Mark and Brian talk about Alfonso Cuarón’s ROMA, 2018 Winner of Best Foreign Language Film and Best Director. While the pace of the film was considered glacial by many, including Mark and Brian, those who stick with it will be rewarded. The film is discussed in detail, so watch it first on Netflix if you’re the kind of person who beats up someone for spoiling a movie. (True story, unfortunately. There’s a link in the notes.)
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Mark and Brian talk about their first collaborative writing project - “Who’s the Victor?” - Westwood High School’s senior class play for 1979. It was unconventional and a little pretentious, but it was a place to start. The play’s composer, Brian Larson, joins the conversation which asks the questions, “Where do you go to be bad?” Everyone has to start somewhere.
Mark tells a story about how he and his wife, Camille, fell in love. Camille is there to make sure he gets it right. Giving and receiving notes is an important part of writing or telling a great story. Here’s some advice on how to do both with grace.
Author Kara McDowell discusses her YA book Just for Clicks. She talks about her journey to getting published and explains millennials to Mark and Brian.
Just for Clicks at Amazon
Just For Clicks at Barnes & Noble
Visit Kara’s website at karajmcdowell.com.
You can also find her on Twitter @karajmcdowell and Instagram @karajmcdowellbooks
Watch Mark Arnett’s short film, Clicks on YouTube: https://youtu.be/QY2v1PB-4Os
Brian explains that the key to overcoming writer’s block is to write the scenes you love, and new ideas will follow. Mark’s trick is to clean his garage so that his mind will work overtime to come up with something great to write so he can stop cleaning the garage.
Brian Nissen and Mark Arnett share their top five most influential movies. Mark's list includes: 1. Annie Hall (1977); 2. Life of Brian (1979); 3. Gandhi (1982); 4. Amadeus (1984); and 5. When Harry Met Sally... (1989). Brain's list includes: 1. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975); 2. Annie Hall (1977) & Manhattan (1979); 3. Gandhi (1982); 4. My Life as a Dog (1985); and 5. Breaking Away (1985). Share your list in the comments.
Longtime friends and storytellers (Mark Arnett and Brian Nissen) explore the writing process by editing a three-page script entitled "I Miss Him." They also ramble about a lot of other things along the way.