Saturday, November 25, 2006

Screenwriting, Podcasts & Magic

Still new to this whole iPod thing, I haven't quite figured out how podcasts work. I think it's magic. Yup. I have 288 songs (which is pretty much a misnomer since they come from movie soundtracks) on my iPod, but podcasts -- well, I can play them on my 'puter but can't seem to figure out how to put them on my iPod.

I just don't have the magic touch.

Anyway, yesterday I found the Creative Screenwriting podcasts among several other screenwriting related ones and oh my gosh, these things are uber cool!

Did you get that?

U-B-E-R cool!

50,000 subscribers to Creative Screenwriting podcasts and I'm just now catching up.

How sad.

You don't need an iPod to listen to podcasts (duh, I haven't figured out how to get them on my iPod) so that means all of us can listen to a range of writers from John August, Josh Olson, Ted Elliott, and Terry Rossio to Jonathon Nolan, Michael Arnt and Jason Reitman.

From Texas and at my own convenience, I get to listen to screenwriters in various stages of their careers, broadcasting from Los Angeles about their amazing, insane, and frustrating craft.

Want to hear from Paul Haggis at 3:00 a.m.?

No problem.

It's magic, I tell you!

I love it that Jeff Goldsmith, senior editor for CS, always introduces himself with a "howdy". I do that! I've often re-recorded my talking cartoon hottie to REMOVE the "howdy" because I thought the rest of the world couldn't appreciate that "Howdy" is good form. I won't do that anymore! Jeff's "howdy" has set me free! And, each podcast sounds like it is orchestrated specifically for me.

It is, you know.

Magic.

Be sure you listen to Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio talk about Dead Man's Chest. Seriously, people, you cannot pay for a better education than these guys keep handing out for free. FREE! No excuses. And, a lightning bolt goes off every time I hear or read anything from them.

Magic.

The Thank You for Smoking podcast is interesting with Jason Reitman, although the sound is lame because the host was stingy with their sound board. Jason talks about why he became a writer instead of making sub sandwiches or healing the sick and credits his father with pointing out that while those other professions are sensible and even noble, he knew his son wouldn't be satisfied doing either one.

His reason is the same reason the rest of aren't satisfied doing whatever it is we do all day to pay the light bill. It's the reason we clack at the keyboard for hours after working a ten hour day doing a job we may even love. It's why nothing else but writing satisfies that urgent need to create. It's why nothing else fills that void.

Not enough magic.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Here's one way: In iTunes, you can drag and drop the podcast to your song list. Then it should appear on your iPod when you sync.

We were given free iPods at work because we are experimenting with podcasting teacher lectures. Anyhow, we are like Borgs now. We wear them all day so that we don't have to talk to each other (the big GOOBS) and so we can listen to our fav. tunes and podcasts. Work's never been so fun.

The Moviequill said...

one of these days I'll join the 21st century like Duck Dogers and start listening to some of this stuff, I know I am missing lots... now that I get free in-store dvd trades at blockbuster and free rental coupons I have been watching more movies though

MaryAn Batchellor said...

Todd, you can listen to them on your home computer. You don't need an iPod to hear podcasts.

Chesher Cat said...

So, I guess you'd hate me if I told you I was at most of the screenings where those podcasts were
recorded...

MaryAn Batchellor said...

If by hate, Deb, you mean envy, then yes.

Jesse said...

The Rossio/Elliot commentary on Dead Man's Chest is one of the best I've heard in ages. That alone would have been good enough to get the dvd for, it's almost an added bonus that the movie is great as well.