By Adam Levenberg
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Screenwriting and the entertainment industry as it relates to filmmakers. Shows will include interviews with producers, writers, and directors, discussion of recent movies and spec sales, as well as analysis of the top screenwriting books, such as Blake Snyder's SAVE THE CAT and John Truby's THE ANATOMY OF STORY.
||ExplicitBRIDGE OF SPIES & CRIMSON PEAK||BRIDGE OF SPIES & CRIMSON PEAK||12/20/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit2015 Summer Movie Wrapup (In November!)||2015 Summer Movie Wrapup (In November!) - SPY, EX-MACHINA, ANT-MAN, and THE GIFT||11/1/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitTHE GREEN INFERNO||The Green Inferno||10/1/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitJURASSIC WORLD||Jurassic World||7/22/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitMAD MAX, THEY CAME TOGETHER & DAREDEVIL||MAD MAX, THEY CAME TOGETHER, DAREDEVIL, GRACE & FRANKIE||5/26/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitWriters Meetings, THE EQUALIZER & JUPITER ASCENDING||Writers Meetings, THE EQUALIZER & JUPITER ASCENDING||4/8/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitKINGSMAN, FOCUS & THE BABADOOK||KINGSMAN, FOCUS, THE BABADOOK, & BIRDMAN'S WIN||3/10/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitNew Female Action Franchises & AWAKENINGS||New Female Action Franchises & AWAKENINGS||8/26/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitFIFTY SHADES OF GREY Trailer Deconstructed||FIFTY SHADES OF GREY Trailer Deconstructed||8/4/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitWISH FULFILLMENT AND THE FAULT IN OUR STARS||WISH FULFILLMENT AND THE FAULT IN OUR STARS||7/23/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitCharacter Introductions & Pitchfest Wrapup||Pitchfest Wrapup & Character Introductions||6/29/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitGODZILLA, THE NORMAL HEART & THE GREAT AMERICAN PITCHFEST||GODZILLA, THE NORMAL HEART & THE GREAT AMERICAN PITCHFEST||6/9/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitCrowdfund A Strong Concept and Fox’s Gotham Trailer||Crowdfund A Strong Concept and Fox's Gotham Trailer||5/13/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitSupporting Character Tips and Tricks||Supporting Character Tips and Tricks||5/8/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitGRAND BUDAPEST Framing and Screenwriting Tricks in GOD’S NOT DEAD||Framing device in GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL||4/14/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitBig Action Screenwriting||Big Action Screenwriting||4/3/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitA New Official Screenwriting Podcast!||A New Official Screenwriting Podcast plus Oscar Thoughts||3/15/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitFinding a Unique Take: BAD GRANDPA & THE RINGER||Finding a Unique Take: BAD GRANDPA & THE RINGER||2/3/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit2014 Oscar Nominations plus SAVING MR. BANKS||Adam provides his thoughts on some Oscar surprises. Plus, additional screenwriting thoughts on DALLAS BUYERS CLUB, INSIDE LLWEYN DAVIS, NEBRASKA, and SAVING MR. BANKS.||1/19/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitRomance in THOR & THOR: THE DARK WORLD||Adam tackles how to improve the romance in THOR & THOR THE DARK WORLD with The Bat Signal’s Jeff Sussman.||12/3/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitFirst Act Ideas in CAPTAIN PHILLIPS & DALLAS BUYERS CLUB||This week, a quick look at some great ideas in the first acts of CAPTAIN PHILLIPS and THE DALLAS BUYERS CLUB.||11/13/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitGeneral Reactions to ENDER’S GAME||Adam discusses general reactions to ENDER'S GAME immediately after the first screening. Plus, should kids be allowed to buy tickets to R-Rated films?||11/2/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitTHE GRAVITY EPISODE plus ROOM 237||Adam talks about screenwriting techniques that make Alfonso Cuaron’s GRAVITY awesome. Plus, he complains that documentary ROOM 237 puts forth some interesting theories and fails to follow up on any of them,||10/12/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitBREAKING BAD FINALE: Immediate Analysis||As soon as Breaking Bad ended, we flipped on the mics and worked out our thougts and feelings on the final episode of (perhaps) the greatest show ever.||9/30/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDEXTER Finale + EVIL DEAD REMAKE & TOYS REVISITED!||If you're a Dexter fan stick around for the second half where The Bat Signal's Jeff Sussman and I talk about our favorite seasons and reactions to the season finale. If you've never watched DEXTER, the first half of the episode is thoughts on the EVIL .||9/30/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitTHE HEAT & THIS IS THE END||THE HEAT & THIS IS THE END||7/23/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitCharacter Webs & BEHIND THE CANDELABRA||This week, Adam talks Soderbergh’s latest (and possibly last) film BEHIND THE CANDELABRA in terms of a character web and the screenplay decisions made to connect the audience to the hero.||6/6/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitThe Great American Pitchfest Advice & Promised Land||Advice for those attending The Great American Pitchfest (or any other screenwriting conference!) Plus, quick analysis on Act I of Matt Damon’s PROMISED LAND which is now available on DVD.||5/29/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitIRON MAN 3, Shane Black & Screenwriting Techniques||IRON MAN 3, Shane Black & Screenwriting Techniques||5/21/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitTHE GUILT TRIP & O. Henry Endings||Adam talks PAIN & GAIN, how to approach writing a script about the making of a movie, problem solving in YENTL and then tackles Robert Altman’s big complaint about Hollywood in terms of THE GUILT TRIP.||5/6/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitNew Advice plus DAREDEVIL rights back at Marvel||Adam jumps in with a new piece of screenwriting advice then discusses the DAREDEVIL project rejoining Marvel, plus creating characters with unexpected qualities, skills, or opinions.||4/23/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitHow Do You Find a Reading Job? Plus, RAT RACE & IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE||How do you find a reader’s job if you’re outside Hollywood? Also, Adam briefly talks about RAT RACE. Plus, does the classic IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE resemble a modern Hollywood movie?||4/16/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitSINISTER and Thoughts on Roger Ebert||Adam talks about why he loves the writings of Roger Ebert, plus discussion about films (such as KICK-ASS and VERY BAD THINGS) they disagree on. Also, thoughts on the horror-detective film SINISTER.||4/8/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitWRECK-IT RALPH, More SKYFALL, Plus GIRLS Thoughts!||Adam discusses the plot holes of SKYFALL and does a first act breakdown of Disney’s amazing WRECK-IT RALPH. Plus, his thoughts about the OCD storyline introduction on GIRLS.||4/2/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitSKYFALL Thoughts, Gameplaying & 2012 Blacklist Writing Techniques||Adam’s thoughts on the latest Bond movie SKYFALL, how games can play a role at the logline and scene level, plus he delves into 2012 Blacklist scripts to examine specific screenwriting techniques.||3/26/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitWorking with Actors’ Production Companies||Adam covers working with actors’ production companies and answers questions such as “should I make a teaser trailer to promote my script?” and “are one-pagers helpful?” Plus, he talks about his favorite podcast HOW DID THIS GET MADE and sugges||3/19/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitInternal Conflict: Raimi’s OZ THE GREAT & DRAG ME TO HELL||Adam discusses his reaction to OZ: THE GREAT AND POWERFUL and how the internal conflict (or “need”) of the hero mirrors what we find in Sam Raimi’s previous film DRAG ME TO HELL. PLUS, additional DRAG ME TO HELL analysis. Also,||3/12/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitThe New/Old Categories of HORROR!||Adam briefly talks OZ: THE GREAT AND POWERFUL and FDR: AMERICAN BADASS! then jumps into the Horror genre. What are the categories of Horror that a screenwriter should use as a foundation in 2013? And do films such as MISERY,||3/4/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitInterview: Michael Darrow, Editor of SOME GIRLS||Where is the crossover between screenwriting and editing? Can independent filmmakers from around the world work with an LA based editor on their movies? In this episode, Adam talks with Michael Darrow, editor of the upcoming film SOME GIRLS directed b||2/25/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitWhen Is Voice-Over Narration Appropriate?||What is the single most effective way you can stay on top of Hollywood’s film and television output? Adam answers that question, tackles other issues such as a screenwriter’s role once the script is sold. Also, when is voice-over narration acceptabl||2/19/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
These podcasts are ESSENTIAL if you want to make it.
Adam's insight into screenwriting, into stories, is something that needed to happen in this world. If you follow his tips, your writing will be transformed. Even the way you look at movies, much less the movie industry as a whole, will change. This podcast is ESSENTIAL if you want to make it.
Sometimes great, but often misses the mark.
Probably the most entertaining bits are when Adam goes off on a cuss-filled rant, but most of the podcasts tend be someone lacking in both information and entertainment. Adam does spend a considerable amount of time advertising his services, which is fair enough, as I assume it's the reason he does a podcast to begin with.
Unfortunately, he seems to lack insight into the films he discusses, and generally seems to hold The Long Kiss Goodnight and Jack Reacher (two not-great films) as his gold standards by which other films are to be judged.
As far as I can tell, he's never actually written anything (but was once a reader for USA Films), so taking writing advice from him would be akin to hiring a carpenter who's never built a house, but has seen a lot of wood. And before you point out that he was a development executive, you should know that they are pretty much script readers with an office instead of a cubicle.
So all that being said, take his advice with a grain of salt. He probably knows a fair bit about the development side, but seems to have, at best, a pedestrian understanding of screenwriting story and structure.
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I came to this podcast late/recently, and wow, I’m already a better writer. I can’t listen to the old archives fast enough. This is not really for the beginner, it’s pretty advanced. I’ve written two original specs, and I’m already putting some of these ideas into them, and looking to my next ideas. With a little luck and a lot of sweat and perseverance, I’ll have one good enough to send to Adam, and truly take the next step. Thank you Adam!
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