Category Archives: Interviews
Sleight star Jacob Latimore may play a street-smart magician in J.D. Dillard’s impressive directorial debut, but he’s hardly a one-trick pony. The charismatic 20-year-old is a multi-talent who got his start in the music business before discovering his passion for acting. A natural-born performer, Will Smith and Forest Whitaker helped prepare him for his biggest role yet.
The veteran producer talks about working with Tim Burton early in her career, WB’s commitment to diversity, the possibility of another writers’ strike and the collapse of exhibition windows.
“I carry a gun from time to time… I’m less concerned about a terrorist attack by ISIS or Al Qaeda than the guy next to you in line who flips out when you bump into him and he spills his soda,” says the crime writer.
The 18-year-old actress tells the Tracking Board about the film’s audition process, her magical experience at Sundance and whether college is in her plans during this very exciting time in her life.
Cristian Barros interviews Ben Rodriguez on the creation of his new digital series, Pushy Riots, a buddy adventure story with a unique voice. Rodriguez discusses why digital is the new platform for creators as well as the challenges it poses.
With the Season One finale of Ovation’s new drama series Versailles fast approaching, The Tracking Board was able to speak with co-creator David Wolstencroft about the genesis of the series and what it’s like creating a show unlike any period drama you’ve seen before.
As his major motion picture debut, Hayden Szeto is a standout as the anxiously adorable love interest of Hailee Steinfeld’s cynical Nadine in The Edge of Seventeen. We had a chance to talk to Szeto about being the leading man, his experiences as an Asian Canadian in Hollywood, and how his character in the movie is similar to his high school self.
The directing duo that helmed award-winning sci-fi short Reset, talked to us from Sweden about the highly anticipated Battlefield 1 and the merging of cinema and video games and the obstacles that go along with it.
We had the chance to talk with Don’t Think Twice stars Mike Birbiglia, Keegan-Michael Key and Kate Miccuci about the improv-driven dramedy , their experiences in the comedy world, and whether or not they feel like they have “made it” in the industry.
The director who has helmed music videos by Paramore, Tegan and Sara, 5 Seconds of Summer, Jazmine Sullivan, and Cage the Elephant talks about his feature film debut.
We had a the opportunity to speak with the That ’70s Show star about what went into making Opening Night, jukebox musicals and his love for ensemble comedies.
We had the chance to speak with the Wet Hot American Summer co-writer about the inspiration behind Hello, My Name Is Doris, working in TV vs. film, and what makes a good story worth telling.
Filmmaker Ross Putman created the Twitter feed @femscriptintros to expose some of the worst examples of misogyny he’s come across through reading thousands of screenplays. The account became a part of the conversation surrounding diversity in Hollywood, which is why we wanted to know more about the man behind the feminist feed.
The Tracking Board has a conversation with Good Girls Revolt creator Dana Calvo about breaking in, her timely new Amazon series, and why it’s the “single most rewarding thing” she has ever done in her career.
The Tracking Board sits down with BloodList creator Kailey Marsh to get her thoughts on the scripts and writers who made this year’s list, the state of dark genre in film and television, and why horror movies don’t necessarily need to be ‘low budget’.
As part of this week’s Mini Series, we sat down with Hit List writer John D’Arco, who wrote the teen/action feature Barely Lethal, which stars Hailee Steinfeld, Samuel L Jackson, and Jessica Alba. We chat about the process of getting Barely Lethal from script to screen, writing lessons he learned, and advice he wished he knew when he was younger.
As part of this week’s Mini Series, we sat down with Hit List writer John D’Arco, who wrote the teen/action feature Barely Lethal, which stars Hailee Steinfeld, Samuel L Jackson, and Jessica Alba. We chat about his journey from film crew to writer, how branding works for you, his experience dealing with “heat,” and the long-term benefits of a general meeting.
As part of the Mini Series, we sat down with ABC’s Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. staff writer DJ Doyle to chat about the lessons he’s learned along the way, pitching in the writers room, and the advice he wish he knew when he was starting out.
As part of the Mini Series, we sat down with ABC’s Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. staff writer DJ Doyle to chat about his journey to becoming a writer, what makes a good writer’s assistant, and learning how and when to pitch in the writers room.
In part two of this week’s Mini Series, we sat down with 2014 Tracking Board Launch Pad Pilots Competition winner and Young and Hungry List Alum Sean Costello to chat about his experience developing and packaging his Launch Pad script, industry lessons he learned the hard way, how to query someone, and why you’ve got to have a killer page one.
In this week’s edition of the Mini Series, we sat down with 2014 Tracking Board Launch Pad Pilots Competition winner and Young and Hungry List Alum Sean Costello to chat about his journey to becoming a writer, hanging out with Hollywood screenwriting legends, and his exciting experience winning the Launch Pad screenwriting competition.
In part two of this week’s Mini Series, we sat down with ABC’s The Goldbergs staff writer with Lewaa Nasserdeen to chat about how to create a diverse career, not waiting to make your own content, and lessons he learned along the way.
As part of the Mini Series, we sat down with ABC’s The Goldbergs staff writer Lewaa Nasserdeen to chat about his unusual journey into television writing, building your tribe, getting the reader to “lean forward,” and breaking story in the writer’s room.
In part two of our “Get To Know Your Launch Pad Mentors ” interview with Young And Hungry List Alum and State Of Affairs staff writer Michael Perri, we sat down to talk about lessons he learned in the industry; finding time to write with a young family and a taste of the advice he’ll give to the new writers in his upcoming role as mentor for the Launch Pad Pilots Contest.
As part of our “Get To Know Your Launch Pad Mentors ” edition of the Mini Series, we sat down with Young And Hungry List Alum and Staff Of Affairs staff writer Michael Perri to chat about the importance of branding as a writer; taking meetings; dealing with “heat” and what it’s like working in the writer’s room.
As a Bite-Sized part of our “Get To Know Your Judges” edition of the Mini Series, we set out to meet with manager and 2015 Launch Pad Pilots Competition guaranteed signing judge Henry Huang. Henry is a manager at Heroes and Villains Entertainment who sent down for a brief chat about how he got his start, why he was drawn to the Launch Pad Competition, and the weirdest query letter he’s ever received.
As part of this week’s Mini Series, we sat down with with Launch Pad finalist and all-around screenwriting guru, screenwriter, and novelist, Jeanne Veillette Bowerman to talk about lessons she’s learned on the way to becoming a writer, her experience of placing in Launch Pad, and writer’s block.
As part of this week’s Mini Series, we sat down with Launch Pad finalist and all-around screenwriting guru, screenwriter, and novelist, Jeanne Veillette Bowerman to talk about her journey to becoming a writer, running Script Mag, and her experience of placing in Launch Pad and becoming part of The Tracking Board family.
In part two of our “Get To Know Your Launch Pad Mentors ” edition of the Mini Series, we sat down with “Teen Wolf” staff writers and Launch Pad Alums Talia Gonzalez and Bisanne Masoud to discuss about their journey so far; working in the “Teen Wolf” writers room; industry lessons and becoming mentors for the upcoming Launch Pad Pilot competition winners.
As part of our “Get To Know Your Launch Pad Mentors ” edition of the Mini Series, we sat down with “Teen Wolf” staff writers and Launch Pad Alums Talia Gonzalez and Bisanne Masoud to discuss how industry contests like Launch Pad help up-and-coming writers, the lessons they’ve learned along the way, and how failure is apart of success.