Category: Screenwriting

BYSO Podcast 73: How to Create Science Fiction and Fantasy Settings

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Hi everyone, welcome to another Backyard Space Opera podcast! This week we take a closer look at the story element of “setting” in science fiction and fantasy. We’ll discuss overall approaches to creating a great setting as well as some specific elements that we especially like and loath. Enjoy! Backyard Space Opera Podcast is all…


BYSO Podcast 63: Interview with Writer and Artist Rob Roman

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Hi everyone, welcome to another Backyard Space Opera Podcast! This week we talk with writer and artist Rob Roman about his new micro budget Sci-Fi web series project.  We’ll discuss the importance of pushing forward, embracing budgetary limitations, finishing projects and sharing with the world. We also get a great glimpse into a project at…


BYSO Podcast 57: A MacGuffin Discussion – How to create Sci Fi & Fantasy MacGuffins

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Hi Everyone, welcome to another Backyard Space Opera Podcast!  This week we continue our series examining storytelling elements and how to improve writing in the science fiction and fantasy genres by discussing the “MacGuffin”.  We talk about the various shapes, sizes, and flavors our MacGuffins can take and how science fiction and fantasy stories provide…


BYSO Podcast 49: Interview with Fantasy Novelist Andy Peloquin

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Hi everyone, welcome to another Backyard Space Opera Podcast!  This week we are thrilled to interview fantasy novelist Andy Peloquin.  Andy is the writer of “The Last Bucelarii” dark fantasy series as well as many other works. In this episode we get to hear all about Andy’s stories , his approach to writing, getting published,…


BYSO Podcast 48: Interview with Screenwriter Michael Varrati

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Hi Everyone, welcome to another Backyard Space Opera Podcast! This week we welcome screenwriter Michael Varrati. Michael is known for his work in both low budget horror and network TV.  He’s been a columnist and commentator for various outlets like Huffington Post, Vice, Tubefilter, and FearNet.  He hosts San Diego Comic Con’s annual LGBT horror…


BYSO Podcast 46: Writing Young Adult Sci Fi With Janet Racciato Author of the Jade Series

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Hi everyone, welcome to another Backyard Space Opera Podcast!  This week we are joined by Janet Racciato, author of Jade, the young adult sci fi series.  We’ll discuss Janet’s work and approaches to writing in general.  We also examine the pros and cons of self publishing.  Enjoy! Backyard Space Opera Podcast is all about low…


BYSO Podcast 45: Creating Objects of Power

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Hi Everyone, welcome to another Backyard Space Opera Podcast! Excalibur, Indiana Jone’s Whip, and Luke’s Light Saber, all objects of great power that give their respective films that something extra.  Today we examine “objects of power”.  These are carried by our protagonists throughout the story offering unique abilities and symbolizing our hero’s capacity to win…


BYSO Podcast 41: Mentor Mayhem

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Hi everyone, welcome to another Backyard Space Opera podcast! This week we discuss the ever critical story element, the “mentor”. We’ll discuss the benefit of using the Hero’s Journey template to understand the nature of the mentor in genre movies and stories. We’ll examine some great examples from Sci Fi and Fantasy movies to tease…


BYSO Podcast 38: Pulp Tales – Dungeons and Dragons Edition

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Hi everyone, welcome to another Backyard Space Opera Podcast! This week we follow up on our serial character analysis by presenting the narrative story based on the Dungeons and Dragons character we created. We’ll also present a character narrative from another of Cody’s players, which leads into a discussion of how role playing games like…


BYSO Podcast 37: Serial Character Celebration

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Hi everyone, welcome to another Backyard Space Opera Podcast! This week we examine serial characters designed for ongoing and potentially everlasting stories. We’ll discuss the unique difficulties in making characters that are appealing and yet static enough to have countless adventurers. As an exercise we create an original serial character for Kyle to play in…


BYSO Podcast 36: Public Domain Pitching

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Hi Everyone, welcome to another Backyard Space Opera Podcast! This week we discuss the awesome power of public domain characters. We’ll discuss the pros and cons of using public domain characters in our scripts and projects as well as make specific pitches for particular characters using Blake Snyder’s log line format. You can check out…


BYSO Podcast 32: Techno Babbling

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Hi everyone, welcome to another Backyard Space Opera Podcast.  This week, special guest host Patrick “the Engineer” joins in to examine the art of techno-babble and getting the science in our fiction just right. We’ll look at examples from across the spectrum of Sci Fi, including an analysis of the micro budget movie Primer.  Patrick…


BYSO Podcast 26: Script Craft Part 2

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Hi everyone, welcome to another Backyard Space Opera Podcast! This week, we finish the rough draft script for Lens Driver Prelude, our next short film project.  We’ll continue to incorporate all the feedback we received from the story creation process and discuss the best dialogue to bring our characters to life.  We also embrace the…


BYSO Podcast 25: Script Craft Part 1

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Hi everyone, welcome to another Backyard Space Opera Podcast!  This week we take our next film project further by developing the rough draft of our script.  We’ll discuss and incorporate all the fantastic advice we’ve received and show our process of creating, what we hope is, another great short film.  We also briefly discuss our…


BYSO Podcast 22: Story Strategies

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Hi everyone, welcome to Backyard Space Opera Podcast! This week we further develop the story behind our newest short film project.  Building on the feedback we received from the prose narrative of episode 17, we discuss additions and changes to make at the story level as we move into writing the first draft of the…


BYSO Podcast 18: Script Scrying

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Hi everyone, welcome to another Backyard Space Opera podcast! This week special guest host, Matt “the Movie Fan”, is going to help us break new ground by examining a script that is still being developed.  We answer the call to action issued by Filmtrooper Scott McMahon and discuss our thoughts about his new super natural…


BYSO Podcast 17: Pulp Tales – Lens Driver Prelude

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Welcome to another Backyard Space Opera podcast.  This week we present a special Pulp Tales episode called Lens Driver Prelude.  Its the audio narration of the story that will eventually become our next short film project.  We hope everyone listening will write in about their thoughts and ways to improve or expand the story. Send…