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This is the Official Page for "Hilliard Guess' SCREENWRITER'S RANT ROOM!" Our host is Hilliard Guess, a WGAw writer, director and in demand TV/Film producer and currently the Director of Development at Ben Watkins' Blue Monday Prods. Hilliard and his amazing team drop industry bombs in this unfiltered, hilarious podcast series that delivers nuthin’ but REAL TALK… from real working writers… while at the same time… puttin’ you on game! With co-host - director/writer/cinephile - Christopher B. Derrick (Star Trek: Picard, The Equalizer) . Our motto: “Keep it real and we keep it opinionated!" Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/screenwriters-rant-room/support

This is the Official Page for "Hilliard Guess' SCREENWRITER'S RANT ROOM!" Our host is Hilliard Guess, a WGAw writer, director and in demand TV/Film producer and currently the Director of Development at Ben Watkins' Blue Monday Prods. Hilliard and his amazing team drop industry bombs in this unfiltered, hilarious podcast series that delivers nuthin’ but REAL TALK… from real working writers… while at the same time… puttin’ you on game! With co-host - director/writer/cinephile - Christopher B. Derrick (Star Trek: Picard, The Equalizer) . Our motto: “Keep it real and we keep it opinionated!" Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/screenwriters-rant-room/support

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This is the Official Page for "Hilliard Guess' SCREENWRITER'S RANT ROOM!" Our host is Hilliard Guess, a WGAw writer, director and in demand TV/Film producer and currently the Director of Development at Ben Watkins' Blue Monday Prods. Hilliard and his amazing team drop industry bombs in this unfiltered, hilarious podcast series that delivers nuthin’ but REAL TALK… from real working writers… while at the same time… puttin’ you on game! With co-host - director/writer/cinephile - Christopher B. Derrick (Star Trek: Picard, The Equalizer) . Our motto: “Keep it real and we keep it opinionated!" Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/screenwriters-rant-room/support

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Episodes

431 - Filmmaker Aitch Alberto

12/5/2022
In this episode, Hilliard and emerging writer/dir Anthony Alyassyi sit down with lovely and beautiful writer/director/filmmaker Aitch Alberto who recently finished writing on DUSTER, a 1970s-set crime drama series from J.J. Abrams and LaToya Morgan for HBO Max and Warner Brothers TV. She also served as a writer on AppleTV+'s critically acclaimed anthology series LITTLE AMERICA from Alan Yang, Kumail Nanjiani, and Emily V. Gordon. Aitch has adapted for film and directed the award-winning...

Duration:01:02:36

430: BREAKTHROUGH ARTISTS – UMAR AND KOBIE

11/21/2022
In this episode, Hilliard chopped it up with Blue Monday Productions – Breakthrough Artist Award Alumni -- Umar White and Kobie Kiambu. These two writer/filmmakers hail from D.C and Maryland and are following their dreams on their journey to become showrunners. We go deep into their intense media backgrounds, meeting at college, making films, Umar becoming an editor -- Kobie working his way up in post, and their desire to relocate to Hollywood and follow their passion. We go into how Umar...

Duration:01:15:14

429: CRAIG T. WILLIAMS - Writer/Producer

11/14/2022
In this episode, Hilliard sat down with indie writer/producer Craig T. Williams while he's on his short trip to LA from NY -- they chopped it up about his journey, growing up in the Bronx New York, traveling the world, landing roles in indie films, producing over a hundred projects, using unorthodox methods of fundraising, hitting the festival circuit, realizing that sometimes you can make too many short films, selling yourself in showrunner meetings, building relationships on Clubhouse and...

Duration:01:37:53

428 - KEITH POWELL - Actor/Writer/Director

11/7/2022
In this episode, Hilliard and Chris & Alex Derrick sat down with actor-writer-director Keith Powell (TOOFER on 30 Rock) to talk about his crazy journey growing up in Philly with a house filled with women, to acting/directing in theater in NY, to landing his career job on hit series 30 Rock for 7 years, to directing at least one short film a year and his amazing pivot to directing episodic television (Interview With a Vampire, Dickinson, A Holiday in Harlem etc) while continuing to land...

Duration:01:43:54

427: Gary Goldstein

10/31/2022
In this ep Hilliard sat down with big bro, writer-producer-author Gary Goldstein to talk about the making of his new book "The Mother I Never Had" which is currently at #4 on Kindle and #6 on Paperback Amazon.com! We also talk about tips on writing MOW's (Hallmark and Lifetime) sustaining a long, successful career writing popular Holiday Films and Romantic Comedies that play on networks where writers can earn a nice living! We talk about adapting his plays playwright and ways to pivot later...

Duration:01:10:51

426: The Mosses Writing Team

10/24/2022
In this episode, Hilliard sat down with writing team and married couple -- Dijorn Moss & Trinea Moss! We talked about their journey thus far, living in the Bay Area, their hilarious "movie meet", locating to LA and becoming a writing team, submitting to programs, writing specs and pilots, writing genre, studying with the some of the greats, their writers’ group “Scribes 4 Fries”, mentorship with super dope EP Niceole Levi and so much more! Check out the ScreenWriterRR website at...

Duration:01:24:54

425: Filmmakers Alex Derrick and Clarlin “M.A.C.A” Clark

10/17/2022
In this episode, Hilliard & Chris sit down with Alex Derrick and Clarlin “M.A.C.A” Clark. Yes, that’s right! Chris’ younger brother, a filmmaker and cinematographer in his own right! Alex and M.A.C.A. discuss their most recent collaboration - TWO TO TANGO, a horror short, that you can see on YouTube! This episode is full of insights on how to have a successful collaboration with producing low-budget projects to extend your brand and developing content outside of the Hollywood system as a...

Duration:01:34:01

424: Brazilian Filmmakers

10/10/2022
In this episode, Hilliard sat down with Brazilian Filmmakers Eduardo Gomez, Octavio Mendes and Filipe "Pipo" Gontijo - who were introduced to him by mega producer Mauricio Meta of Wise Entertainment. We talk about the current state of film and filmmaking in Brazil, their success and the types of stories they love to tell, the difficulty shooting there, Latin production obstacles, shooting Latin TV, crossing over to America and so much more. Another don't miss episode y'all! Check...

Duration:01:46:54

423: Denzel Whitaker - Actor/Filmmaker

10/3/2022
In this episode, Hilliard & Chris sit down with lil' bro, actor/director/editor/filmmaker and all around hyphenate - Denzel Whitaker - known for such films as Black Panther, The Great Debaters and U Shoot Videos? We go deep into Denzel's super dope journey from child actor to reinventing himself as a grown up and pivoting to a filmmaker who can create work for himself by utilizing all the great resources around him. This episode is full of industry game y'all. It's truly one of those you...

Duration:02:04:38

422: Niceole Levy - THE WRITERS' ROOM SURVIVAL GUIDE

9/26/2022
In this dope episode, Hilliard & Chris (along with Emerging Writers LaMonte Edwards and Jerry Jerome), have a super fun conversation with big sis, Executive Producer Niceole Levy, talking about her amazing new book: THE WRITERS' ROOM SURVIVAL GUIDE" - dropping October 4, 2022 on (AMAZON, BOOKSHOP). We go deep into some of our favorite chapters and passages including: Post Production, Knowing who's in your Room, Navigating Land Mines, Top Loading the Room, Room Lingo and Glossary, Pitching...

Duration:02:32:29

421: SHOWRUNNER - CHUCK ROSE

9/19/2022
In this episode, Hilliard does a one on one with big bro, Showrunner, Executive Producer, Playwrite and Author Chuck Rose. We catch up with Chuck and talk about what he's been up to the past few years since his last appearance on the podcast including: developing series for studios and networks during Covid, pitching on zoom, producing international series - and Chuck's new website (ChuckRoseProductions.com) where he gives back to the community by helping writers to develop their...

Duration:00:54:11

420: CHRISTOPHER J MOORE

9/12/2022
Hilliard & Chris sit down with Christopher J. Moore, writer of the high octane thriller "End of The Road," currently the number one film on Netflix and starring Queen Latifah, Ludacris and Beau Bridges! There is a ton of game dropped in this one y'all. Chris' journey, growing up in the hard streets of LA, playing football in college, his pivot to film school, writing a novel that sold over 140,000 units while writing spec scripts, landing in the writers' room of Meet the Browns, writing...

Duration:01:29:48

419: ROSERO - POP STAR CHOREOGRAPHER

9/5/2022
In this episode, Hilliard does a one-on-one with with his old friend from the 80s club days in San Francisco - the man who can do it all - celebrity choreographer, dancer, producer, actor and creative director ROSERO. They talk about Rosero's amazing journey from Club Dancer to Video Star, to Choreographer and Creative Director on some of our favorite films, Tours and TV shows: Step Up, Alvin and the Chipmunks, Honey 2, Garfield, Rio, Family Reunion, The Neighborhood, The Upshaws, Legendary,...

Duration:01:48:40

418: WRITERS ON RISE

8/29/2022
In our latest episode, Hilliard sat down with some of his favorite black male writers on the rise: Amadou Diallo (Story Editor Billions), Saeed Crumbler (Sony Development Deal) and Rah Johnson (a sci-fi Series we can't reveal yet). Each of these super talented brotha's talk about the first times they staffed, following the rules, getting the bump to Story Editor, continuing to write your own projects, your super power in the room, building your tribe, dealing with egos, staying supportive...

Duration:01:58:32

417: BATGIRL, CROWDFUNDING & LATINX REPRESENTATION

8/22/2022
In this episode, Hilliard, Chris, Lynelle and writer/producer Jorge Rivera go IN - ranting about a bunch of fun topics for writers and creatives: development, Bat Girl, Lynelle's new crowdfunding project "Hatchback", Latino projects, staffing tips, BIPOC execs and so much more! Lynelle's project: Supportourstory.com/hatchback Check out the ScreenWriterRR website at www.screenwritersrr.com for information, merch, or our Patreon! Support the show via the Patreon link. Remember support...

Duration:01:52:14

416: CHAS - GROWN-ISH

8/15/2022
In this episode, Hilliard, Chris and emerging writer Nage Gibson-Thomson sit down with CHAS - Staffwriter on Freeform's hit series GROWN-ISH! We get deep into Chas' background -- growing up in the Bay Area, becoming a popular SLAM poet on the national touring circuit, being the only guy to have written on the staff of Issa Rae's Awkward Black Girl, inside tips to how Chas got into the the ABC Disney Writing Fellowship and how he staffed on Grown-ish. There a lot of gems of knowledge in...

Duration:02:01:53

415: "SEND HELP" Writer's Room

8/8/2022
In this episode, Hilliard talks with first time Staff Writers, Tiffany Beacham, Josh Meyers and Jordan Dumbroff -- from the new AllBlk Network series SEND HELP --dropping on August 11, 2022 -- from the artistic minds of Co-Showrunners Mike Gauyo & Jean Elie (you can hear their journeys on ep 414). This podcast is full of game for all of you writers who desire to work in their first writers' rooms and also gives tons of tips and tricks to help to prepare you for the next gig! A special...

Duration:01:53:05

414: Co-SHOWRUNNERS - MIKE GAUYO & JEAN ELIE

8/1/2022
In this episode Hilliard and Chris have a super inspiring conversation with Mike Gauyo & Jean Elie, the co-showrunners on the new dramedy SEND HELP on the popular @watchallblk Network! We talk about (you can hear Mike's story on ep 369) Jean's journey, his rise to the top of the call sheet and how these two, strong, black Haitian writer/producer/actor/filmmakers came together to produce a series that is loosely based on the hilarious and dramatic stories that were inspired by Jean's life....

Duration:01:43:39

413: Emerging Writer - NATASHA M. HALL

7/25/2022
In this episode, Hilliard sat down with lil' sis, Emerging Writer Natasha M. Hall to talk about her amazing journey: growing up as a Caribbean girl in Brooklyn, being bullied by mean girls and fighting back with her smarts, dedicating herself to school and her multi-degrees, receiving a scholarship to Vancouver to study Film and Screenwriting, The Cosby Fellowship in LA, working in Post Production at HBO, The CBS WMP Program, being the 2020 AMC Austin FF Winner, finding her true voice after...

Duration:01:15:16

412: Writers' Room Chat

7/18/2022
In this episode, Hilliard, Chris and Tracy talk a little about the Covid outbursts in California and then jump into the innerworkings of writers' room for a serialized series or stand alone. The three writers compare notes from different kinds of rooms they've been in over the years and give tricks of the trade for aspiring and pros to help add to their arsenal. In the end, they shift to must read (Audible) Will Smith book WILL (we're not at all condoning what happened at the Oscars), but...

Duration:01:15:06