This week writer Sam Jones shares his experience self-publishing The Fever Dream. With a background in screenwriting and acting, he channels the cinematic style of a 1980s action-thriller into the story of a modern-day hitman with a chip on his shoulder. In this interview, Sam talks about the grind of Hollywood, the pursuit of multiple creative avenues, the value of persistence, and paving your own path.

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This week’s interview is with writer/director Don Bitters, whose background in motion graphics and VFX has fueled his career success. Don talks about his trajectory from short films into full-length features, the importance of having a strong skill to set you apart, and how content creation gets you ahead.

Let’s dive in:

How did you start out?

I started out knowing I wanted to direct from when I was young. I made my first film when I was fourteen.

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This week’s interview is with feature film writer Zak Olkewicz. He shares the ins and outs of screenwriting in Hollywood from pitching to the process of rewriting. Zak’s career took off after selling horror-thriller INK AND BONE to Dimension Films in 2013. Since then, he’s worked on a slew of projects, but let’s start out at the beginning…

How did you start out in the industry?

I actually went to school for video game design.

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This week’s interview is with writer/director Matthew T. Price and writer/producer Kelly Morr. Matt and Kelly co-wrote OTHER HALVES, an indie horror movie set in the world of a Bay Area tech startup. The team gives some killer insight into the realm of indie production, financing and distribution. Check it out as they share the process of writing and making OTHER HALVES, streaming now on Amazon and Google Play!

OTHER HALVES: “A team of programmers develop a revolutionary new dating app called Other Halves.

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This week’s interview is with screenwriter and playwright Annah Feinberg. A jack-of-all-trades in the writing world, Annah wrote and directed the short film GRETCH & TIM, co-wrote the second season of a web series called ROGER, THE CHICKEN, and currently works in television, having script coordinated and assisted on shows like I LOVE DICK, ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT, FLAKED, DAMIEN and VEEP. That doesn’t even include the numerous plays she’s written as well as her newest endeavor,

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In this week’s interview, television writer Lauren Muir shares her experience working from industry assistant to staff writer on the CW’s THE 100. A graduate of Boston University, Lauren shares the path to her success including how she got a manager, the trials & tribulations of assistant life, and her first official episode of THE 100.

Check out season 3, episode 14, “Red Sky at Morning” written by Lauren Muir and Kira Snyder.

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