Rosanne co-hosts Zilch #131: Monkees 101: our Friendly Neighborhood Kidnappers [Audio]

It’s time for another episode of Monkees 101, which I cohost with the marvelous fellow Phd, Sarah Clark. This one covers the episode “Your Friendly Neighborhood Kidnappers”, written by Dave Evans and directed by James Frawley, who sadly passed away on January 24th.  Enjoy hearing our take on one of the classic episodes of the show.. — Rosanne

Rosanne co-hosts Zilch #131: Monkees 101: our Friendly Neighborhood Kidnappers [Audio]

Drs. Rosanne Welch and Sarah Clark are back for Zilch Monkees 101 S1 E4 “Your Friendly Neighborhood Kidnappers”, the 4th episode of The Monkees to air. We also have a live version of “Let’s Dance On” from 2016 and Monkees News!

This episode is dedicated to James Frawley, a veteran Hollywood director of film and TV projects like The Monkees (32 episodes) and The Muppet Movie, has died. He was 82.

Thank you for making our lives better with your work.
Originally aired 1/24/19

We were born to love one another.

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A hit television show about a fictitious rock band, The Monkees (1966-1968) earned two Emmys–Outstanding Comedy Series and Outstanding Directorial Acheivement in Comedy.

Capitalizing on the show’s success, the actual band formed by the actors, at their peak, sold more albums than The Beatles and The Rolling Stones combined, and set the stage for other musical TV characters from The Partridge Family to Hannah Montana. In the late 1980s, the Monkees began a series of reunion tours that continued into their 50th anniversary.

This book tells the story of The Monkees and how the show changed television, introducing a new generation to the fourth-wall-breaking slapstick created by Laurel and Hardy and the Marx Brothers.

Its creators contributed to the innovative film and television of 1970s with projects like Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Laugh-In and Welcome Back, Kotter. Immense profits from the show, its music and its merchandising funded the producers’ move into films such as Head, Easy Riderand Five Easy Pieces.

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32 The Archies and The Monkees from How the Monkees Changed Television [Video] (49 seconds)

What this entire presentation — How The Monkees Changed Television with Rosanne Welch, PhD (Complete Presentation and Q&A) [Video] (45:06)

32 The Archies and The Monkees from How the Monkees Changed Television

Rosanne Welch, PhD, Author of Why The Monkees Matter, presents “How The Monkees Changed Television” at a Cal State Fullerton Lunch Lecture on May 8, 2018.

In this talk, she shows how The Monkees, and specifically their presence on television, set the stage for large changes to come in the late 1960s.

 

Transcript

In the 80s they got a star on the on the Walk of Fame for the TV show not the music. That’s how important the TV show was. That’s their their star right and at this point they end up with a manager. they’d never had a manager before and he started the whole tour thing. So in their 50th year, the Archie comics had the Monkees guest star. This just came out a couple of months ago and that’s a huge “Wow the monkeys are in the Archies” right? The Archies — side tangent — were invented because Don Kirshner the music director of the show would pick their songs and Michael Nesmith didn’t like his taste and he wanted him fired and he was eventually fired over the song “Sugar, Sugar” which was supposed to be a Monkees song but Michael Nesmith refused to sing it and so Don Kirshner invented the Archies because it’s a group he could make do whatever he wanted.


 Buy Why The Monkees Matter: Teenagers, Television and American Pop Culture

 

A hit television show about a fictitious rock band, The Monkees (1966-1968) earned two Emmys–Outstanding Comedy Series and Outstanding Directorial Acheivement in Comedy.

Capitalizing on the show’s success, the actual band formed by the actors, at their peak, sold more albums than The Beatles and The Rolling Stones combined, and set the stage for other musical TV characters from The Partridge Family to Hannah Montana. In the late 1980s, the Monkees began a series of reunion tours that continued into their 50th anniversary.

This book tells the story of The Monkees and how the show changed television, introducing a new generation to the fourth-wall-breaking slapstick created by Laurel and Hardy and the Marx Brothers.

Its creators contributed to the innovative film and television of 1970s with projects like Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Laugh-In and Welcome Back, Kotter. Immense profits from the show, its music and its merchandising funded the producers’ move into films such as Head, Easy Riderand Five Easy Pieces.

McFarland (Direct from Publisher) | Amazon | Kindle Edition | Nook Edition

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Journal of Screenwriting Volume 9 Issue 3 Now Available!

Journal of Screenwriting Volume 9 Issue 3 Now Available!

The latest issue of The Journal of Screenwriting (where I serve as the Book Reviews Editor) is now available.

The special theme of Volume 9 Issue 3 is Animation so it contains articles with titles such as

  • “How to write a screenplay with a chainsaw”
  • “Performing without the use of a net: Making an animated feature without a storyboard”

— as well as the more academically titled — 

  • “Analysing the advantages of Aristotle’s two-act structure in comparison with Syd Field’s three-act structure in short comedic animation scriptwriting”. 

Naturally, the book reviews have been written by many wonderful colleagues whose work I am happy to share. 

If you work for a university, ask their library to order a subscription today!

Here are the books reviewed in the Journal of Screenwriting Volume 9 Issue 3

The Aspiring Screenwriter’s Dirty Lowdown Guide to Fame and Fortune: Tough Lessons You Need to Know to Take Your Script From Premise to Premiere, Andy Rose (2018) New York: St. Martin’s Griffin, 304 pp., ISBN 978-1-25015-949-6, p/bk, $16.99; ISBN 978-1-25015-950-2, ebook, $9.99

Creating Compelling Characters for Film, TV, Theatre and Radio, Rib Davis (2016) London: Bloomsbury Academic, 168 pp., ISBN 978-1-47426-020-6, p/bk, $23.36; ISBN 978-1-47426-022-0, ePDF, $16.19; ISBN 978-1-47426-021-3, ePub, $16.1

The Writers: A History of American Screenwriters and Their Guild, Miranda J. Banks (2015) New Brunswick, New Jersey and London: Rutgers University Press, 328 pp., ISBN 978-081357-139-3, h/bk, $32.79; ISBN 978-0-81357-138-6, p/bk, $23.93; ISBN 978-0-81357-140-9, digital, $19.99

Classical Hollywood Cinema: Film Style and Mode of Production to 1960, David Bordwell, Janet Staiger and Kristin Thompson ([1985] 1988) London: Routledge, 652 pp., ISBN 978-0-41500-383-4, p/bk, £32.99

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Speaking with students on last day of @mfascreenwriter @stephenscollege January workshop session

Speaking with students on last day of @mfascreenwriter @stephenscollege January workshop session

Speaking with students on last day of @mfascreenwriter @stephenscollege January workshop session

Speaking with students on last day of @mfascreenwriter @stephenscollege January workshop session. 

Many, many thanks to the soon-to-be-graduating Class of 2019 from the Stephens College MFA in TV and Screenwriting who presented me with a marvelous photo of them all posed in front of the mural that adorns the conference room where we hold so many of our classes. It was a great final week of workshop for this low residency program, topped off with excellent Q&A sessions with producer Karen Loop (“On the Basis of Sex”), executive producer Aaron Thomas (SWAT), producer (and current mentor) Valerie Woods (Queen Sugar), writer (and alum) Sahar Jahani (Ramy) — and lectures on Italian neorealism from visiting professor Dr. Paolo Russo (Oxford-Brookes).

I look forward to working with all our future alums as they move forward in their own exciting careers!

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Watching several current and alumni students of the Stephens College MFA in TV and Screenwriting who shared their research on female screenwriters with professional presentations at the Citizen Jane Film Festival in a panel titled: “Frank and Funny Female Screenwriters Who Should Be More Famous”

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Quote from “America’s Forgotten Founding Father” by Dr. Rosanne Welch – 42 in a series – Off To France

Learn more about the American Revolution through the eyes of an important, Italian Immigrant, Filippo Mazzei.
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A week later they found themselves on a dock on the Rappahannock River, watching 100 barrels of tobacco being loaded into the hold of the ship “Johnston” that would take Filippo’s party to Nantes, France. Sale of the tobacco would cover Filippo’s expenses while in Europe, though to keep his cover as an agent of the United States government, the barrels were listed on the manifest as fruits of his own lands, being sold in Europe for his own profit.

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Speaking with students on last day of @mfascreenwriter@stephenscollege January workshop session

Speaking with students on last day of @mfascreenwriter@stephenscollege January workshop session

Speaking with students on last day of @mfascreenwriter @stephenscollege January workshop session. 

Many, many thanks to the soon-to-be-graduating Class of 2019 from the Stephens College MFA in TV and Screenwriting who presented me with a marvelous photo of them all posed in front of the mural that adorns the conference room where we hold so many of our classes. It was a great final week of workshop for this low residency program, topped off with excellent Q&A sessions with producer Karen Loop (“On the Basis of Sex”), executive producer Aaron Thomas (SWAT), producer (and current mentor) Valerie Woods (Queen Sugar), writer (and alum) Sahar Jahani (Ramy) — and lectures on Italian neorealism from visiting professor Dr. Paolo Russo (Oxford-Brookes).

I look forward to working with all our future alums as they move forward in their own exciting careers!

 

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07 Begin at the Beginning from Why I Created a History of Screenwriting Course [Video] (49 seconds)

A clip from my presentation at the 11th Annual Screenwriting Research Network conference. Held on the campus of the beautiful Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan.

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07 Begin at the Beginning from Why I Created a History of Screenwriting Course

In the presentation, I covered the reasons writers have been marginalized – and the reasons they oughtn’t to be so disrespected. Then I talked about how my course works, what books I assign, what guest speakers I invite, what research the students do – and ended on a high note by introducing ‘When Women Wrote Hollywood’ – the book of essays from our inaugural class which has now been published by McFarland.

Transcript:

So how I teach it. That’s why I teach I want respect to come back to writers. That seems simple right? How I do it. I start in the very beginning when women were the major writers of Hollywood films. There were 50 percent of the films are in by women if not more and they made more money. This is Gene Gauntier from Ireland, this is Anita Loos and Jeannie Macpherson working with Cecil B. DeMille. She wrote every one of his financially successful films and when they stopped working together, his movies stopped making money. That’s the end of Cecil B. DeMille. How I teach it. I start by asking students very quick questions. What are your first five favourite films? Who directed those films? They always know. Who wrote those films? and the look of humiliation on their faces when they sit in a screenwriting class and cannot name the people who wrote their favorite films is ridiculous to me.

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Last Stephens MFA Workshop for the Class of 2019 via Instagram

Last Stephens MFA Workshop for the Class of 2019 via Instagram

Last Stephens MFA Workshop for the Class of 2019 via Instagram

Last Stephens MFA Workshop for the Class of 2019

Many, many thanks to the soon-to-be-graduating Class of 2019 from the Stephens College MFA in TV and Screenwriting who presented me with a marvelous photo of them all posed in front of the mural that adorns the conference room where we hold so many of our classes. It was a great final week of workshop for this low residency program, topped off with excellent Q&A sessions with producer Karen Loop (“On the Basis of Sex”), executive producer Aaron Thomas (SWAT), producer (and current mentor) Valerie Woods (Queen Sugar), writer (and alum) Sahar Jahani (Ramy) — and lectures on Italian neorealism from visiting professor Dr. Paolo Russo (Oxford-Brookes).

I look forward to working with all our future alums as they move forward in their own exciting careers!

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How Women Wrote Hollywood Book Reading and Signing, Skylark Bookshop @skylarkbookshop , Columbia, Missouri during the Citizen Jane Film Festival 


When Women Wrote Hollywood Book Reading and Signing, Skylark Bookshop, Columbia, Missouri

On Saturday, November 3rd, 2018 several of the contributors to When Women Wrote Hollywood gathered at the Skylark Bookshop in Columbia, Missouri for a signing and launch party that functioned like a mini-reunion of the Stephens College MFA in TV and Screenwriting Class of 2017.

Many thanks to all who came to hear them each speak with passion about the research subjects who became whole chapters in this book of essays on female screenwriters from the Silent Era into the 1940s.

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Video: When Women Wrote Hollywood Book Reading and Signing, Skylark Bookshop, Columbia, Missouri

 

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