(EF16) BTP: On Creative Writing, Video Games and the Future of the Evolve Faster Podcast (About Antonio Rozich)

(EF16) BTP: On Creative Writing, Video Games and the Future of the Evolve Faster Podcast (About Antonio Rozich)

PLAY | DOWNLOAD Episode Description: The big question driving this episode is … Can you turn disagreements into positive results? And can shutting down your ego can lead you to bigger and better discoveries by opening yourself to other people's opinion (without sacrificing your critical thinking and who you want to be)? More...

Can You Turn Disagreements Into Positive Results?

The big question driving this episode is … Can you turn disagreements into positive results? And can shutting down your ego can lead you to bigger and better discoveries by opening yourself to other people’s opinion (without sacrificing your critical thinking and who you want to be)?

Episode EF16 Summary

In this episode, we go behind the scenes where Scott Ely talks to Antonio Rozich — his creative collaborator and co-writer on most of the episodes — on how they met, what it takes to be a creative writer and other odd background stories from creating Season One of Evolve Faster Podcast. From joint eureka moments to pointless yet heated arguments over if a character should go left or right on a river fork, this interview dissects how creativity can sometimes be better as both a shared and an individual process.

Scott and Antonio met back when Scott was looking for a copyeditor for dozens of early scripts of what would later become Evolve Faster Podcast. Although initially Antonio mostly was checking Scott’s work to ensure everything was correct, soon they discovered they have a common interest in armchair philosophizing, reading Vonnegut and writing speculative fiction. After a few Skype talks, and an innumerable number of digital chats, these shared interests (and a sh*tload of rewriting) helped to evolve Scott’s dozens of scripts and concepts into what Evolve Faster Podcast is today — speculative fiction that walks the thin line between Twilight-Zone-styled storytelling and nonfictional reality.

To peek behind what Scott jokingly calls the 0.2 of Evolve Faster’s 1.2 manpower force (primarily because of lack of access more of Antonio’s time), they dissect the following:

  • What is Antonio’s background? How did he start working with Scott on his Evolve Faster platform?
  • What was the backstory and genesis of Episode EF12 (the episode from Season One which was Antonio’s initial concept)?
  • Did Antonio like Scott’s rewrite of Episode EF12?
  • What Antonio loves, hates and thinks is the most difficult when it comes to creating Evolve Faster episodes?
  • What is Antonio’s loose writing process (as compared to Scott’s necessarily systematic creative flow, which was described in Episode EF14)?
  • From a creative- and series-writing perspective, what did Scott and Antonio think about the challenges of wrapping up a massive storyline Game of Thrones (in a hasty fashion)?
  • And more…

Into The Rabbit Hole

SHOW NOTES: See the EF16 Show Notes for details of the references, selected quotes and more. 

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