Up vs. Soul: What Theme is Driving Your Writing?May 8, 2021
How do you fulfill your destiny as a writer? Jake examines how Pete Docter explores this question in two...01
The Mandalorian: Where Hook Meets EngineApril 24, 2021
Jake discusses the hook and engine of The Mandalorian, the structural, character and thematic challenges that limited the engine...
One Night in Miami: Writing for Political ChangeApril 3, 2021
Jake discusses three elements of One Night in Miami: the way the screenplay lands its political message, the slightly...
Cobra Kai: How to Find Your HookMarch 9, 2021
Jake breaks down the hook, engine and structure of Cobra Kai, how to find your hook, and what to...
The Little Things: How to Write a Trick EndingFebruary 20, 2021
Jake dissects the trick ending of The Little Things and other great films like The Sixth Sense, The Usual...
How To Be a Dope Ass Motherf#&ker: Writing for Hire Tips with Steven BagatourianFebruary 9, 2021
Jake and special guest Steven Bagatourian discuss writing for hire screenwriting gigs, pitching and how building a career as...
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom: The Art of AdaptationJanuary 23, 2021
Jake breaks down the screenplay adaptation of Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, and the art of adapting a play for...
The Queen’s Gambit: Writing the Limited SeriesJanuary 9, 2021
Jake breaks down the many ways The Queen's Gambit flaunts the traditional rules of structure, and shows you how...
Keep Your New Year’s Writing ResolutionsJanuary 1, 2021
Keeping your New Year’s resolutions as a writer begins with learning to think a little more like your characters....