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“Seated At The Writer’s Table” is meant for anybody who geeks out over writing. If you find yourself over-analyzing a plot-line or discussing the details of a character’s dialogue than this show is for you. If you debate over who’s a better rock lyricist, Neil Peart or Pete Townshend, than this show is for you. If you’ve read and debated the finer points of the Lord of the Rings more than once, than this show is for you. Host Phil Giangrande interviews writers of all genres, as well as industry professionals such as literary agents, publishers and script doctors. For those who are interested in professional content writing for businesses, Phil will be speaking with experts in that field as well to uncover powerful marketing techniques that writers can use to immediately increase sales. Take Your Seat at the Writer's Table.
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Jun 19, 2017

I have been waiting to bring you my interview with Actress/Screenwriter Nia Vardalos from Scriptfest.   During our conversation we discussed her impressive career beginning with turning her one woman show into the blockbuster "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" to the recent release of the sequel "My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2" and everything in between.  Nia was so very gracious and took many questions from the audience.

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May 30, 2017

Creating, Self-Funding & Producing a 30 min Web Series can be costly in time and resources if you're not prepared and surrounded by the right team.  In this episode Writer/Producer Lane Allison and DP Devin Cutter of "After Pluto discuss:  Self-funding, finding the right title for your project, discovering your own characters, collaborating to find your vision on screen, planning out a scene with Shop Designer, using light and camera placement to tell your story, relationships & sacrifice in the characters arc, dealing with challenges on set and much more...

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May 8, 2017

Casting Director for over 30 years with credits such as American X, Valerie McCaffrey, has a unique understanding of what works on screen as she takes on writing and directing her short film "Dirty Bomb".  In this episode we discuss the changes in the industry, giving 30 years of notes on scripts, writing a period piece and choosing the moments you want to show, finding locations, writing dialogue that rings true, connecting to the audience to the characters and more....

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Apr 18, 2017

"Breaking Bad" TV and Film writer Jay Roberts discusses the many lessons he learned while working on the ground breaking show and how he applies those lessons to his writing today. 

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Apr 3, 2017

Asking questions about your characters and plot can reveal where your script will go.  In this episode screenwriter and author of the book "11 Fundamental Questions"  Aaron Mendelsohn, discusses the vomit draft, fundamental story mistakes, character development, fatal flaws, unconscious desires of your characters, building a strong 2nd Act, bending the rules and much more...

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Mar 6, 2017

Story is story, but there are some important differences between writing for film, TV and the theatre.  In this episode writer for stage and screen Gary Goldstein discusses writing his new play "April, May and June" (at theatre40, Beverly Hills, 3/16-4/16/17), using actors to help you identify voice, developing story for all formats, good characters that create good story, writing scenes to test structure, character motivations, breaking a play into beats, asking questions to define character and story.

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Feb 21, 2017

I love being on the set of a film.  In this episode I went on location to the set of the feature film "Night Rain" to speak with Writer/Actor Jean Marie Spicuzza and her cast and crew.  I learned the function and tremendous value of everyone's work behind the scenes to create a compelling story on screen.  Thank you to all who gave time out of their busy day to come on the show.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed our discussions.

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Jan 23, 2017

How do you find your way into the coveted pitch room?  In this episode, I speak with writer/producer of "The Other F Word", Caytha Jentis.  Caytha was a literary agent who turned her talents to writing and producing with the understanding of what the show buyers want and how to effectively reach them.  Today she reveals her secrets and also discusses crafting scripts, what to say when you're in the pitch room, writing character driven stories and much more..

 

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Jan 10, 2017

Winner of the contest "An Interview on Seated at the Writer's Table" Author James Lee Nathan lll joins me to discuss writing with a cultural context, SEO for Authors, Promoting at book shows, selling books on social media, creating the perfect scene for each character, beginning at the end of your story, developing characters, researching the locations in your novels, integrating stereotypical characteristics that are still unique into science fiction, writing with all your senses and much, much, more...

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Dec 12, 2016

A writer who finds their inner truth, can write their inner truth into every character, relationship and storyline.  In this episode, writer, actor and acting coach Barry Papick discusses his time working with Jamie Fox on "Ray", Sean Connery on "Finding Forrester", allowing an audience to participate in rather than observe your work, telling your truth, understanding the power of emotional recall, examining your life as a writer, the actor to script connection and what a writer can learn from a performance, defining and writing the fatal flaw, navigating the new TV and Film industry and much, much more...

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Nov 28, 2016

Stand-up is a great training ground for Screenwriting.  My guest Screenwriter, Actor & Director of All In A Night's Work Upasana Beharee discusses being very specific and cutting out the waste in your writing, taking what makes you mad and turning it into something that makes you laugh, turning around stereotypes, political humor in your writing, writing against the herd mentality, deconstructing a story, acting out the dialogue you write, structure of a short film, visualizing a scene, write inside the audiences mind and much, much more.

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Nov 21, 2016

Science Fiction Author RJ Johnson discusses character development, theme, researching current & future technology, using location to tell your story and much, much more...

 

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Oct 26, 2016

When you're fighting in the trenches of the film industry you must be resilient and clever to claw your way ahead. The Writer and Director of arguably the most renowned Horror Short ever made "Night of the Slasher" is Shant Hamassian.  In this episode Shant talks about screenplays as a living breathing document, teaming up with the person who will execute the script, writing the perfect treatment, why you might want to hold back your script, holding on to your rights as a filmmaker, working the film festival circuit and much, much more.. 

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Oct 17, 2016

Social Media success is highly elusive for the entrepreneur and even more so for a writer.  In this episode, Author/Publisher Russell Nohelty from http://www.wannabepress.com discusses the astonishing social media strategies he uses to sell his books and the books of his authors.

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Oct 10, 2016

It's not good enough to be talented in Hollywood, you also have to think outside the box, get aggressive and be clever about how you get your film made.  In this episode, writer, director Michael Mateo Rossi and actor Philip Musumeci discuss the writing and making of their new pilot Vengeance as well as creative ways to find and keep investors.

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Sep 19, 2016

Writing an Independent film with the story as the focal point is becoming more and more difficult to get funded and produced, but it's not impossible.  In this episode my guest Writer, Director, Producer and Actor of "the Scarapist" distributed by Silver Streak Entertainment Jeanne Marie Spicuzza to discuss writing a film with the story as the star, launching a successful theatrical release of an Independent film, selling with your title and creating a brand with your film, self-funding your film and recovering the money, leveraging one film to fund another, writing for a budget, distributing in the on demand world, merchandising and much more.

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Sep 9, 2016

Today the Director of La Femme Film Festival Leslie LaPage gives the 5 Common Storyline and Characterization mistakes new writer's make in this in depth interview. Leslie sheds light on what makes a script pop, how to deal with structure, how to find the perfect opening scene, the function of dialogue in characterization and much more...

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Aug 29, 2016

How do you give yourself the best possible chance to get your film financed?  Stack the deck in your favor by thinking like an investor.  My guest CEO & Executive Producer of Samaco Films gives me the step by step process he uses to fund films with budgets from 1 to 10 million dollars.

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Aug 15, 2016

Distilling down a script minute by minute and beat by beat to understand how to construct really compelling stories.  My guest Author of Scriptwriting instructional book "Beat by Beat"Todd Klick talks structure, comparisons between Stephen King & John Irving writing process, analyzing successful movies, starting with tension, escalating tension, creating conflict, moving the story forward, archetypes and much more.

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Jul 25, 2016

We often believe that comedic writers and actors are a different breed, but many of the skills one would need to be successful can be taught.  In this episode I speak with the owner/director of LA Connection Kent Skov about staging, spadework, learning to play yourself as a character, physical comedy, storytelling, finding the little tweaks that make a character, controlling your face to get close ups, writing chemistry between characters, the fine line between funny and not and much more.bxd3ejs3

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Jul 8, 2016

This is the follow up show to the premiere guide to finding alternative funding sources for your independent film.  In this episode The Director of LaFemme Film Festival Leslie LaPage discusses the specific tools that filmmakers need to convince investors to fund their film.  This is advice from someone who has done it!

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Jul 5, 2016

The Premiere guide to finding alternative funding sources for your independent film.  In this episode The Director of LaFemme Film Festival Lestlie LaPage discusses creative ways to find funding such as mimicking the large studios with market research, product placement and many, many other techniques.  Don't miss this show.

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Jun 28, 2016

How do you deal with the death of your beloved mother?  If your my guest, Author Lisa Goich, you write A Memoir in memory of her called "14 Days: A Mother, A Daughter, A Two Week Goodbye."  In this touching and very funny book, Lisa recounts the last 14 days of her mother's life.  In this episode, we talk about her book, her mom, how she found her publisher and the techniques she uses to market this Memoir.

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Jun 21, 2016

My guest Screenwriter Chris Valenti deconstructs how to write a bio pic, interviewing friends & relatives, Save the Cat breakdowns, creating challenges for your principle subject that were real and writing comedy for screen.

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Jun 12, 2016

Passion, Persistence and Partnering are the key elements to Prismatics, a comprehensive philosophy on building your dream career in Hollywood.  Join me as I speak with veteran filmmakers Jennie Lew Tugend (Leathal Weapon, Free Willy) and Devo Cutler-Rubenstein (The Substitute, former Columbia TV Exec) about building memorable characters, creating compelling dialogue with subtext and the importance of networking and production experience for writers.  You may hear a few stories from the set of Leathal Weapon as well!

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