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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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Sep 25, 2017

Co-Creators Kellie Crawford and Alex Kitay discuss the world of BDSM, Dungeons and the attraction of the Dominatrix profession in their new series Domina X.  I had many questions, particularly on how to interest someone in the show, that is not interested in the topic.  Their answers were compelling.  In addition we discussed:

  • Deciding what needs to be in the pilot and what doesn't
  • What is a mood real and is it necessary
  • How to write a family story centered around a dungeon
  • The psychology of domination
  • Writing an ensemble with 3 female leads
  • Acceptance as a theme
  • When to drop into your story
  • Understanding Character motivations
  • The Unspoken truth and character secret
  • Breaking through a block
  • What you need in a pitch room
  • Market Research

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Aug 21, 2017

Deborah M Pratt Co-Produced the hit TV show "Quantum Leap" garnering acclaim and fans in multiple generations.  Her 5 book series "The Vision Quest" is a masterpiece of Science Fiction.  The series intricate storylines, rich characters and cleverly woven ethical questions create a world that pulls you in deep and keeps you riveted.  I'm a big fan. 

In this episode Deborah discusses how to discover the reasons why characters behave the way they do, creating a world based in a unique set of laws, the ethics od genome research, the theme of living with fear, missed opportunities for writing inspiration, the discipline and speed of writing for TV, creating a bible of rules that other writers can follow, creating story devices, researching for story, asking questions to uncover holes in your story and problems with your characters, creating a global story with spiritual underpinnings, traditional publishing vs. self publishing and much, much more..   

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Jul 11, 2017

Robert Yehling has had a long and successful career as a Rock Journalist and Author.  Beginning as a teenager, Robert wrote 1000 word articles for a local paper, interviewing, among others, rock legends.  Since then he's ghostwritten many well known books and penned many of his own.  Robert also had a 5 year run as the Editor for American Idol Magazine and currently is the editor of the Billboard Music Awards and American Music Awards Event Magazines.

In this episode of "Seated at the Writer's Table" Robert and I discuss drawing inspiration from his career for his new book "Voices".  He provides insight on his process as well as; developing relationships between your main characters, living through the challenges of the Vietnam era and the music revolution of the 60's and 70's. writing dialogue for multiple generations coming from multiple places, understanding and writing his landscapes, rewriting and much much more.

"Voices" is the story of legendary rock and roll singer/songwriter Tom Timoreaux, who like many began during San Francisco's epochal Summer of Love, emerges from a long retirement with his band, The Fever. When his backup singer cannot tour, he brings on his estranged daughter, Christine. As they sing together and heal their relationship, The Fever tours to national acclaim and Christine becomes a star. Meanwhile, in Italy, Tom's long-lost "love child," Annalisa, views a Fever concert streamcast and must decide whether to reach out to a man she thought dead. Voices is a father-daughter-daughter relationship journey set against a half-century of rock and roll, where love and healing are always possible and music speaks louder than words.

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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.. 

Check out "Night of the Slasher" 

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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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