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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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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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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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