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Saturday, January 10, 2009

Timothy Wearing writes in:
I just wanted to shoot you a note about the Creative Screenwriting podcasts. I don't know if you've ever listened to them, but they are interviews of screenwriters, after a screening of their recent movie. They're usually pretty entertaining and informative. The latest one I listened to was with Christopher McQuarrie talking about, among many other things, Valkyrie. It's two hours long, but is the most fascinating interview I think I've ever heard with a screenwriter. If you have some time, I highly recommend listening.
Here's the link...
I think I mentioned these a ways back, but definitely worth a listen. Thanks, Tim!



Stephen Gaghan and Aaron Sorkin also have KILLER interviews in that series...which is amazingly robust. My favorite part is how each interview begins with, "How did you get started?".

I'd also recommend the "Sam & Jim Go To Hollywood" podcast for any TV writers - it's at iTunes and also their website of the same name. They don't update much anymore but it's a great archive of info about selling specs, original pilots, etc.

By Blogger whit, at 2:06 PM  

That Stephen Gaghan one was great. The best interviews seem to be with the more candid guys. The more interesting guys also had interesting lives before becoming screenwriters, which says a lot.

By Blogger Tim W., at 3:54 PM  

The Creative Screenwriting podcasts are brilliant. And not just for writers. I've listened to them on long drives and my (musician) husband really enjoyed them too. Long live Jeff Goldsmith.

By Blogger Jill Golick, at 6:02 PM  

Don't have iTunes..why can't people just use mp3s? Everybody can play mp3s, not everybody wants to be chained to Apple software.

By Blogger Paul William Tenny, at 5:29 AM  

On the BBC iplayer site, there's a "Charlie Brooker's Screenwipe" episode, ie number 4, where he interviews Russell T. Davies (Dr. Who), Graham Linehan (Father Ted), Tony Jordan (Eastenders) and others. It's well worth checking out.

By Blogger blogward, at 6:50 AM  

Hey Paul, go to and you can listen to the plain mp3s.

By Blogger Emma, at 12:28 PM  

Sam and Jim are great--and they often have large gaps,so they may be back. They have a sense of humor about themselves and the business.
I've tried in the past to watch the Screenwipe series, but it is not available for us North Americans, alas.
Also the On The Page podcast with Pilar Alessandra is usually good, but Creative Screenwriting has really put me onto the work of a lot of interesting writers. And also has taught me the value of a good nap in the writing process(for you CS podcast one percenters).

By Blogger OutOfContext, at 3:16 PM  

Thanks Emma.

By Blogger Paul William Tenny, at 8:05 PM  

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