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How I Would Have Written It – EP 01 – Suicide Squad

How I Would Have Written It

EP 01 – Suicide Squad

Better late than never. I had an entire other idea sketched out then decided I just hated it and wanted to start over from scratch.
I know I promised this like 1-2 or 20 so weeks ago (whose counting?) but this is something I had an idea to do and what better way then to pitch this as a podcast. So in a way this is like a pitch meeting just very public and anyone who wants it can download it.
The two recent DC Movies both have bombed with critics and audience alike but they still made nine figures apiece at the Box Office. Why? Well what else can we say other than the fact that Super hero movies are whats hot.
I know what DC is trying to do they’re trying to set up tent pole movies to set up more tent pole movies.
The problems with Suicide Squad were many, and there are other channels like Red Letter Media and What Culture who’ve gone into them as well so I won’t repeat them here. I’ll just tell you my two big problems with Suicide Squad were:
1. It wasn’t entertaining. The cardinal syn of any movie.
The movie needs to be fun and it needs to be entertaining. What if I told you I had an idea to not only could have made a better Suicide Squad but set up all the rest of the DC Movies?
2. There was no clear goal or motivation for anyone.
Regardless of whatever big tent pole movie comes out, the movie has to have a story. I know what you’re thinking, Dave haven’t you seen the latest Fast and the Furious movie? Well yes I have but I’m telling you that those movies do well for a reason. They’re not just mindless fun but they’ve created a cast of characters that pop culture has latched on to. So there’s no reason we can’t do that here.
3. How do we handle a comic book movie?
Do we stay true to the comics or do we make up our own worlds? Well I say why not do both?
One quick note. I was incredibly tired when I recorded this so my apologizes for mumbling and talking too fast (yes, more than usual), and if I sometimes skip over important details of my story pitch. 
So without further delay, this is the end of our prologue, and lets get right into it.
My Pitch
At the end of the day, the Suicide Squad are villains. They’re not going to change to fit into any rigid idea or story conventions. They’re villains because of their actions. How they can change is what finding this item will do for them and what it will mean to them.
Everyone Loves a Clown… 
We open in complete darkness. Florescence light bulbs turn on temporary blinding us, the audience.
Into the room comes two guard both in bomb proof suits (think Hurt Locker or if you play a lot of video games, the Juggernaut suit from Call of Duty). They take all of the packages placed on the floor.
Not a word is said they’ve done this a million times before. They turn on a machine. Large, grinding gears come to life as the machine well past it’s prime sparks to life.
The machine’s conveyor belts pulls as the men place the packages on there one by one.
The X ray screener reveals various items such as love letters, weapons trying to be smuggled in, and the occasional person.
A select group of packages are chosen to be shipped. They’re placed in a small bin and carried down to a waiting truck. Since everything has been checked, security and handling becomes normal again.
The truck travels through the streets of Gotham and finally arrives at, Arkum Asylum. As the mail truck gets to the gate,
A candle lit vigil is held outside. As the camera moves in closer, WE SEE that every mourner is dressed in various designs of Joker makeup.
This isn’t a vigil, it’s a tribute to their imprisoned God.
Inside of Arkum, Dr. Harley Quinzel sorts a large pile of mail all addressed to one person, ‘The Joker’.

Dr. Quinzel is looking for an answer. Why do these people worship him as a God?

It’d be easy to label a few as crazy or losers but it seems the fan mail grows and grows and this is just the stuff that gets in. Inside of Arkum, Joker sits in his cell. The cell isn’t too crazy and he’s not allowed to have anything foreign like newspaper clippings, etc or a special cell like in the other Suicide Squad movie but I digress.

A KNOCK on the door. Dr. Quinzel looks over. A guard enters and tells her that it’s time.
Under the careful watch of two security guards the Joker lays on the couch. Dr. Quinzel takes various notes as the Joker talks. Not of a grand scheme but of a longing… he’s seen an actual God come to this planet and he absolutely DESTROYED Batman and he wants that same power because after all, he asks to Harley and us the audience, who wouldn’t want to be a God?
Harley goes home that night. Her apartment is cramped and oddly enough, it looks a lot like her office. She has photos up of the Joker everywhere. Out of the darkness comes, Mercy Graves. Dr. Q is scared but Mercy tells her she means her no harm.She has an offer for her. Her boss is imprisoned but wants to see someone crazy enough to cause chaos without Superman now dead. It’s a gift. Help the Joker escape, and the Joker can access the weaponry of Luthor corp.
Dr. Q ponders over her dilemma. Help the Joker escape confess her love and escape to become a criminal or stay with the life she has but at least she’s not running from the law and him… (Batman)… Dr. Q thinks about what Joker said about finding the answer in her heart. She turns back to Mercy and accepts.
The 1st Suicide Squad
A dark room illuminated only by the large bank of monitors in front of her, Amanda Waller.
On the monitors, Waller watches as Suicide Squad beta has failed and all members are killed one by one by the terrorist organization (which sets the stage for the Suicide Squad sequel) they are battling. Everyone is now dead on both sides. While the mission is a success because the opposition is dead, it’s now back to the drawing board.
A Beautiful Dream
The next day at Arkum Asylum. Harley launches her plan.
She asks that the Joker be brought in again for a therapy session. Once the Joker is wheeled in, she tells him everything. He grins, and the two embrace in the weirdest kiss in cinema history.
Various criminals sit in their cells… nothing out of the ordinary until all of the doors open one by one. The guards look at each other then all hell breaks loose.
A complete riot overtakes Arkum and soon the entirety of Arkum Asylum is in flames.
Dr. Quinzel and Joker break out in the confusion and they speed off (secretly) in a stolen car.
From the Ashes of Arkum Asylum
A police investigation into what caused this fire. There are casualties of inmates and guards among the burnt out building.
Gordon in the shadows chats with Batman…
Gordon removes a sheet revealing the two bodies believed to be Joker and Dr. Quinzel. Batman examines the charred remains, the large skeleton (Joker) is stabbing the small skeleton (Dr. Quinzel) in the heart.  Batman knows that something isn’t right and he’s going to figure out whats going on here.
From Ace Chemical plant with Love
Joker speaks with Dr. Quinzel about their life together. Harley makes the decision to jump into the chemicals to change for the Joker.
Harley falls out of the vat. On all fours she’s puking up the chemicals in her lungs as she gasps for air. Joker slowly rides down the elevator down to meet her. “Have a nice trip?”, The Joker quips.
She looks up at him, as she’s now Harley Quinn.
Harley’s Apartment
Joker and Harley enter. Joker is annoyed they had to make a stop here before going to Thunder Corp.

Joker goes into the kitchen to grab a drink/food while Harley digs up her secret box. She pulls it out from underneath the rug, to find a wilted rose. This is the rose Joker gave her when they first met (shown in quick flashback). She looks up to be greeted by Batman.

Joker here’s whats happening in the next room and has to decide. Harley or himself. He choices himself.

Batman KICKS open the kitchen door to find the gas from the stove on HIGH and an aerosol can in the microwave. Batman grabs Harley, runs the length of the apartment, and dives out the window just as it explodes. The blast rocks the entire apartment.

A Beautiful Dream
Harley Quinn is now marched into Belle Reve prison.
We, the audience, are now introduced to the other (soon to be members) of Suicide Squad.
El Diablo –
Deadshot –
Captain Boomerang –
Slipknot –
Killer Croc –
No Enchantress. Why? I think the character was boring and she really doesn’t fit into the current iterations of Suicide Squad as shes overpowered and there’s really no clear opposition for her. In the real Suicide Squad movie, she could have teleported to Wallers office and gotten her heart back with little to no effort. In fact the first version of this story involved the Joker going to Blood Castle to resurrect the Enchantress in order to grant him powers. But I think this version works better. Anyways…
Col Rick Flag – (yes I know I messed up and called him Rick Blade at first during the podcast)
Katana –
Thunder Corp
Apple meets Google HQ in the DC Universe. A bustling campus with the absolute cutting edge technology.
A tour guide takes a small group into the lobby. Rather than a typical break in lets do something different. Something fun. Something Joker like.
Outside. A crazy man stares in the large glass window into the lobby.
The guards inside panic and realize they have to take out this loon before anyone sees him. The one guy calls for backup and together they proceed outside to take out his hopped up loon, who is still just staring into the window not moving an inch. The guards approach him just a huge truck SLAMS through the from of the building. People start to panic and flee to the exits.
Phase 2 starts. The guards are taken out.
The Joker and his Freak Show (name for his new group) descend further into the building as the leave the lobby a mess of broken glass and bodies.
The Joker is back and everybody knows it.
Suicide Squad – Take 2
Amanda Waller marches down a long hallway. A hint smile of victory as she knows shes right and has the perfect pitch to fix this situation.
Waller sits in front a board of various heads of State. Waller pitches the idea to form a new Squad of villains. If they succeed, great. If they fail, it’s just a bunch of villains no one will miss. No real harm happens if they die. Why risk good people when we can sacrifice bad people? Its a win win Waller assures the room, if they succeed the threat is stopped. If they fail, well it’s only a bunch of criminals anyway.
Waller knows at the end… the council has no choice. The other alternative would be to send in the police or other super heroes.
The Pitch
The plan, Waller explains, is to find the Joker and bring him back dead or alive.
Dead, got it, says Dead Shot.
Harley says, “You’re not kidding.”
So now we know why each certain character is being brought in. It’s not a random assortment of characters. There’s a reason for it as the Suicide Squad changes on each mission.
This mission requires stealth which every member has. While sending Harley into do battle against Joker maybe a mistake as she could get took angry, she does know him better than anyone on the planet.
We (the audience) know that the SS are going to go on this mission. We’ve seen the trailer, hell that’s the whole reason we came to see the movie, right? So we don’t need any sort of conflict from the characters deciding if they’re going or not.
MONTAGE – Team getting ready to lock and load putting together all of their weapons, picking out their outfits from a collection of. They also insert the bombs into each member.
Setup: Think they’ll be allowed to pick out weapons and outfits but instead they’re given what they’ll need.
Deadshot: “Why can’t we pick out what we need?”
Waller: ” If I leave it to, you’ll pick out the biggest explosives.”
Harley’s about to speak. Stops. Thinks. And sheepishly says, “Yea you’re right.”
They get to the make shift run way. The state of the art stealth plane awaits…
In a homage or nod to Escape from New York. Deadshot releases the safety off of his gun and fires at Waller and his guards. Nothing happens. Blanks. Deadshot laughs it off as he was, ‘just playing’. The guards stare daggers into him as he disappears in the armored plane.
Waller and the Guards watch as the plane takes off into the night.
Waller to the guard, “Do you think they’ll make it?”
The guard pauses: No.
Waller laughs.
Waller sits in front of the same bank of monitors as before. The next show is about to begin.
On the plane.
It’s a windy night but quiet in Metropolis. Too quiet really. No rain to mask their arrival. Nothing.
The SS yet again have the deck stacked against them.
Killer Croc leaps from the plane and hits the water. He swims deeper and deeper under the water until he gets to a security grate. He breaks it off and continues into Thunder Corp. He stops. There is a huge turbine in front of him. Croc has to think of another way in…
“Okay it’s time to jump.”
The SS parachute leap from the plane and glide down to the rooftop of the building.
Down at the ground the police have surrounded the building BUT Joker’s followers made up of ordinary citizens have started to surround the police. Everything is starting to become harder to control.
Joker associate comes to the main doors of the building. A gaze that pieces your soul.
The police veteran doesn’t want to show any sign of weakness stares back at him.
He looks like a Ghoul come to life. He tells the police to back off or they will start executing the hostages inside. The Ghouls produces an eyeball as proof.
No Laughing Matter
The Squad get into the building via the rooftop with the plan being to working their way to the penthouse suit of Thundercorp’s CEO, Lucius D. Tommytown.
The get into the penthouse no noticed taking out a few thugs along the way.
In the main office, they carefully enter with weapons drawn. Someone is sitting in the big chair.
“Hey we’re the good, er, guys here to save you” says Deadshot. No response.
They spin the chair around, and the person is dead painted like the Joker with a tape recorder around his neck that says, ‘Play Me’.
“Should we press it?”
As they guys argue, Harley presses the button. The Joker’s voice comes on welcoming the Squad. How’d he know they were coming?
Goodbye stealth mission.
He offers them a deal. He’ll help them if they’ll help him and to show he’s a good sport. BAM! A special EMP blast. All of the bombs in their neck are off.
Captain and Katana look nervous because they’re at a disadvantage.
SS are conflicted. What will each of them do?
Run and continue being a criminal OR will they stay and fight to receive their reward at the end? Deadshot tells Flag, they’ll stay and Harley wanted to stay regardless to get revenge against the Joker.
Col Flag tells to everyone (including Waller that the new plan is to flush the Joker down and right out the front door if they don’t find him sweeping through the rest of the building. Croc enters and says, there’s no sign of Joker anywhere below as he just came up that way and there’s no activity whats so ever.
Harley then goes over the backcase to reveal a secret elevator. She explains on the way down how she knew (Mercy told her) BUT what she doesn’t know is where this elevator leads.
The Abyss
The elevator goes down forever. The door chimes, and the doors open.
A virtual concrete (and lead) labyrinth. The reason Superman could never see it was because of the lead over the walls that mimiced nothing out of the ordinary.
The Squad goes further and discovers what this underground bunker really is. A collection of super powers from various villains and superheros. A collection of the DC Universe’s best weaponry and equipment.
As they progress they battle Jokers henchmen made up from villians thought to have died in the fire at Arkum like Bad Cop, a new version of Bain (made from the Toxin formula stolen from the real Bain), a healer using a makeshift Lazarus pit, Superman’s blood, and the tech of various villians and heroes.

Twlight of the Gods

A diminished Squad consisting of Harley, Deadshot, Flag, and Katana enter the end of the bunker. This also houses the weapon Joker is really after.
Joker gets into Mech Suit… the top secret invention of Thunder Corporation.
Hes now never been closer ot being a God. The suit has a downside thog… it turns it’s operator insane (which explains why Luthor acted the way he did in Batman vs Superman) and its going to turn the Joker whose already crazy & mentally unbalanced to a literal time bomb. The longer the fight goes the stronger but weaker Joker gets.
Joker breaks out of the bunker, and now his followers see he has become a God, and they start to attack everyone and everything like a hoarde of zombies.
Joker flies into the air, firing bombs from the suit in a similar fashion to Iron Man.
The Government gives the okay… launch a missle and destroy the city.
Just as the Joker looks invincible, and the Squad seems helpless.
It’s the return of… Superman.
Joker and Superman fight throughout the city and even into outer space.
Finally Superman slices through the suit, and Joker plummets back down to Earth.
Joker lay dying, and Harley stands over him. He begs for her forgiveness and tells her he’s always loved her. He tried to get them to join him but they’re too stupid to realize what hes fighting for.
Joker dies.
A dead man switch activates causing a bomb to explode, leveling the whole building.
The Suicide Squad, this version of the Suicide Squad, for all intents and purposes is dead. The troops were not killed in this bomb blast but rather will be labeled decease one by one later on in various made up incidents to cover up their involvement.
The only surviving members, Deadshot and Harley are taken back into custody.
Col Flag and Katana are listed as leading a team of spec forces into the building and successfully killed the Joker. The blast was explained as damage from a bomb triggered as a last ditch effort by the Joker. Everything is now contained… until that is the screen goes black. Steppenwolf has arrived. A new battle is beginning… the cycle starts all over again.
In a small non descript cell, Harley lays down in her bed. Facing the door. As Harley opens the package, she finds a new rose, and she swears her revenge on Batman. She’s locked up and her love is dead. A tear rolls down her cheeck… She looks into the sky as if for a sign to find there’s nothing there.
So what have we done?
Well we’ve set up the Justice League movie better. SteppenWolf would come to Earth to battle a very weakened Justice League.
We would also set up a stand alone Harley movie, and a stand alone Deadset movie.
The Harley movie would focus on her revenge against Batman, think Oldboy meets Kill Bill or Sympanthy for Lady Vengeance, while the Deadshot movie would revolve around a new host of enemies/missions.
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Next month I’ll be back doing another episode of How I Would Have Written!


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Episode 166 – Steven Bernstein (Cinematic Storytelling)

Steven Bernstein is a screenwriter, director, and cinematographer.  He’s lensed such films as Monster (Directed by Patty Jenkins), Kicking and Screaming (directed by Noah Baumbach) and Like Water for Chocolate. Interestingly he also shot comedies like The Waterboy, Scary Movie 2, and White Chicks and blockbuster action films like S.W.A.T. He also wrote a best selling text book, Film Production.

His latest films, Decoding Annie Parker, and Dominion Steven wrote and directed. The films include actors  Aaron Paul, John Malkovich, Helen Hunt, Rhys Ifans, Zosia Mamet, Bradley Whitford, and Rashida Jones.


Currently Steven is teaching his own film seminars on & offline which I highly encourage you check out HERE.

Steven has had an unusual career and it’s led him to very different views about filmmaking. Steven has lectured on film, particularly new approaches to screenwriting based on an understanding of the visual nature of film, as well as radical approaches to lighting and understanding cinematography for the non-cinematographer. He also has lectured about new approaches for putting together the independent film.

We chat working with Patty Jenkins on Monster, making your own projects, working with A level talent like Charlize Theron and John Malkovich, and so much more.

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Steven Bernstein Film Seminars – Finally, seminars from a real feature filmmaker, who is a successful writer, director, cinematographer and producer.

Eurythmics – were a British music duo consisting of members Annie Lennox and David A. Stewart.

Tony Kaye – is a British director of films, music videos, advertisements, and documentaries.

Patty Jenkins – a writer/director best known for her debut feature Monster, based on the life of convicted serial killer Aileen Wuornos, directing the pilot episode of AMC’s hit show The Killing , and as the director of the film Wonder Woman for Warner Brothers.

Wonder Woman – Before she was Wonder Woman she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained warrior. When a pilot crashes and tells of conflict in the outside world, she leaves home to fight a war to end all wars, discovering her full powers and true destiny.

Monster – Based on the life of Aileen Wuornos, a Daytona Beach prostitute who became a serial killer.

Charlize Theron – is a South African-American actress and film producer.

Decoding Annie Parker – Love, science, sex, infidelity, disease and comedy, the wild, mostly true story of the irrepressible Annie Parker and the almost discovery of a cure for cancer.

Dominion – The last days of the poet Dylan Thomas as he dreams and drinks.


Steven Bernstein Reel


Making the Independent Film Seminar

The Film Set for Actors Seminar

The Film Set for Screenwriters


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Steve’s upcoming seminars
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Episode 165 – Guy Goldstein (Writing Your Story)

Guy Goldstein is a screenwriter, software developer, and the creator of WriterDuet screenwriting software.

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Sophocles ScreenWriting Software – was a Windows-based screenwriting software application used for writing feature film and television screenplays. The program first became available on the Internet in 1999. Its distinguishing features included a two window screen setup, showing the script and screenplay outline simultaneously.

WriterDuet – is a screenwriting software that focuses on real-time collaboration and industry-standard formatting for writing screenplays created by Guy Goldstein

Downward Dog – The series follows the adventures of Martin, a philosophizing dog, who has to live with his owner, Nan, a millenial who has no more time for him because of her work at Clark and Bow Outfitters.

Spider Man: Homecoming – Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, young Peter Parker returns home to live with his Aunt May. Under the watchful eye of mentor Tony Stark, Parker starts to embrace his newfound identity as Spider-Man. He also tries to return to his normal daily routine — distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just a friendly neighborhood superhero. Peter must soon put his powers to the test when the evil Vulture emerges to threaten everything that he holds dear.

Screenwriters Who Can Actually Write – Best screenwriting group on the web.



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Episode 147 – Michael E Bierman (45x Award Winning Screenwriter)

Michael E Bierman is an attorney turned 45x award winning screenwriter, and the founder of the popular Facebook group, Screenwriters Who Can Actually Write. His book on screenwriting is due out later this year.

Pre Show Notes

— Why Hollywood as We Know It Is Already Over – an article by Vanity Fair about the future of Hollywood

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The Three Screenwriting Books Mike recommends:

The Screenwriters Bible by David Trottier

21st Century Screenplay – Linda Aronson

Your Cut To is Showing by T.J. Alex

 Best Picture Nominees

Hell or High Water



Screenwriting Resources

Screenwriting U – Named “#1 Choice for Screenwriting Classes” by InkTip.com, and listed #1 in “Top 9 Screenwriting Courses” on the Net by Script Magazine.

Scott Myers – Screenwriter (K-9, Alaska, Trojan War); Assistant Professor DePaul University School of Cinematic Arts; GoIntoTheStory, screenwriting blog of the Black List.

Screenwriting Master Class – Screenwriting Classes from Scott Myers and Tom Benedek

Go Into The Story – Premier online learning resource with Tom Benedek and Scott Myers



Gadsby – A novel written without using the letter “E”



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Episode 141- James Altucher (How to Choose Yourself)




James Altucher is a multi #1 Amazon best seller, former host of III:AM on HBO, and host of one of the top podcasts in the world, The James Altucher Show. His latest book, ‘Reinvent Yourself‘ comes out January 5th, 2017. PRE Order it here.

Pre Show Notes 

National Screenwriter’s Day – January 5th, 2017

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Show Notes

Don’t Send Your Kids to College by James Altucher – This is how I was introduced to James

III:AM – James’ show on HBO

– Brian Koppleman – Screenwriter of Rounders, and the Showtime series, Billions.

Rounders – Feature film written by Brian Koppleman

Choose Yourself – James’ seminal work about life, art, writing, and how to becoming a better you.

The Art of Learning by Josh Waitzkin – A book about making yourself a better learner by breaking things down

Mark Duplass – Actor, Writer, Director, and Producer

How to Make a Feature Film with Mark Duplass via Indie Film Hustle

Mark Duplass: ‘There’s no excuse not to make films on weekends with friends’

Creep – A videographer drives to a remote mountain town after answering a cryptic Craigslist ad for a one-day gig. As the day progresses, the man who hired him becomes increasingly more unhinged and the road to easy money takes a turn for the unexpected.

The One I Love – A married couple (Mark Duplass, Elisabeth Moss) find their relationship and very existence put to the test in this wickedly inventive romantic comedy.

Netflix plans to spend $6 billion on new shows, blowing away all but one of its rivals

– My Seinfeld Year – Writer Fred Stoller’s one year writing for the TV show, Seinfeld

Seinfeld Box Set

Seinfeldia: How a Show About Nothing Changed Everything

Lost: The Complete Collection – on Blu Ray

– Lost Encyclopedia – Official book on Lost with a foreword by Damon Lindelof

Damon Lindelof – Screenwriter, and Producer

Steven Pressfield – Author and Screenwriter

War of Art – Steve’s seminal work of art and creativity battles

Turning Pro – The 2nd follow up to War of Art

The Knowledge – Steve’s latest book about his experiences as a coming of age writer.

Shawn Coyne – Shawn is Steven, and Robert McKee’s editor and the author of the Story Grid

Robert McKee – Often called, ‘The God of Story’ and host of his own legendary Story seminar

Dialogue by Robert Mckee

Story by Robert Mckee

Screenplay by Syd Field

Save the Cat by Blake Synder

The 90 Day Screenplay by Al Watt – My pick for the best book on Screenwriting



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Episode 132 – Whitney Davis




Whitney Davis is a literary manager and script consultant, and she runs her own consultancy agency, Whitney Davis Literary. 


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Episode 128 – Aaron Kaufman and Brian Levin




Aaron Kaufman is a producer, writer, and director best known for producing Machete Kills, and Sin City 2 for Robert Rodriguez. He also directed the film, Urge, starring Pierce Bronson. 

Brian Levin a producer and writer known for Playing with Guns and Boys in Blue.
They’ve just produced the new movie, Flock of Dudes, which is out September 30th, 2016.

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Episode 124 – Tom Benedek



Tom Benedek  has written and rewritten screenplays for Robert Zemeckis, Lawrence Kasdan, Lili Fini Zanuck & Richard Zanuck, David Brown, Ron Howard, Martin Scorsese, Sydney Pollack, , Harold Ramis,  Brian Grazer, and many others. He wrote the screenplays for Cocoon, Zeus and Roxanne, The Adventures of Pinocchio and other films.

Pre Show Notes

— Todd Matthews – Give him a follow on Twitter. He’s listened to every episode of the podcast!
— The Process.Ink – Tom’s new podcast!

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Episode 108 – Ashley Scott Meyers




Ashley Scott Meyers is a screenwriter and host of the, ‘Selling Your Screenplay’ podcast. He just raised over $14,000 for his debut feature film, ‘The Pinch’ on Kickstarter.

Show Notes

Selling Your Screenplay Podcast
The Pinch on Kickstarter
Max Landis
Max Landis screenwriting advice


Ashley Scott Meyers

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Episode 107 – Alan Watt


Alan Watt is the founder of the LA Writers Lab and the author of the book, ‘The 90 Day Screenplay‘. He also recently completed his first feature film, Diamond Dogs, which is based off his own best selling novel of the same name

Show Notes

— Story by Robert McKee (Physical version)
— Story by Robert McKee (Kindle version)
— Story by Robert McKee (Audible version)
— The 90 Day Screenplay by Alan Watt
Upcoming workshops via LA Writers Lab



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