If you’re unfamiliar with the Black List, it is a foundation that collects the best unproduced screenplays and allows them to be seen by producers and filmmakers. Then a select amount of unproduced scripts are collected into a “best of the best” list for the year. Some of the screenplays featured on the Black List, like Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and The Imitation Game, have been critically acclaimed and/or nominated or winners of prestigious awards. In April 2015, Wolfpop released the first episode of “The Black List Table Reads” as hosted by Black List founder, Franklin Leonard. As the title suggests, each episode is a table read of an unknown work featured on the list, creating “ear movies.” Casts include a range of talented actors from Frankie and Grace’s June Diane Raphael to Glee’s Darren Criss to Emmy-nominated Fargo actor Colin Hanks. The feed is also supplemented with interviews of various screenwriters, discussing life in Hollywood, their inspirations, and writing processes.
Which episode to start with: #101, “Balls Out” by Malcolm Spellman and Tim Talbot.
Written during the 2008 Writer’s Strike, Balls Out is an insane comedy with some of the raunchiest and obscene comedy that has been put on paper. The plot centers on protagonist Jim who, after having a near-death experience, decides to treat life the way it treated him… like his bitch. Originally following the four-part serial format, it was edited and re-released as one audio for non-stop laughter. The table read features the talents of comedic actors Paul Scheer, Jason Mantzoukas, and Casey Wilson. Ear Movie Rating: R, for coarse language, substance abuse, sexual references and content, and minor violence.
To experience your ear movie of choice, visit blacklist.wolfpop.com.
KC Ryan is currently a Level Three student at DCH. An office worker by day, she spends her nights writing, improvising, recording podcasts, and having existential crises. She’s a co-host of Parsec Award-nominated podcast Anomaly Supplemental about general sci-fi and fantasy topics. Her greatest achievement so far is convincing her husband to watch Project Runway.