Over the last several years, Kevin Smith has been on a tear with podcasting. He is still making films, still touring the country, but his podcasting empire has been really interesting to watch, not just for it’s size and success, but also it’s innovation.
One of his podcasts gave him the idea for a movie, so he decided to write and film it. And in a post he put out today on his blog, he talks about how he did it again:
If you listen to the EDUMACATION podcast, you’ll remember that episode 20 (Part 2 of the Christmas eps) consisted of another dopey conversation that resulted in a screenplay – a’la SModcast and TUSK. I was goofing around with Mr. Edumacation himself, Professor Andy McElfresh, when we accidentally brainstormed a Christmas horror anthology that would eschew the gruesome spin on Santa Claus, and instead embrace the Scandinavian/German Kid-Eating Christmas creature known as the The Krampus. That podcast was released 12/23/13.
It took us less than a month, but Andy and I have finished the screenplay for a flick we’re calling COMES THE KRAMPUS! It’s 99 pulse-pounding pages of what’s essentially SModCo’s CREEPSHOW, with four terrifying tales stitched together by a freaky framing device. It was a blast to write and totally new to me, as I never actually wrote a screenplay WITH someone else before.
If this isn’t your cup of tea, that’s fine. It’s not mine either (I’m not a fan of horror films). But he sums it up simply at the end:
Go record a podcasts, kids. Don’t cost nothin’ but time and the potential yield is limitless.
Yes, exactly. As overdone as the “TTWGBAC” (Two Twenty/Thirtysomething White Guys Bullsh***ing About Culture) (as coined by Colin Marshall) genre may be, it can yield some amazing results. Much like a writers room, or an improv set. Or just hanging out with people you like talking to about things you care about.
Start that podcast. Do something new. Talk with your buddies. And see what comes of it.