Write of Passage Screenwriting Competition Winner Interview 2018

by Erik Baker from Astoria, NY
with help from Development Executive Owen Kingston

As a couple separates, they find connecting advice from their 3rd grade selves.

Read it here!

Erik Baker

Erik wrote the best 12-page screenplay in one week (168 hours) with an advisor called a Development Executive (DE). Both are interviewed below.

Prizes include $750 cash ($500 to the writer, $250 to the DE), introductions to Hollywood Pros, including Brian Bird ("The Case For Christ" and “When Calls The Heart”).

Any WP script may be produced for the 168 Film Festival's Write of Passage Spotlight.  Writers and mentors (DE's) receive screen credit if their film is made.

Some Quotes From This Interview:

“I Googled some equivalent of ‘God should I write films?’ and found the site somewhere in the midst, liked the DE format and decided to give it a week of my life.”  -- Erik Baker

“The contest process was the ultimate setup in God’s tailored redemption for my life. While I was writing a story about redemption, I was being redeemed!” -- Erik Baker

“A good deal of this piece was crafted on the subway, to & from work.” -- Erik Baker

“I do have a long history of being a stupid adult, so there’s plenty of material to draw upon.”  -- Erik Baker

“If God gave you a gift to write, then like all gifts from God that is irrevocable.” -- Owen Kingston

“An immersive theatre show I wrote/directed earlier in the year is getting turned into a computer game. It’s an exciting time to be a writer.”  -- Owen Kingston

The interviewer is John David Ware (JDW).

EB” is Erik BakerOK” is Owen Kingston.
We asked some probing questions and got probing answers.


JDW: Tell us about yourself. What do you do for work?

EB: I am a SAG-AFTRA/AEA actor with an Electrical Engineering degree. One of those led to me to web programming jobs in the entertainment industry. One feeds the family, and the other I plug away at. :)
On the side, I referee ice hockey in Central Park. In the past, I’ve taught in the Bronx and Queens public school system. With three awesome kids (Brendan 17, Kara 4 & Ty 2), there’s travel hockey and ballet and school activities & potty training & playgrounds nearly every night and weekend, so writing gets squeezed between jobs and family responsibilities. A good deal of this piece was crafted on the subway, to & from work.

JDW: How did you learn about WP &168?

EB: I originally entered the 2013 contest and enjoyed the experience. That was the first writing competition I had ever entered. It was a time of searching, so turning to search tools, I Googled some equivalent of “God should I write films?” and found the site somewhere in the midst, liked the DE format and decided to give it a week of my life.

JDW: Besides the verse, what was your inspiration for this year’s best screenplay, “How Not To Be A Stupid Adult?”

EB: Well, I do have a long history of being a stupid adult, so there’s plenty of material to draw upon. At some point I wondered what the kid with big dreams and optimism would say to the flawed adult he’d become. I had two ideas that I really loved. I outlined both, but just felt pulled in by the character Kyra. She kind of led the way.

JDW: How did this year’s theme hit you?  Describe the journey?

EB: Like a ton of life bricks. The “Rebirth” theme hit hardest the morning after I turned in the piece. On the surface, How Not To Be A Stupid Adult, is a contest between a couple’s currently failing marriage and their formative childhood friendship. Winner: The Kids!
Their journal entries and the re-lived events were--unknowingly--planted by God in their childhood to give them a lifeline now.  The flawed characters ultimately get a Christian message; yet God, Christ, and the church are never mentioned.
This led to personal questions for me. How often do I fail to credit God in my life for these kinds of setups? Wait a minute, how many times, just this past week, did He throw in setups that made the final product (my edification) possible?
Turns out, the contest process was the ultimate setup in God’s tailored redemption for my life. While I was writing a story about redemption, I was being redeemed!

JDW: How do you see the verse in your story?

EB: Pain. Growing up is painful. Teenage years are painful. By adulthood we’ve developed sophisticated encapsulations to mitigate pain. Yet every day I see my two- & four-year-olds cry it out and get back to playing 30 seconds later. There is a simplicity that exists that we need constant reminding to get back to. These flashbacks give the characters a chance to save their marriage.

JDW: How are you planning to shape the story going forward? Any plans to make the film?

EB: A little clean up is in order. My wife and I would like to make the film. We have a production company.

JDW: Tell us about your family and where you live. How has your environment and family shaped your writing? What obstacles have you had to overcome in life? How have they helped your writing?

EB: I’ve been in New York City for 20 years. My wife is my best friend & better, more talented half. She’s my writing enabler, as she takes on the lion’s share of kid duties whenever I get to write. She’s also the best editor on earth. Period. The Sunday of the contest we interrogated every line together. She’s also behind me as I’m in month two of a “Writing Binge-worthy TV” Bootcamp. I start a year-and-a-half long screenwriting certification program in February. We’re moving to California shortly to be closer to her family and to pursue writing, acting, film-making and theatre full-time.
I’ve had a few hardships, but without them I wouldn’t be writing now and the work wouldn’t be as good. (God setups: Check!) I was forced to give up acting for about 10 years for family reasons, and turned to writing as a creative outlet. Turns out it takes a whole lot less people, and I can cast myself in the role. :)  Being around my kids as much as possible, beats any classes in acting or writing.
My wife & I continue to work, pray and hope there’s more opportunities coming our way.

JDW: Tell us about your pursuit of the arts?

EB: I’ve been a union actor for more years than I'll define here. A little singing & dancing spliced in over the years. I turned away from electrical engineering (the darkside), but it's my 'first language'. I think it still informs the architecture of my stories & lends a problem-solving hand in character development.

JDW: How did your Mentor/Development Executive, help shape your story?

EB: Owen was awesome, encouraging at the right moments throughout the week. He especially helped in choosing the concept when I was going back-and-forth in indecision. He was self-less. He gave great fundamental advice, but said he wasn’t going to tinker with the work itself for the sake of putting his imprint on the piece.

JDW: Tell us about your writing process.

EB: Splatter ideas on a page. Hone, hone, hone the concept & logline. See if it’s something worth
writing. Test it out on my wife. Pray on it here & there. I use Scrivener to think, architect & first draft. Then pull it into Final Draft for polish. If it’s something I personally feel charged about, keep working on it. Pray a little more that someone other than my wife & I finds it valuable.

JDW: What are your plans for the future?

EB: Write. Full time. Act if it comes my way. I’m developing a binge-worthy fantasy-horror series that my wife and I will start marketing in January. With a few God setups, it’ll take off or lead to the one that does.

Interview with Winning Development Executive - 

Owen Kingston from London, England

JDW:  Where are you from and what do you do?

OK: I’m from London, UK, and I’m a writer and director. I’ve done plenty of filmmaking in the past, including for the 168, but currently I’m the Artistic Director of an immersive theatre company.  For example, I recently directed “For King and Country,” a WW2 era drama involving the defense of England from a Nazi invasion. The play is immersive and interactive and truly responsive to decisions made by the audience.  You get to walk in the shoes of Churchill and Roosevelt and make big decisions about the course of the war. Then you see those decisions play out before you for better or worse.

JDW: You are frequent participant in WOP and 168.  What have you learned?  Do you still find it useful?

OK: Absolutely yes. Every single time I participate I learn a bunch of stuff.

JDW: Tell us about your writing philosophy and process.

OK: I believe that it’s pointless going forward with a mediocre idea. If you’re going to invest a ton of time and energy into writing something, then only do that with an idea that’s really special. Then you need to get the structure right - a mediocre idea is massively improved with good structuring, but a good idea can be completely sunk with a lousy structure. Finally you need to not be lazy. I believe all writers are inherently lazy - including myself. Writing is hard, so we all like to cut corners when we can. One of the best pieces of advice I ever received (doing WOP as a contestant, as it happens) was to put aside your first draft and write the second completely from scratch. That way you ensure you get at least two approaches to every aspect of your screenplay. It sounds like a lot of work, but it’s really only a lot of effort, and it’s amazing how much it improves your screenplay.

JDW: What do you see as some differences between telling stories in your region vs. other places?

OK: British people are pretty intolerant of sentimental stuff. I have no idea why that is, but it’s a real thing. We can also have quite a dark sense of humor. It’s odd because in many ways Britain is quite close to the US marketplace but there are also a few unexpected and sizeable differences. A bit like the differences in language, really.

JDW: How is the tolerance for things of Christ in the media where you are?

OK: There is a hypersensitivity in some areas to content from any religion, but there are also those who are particularly hostile to Christianity having media exposure. Often it is people who are working in the arts and media sectors who are particularly sensitive to this.

A couple of years back, I remember reading an article in which an Artistic Director of a major British theatre was quoted as saying that the most politically and socially controversial thing a theatre could stage in Britain today would be a Passion play. People in this country, even Christians, do not tolerate overtly Christian artistic content well at all. Many would see it as poisonous or an attempt at brainwashing.

JDW: What have you learned? What would you tell young writers about your experiences?

OK: Great ideas are precious, but not as precious as you might think. If God gave you a gift to write, then like all gifts from God that is irrevocable. If you sit down to write one day, and knock out a great piece of writing, don’t do that thing where you say, “Oh, it was all God.”  It wasn’t. It was you, operating in the gift He has given you.

Be thankful to him for that gift, but also recognize that you can operate in that gift anytime you need to. If you deleted that great piece of writing you just produced, you could produce another one just like it or better tomorrow. I’ve seen some writers (myself included) get overly reverential about things they have written that they felt were specially inspired, like they couldn’t produce something like that again because God magically wrote through their fingers.

Honestly I think that’s borderline idolatry - only the Bible gets that special ‘divinely inspired’ status in my view. You just wrote some good writing out of the gift God gave you, and you know what? You can do that again any time you like... with a bit of effort.

JDW: What are your plans for the future?

OK: At the moment immersive theatre is my main area of work, and more broadly than that non-linear storytelling. An immersive theatre show I wrote/directed earlier in the year is getting turned into a computer game, which as far as we are aware is a world first, and it’s because the non-linear nature of the story works so well in a digital setting. I think the way we tell stories is changing very quickly, and I’m enjoying being at the bleeding edge of that change. It’s an exciting time to be a writer.


Choosing A Sales Agent For Your Film

As a new producer, I am a sponge, learning as much as I can for our project, "Final Frequency," starring Charles Shaughnessy (The Nanny), Richard Burgi (Desperate Housewives) and Lou Ferrigno Jr. (SWAT). For a film like ours, an agent is critical as is the local film market, AFM (Oct-Nov 2018).

Choosing a sales agent for your film is like Goldilocks and the 3 Bears.

You need one that is just right.  Remember, you are now family and you need them to treat you as such and that is a two way street.

John David Ware at the American Film Market

I've met with dozens of sales agents over the past year and I am excited about the one we finally choose. Can an agent be too big? Yes, you can easily get lost the wrong agent for a number of reasons.  You need to ask a number of questions and as I always  do, pray about it.  This is by no means an exhaustive list.

1. Are they fair and honest?
2. Are they knowledgeable about the market, the buyers?
3. Do they have a good reputation?
4. Are they too small, too big?
5. What kind of films do they represent?
6. Do they have a passion for my film?
7. Do they have a personal connection with me and my crew?
8. Where do they go to sell?
9. What is their general plan?
10. What is their social media plan?

Many of the contracts for sales agents look very similar.  But you must look at the fine print on every one and make sure they only change as agreed. Always negotiate on every contract, but remember, you need them to perform for you, so if you try to grind too much, they may not do the deal or if they do, then they maybe lacking in the motivation department, especially if they have a higher percentage on a similar film.

You can never be totally sure until you’ve done a deal. But, you’ll know a lot once you start negotiating the contract with them.

Do they do what they say they will do? Do they keep changing things unexplainably?  A moving goal post is a fatal sign and you should run for the hills. You don’t have to give them all of the marbles either.

You can do certain carve outs, like DVDs on your website, North American Theatrical or the "Faith Market."  But, consider this, if you stagger different geographical releases too much, you could be hurt by piracy of your film.

Piracy will happen.  You do not want a long lead-time between your first release and foreign markets.

Always be learning!


'By the Book' TV Show Delivers Laughs and Some Depth – A Review

 On Friday Oct. 6th, the 168 family attended a Live Taping of "By the Book." The new CBS show is based on a non-fiction book by AJ Jacobs called, “The Year of Living Biblically.”  Following is a review of the show from a faith and family values perspective.

Series co-stars include: Jay R. Ferguson, Camryn Manheim, David Krumholtz, Ian Gomez, Tony Rock and Lindsey Kraft

The “Living Biblically” author wrote the book as he was trying his own social experiment/publicity stunt; to live in accordance with the Bible's teachings as close as possible for an entire year, while working at Esquire Magazine.  Jacobs is famous as a writer for “Celebrity Deathmatch” (1999-2002) and My Life As an Experiment (2011).  

Is "By the Book" the next big biblical show? Has Hollywood has got religion?  No, but there were things to like about it.

According to Deadline.com, after the November 2016 presidential election, broadcast networks vowed (both publicly and privately) to better reflect the lives and values of people in the Heartland (formerly "Fly Over States").  

The two hottest themes this pilot season were military dramas and religious projects, they said.  What?

If this is their olive branch to reach out to disgruntled conservative values viewers, they have a ways to go to understand their audience.  Making shows for just half the people means you make half the profits.  Until recently that was enough and the Fly Over states did not matter much to Hollywood.  That is changing.


I wonder how many jokes there are? Maybe there are 20 types of jokes and the others are all variations.  Georges Polti says there are only 36 dramatic situations.  Hopefully there are more jokes than there are dramatic situations. The world needs to laugh.

And laugh we did. A live taping is a fascinating, educational experience.  But, live TV has a formula and this show definitely follows suit.

I kept getting the feeling I’d heard much of this material before in other sit-coms. I recognized some of the usual suspects behind the camera, vets of Seinfeld, Gilmore Girls and The Odd Couple.  Director Andy Ackerman has directed 72 TV shows including Seinfeld (1994-1998), The New Adventures of Old Christine (2006-2010) and Wings (1991-1994).

Notably absent from the show was a scene in a church. Their main problem solving set is THE BAR, where Chip, the rabbi and the priest meet.  The conclusions about our society are inescapable; a biblical show without a church.

Yes, there were off color jokes I could live without.  As the crew worked, I remember being happy that they were going to do another take of one bit with a particularly unfortunate sexual reference in it. On the new take, I heard them voice a different joke on the front end, but the same unfortunate reference was left in number two.

They did not leave themselves the option to easily run the scene without the crude sexual quip. Thus, they negated the family audience, why?!

Chip Curry (Jay R. Ferguson) and Lesile Curry (Lindsey Kraft) have a sweet relationship, but she is not quite sure about this new “Biblical Stuff.” Their routine includes the natural, healthy questioning of God by non-believers, i.e., “Why does God let bad things happen to good people?”

And, a la “Liar, Liar" with Jim Carrey, Leslie really, really likes the fact that now, post Bible, Chip refuses to tell a lie. 

Some of the funniest jokes come from this, as he has to own up to his “white lies.” Yes, I think your your feet are cute, “if you are a Hobbit.” Thus, the show tackles another deep question; is it ok and in fact smart to tell white lies in our society?

It got really interesting when they set up the premise of the show and question of adultery. The priest said, “You can’t live biblically.”

“I’m going to try,” said Chip.

“But you’d have to stone adulterers.”

Later, Chip sees his office coworker out on a date (not with his wife). I won’t give you the spoiler, but one of the encouraging things about this show is it that it does point to biblical truths.  From the adultery implied, lessons are learned and positive directions are hinted at.

Obviously, the show isn’t deep enough to delve into the new covenant and proclaim forgiveness to all, including adulterers, through Jesus Christ.  That’s your job as a Christian. But the show does provide opportunities for discussion.

One of our guests was quite disturbed and saddened by the jokes and the timbre of the show (especially the crude sexual exploits of the warmup comedian, who entertains the audience during the downtime).

“Have you watched network TV lately,” I asked her?  This is the best we may get from secular producers until we demand better or better yet, until we produce the shows ourselves with a Christian worldview.

And that my friends, is why we exist as 168 Film. And you should support us in this effort here. www.168film.com/donate

On a technical note: I noticed that this show is different from other sitcoms in its reliance on background actors. They really give you your money’s worth as far as these folks are concerned. It's a really packed and happening bar set. 

The warm-up comedian made what was easily his funniest joke of the night with our very own Tea McKay (168 Film’s Best Actress of 2016 and Star of “Unbridled”).  Unfortunately, I cannot show you, because they don’t allow cameras in the tapings.

She had worn a lovely black and white checkered shirt, which was quite similar in coloring to the wardrobe of a guy named Bob, who had been up earlier to try to win one of the prizes they offer to audience members.  

The warm-up was riffing on the fact that they had the same shirts and here she was, but Bob had disappeared, ergo he has obviously become a woman.

In summary, I went in with low expectations, hoping for the best and planning to cheer them on.  It was better than expected.

Is it going to enlighten people to the truth of the Bible? No, but it will make them think, using the Bible as a reference, and this is far better subject matter than many of the vapid scenarios out there in TV land. 

I for one am glad the show is on the air. 

I encourage you to check it out and more importantly to contact CBS to tell them how you feel about the show.  Through your correspondence, the show can be steered to, as they have stated is their goal, “better reflect the lives and values of people in the Heartland.”


Worldly Team Tackles… the Bible!?

According to Deadline dot com, after the November 2016 presidential election, broadcast networks vowed (both publicly and privately) to better reflect the lives and values of people in the Heartland (formerly "Flyover States").  The two hottest themes this pilot season were military dramas and religious projects, they said.

Series co-stars include:
Camryn Manheim, David Krumholtz, Ian Gomez, Tony Rock and Lindsey Kraft

Some of the superstars of the secular world (vets of Seinfeld, Gilmore Girls and yes Celebrity Deathmatch) have united to bring you love and devotion to…. Wait for it…
Wait some more…     THE BIBLE (FANFARE HERE).  

For example, take the new TV show called “By the Book,” based on a non-fiction book by AJ Jacobs called, “The Year of Living Biblically.  Friday Oct. 6th, the 168 family will attend a live taping of the show “By the Book.”

Reserve your spot
here (Deadline Thursday, Oct. 5 at 10 AM).

I have to wonder if this is a sign that Hollywood has got religion or have they just run out of ideas. We are going in with low expectations, either way, we cheer them on!

Veterans of Seinfeld, Gilmore Girls and Celebrity Deathmatch have turned theologian, chapter and verse. Here are our unlikely heroes.

Producer Patricia Fass Palmer has produced 43 shows on tv including 132 episodes of Gilmore Girls from 2001–2007, 38 episodes of the The Odd Couple Reboot and 63 episodes of One Day at a Time Reboot 2015–2017 (as producer or UPM).

Director Andy Ackerman has directed 72 TV shows including Seinfeld (1994-1998), The New Adventures of Old Christine (2006-2010) and Wings (1991-1994).

AJ Jacobs wrote the non-fiction-ish book, in which he tries to live in accordance with the Bible's teachings as close as possible for an entire year while working at Esquire.  Jacobs is famous for Celebrity Deathmatch (1999-2002) and My Life As an Experiment (2011).  Writer Sophia Lear has wrtten many episodes of New Girl (TV Series) – Writer (executive story editor) ( 22 episodes, 2016–2017). Writer Patrick Walsh is famous for producing and writing on 2 Broke Girls (2011-2017) | Rob & Big (2007-2008) | Outsourced (2010-2011).

Jacobs’ book, “The Year of Living Biblically” is about a man’s quest to attempt to obey the Bible as literally as possible for one full year. This leads him to immerse himself in prayer, tend sheep in the Israeli desert and tell the absolute truth in all situations—much to his wife’s chagrin.

Throughout the book, Jacobs also embeds himself in a cross-section of communities that take the Bible literally. He tours a Kentucky-based creationist museum and sings hymns with Pennsylvania Amish. He dances with Hasidic Jews in Brooklyn and does Scripture study with Jehovah’s Witnesses. He discovers ancient biblical wisdom of startling relevance. He wrestles with seemingly archaic rules that baffle the twenty-first-century brain.


Egyptian Coptic Christian Reaches Outside the Church with 168 Film

In light of the recent terrorist attacks on Christians in Egypt, we are encouraged and excited by on of the entries to the 168 Film Project. Here is a bit about him. Pray for the safety of the Copts.

I'm originally from Egypt and grew up a Coptic Orthodox Christian (the main Christian group in Egypt). My family immigrated from Egypt to Canada in 1991.

The culture I grew up in didn't encourage breaking with traditional thought and service. Even when the Coptic Church got into media they only concentrated on making programs that reached out to the Coptic Community. However, I've always wanted to reach out to people outside the Church. Seems to me that this is one of the main things God called out the Church to do. "Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature".

I stumbled on 168 Film by a complete accident.

In 2013, I had written a webseries, and I reached out to the acting community in Vancouver, BC. I didn't expect the great interest for the project. Forty actors jump-started the project and I got a new beginning. 

In 2015, my 168 film won best special effects.

And now in 2017, I decided to enter the non-speed category, to have time for a challenging VFX heavy project. This is by far the most ambitious project I've been involved in. It has a fully CGI character in it. This is the first time we do a film with a CGI character and I believe it's something that has not been done for a 168 project before (at least from what I've seen). I need a lot of prayers to be able to complete the job we set out to do.

Being a no-budget film-maker, I decided to really rely on free software for editing and 3D work, namely Blender. This is something I believe should encourage others who are set back by how expensive tools are. There are now free tools that can do a great job.

For me it's not about winning the grand prize (although that would be nice), it's not about working with famous celebrities (again that would be nice), it's about doing what God wants us to do, preach the Gospel. 

For all of us can see ourselves in the parable of the Sower. We are in Christ who went out to Sow, and some seed fell on the way side, other fell on stony places, while others fell among thorns, but others fell on the good ground. The sower's job, our job, is to sow the seed on all types of ground. It's God who gives the increase.

So if you guys have a prayer group, please add me and my group in your prayers. Hopefully God uses these small projects for his glory.

Finally, I'd like to thank you for the work you do on 168 Film. For me it's a great feeling to know that our films get viewed in front of many people.


AppleStolic Inc Revolutionizes Pie Conundrum with The Flapple

AppleStolic Revolutionizes the Apple!

April 1: To combat the ever encroaching pressures of time, children and even clumsiness, food giant AppleStolic has engineered a homemaker’s dream, a tastier, more nutritious, flat-bottomed apple that won’t roll away by accident, attrition or other factors.

“We have invested in research, love and development to provide a kitchen celebration for home makers,” said Giovanni Emo, AppleStolic spokesperson. “This is pie month and this is a whole bushel of upgrades for the common fruit known as the 'apple,' complete just in time for pie month!"

In Climate Change Severe (CCS) arenas like Southern California, a rolling apple causes major issues in the kitchen and even the family car if taken on a trip and left unsecured,” said Emo.

The problem (exacerbated by global warming) is acute, specifically around the San Andreas Fault or other diatomaceous earth-allergic zones due to shifting tectonic plates deep within the earth’s crust.

“More importantly,” said Emo, “The other crust, the pie crust, is breathtakingly cared for by AppleStolic with our new ‘Wheatless Flakester Pie Holster,’ (TM) which of course has a flat bottom and zero gluten! Kenny Homeaker, your dream home has no more heartaches with AppleStolic , it’s a la mode!”

A contest to name the newcomer on the apple scene is open for entries. You are encouraged to try your luck at "Apple Monikering." "The competition is firm, crisp and flavorful," warned Emo.

"Front runner names are 'Flatsap,' 'Apple Jaggers' (and the Non-Rolling Stones), 'Flatland,' 'Flatulista Now,' 'the Flapple' and "Steve 'Flat Bottom' Jobs Apple Variety," in honor of the late Apple Visionary, who, oddly enough and incidentally really loved apple pie.” Email entries to FlatBottomBoys@AppleStolic.com


The Great Indoors Studio Taping Review

The Great Indoors 

We attended the CBS studio taping on Nov. 16th, 2016 of "The Great Indoors," starring Joel McHale  (Community).  I found it  a great way to network and meet up and coming stars, both in the audience and on the show floor.  I got to meet a very generous McHale, who was extremely pleasant and accessible.

It was a great learning experience.  The clockwork precision of the crew and its four cameras with four monitors each was something to behold. It was interesting to watch the director as he changed the script and worked with the Actor's for certain parts of the performance.  I asked our host if they changed the script on an improv basis or if they had decided in advance different versions to see which got the most laughs.

The way shows are set up, the studio audience watches a very technical performance usually with 2-3 takes per shot and so they use a warm up comedian (Roger Lundblade) to keep the audience engaged, excited and laughing and cheering a lot. The live studio audience is the best way to get a performance out of the actors as well as provide a laugh track for the final version of the show.

This particular show engages wild animals as part of their storyline. These animals were taped in advance and thus the show has pre-taped "Roll Ins" which we watch  while the actors wait for their next cues.

It was interesting to see how the drama is being built. The hero of the story is a very flawed character who still loves the woman who works with. She is engaged to another, but yet she has invited Jack to come back to work with her at the magazine.

The show relies too heavily on millennial jokes, however the writing is excellent and provided a lot of laughs throughout the taping.

I found that there was a lot of laughs and joviality from the crew, probably because they're getting paid very well vs. indie features.

During the audience warm up in between takes, they held a competition for talent in the audience. A couple of singers performed for the other side of the audience. Another guy did a pretty credible "Robot."

I actually ended up singing a couple of verses from Joan Jett's, "I Love Rock 'n' Roll," which netted our side three points, LOL, that was good for a melty, Snickers and a smashed Rice Krispie treat.