06th Jan2020

The Filmmakers Podcast #141: How to write a Netflix hit

by Phil Wheat

Here’s the latest episode of the The Filmmakers Podcast, part of the ever-growing podcast roster here on Nerdly. If you haven’t heard the show yet, you can check out previous episodes on the official podcast site, whilst we’ll be featuring each and every new episode as it premieres.

For those unfamiliar, with the series, The Filmmakers Podcast is a podcast about how to make films from micro budget indie films to bigger budget studio films and everything in-between. Our hosts Giles Alderson, Dan Richardson, Andrew Rodger and Cristian James talk how to get films made, how to actually make them and how to try not to f… it up in their very humble opinion. Guests will come on and chat about their film making experiences from directors, writers, producers, screenwriters, actors, cinematographers and distributors. They also shoot the breeze about their new films, The Dare, World of Darkness, Fanged Up, & Retribution too.

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The Filmmakers Podcast #141: How to write a Netflix hit with The Two Popes, Bohemian Rhapsody, The Theory of Everything & Darkest Hour screenwriter & producer Anthony McCarten

Screenwriter and producer Anthony McCarten joins Giles Alderson (The Dare) and Dom Lenoir (Winter Ridge) to talk about writing The Two Popes, Bohemian Rhapsody, The Theory of Everything & Darkest Hour. He talks about where the ideas come from. How to work through the script and how to write the characters who are real whilst re-checking the research. Anthony discusses getting permission to write The Theory of Everything. The Stephen Hawkings biopic which took 8 years. After that film became a hit how the doors suddenly opened to the Hollywood rooms.

How to live with doubt and how this industry is full of rejection. The moment the phone rang and it was Queen asking him to write the script to Bohemian Rhapsody. Turning his play into a screenplay with the Two Popes and how he got the feeedom with Netflix to make the movie they wanted to make. How he pitches his stories and Anthony Hopkins’ advice to actors and as a screenwriter how important it is to know your ending before you start writing.

Follow The Filmmakers Podcast on Twitter: @filmmakerspod | @gilesalderson and the official website

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