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:

Short Story

Episode 120 — Resolutions and Revivals + “Smile or Not”

Ali shares her New Year’s resolutions and talks about a few miscellaneous things including shows she’s been watching and upcoming revivals she’s looking forward to in 2021. Afterward, she shares a brand new short story she wrote called “Smile or Not.”

Smile or Not
Interview, Movies, Television, Writing

Episode 116 — Learning the Art and Craft of Screenwriting with Jacob Krueger

Ali interviews award-winning screenwriter, playwright, producer and director, as well as the founder of Jacob Krueger Studio, Jacob Krueger. Jake shares his journey into screenwriting and founding the studio, his thoughts on starting a project from character, plot or process, a deeper look into what’s behind writer’s block, the effect of negative and positive self-talk about your own writing, a different approach to the well-known concept of show, don’t tell and much more!

Visit writeyourscreenplay.com and check out the Write Your Screenplay Podcast.

Jacob Krueger
Animation, Movies

Episode 91 — Shrek + Shrek 2

Ali discusses the breakout hit DreamWorks movie, Shrek, and her personal favorite film of the franchise, Shrek 2, recounting the irreverent humor, sweet moments and timeless themes all wrapped up in a fun fairy tale universe.

Shrek and Shrek 2

Animation, Movies

Episode 48 — The Lion King Movies

Ali discusses the iconic Disney movie, The Lion King (1994), its direct-to-video sequel, The Lion King II: Simba’s Pride (1998), as well as its clever retelling, The Lion King 1½ (2004). She shares her thoughts on everything that makes the original film such an absolute masterpiece. She also reminisces about seeing The Lion King musical on Broadway, and she compares the original movie to the 2019 remake. Hakuna matata!

The Lion King movies

Animation, Movies

Episode 44 — Toy Story Movies

Ali discusses Pixar’s first feature film, Toy Story (1995), and its sequels, Toy Story 2 (1999), Toy Story 3 (2010) and Toy Story 4 (2019). She shares her favorite moments from each movie that make up this phenomenal franchise and capture the universal themes of friendship, growing up, purpose, unconditional love and adventure from these beloved toys.

Toy Story movies

Animation, List

Episode 30 — Favorite Animated Antagonists with Patricia

Ali and special guest, Patricia Miranda of Old School Lane, each share their top 5 favorite animated antagonists.

Check out Old School Lane on YouTube and find updates on Facebook and Blogspot, as well as by following Patricia on Twitter. Also, be sure to give Ali’s blog interview with Patricia a read: An In-Depth Chat with the Co-Founder of Old School Lane.

animated antagonists