Monday, August 22, 2011

Monday Mention: Disasterpiece Theatre

Today's review is what I call quick and dirty...meaning short and sweet. But if you're a regular reader of the blog, you may have picked up on the fact that I listen to a lot of podcasts. (That's an Internet audio broadcast, for those of you who don't know.)

And I'm really enjoying a new podcast called Disasterpiece Theatre. Hosts Alex White, Stephen Granade, and Brooke Fox kick around ideas to formulate Hollywood movie pitches. They'll build on a theme or a movie type like noir, kick around plot events, and try to cast the movie. What they come up with is often funny, and sometimes they're not exactly safe for work. They get a little zany and out there too, really pushing the envelope on their pretend pitch. Sometimes they come up with ideas so crazy, yet so plausible, that I pray there are no Hollywood producers listening. Some of these films, you wouldn't want to see made, trust me.

But that's really the fun of the podcast. You don't quite know what Alex, Stephen, and Brooke are going to come up with in their brainstorming sessions, but it's entertaining to listen to them. And along the way, you can learn a few things about how to brainstorm a story and maybe even how to put together a Hollywood pitch if that's something you want to do in the future. (Or at least you can learn what not to do.)

To check out the fun for yourself and given the podcast a listen, visit the Disasterpiece Theatre website. And if you do listen, stop by and let me know what you thought of it.

Copyright (c) 2011 by Michele Chiappetta. All rights reserved.


  1. Thanks so much for the review! We do try to skirt the edge a bit, and sometimes we get a little closer than I might like :)

    Still, it's a lot of fun, and it's really about writing... or what not to write!

  2. Thanks for stopping by, Alex! Your podcast is a great way to look at writing, which is what I love about it.

    And of course, skirting the edge is long as you don't fall off the cliff! :D


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