Brock Swinson

“Pick Your Monsters” Eric Newman on Empathetic Villains in ‘Narcos’ & ‘Narcos: Mexico’

“Pick Your Monsters” Eric Newman on Empathetic Villains in ‘Narcos’ & ‘Narcos: Mexico’

For over twenty years, the idea behind Narcos was marinating inside the mind of Eric Newman. The story, about a war in South America (which showed up on television in Chapter 3) was originally something Newman thought could be a movie. But, somewhat naturally – and perhaps thanks to how television changed over time – […]

 Brock Swinson

“Expanding the Definition of Blackness in America” Kenya Barris on Black-ish & Netflix’s #BlackAF

“Expanding the Definition of Blackness in America” Kenya Barris on Black-ish & Netflix’s #BlackAF

Kenya Barris jokes that he only started writing screenplays because he was a kid with asthma. But in reality, storytelling found Barris because of his love of reading. “The stories and the places writing allowed me to go were so much different than the place I was boxed into. Reading is magic. Being able to […]

 Brock Swinson

“Write Without a Censor” Veena Sud on Quibi’s ‘The Stranger’

“Write Without a Censor” Veena Sud on Quibi’s ‘The Stranger’

Quibi entered our small screens with much fanfare as filmmakers and viewers alike tried to figure out the correct way to hold their mobile devices – vertically or horizontally. More importantly, how does this viewing configuration affect the storytelling process? We spoke with Veena Sud who is no stranger to gripping television. “What intrigued me […]

 Brock Swinson

“Religion Is Not A Punchline” Ramy Youseff on Hulu’s Ramy

“Religion Is Not A Punchline” Ramy Youseff on Hulu’s Ramy

Golden Globe® Award-winning actor Ramy Youssef has always been a creative person. “My first ‘save your birthday money’ purchase was a camera,” he joked. The New Jersey native didn’t see showbusiness as an achievable goal, but an underlying passion and persistence directed him to create more and more, eventually encouraging him to edit, to act, […]

 Brock Swinson

“Improving Bulletproof Drafts” Mark Bomback on ‘Defending Jacob,’ ‘The Art of Racing in the Rain,’ and ‘Planet of the Apes’ Prequels 

“Improving Bulletproof Drafts” Mark Bomback on ‘Defending Jacob,’ ‘The Art of Racing in the Rain,’ and ‘Planet of the Apes’ Prequels 

Mark Bomback’s screenwriting education came from reading hundreds of screenplays. While working in an agency mailroom, he volunteered to read and provide coverage on submitted scripts, which taught him how to write, but also how not to write. “I would read whatever scripts were submitted for possible purchase and give my recommendations as to what […]

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