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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.
The team is me, Mary Claire Anderson and Toby Wallwork. We meet at a location in Newport Beach (which may sound more exotic than it actually is) and framed out the way forward, aiming for Sunday, May 7th as our first podcast.
Toby created a script of sorts (which I recommend for those thinking about this) so we know what to prepare for the show. We also added our first guest, a good friend who has a lot to say about film. The meeting was fun and filled with great energy. There’s no substitute for enthusiasm when it comes to working with a team. The idea that everyone is just as engaged as you are is powerful and wholly invigorating.
I should mention that one of things that instantly makes way forward much, much easier is that Toby already has the hardware and skill-set to do the show engineering. He’s got mikes, mixer, digital recorder, etc.… Read the rest
To give you some background on this, I (Mark Sevi) don’t like podcasts much (Leo Laporte’s show being an exception.) Perhaps I am just not of the right generation – I know I just don’t have the time to sit and listen most days and my car is older with no Bluetooth or MP3 connection so I wouldn’t listen there either. But a student of mine suggested that I do a podcast and as I explored the concept I started to see the validity.
Initially, I thought it would be great to do it both live and on video with the ability to insert actual film clips. If I was going to be teaching scriptwriting techniques (like I do at my classes at Irvine Valley College and when I lecture at events, etc.) I knew I worked best by interacting with people live. The dynamics of a live group are both a bit scary and wholly exhilarating.… Read the rest