Episodes
Host: Geoffrey D. Calhoun, Best Selling Author of 'The Guide For Every Screenwriter' Guest: TJ Noel-Sullivan, Writer and Director of "Midas" Summary: In this episode, Geoffrey D. Calhoun sits down with TJ Noel-Sullivan, the writer and director of the new film "Midas." They discuss TJ's journey into filmmaking, the inspiration behind "Midas," the challenges of indie filmmaking, and the importance of local support in film production. TJ also shares valuable lessons learned from his previous...
Published 07/17/24
Host: Geoffrey D. Calhoun, Best Selling Author of 'The Guide For Every Screenwriter' Guests: Nicole Vernarec, Showrunner; Matthew Darcy Vieira, Producer Summary: In this episode, Geoffrey D. Calhoun sits down with showrunner Nicole Vernarec and producer Matthew Darcy Vieira to discuss their journey of creating the show "Rumors" and getting it onto Tubi. They delve into the origins of the show, the creative and production processes, and the challenges they faced along the way. Nicole and...
Published 07/10/24
Host: Geoffrey D. Calhoun, Best Selling Author of 'The Guide For Every Screenwriter' Guest: Ole Bornedal, Writer and Director of Nightwatch and Nightwatch Demons Are Forever Summary: In this episode, Geoffrey D. Calhoun interviews Ole Bornedal, the acclaimed writer and director behind the cult classic "Nightwatch" and its upcoming sequel "Nightwatch Demons Are Forever." They delve into the process of revisiting a beloved story after 30 years, the challenges of creating character-driven...
Published 06/26/24
Host: Geoffrey D. Calhoun, Best Selling Author of 'The Guide For Every Screenwriter' Guest: Chris Brennan, Screenwriter and Marketing Expert Summary: In this episode, Geoffrey Calhoun welcomes Chris Brennan, a screenwriter and marketing expert, to discuss the intersection of screenwriting and marketing. Chris shares his journey from co-directing his first feature film to selling screenplays and building a career in marketing. He highlights the importance of screenwriters learning to market...
Published 06/19/24
Host: Geoffrey D. CalhounHost and Best Selling Author of 'The Guide For Every Screenwriter' Guest: Marc GuggenheimLegendary Showrunner of Arrow, Flash, and Legends of Tomorrow Summary: In this episode, Geoffrey D. Calhoun welcomes back legendary showrunner Marc Guggenheim to discuss his experience crafting some of the most iconic TV pilots of our time, including Arrow and The Flash. Marc shares insights into the unique challenges of creating a successful pilot, the importance of tone and...
Published 06/12/24
Host: Geoffrey D. Calhoun, Best Selling Author of The Guide For Every Screenwriter Guest: Rod Blackhurst, Director of "Blood for Dust" Summary: In this episode, Geoffrey D. Calhoun sits down with Rod Blackhurst, the talented director behind the gripping film "Blood for Dust." Starring Kit Harington, Scoot McNary, Josh Lucas, and Stephen Dorff, this crime thriller is set in 1993 and follows the journey of a traveling salesman. Rod shares his origin story, the process of bringing this film to...
Published 05/22/24
Host: Geoffrey D. Calhoun, Host and Best-Selling Author of The Guide For Every Screenwriter Guest: EriksenDickens, Documentarian Filmmaker Summary: In this episode, Geoffrey D. Calhoun sits down with Eriksen Dickens, a documentarian filmmaker specializing in legacy documentaries. Eriksen shares his unique journey into filmmaking, the inspiration behind legacy documentaries, and the intricate process of creating these heartfelt films. They discuss the importance of preserving personal...
Published 05/15/24
Host: Geoffrey D. Calhoun, Host and BEst Selling Author of The Guide For Every Screenwriter Guest: Victoria Male, Nichols Finalist for her script 'Showstopper' Summary In this podcast episode, Geoffrey D. Calhoun interviews Victoria Male, a Nichols finalist for her script Showstopper. Victoria shares her origin story, starting with her passion for theater and acting, and how she eventually fell in love with screenwriting. She discusses the process of writing Showstopper and the unexpected...
Published 05/08/24
Episode Overview: Join host Geoffrey D. Calhoun as he delves into the world of social media authenticity with Megha Bajaj, a former reality TV star turned social media influencer. Discover Megha's journey from television to becoming an Instagram icon, and how she leverages her platform for genuine engagement. Host: Geoffrey D. CalhounBio: Geoffrey is a seasoned screenwriter and mentor with a  passion for storytelling, Geoffrey explores the intersections of creativity and industry trends with...
Published 05/01/24
Host: Geoffrey D. Calhoun (Instagram: @screenwriterpod) Author of The Guide For Every ScreenwriterGuest: Marc Guggenheim has served as a writer, producer, and showrunner for several popular TV series. He is best known for his work on "Arrow" and "Legends of Tomorrow," part of The CW's DC Comics television universe and Carnival Row. His latest book In Any Lifetime is Available Aug 1'st 2024 Episode Overview: In this inspiring episode of The Successful Screenwriter podcast, host Geoffrey D....
Published 04/24/24
Hosted by: Geoffrey D. Calhoun, known for his dedication to educating and uplifting writers through The Successful Screenwriter Podcast. Geoffrey, has been deeply influenced by foundational texts in screenwriting and aims to honor the legacy of screenwriting legends through his work.Guest: Viki King, author of "How to Write a Movie in 21 Days," which is heralded as a cornerstone in screenwriting literature. Viki, the "mother of content" in screenwriting circles, brings an intuitive and...
Published 04/10/24
Host: Geoffrey D. Calhoun Guest: Brock Heasley, Writer and Director of "The Shift" Episode Overview:  In this compelling episode of "The Successful Screenwriter" podcast, Geoffrey D. Calhoun sits down with Brock Heasley, the creative mind behind the buzz-worthy film, "The Shift." A project that started from a small blog post during the MySpace era, "The Shift" has grown into a full-fledged cinematic experience, gaining traction across major social media platforms and starring renowned actors...
Published 04/03/24
Host: Geoffrey D. Calhoun (Instagram @Screenwriterpod)Guest Host: Reece TaylorSpecial Guest: Filmmaker Justin Mane"Crow" Fan Film: https://www.youtube.com/@CROWfanfilm Introduction: Welcome to another episode of our podcast, where we dive deep into the world of indie filmmaking and storytelling. In this episode, we're honored to have filmmaker Justin Mane discuss his feature-length fan film inspired by "The Crow." Joined by reoccurring guest host Reece Taylor, we explore the journey,...
Published 03/27/24
***If you've been affected by online romance scams, or if you're seeking resources and support to navigate the complexities of digital deception, visit CatchTheCatfish.com. Host: Geoffrey D. Calhoun(Instagram @screenwriterpod)Guest: Andre Moreau, Emmy Award-Winning Journalist and Content Creator(instagram @amoreaunow)Episode Overview: In this episode, we delve into the intricate world of social media, its impact on personal identity, and the rise of online scams, through the experiences of...
Published 03/20/24
Host: Geoffrey D. Calhoun Guest: Bo Mirhosseni, Filmmaker Episode Overview: In this episode, Geoffrey D. Calhoun is thrilled to welcome filmmaker Bo Mirhosseni, the creative force behind the Shudder original film "History of Evil." Join us as Bo shares his journey from skate videos in Long Beach to directing music videos, commercials, and finally his leap into feature filmmaking. Dive into the origins of "History of Evil," a film that blends family drama with genre elements against the...
Published 03/13/24
Host Geoffrey Calhoun welcomes author and retired cryptologist J.L. Hancock to the podcast. Hancock discusses his book, "The Hawk Enigma," a military techno-thriller inspired by his experiences embedded with special ops.Main Content: J.L. Hancock's Background:Hancock shares his journey from growing up in Albuquerque, New Mexico, to joining the military after 9/11, motivated by a desire to use his language skills. His path led him to the Defense Language Institute and eventually into...
Published 03/06/24
Host: Geoffrey CalhounInstagram @screenwriterpodGuest: Joshua Lastine, Entertainment LawyerInstagram @LastineLawOverview: Discussing why screenwriters, especially indie screenwriters, need entertainment lawyers to navigate the complexities of contracts and protect their rights and interests.Key Highlights: The Importance of Legal Representation for Screenwriters:Joshua emphasizes the crucial need for screenwriters to have legal protection, from newcomers to seasoned professionals, to ensure...
Published 02/29/24
Summary: In this conversation, Mary Scheyder interviews Geoffrey D. Calhoun, host of the Successful Screenwriter podcast, about various aspects of screenwriting. They discuss starting out in screenwriting, overrated advice for new writers, writing Geoffrey's book 'The Guide for Every Screenwriter', adapting real-life stories, rituals and routines for writing, writing the movie you want to see, the challenge of writing adaptations, and finding writer's euphoria. Takeaways Focus on mastering...
Published 02/14/24
Summary Stand-up comedian and author Mike Lukas discusses his journey in comedy, from breaking into the industry to developing a unique comedy lens. He emphasizes the importance of finding personal truths and topics that make you laugh, as well as understanding how to punch up in comedy. Lukas also shares insights on going blue in comedy and the need to be aware of the impact of jokes on different audiences. Overall, he encourages aspiring comedians to practice and develop their funny...
Published 02/07/24
*Recorded live at Slamdance for the 'Chaperone' premiere which won the Breakouts Feature Grand Jury Prize. Host: Geoffrey D. Calhoun Guest: Zoe Eisenberg, Writer/Director of 'Chaperone'Episode OverviewIn this episode, Geoffrey D. Calhoun interviews Zoe Eisenberg about her film 'Chaperone,' which premiered at Slamdance. They discuss the film's unique storyline, Eisenberg's inspiration from a personal experience, and the character development in the film.Key Discussion PointsInspiration Behind...
Published 01/31/24
Host: Geoffrey D. Calhoun (instagram: @screenwriterpod) Guest: Paul Chitlik, Author of "Rewrite"Introduction: Join our community at thesuccessfulscreenwriter.com for access to seminars, workshops, Oscar-nominated screenplays, and writing assignments.Free resources to launch your screenwriting career.Episode Highlights: Breaking into Screenwriting:Paul Chitlik advises starting with short YouTube videos to gain notice.Importance of understanding the flow of digital platforms and building an...
Published 01/24/24
Host: Geoffrey D. Calhoun (Instagram: @screenwriterpod) Guest: Eric Rudnick, Writer and DirectorHighlights of the Episode: Introduction of the Guest:Eric Rudnick, the creator behind the short film "Hold You So Tight."His journey from a reality TV producer to an inspiring filmmaker.Journey of 'Hold You So Tight':The inception of the film's idea from an AI robot encounter.The casting of Charisma Carpenter and her contributions.Eric’s approach to addressing themes of loneliness and the human...
Published 01/17/24
Host: Geoffrey D. Calhoun, founder of thesuccessfulscreenwriter.comGuest: Director of Jason Miller "Ghosts of the Void"Highlights:Community Engagement:Invitation to join thesuccessfulscreenwriter.com for access to seminars, workshops, Oscar-nominated screenplays, and writing gigs.Guest Introduction:Jason Miller, a writer-director, discussing his latest film "Ghosts of the Void."Project Genesis:Jason shares his journey from concept to execution of "Ghosts of the Void."Creative Process:Insights...
Published 01/10/24
Host: Geoffrey D. Calhoun Guest: Haris Orkin Introduction Geoffrey D. Calhoun introduces Haris Orkin, a multifaceted author, video game writer, and screenwriter.Writing Strategies. Screenwriting, Video Games, & Novels Haris Orkin discusses his transition from screenwriting to novel writing, starting with a screenplay that eventually became his James Bond parody series, "James Flynn."He emphasizes the challenge of moving from scriptwriting to prose, and his journey of learning and...
Published 01/03/24