Animation, Interview, Television, Writing

Episode 155 — Screenwriting ‘n’ Other Creative Stuff with Eric Trueheart

Ali interviews writer, story editor, producer and voice director, Eric Trueheart. Eric shares how he got his start in the industry, advice for writers trying to break in, the early days of his comedy troupe, The Ministry of Unknown Science, lots of fun stuff from his book, The Medium-Sized Book of ZIM Scripts Vol 1: Pigs ‘n’ Waffles, and how he deals with writer’s block. He also talks about writing the ZIM comics, being a script consultant on Invader ZIM: Enter the Florpus, voice directing on Yin Yang Yo!, pilots he’s written and his podcasts, The Army of Drunks and One Man Murder Maze, plus lots of great screenwriting tidbits along the way!

Visit Eric’s website: erictrueheart.com

Purchase The Medium-Sized Book of ZIM Scripts Vol. 1: Pigs ‘n’ Waffles: tinyurl.com/pigwaffles

Check out where to order Grisly’s Cosmic Black: blackyetibeverage.com

Listen to Eric and Rikki Simons’ D&D podcast, One Man Murder Maze: onemanmurdermaze.com

Follow Eric on Twitter and Instagram.

Eric Trueheart

Animation, Interview, Movies, Television

Episode 154 — A Composer’s Mindset with Kevin Manthei

Ali interviews TV, film and video game composer, Kevin Manthei. He shares about his musical influences, how he got his start composing for video games, his process for scoring an episode of TV, working as the series composer on Invader ZIM and stepping back into the world for Invader ZIM: Enter the Florpus, what went into creating “Peace Is Nice,” his thoughts on creative block, advice for aspiring composers, current projects and more!

Check out the following links for more of Kevin’s work:

Television

Episode 152 — Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Pilot + Finale

Ali discusses the pilot and the two-part series finale, “The Last Day,” of the police procedural comedy, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, created by Dan Goor & Mike Schur.

Read two different drafts of the Brooklyn Nine-Nine pilot:

Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Television

Episode 151 — Kevin Can F**k Himself

Ali discusses the groundbreaking dark comedy, Kevin Can F**k Himself, created by Valerie Armstrong and starring Annie Murphy and Mary Hollis Inboden.

Read an earlier draft of the Kevin Can F**k Himself pilot.

Anime, Manga

Episode 150 — Fruits Basket

Ali discusses her absolute favorite anime based on the popular manga series by Natsuki Takaya, Fruits Basket, for this special 150th episode of the podcast!

Having first been introduced to the manga when she was in middle school, Ali reminisces about falling in love with the characters (in particular, Kyo Soma) and fangirling with her friends, cousins and sister over the original anime. She shares her thoughts on the incredible new anime, exploring the powerful themes of acceptance, healing and what it means to belong, all the while breaking down character arcs in connection to the Soma family curse.

Additionally, in a first for the podcast, Ali opens the episode by playing the original theme song, “For Fruits Basket,” on the piano. Enjoy!

Fruits Basket

Animation, Television

Episode 149 — As Told by Ginger: “And She Was Gone”

Ali discusses one of the best episodes of the profound Nicktoon, As Told by Ginger, “And She Was Gone,” written by series creator, Emily Kapnek, and directed by Mark Risley.