Ditch Diggers #39 —
DD039 Punching Hollywood. Metaphorically.
with Matt Wallace, Lexi Alexander
From Morgan Freeman’s Dojo: we gut punch Hollywood.
Mur and Matt come to you live from Morgan Freeman’s Dojo (where we’re punching Hollywood) with special guest co-host writer, director, and martial artist Lexi Alexander!
Lexi is excited to talk about the writing side of her career as a director of films like Green Street Hooligans, Punisher: War Zone, the Oscar-nominated Johnny Flynton, and pretty much ALL of the TV series.
How we needlessly shake the confidence of English-as-a-second-language writers in America. How a chance encounter with Quentin Tarantino cured Lexi of that self-confidence issue.
Lexi recounts how she began her career as a writer and filmmaker. (It involves Chuck Norris. No, seriously).
It’s easier to be accepted as a woman in a martial arts/competitive combat sports environment than it is to be accepted as a female filmmaker in Hollywood.
Lexi talks about the many challenges women writers and directors face in the entertainment industry. She includes her own experiences.
Lexi tells the Ditch Diggers about her recently sold pilot script, the process of writing it, and what inspired/motivated both.
Lexi talks about what stopped her from writing for a long time, how she almost left the business to become a war correspondent, and what brought her back.
Mur asks about the difference between working on your own film projects and writing/adapting the work and ideas of others, and how you survive doing both.
Lexi takes questions from Twitter!
Mur and Matt attempt unsuccessfully to end the show several times, but Lexi is just too damn enthusiastic and complimentary about everyone. (New goal: Get both Cory Doctorow and Lexi on the show together.)
Lexi on Twitter: @Lexialex
The fine print:
Theme music by Devo Spice.
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