Join your host Spencer D Blair as he chats with screenwriter and recent WGA member Ryan Peckinpaugh about selling his first screenplay. We discuss how long it takes to get your foot in the door, what happens when you get some attention, and what Hollywood is looking for right now. Keep your eyes on Freeform next holiday season for more from our friend who got this made!
It’s a new year at the popular Midwest attraction, Ye Olde Time Fun Zone, and the knights of the realm are gathered once again to run the rides, games, and stunt show that make the park a hit with families. The Kings, the adorable older couple that own the park, have new ideas for the year that, while VERY similar to existing fantasy properties, are legally safe homages, and in no way infringing on any trademarks or copyrights…probably. Can Summer romance bloom in this land of fair use enchantment? Can Sir Ron, with the help of his stoner companion, win the hand of Princess Jane? Or will the machinations of jealous exes ruin a storybook romance for the ages?
On this week's minisode, Laura is joined by her friend Jeff Paschal to talk about a short film that she wrote and the two have been working on making for the past year. Broadcast is the story of two fitness instructors who put out an exercise program via satellite to any possible survivors during the apocalypse.
Helmut and Heidi Tübgürte own a small, artisanal yogurt company in a small nordic city where their family has always supplied the locals with some of the best yogurt in the world. A dream of expansion and a chance meeting with an enthusiastic American inspires them to take their brand to the USA, but unbeknownst to them, their new partner Tanner is more interested in branding and turning a quick profit than keeping any of his promises. With corners being cut and regulations being ignored, Tube-Gurt prepares to launch in the US and the results could ruin the family yogurt business forever.
Join Please Make This’s Hobert Thompson for an ASMRMR (Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response Movie Review) of the action classic: Road House. Enjoy some tingles as Hobert examines the hidden auditory delights of shattering beer bottles, hard punches, and the deep, dusty, voice of Sam Elliot. Pain don’t hurt, but tingles sure feel good.
Death has always been a big part of Carson’s life. Really, it’s a big part of everyone’s lives since everyone knows exactly when and how they are going to die. When it’s time for you to know, a mysterious call center calls to inform you of your upcoming demise. For many people, this information gives them a sense of purpose and drive. People organize lavish “Last Day” parties for their friends and family, enjoy extreme sports, and become closely connected to the people who are part of (or responsible for) their deaths. Unlike many people, Carson’s fate keeps changing. Left guessing what the end of his story will be, he lives his life navigating a world of certainty, uncertain of when his last call will be.
On this week's Please Make This Minisode, Spencer goes to the movies with Kennon McKinney to see Rocketman, the 2019 Elton John biopic. With rainbows in their hearts and softcore porn in their minds, they see if Taron Egerton can take Sir Elton to the stars and back. Happy Pride!
Ten years ago, eight friends made a pact to accomplish big(ish) things after high school. They mostly went their separate ways and left their small town of Nixa, Missouri, but now they’re back. It’s the night of their ten-year high school reunion and the most successful among them, Toni, has reminded them all of their dreams and aspirations. Will reminiscing about who they were hold them back as the night reveals their secrets, failures, and conflicts? Or is a list from the past what they need to go forward?
Scyrptkeeper Hobert sits down with new Please Make This host Laura Petro and old host Spencer to discuss Laura’s college-era opus: Untitled Magicians Romantic Comedy. Sure, it never got a title, but it does have mean spirited magicians, romantic heel turns, and one very large rabbit. Abraca-Daring!!!
Gabe is a simple guy. Gentle and kind, he loves his life working at a shoe store in suburban Ohio, he loves his girlfriend, Miranda, and he loves heavy metal music. There was a time in his life when he might have wanted to play professionally, but those days are long gone. Moments from closing the shop on an average Friday the 13th, a mysterious man arrives with an unusual request and Gabe suddenly finds himself in the body of Gabriel, the man he would have been if he’d stayed in his high school metal band, Steel Souls. As the two Gabes adjust to very different lifestyles, both walk a mile in a different pair of shoes and find out both paths would have offered them something they were missing.
This week on PMT, we are excited to introduce our new cohost, Laura Petro! You might remember Laura as the guest writer behind Danto Inferni's Party Castle, our first anthology film and inspiration for the PMT koozie. In this minisode we learn more about her and ourselves as we list our top three movies and suggest new ones for each other to listen to. After this, take a listen to Danto Inferni's Party Castle and reacquaint yourself with the fun, creativity, and joy that Laura will be bringing to PMT in the future!
Richard Pennyberg is the richest man in Atlantic City, maybe even the world, and Mr. Pennyberg is no longer in the game. He has been convicted of a long list of criminal offenses and sent directly to jail. His many properties and businesses are now up for grabs as his holdings are dissolved, and key players in the city are now moving to grab up as much as they can. The fashion mogul, the race car driver, the oil man, the dog breeder, and even his slow-witted nephew are all rolling the dice to see if they can bargain, con, and steal to collect as much of Pennyberg’s fortune as they can. With the authorities shining a light on their shady business dealings and an intrepid reporter covering the story, it’s anyone’s guess who will make their monopoly, and who will go bust.
On Spencer's thirtieth birthday, he revisits a movie that had a huge impact on him as a child: The Thirteenth Year, a Disney Channel Original Movie about Cody, a boy who starts turning into a mermaid on his thirteenth birthday. After living among the merfolk for seventeen years, what changes await Cody on the land in this, his thirtieth year?
Once, there were cities teeming with people and life. A culture now lost to the ages. But at the very end of it all, some brave humans made their way to a place warm and familiar to them: the Swedish furniture outlet store Ikea. Here they have lived for generations, keeping the old ways as best they can. On the eve of another great “Exiting”, where four young people are chosen to leave the store on a mission of exploration and hope, a documentary crew in charge of recording the Ikea peoples’ proud history watches on as this year’s chosen weigh their fates and try to decide if they are ready to leave behind…The Ikea at the End of the World.
Scryptkeeper Hobert sits down with comedian and filmmaker Rob Steinberg to talk about his script for Morning Deliveries, a script he wrote during a rough period of college and later adapted into a short film that was only screened once. Full of 3 week time jumps, inter-dimensional parties, and a the barest of connections to a Stephen King story of the same name, this tale of a little boy with a drug dealing demon (?) crashing in his closet is a jumbled, visually dazzling mess. Rob and Hobert also talk bad screenwriting class memories, mean art teachers, and Rob’s love of setting up chances to fail.
Brian is a little down on his luck. Making ends meet by selling weed out of his crappy apartment, he doesn’t have a lot of positive things going for him. That is, except for his beloved dog, Papi. Papi adores her owner, and just wants to see him happy. How can a dog understand that the person she loves is making bad decisions, getting in too deep, and putting both of them in real danger? Maybe Papi can’t, but to her Brian will forever be her Good Boy.
Gene’s having an eventful last day of college. His papers are due, he’s trying to breakup with his girlfriend, and he wants to make some time to attend his school’s last day festivities. While navigating his way through this difficult day, he starts to notice something strange: a man who looks just like him, desperately following him wherever he goes. Who is this mysterious stranger, what do they want from him, and why do they keep pleading him to give them their life back?
On this week's Please Make This Minisode, Spencer sits down with his roommates Tad Walters and Reed Bustraan to review Uncle Drew, the 2018 film based on a 2012 Pepsi commercial. Will Tad's love of highlights win over Spencer's hatred of sports movies? Or will the overuse of the term "youngblood" annoy everyone? Warning: Partial nudity ahead!
Tim and Jim have never really gotten along. Neighbors since the births of their sons, they’ve felt a competitive spirit between them that has, over the years, started to erode their sanity. On the eve of their sons joint 21st birthdays their competition reaches a fever pitch, with both men spending and scheming to make sure their respective party is the most memorable 21st. As the parties devolve into a chaotic night of high-end electronics, fancy liquor, and famous bands, will Jim and Tim learn anything? Or will they just keep being Neighborly Dicks?
PMT’s Hobert sits down with his father, Mark, to talk about his first foray into playwriting: “Just Another Big Dog”. A “veterinary thriller” about an animal hospital held hostage by bank robbers in need of medical attention that features onstage surgery, intense stakes, and a pair of goofy local radio hosts. Sit back and listen to one amateur writer’s decade-long road to bring his vision to life!