I highly recommend screenwriters - and filmmakers - check out these podcasts:
- Creative Screenwriting magazine offers up new podcasts every week via iTunes, featuring Q&As with screenwriters with new films out. One of the newest interviews features Zodiac screenwriter James Vanderbilt chatting with CS senior editor Jeff Goldsmith and an audience about the process of writing that film. Vanderbilt's a most engaging subject when talking about the research, working with David Fincher and so on. (Interestingly, the same magazine features a less than glowing review of the film and script - a review which I think is much too hard on the finished product.) Some of the Q&As are better than others - Goldsmith's rushed interview with Iris Yamashita (Letters from Iwo Jima) isn't his finest hour and the odd interview with the director/writer of the Algerian WWII picture Days of Glory sounds like a talk with his translator instead, because all of the original French was snipped out of the podcast (makes it shorter though!). But he's enthusiastic and well versed on most of the subjects at hand and these talks are a really useful tool for any budding scribe. The interview with Children of Men co-writer Tim Sexton is particularly great, as is the ones with Michael Arndt (Little Miss Sunshine) and The Queen's Peter Morgan.
- Despite its name, The Treatment, which comes via KCRW in LA, isn't focused on screenwriting per se; but rather an interview show with one of my favorite film critics, Elvis Mitchell, chatting with various directors, writers and producers about making films and television (two writer-producers for Lost were recent guests). Mitchell's such an affable, literate host that I'll tune in no matter who the guest (though sometimes his questions are longer than their answers!) Some of the great recent shows include: Guillermo Del Toro, Anne Beatts (former SNL writer), George Miller (on how he went from Mad Max to Babe to Happy Feet, and how they're all linked more than you'd think), and Steven Soderbergh. Download 'em to your ipod and catch up now.