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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 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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Jun 6, 2016

A fantastic step by step guide to writing strong, smart & compelling characters from my guest President of With Pen and Paper, Writer, Editor and Translator Helga Schier.

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Jun 1, 2016

How do you write, produce and direct a rock opera for film?  In this episode I am so excited to put my music background to good use as I speak with Creator and Writer of the very unique and clever rock opera "The Breakout" Chris Edgar as well as Director Jenn Page and Producer Dave Hoffman.  This film is wonderfully crafted and beautifully shot and during our discussion Chris, Jenn and Dave told me exactly how they got it done.  Enjoy the show.

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May 26, 2016

This is as close as I can get to the straight deal on how to market and sell your film in the quickest and most effective way. On the show is the President at LA Media Consultants Deborah Gilels and the Director of LA Femme Film Festival Leslie LaPage to talk about creative marketing strategies and distribution for independent films as well as finding financing and getting the interest of the studios.  Don't miss this one!

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May 14, 2016

Scriptfest is a fantastic place to learn about screenwriting as well as pitch to 120 production companies, managers and agents.  Co-founder and President of Scriptfest Bob Schultz discusses highlights of the 3 day event and gives valuable advice to use when you walk into the pitch room.  Here are some of the highlights:

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May 6, 2016

This is as close as I can get to the straight deal on how to market and sell your film in the quickest and most effective way. On the show is the President at LA Media Consultants Deborah Gilels and the Director of LA Femme Film Festival Leslie LaPage to talk about creative marketing strategies and distribution for independent films as well as finding financing and getting the interest of the studios.  Don't miss this one!

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May 2, 2016

Author Mike Robinson has released the 3rd book in the Twilight Falls series, Waking Gods.  In this episode, we discussed his latest book as well as writing the vomit draft, adapting a book to a screenplay,  writing a non-linear trilogy, marketing to a new audience, creating super fans, looking for the cool idea, the process of self editing and making editing fun.

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Apr 25, 2016

My guest is a Hollywood writer and host of the WGA podcast 3rd and Fairfax Steve Trautman.  In this episode we talk about analyzing a script, identifying stories and beats, developing compelling characters, transitioning between stories, single camera and multi-camera sitcoms, writing revealing sub-plots, behavioral comedy, being relatable with your script, writing an original pilot, what show runners look for in a staff, the difference between a feature film and a TV series, capturing the magical time of your character's life, improv to help your writing, functioning in a writer's room  and much more.

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Apr 12, 2016

How do you prepare for a pitch meeting and what in the world do you do when you get there?  In this 2 part series, the Director of LA Femme Film Festival Leslie LaPage discusses what it takes to create great Key Art, every component of the perfect Look Book, making a great first impression, power structure of the pitch room, who talks and when, delivering a strong and visually compelling pitch and the follow up.

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Apr 4, 2016

How do you prepare for a pitch meeting and what in the world do you do when you get there?  In this 2 part series, the Director of LA Femme Film Festival Leslie LaPage discusses what it takes to create great Key Art, every component of the perfect Look Book, making a great first impression, power structure of the pitch room, who talks and when, delivering a strong and visually compelling pitch and the follow up.

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Mar 28, 2016

Horror films have a loyal audience whom remain ardent fans for a lifetime.  In this episode Writer/Director/Producer/Actress Justina Walford introduces her newest film "The Ladies of the House" and discusses flushing out a story idea, the difference between theatre and film, channeling a unique voice, using table reads as a tool for writing, Page one re-writes, writing for a budget, working with actors to develop new characteristics.

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Mar 14, 2016

Screenwriter/Director Bo Brinkman and Actor Steve Wilder of the geriatric action adventure film “Last Man Club” discuss finding inspiration for your script, writing story first, crossing character arcs, finding unique voices for your characters, the ripple effect of a script change,  the long journey to getting a script made, handling problems on the set, giving actionable direction to your actors, budget as a decision maker, getting what you need in the editing room, marketing to baby boomers and much more.

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Mar 3, 2016

Episode 3 of my ongoing educational series with the Director of LA Femme Film Festival Leslie LaPage proves to be the best so far.  In this show Leslie discusses Publicists and how to get past the Gatekeepers.  Don't forget we have a Networkin' Hollywood event on Tues March 8th at the Hill Bar & Grill from 7-9PM on Wilshire Blvd.  Come join us and meet Directors, Producers, Actors and industry professionals.  See you there!

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Feb 22, 2016

Why did my guest chose to write "Here Comes the Dreamer" as a Novella rather than a novel.  In this episode Novelist Carole Giangrande discusses her brand new Novella as well as writing in multiple voices,  when to write a backstory, letting the characters lead you, the structure of a Novella, constructing beautiful language, nature vs nurture and family dynamics, deciding what you want to explore as a writer, breaking structural rules, using time periods and geography to affect the storytelling, using fear and tension as a backdrop, Point of View and understanding how your characters relate to events, editing until you get the lies out, using symbolism and themes.

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Feb 11, 2016

The best stories move the reader along by building tension, suspense and conflict to a resolution.  How do you accomplish this when you're interweaving multiple stories from multiple historic time periods?  My guest author of Oubliette, A Forgotten Little Place Vanta M Black comes on to discuss writing based on historical characters, writing with structure, busting through writer's block, pulling from other writer's classic structure, writing in first person, how locations and timelines affect the writing, the power of experiencing your locations, trying a different point of view, theme and using foreshadowing to connect and tell your stories and the different layers of editing and pacing.

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Feb 5, 2016

Hollywood functions in very specific ways and once you can understand them, you can advance your career quicker and in a more powerful way.  In this episode my guest President and Festival Director of LA Femme Film Festival Leslie LaPage gives the inside scoop on Entertainment Lawyers and Business Managers.  We discuss how the good and bad ones function and what you should expect.

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Feb 3, 2016

Jean Marie Spicuzza re-defines the Independent Screenwriter for herself as someone who oversees every aspect of a movie being made .  In this episode we talk about The challenge of acting in your own movie that forces you to produce, Co-Directing a film and working through a cohesive vision,  Post-production Editing as a writer,  Writing characters based on real life, Distancing yourself from your own script,  The process of developing a film and putting together a strong team, what makes a good working relationship,  How to pitch for funding, writing with the audience in mind, Grounding your characters.

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Jan 18, 2016

Knowing how agents and managers truly function in Hollywood is incredibly useful for writers, directors and producers.  In this episode the founder of LAFemme Film Festival Leslie LaPage discusses the role of agents & managers, the percentages agents can accept vs managers, regulations to which agents must adhere, what you should do to get the most from your agent & manager, your agent & manager's true motivation, taking control of your career and how to get past the gatekeeper.  

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Jan 11, 2016

How do you get Hollywood to take you seriously?  My guest Michael Marc Friedman says create your own content.  In this show we discuss writing for comedy, creating characters, making your career by making your content available, editing for short form to move the scene forward, process of settling into writing, channeling characters from people you know.

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Jan 4, 2016

Is there a system in today’s book market to guarantee success? My guest, author of “The Boss Always Sits In the Back” Jon D’Amore has cracked the code.  In this episode Jon talks about Self-Publishing tips and tricks, launching a book successfully, selling a novel vs. selling a memoir, finding your target audience, speaking to your audience in an engaging way, Personal appearances designed to get readers to buy your book, Launching an e-book, Creating an audiobook, getting press to write about your book.

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Dec 14, 2015

How do you attract major actors to your script so that you can more easily find funding?  In this episode, writer/director/producer Will Raee discusses how he attached Uma Thurman among other celebrities to his script, the best ways to find investors, getting the rights for a novel and adopting it for screen, writing socially conscious material and writing for TV vs. films.

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Dec 1, 2015

How do you write a novel that gets the attention of Hollywood?  In this show Scriptwriter and Novelist of the popular book "Honeymoon With Harry" Bart Baker discusses writing a novel that can be sold for film, the 3 act structure, the process of getting a film made, justifying a budget, attaching the right people and adapting a book for the screen.

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Nov 19, 2015

Writing a screenplay is different than writing a novel and there are things you should know if you want to go from on to the other.  In this episode screenwriter and novelist Annie Dahlgren talks about the format of screenplays, the industry of screenwriting in Hollywood, learning to b visual as a novelist, developing memorable characters and editing your own material.

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Nov 12, 2015

Author of the "Resistance" series Tracy Lawson discusses mentoring young writers, co-writing with a partner, making writing fun, writing killer dialogue, traditional publishing vs self-publishing, writing visually, Partnering with a writer in order to keep you on task, writing with realism even in Science Fiction, writing for a Young Adult audience, shopping a manuscript successfully.

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Nov 5, 2015

Are you having problems creating characters with individual voices?  In this episode author Mariana Williams discusses finding characters that are real, Long Beach Storytellers competition, packaging your self-published book, creating events to sell books, audiobooks and the market, writing the first line of your book, why you should write the hardest scene first and writer's block.

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