This 90-minute masterclass is filled with insights from The X-Files writers’ room, tried and true techniques that brought Amazon Prime’s The Man in the High Castle from page to screen, and lessons learned in the making of Frank Spotnitz’s most recent shows, Netflix’s Medici and The CW’s Leonardo.
Spotnitz was joined by a panel of experienced writers who asked questions throughout the class to bring you more meaningful career guidance and practical advice that you can put to immediate use.
- A.J. Black, host of The X-Cast, author of Myth Building in Modern Media, and The Companion regular
- Molly Flatt, journalist, and author of The Charmed Life of Alex Moore
- Colleen Evanson, writer of Disney's DuckTales, Netflix's Kid Cosmic, and Pixar's Monsters at Work
Frank Spotnitz wrote or co-wrote more than 40 episodes of The X-Files, and was nominated three times for a Primetime Emmy for his work on the series. He is credited as Producer, Co-Executive Producer, and Executive Producer on five seasons of The X-Files, and the two movies; Fight the Future (1998) and I Want to Believe (2008). He also wrote five episodes of Millennium and co-created The Lone Gunmen with Chris Carter, Vince Gilligan, and John Shiban.
Through his production company Big Light Productions, Spotnitz created The Man in the High Castle for Amazon Prime, based on the novel by Philip K. Dick, Medici for Netflix, and most recently, Leonardo, starring Aidan Turner, which premiered on The CW in August 2019.
This video was first released on January 19th, 2022, on the original Companion website.
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Further Reading on The X-Files
- How John Doggett’s Journey Toyed With Our Expectations - The shadow of the T-1000 followed Robert Patrick into The X-Files, but rather than a flaw, it made Scully’s distrust of Doggett palpable.
- 'The Field Where I Died' and Charismatic Cult Leaders - The charismatic cult leaders at the heart of Waco and Jonestown cast a heavy shadow over The X-Files episode ‘The Field Where I Died’.
- ‘This is Not Happening’: Revisiting Monica Reyes’s First Episode - The X-Files episode ‘This Is Not Happening’ introduced us to Monica Reyes, a very different believer from Mulder with a very different faith to Scully.
- Watch our Doggett and Reyes Reunion Video - Frank Spotnitz, Robert Patrick, and Annabeth Gish reunite for a live panel and audience Q&A on The X-Files Season 8, Season 9, and what might have been.