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Sunday breaks cool and cloudy. For me, a good sign since I hate the heat and relish a cooler clime. I’m soooo ready for this to start. It’s taken a few weeks of intense work to get to this point and I want to dive into that pool and swim around.
I live literally ten minutes away from where we’re doing the podcast. As Toby says, all you really need is a room and some mikes. We’ve got so much more than that in this location but that’s basically it. A room and mikes. Or so I think.
Ten minutes took me forty. Don’cha just love SoCal? I neglected to account for the OC Marathon that would be blocking off streets for miles. A simple right turn becomes a nightmare of being trapped behind a barrier of orange cones and OCTA barriers. No matter where I turn, it’s basically “you can’t get there from here.” … Read the rest
It’s Friday before the show. My mind is racing with ideas beyond what’s already been agreed to and I know we can’t do them all so I’m going to settle on a few that make the most sense. One that came to mind was about Pixar films because my co-host, MC (Mary Claire Anderson) stated in her bio on this site that she thought “Ratatouille” is the best Pixar film. Knowing that MC is an animation freak and having never seen the “Rat in a Hat” movie, I’ve determined to watch it and then quiz MC on it for the show. I love Brad Bird (“Iron Giant” right?) so I’m sure it’s a solid film but I’m curious as to why, in all the amazing films that Pixar has made, she chooses that movie as “the best.”
The other idea that I need to develop for Sunday is on featuring great writers of TV and film. … Read the rest
Toby Wallwork has over fifteen years of experience working in the entertainment industry. An Orange Coast College alum he has worked extensively in film and television, primarily behind the lens, at the keyboard or in the edit bay. His work in narrative film and documentary have garnered several awards, but not fame or fortune. Besides a focus on documentary filmmaking, he is a dedicated fan of storytelling in all it’s forms. He is also a founding director of The Chicago International Reel Shorts Film Festival and dislikes talking about himself in the third person.… Read the rest
Mary Claire Anderson is a board member of OC Screenwriters, a long-time student of Mark Sevi’s, and a film and television enthusiast (as well as self-proclaimed Oscar historian).
A native of the Midwest, Mary Claire grew up in Chicago suburbs made famous by John Hughes and Ferris Bueller. She studied Film & Television at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, specializing in screenwriting before heading west in search of adventure and a community who shares her love of great stories.
Feel like debating which Pixar movie is best (spoiler – It’s “Ratatouille”) or learning what the first color film to win Best Picture was? Contact Mary Claire via Twitter or this podcast!… Read the rest
Mark Sevi is a professional scriptwriter with over 30 scripts sold, 19 made into feature films including “Devil’s Knot” starring Academy-award winning actors Reese Witherspoon and Colin Firth. He is repped by Wayne Alexander of Alexander, Lawrence, Frumes & Labowitz, LLP.
Mark also teaches scriptwriting on the campus of Irvine Valley College through the Continuing Education department. His classes have been ongoing for over twenty years. (IVC).
In 2009, with the help of some amazingly talented individuals, Mark founded the Orange County Screenwriters Association (website) which is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing resources to all filmmakers, amateur and professional, through community, high school, and college outreach. OC Screenwriters plans events that feature Hollywood industry speakers and professional, and sponsors contest that turn short scripts into film.
As part of a rotating group of teachers, Mark lectures at colleges around Southern California and Oregon on scriptwriting and filmmaking.… Read the rest
If you’re wondering why there’s a link to music themes on this website it’s because I used to be a professional musician (still a plunker, keys, guitar and drums) and I really wanted to compose the musical theme for the podcast. I have a small midi keyboard and Acid Pro which allows you to put loops and midi on tracks and make music!
So I started composing. Under 1 minute I was told. Great. Not a problem.
I intend on doing one a day so we have a choice.
Doing that is therapeutic for me. I really enjoy it and almost feel guilty for taking time from my “real” work to plunk around in a midi world.
But, then again, it’s my contention that everything, I mean everything, is important and music is a huge part of my life even years after I’ve stopped performing live. The best I can do and be – It’s been the way I’ve approached everything in my life including scriptwriting, my classes and the Orange County Screenwriters Association. … Read the rest
In thinking through this as I’m working on everything, it occurs to me that this is a natural fit for me at this stage of my life. It amazes me at how intuitive Mary Claire is. She saw this when I didn’t – thank god she walked into my class. And praise Jesus for Toby.
What do I mean about a natural fit?
Let me give you a list:
- I have soooo many friends and contacts in this business. We will NEVER have a problem booking an interesting person to interview for the show. I mean producers, writers, directors, actors…you name it and I can list two dozen off the top of my head.
- I have been a professional scriptwriter for 20+ years and have been teaching almost that long. I know this stuff. Now I know I don’t know everything but I never stop learning. I’m as much a student as I am a teacher.