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With Scott Fivelson, co-writer of "American Reel" and "Route 666"


With the writers' strike in full swing, the timing of this interview with a writer and producer of independent films couldn't be better. Find out why work-for-hire gigs may not be enough for the ambitious screenwriter. We recorded before the strike, but the insights still apply.

Scott Fivelson is a screenwriter, novelist, and musician whose stories and satirical pieces have appeared in Chicago magazine, The Chicago Tribune, Playboy, Los Angeles magazine, The Los Angeles Times, The L.A. Weekly, Tales from the Heart of Hollywood, and other publications. In a satirical tribute to Steven Spielberg, he wrote  Guess What’s Coming to Dinner? The Extraterrestrial Etiquette Guide, from Bantam Books.

Scott co-wrote and was a producer on the film "American Reel," starring David Carradine, Mariel Hemingway, and the distinguished British actor Michael Maloney ("Truly, Madly, Deeply," "Henry V," "Othello," "Hamlet") and directed by Mark Archer (producer, "In the Company of Men").  He also co-wrote the sci-fi/action movie "Route 666" for Lionsgate.

Scott's new novel, Tuxes, is a satire on the classic summer beach book. He also wrote tunes for and performs on the jazz CD "Awesome in New York" by The Mishka Spiro Trio.

Please join Scott and host Paula B. as they chew over, among other things:

  • How he got started in Hollywood
  • How "American Reel" and "Route 666" got made
  • How he ended up producing as well as writing
  • How he selects his subjects
  • What a screenwriter does and doesn't get to do on a film
  • How he comes up with jokes and humorous situations.

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Mishka Spiro Trio - Awesome In New York - Swan Song

Interviewee: Scott Fivelson
Host: Paula B
Date: November 25, 2007
Running time: 01:21:03
File size:  48 megabytes
Rating: G
The Beachside Press Web site: Beachside Press
The Beachside Records Web site: Beachside Records

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