Brock Swinson

“Stories that Remain in You” Gideon Raff on ‘Homeland’, ‘The Spy’, & ‘Prisoners of War’

“Stories that Remain in You” Gideon Raff on ‘Homeland’, ‘The Spy’, & ‘Prisoners of War’

“Like many screenwriters, I have thousands of notebooks. Some of them I don’t even look back to, but they feed future ideas and themes you’re dealing with,” said screenwriter/director Gideon Raff. “When I start a project, I have a world of ideas that won’t fit into a two-hour or a four-hour story, but they’re intruding […]

 Brock Swinson

“Mine the Material for Something Great” Liz Feldman on ‘Dead to Me’ and Writing for Ellen DeGeneres

“Mine the Material for Something Great” Liz Feldman on ‘Dead to Me’ and Writing for Ellen DeGeneres

“I was always really enamored with entertainment, even as a small child,” said screenwriter Liz Feldman, adding, “so much so that at the age of ten, I asked for an agent for my birthday from my parents – not at all aware that’s not how it works.” Feldman grew up in Brooklyn and did follow […]

 Brock Swinson

Mike Reiss On “Springfield Confidential” 30 Years Of Writing for ‘The Simpsons’

Mike Reiss On “Springfield Confidential” 30 Years Of Writing for ‘The Simpsons’

“When a guy I had never met called me up and said, ‘You and I are going to drive across America and I’m going to write a book called Mike Reiss’ America,’ and because my mom always told me ‘Take rides from strangers,’ I said, ‘Sure.’” The original ghostwriting assignment didn’t pan out. The duo pitched […]

 Brock Swinson

“A Long Writing Process is Freeing” Jeffrey Addiss & Will Matthews on ‘Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance’

“A Long Writing Process is Freeing” Jeffrey Addiss & Will Matthews on ‘Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance’

Jeffrey Addiss and Will Matthews originally contacted the Jim Henson company to pitch a sequel idea for Labyrinth, and while the idea wasn’t in the cards even for a pitch meeting, they were invited to come up with an idea for Dark Crystal. “I grew up loving Dark Crystal. I grew up loving Henson,” said […]

 Brock Swinson

“The Epic And The Intimate” Writer / Director Scott Teems on ‘The Quarry’

“The Epic And The Intimate” Writer / Director Scott Teems on ‘The Quarry’

“From an early age, I knew what I wanted to do,” admitted writer/director Scott Teems. “I talked my teachers into letting me make short films in lieu of book reports, so I made VHS tapes, editing VCR to VCR. It was always something I wanted to do and I never wanted to do anything else.” […]