/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
Must-Listen for Aspiring Canadian Screenwriters
This show & John have really helped me figure out how to get beyond just writing spec scripts in my spare time & hoping someone reads them!
Lots of different voices & opinions, all of which really helped me develop as a writer & also figure out the next step in getting a career screenwriting here in Vancouver!
A MUST for TV Writers in Canada, and abroad!
John’s curated an incredible selection of interviews with highly talented Canadian creatives, giving us an inside look at the inner workings of the Canadian writers’ room and beyond. Writers everywhere should take full advantage of these insightful and often witty interviews. 5 ⭐️
Thank you, John Ward!
I love this show! John is doing incredible work in creating and producing this podcast. We thank him for helping to connect the Canadian film and television community, and for providing listeners insight into the creative process of many. This podcast is very welcome addition to my regular rotation! I can't wait to hear more!