Diana Botsford (who appeared on the podcast back in March of 2011) returns to the show to discuss her latest project. As an instructor of screenwriting at Missouri State University, Diana has developed and seen through to a final production, a new science fiction webseries, Epilogue, dealing with a world riddled with a plague, a group of people who use time travel to try to avert it, and the consequences their actions have in the past, present, and future. John talks with Diana about the development of the story and what it was like working with students whom she now regards as peers.
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In a time travel kind of mood now?
Check out these past time-themed episodes from the network.
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Classic - The Society for Creative Anachronism (video)
It Has Come to My Attention - Ray Bradbury
Classic - Time Paradoxes (video)
Classic Podcast - The 45th Anniversary of Doctor Who
Classic - Jules Verne & HG Wells (video)
Diana Botsford’s background is as varied as the posts you’ll see on her blog. Some of those ideas came to light in the June 2010 publication of her Stargate SG-1 novel, The Four Dragons, and its sequel, The Drift (September 2012) for Fandemonium Press.
In addition to the actual craft of writing, Botsford teaches screenwriting as an Assistant Professor at Missouri State University. She has degrees in Screenwriting & Producing from Boston University, and Creative Writing from Seton Hill University. Prior to joining Missouri State University, she spent 12 years in Los Angeles in the television and film industry, followed by 5 years developing streaming media content and community-driven websites for Microsoft.
Her production credits include writing, producing, and directing for a wide variety of series and films. Her screenwriting credits include Star Trek: The Next Generation, Spiral Zone, and a variety of children’s series for CBS, NBC and independent networks. As a visual effects director Botsford has enjoyed the opportunity to play techno junkie while telling people like George Clooney how to stand in front of a bluescreen. She has produced multiple series for television such as the CBS series Harts of the West and Nightgames. Her theatrical credits include visual effects directing and supervision for a wide variety of films including Nightmare of Elm Street VI, Tank Girl, From Dusk Til Dawn, Terminator 2 and many independent films. As Associate Producer for D.I.C. Enterprises and then later as VP of Family Programming for Kushner-Locke, she produced over 1,000 hours of animation for shows that included Inspector Gadget, Heathcliff, M*A*S*K Force, Spiral Zone, and the Columbia/Tristar film Pound Puppies & the Legend of Big Paw. Most recently, Botsford created and executive produced the science fiction web series, EPILOGUE – a Missouri State University production. She has also served as Executive Producer on the Electronic Arts SF short Apollo which was a recent selection at the Athens, Greece International Science Fiction Film Festival.
Her primary writing focus is on science fiction for a variety of mediums including books, film, television, theatre and comics. In addition to Botsford’s Stargate: SG-1 novel The Four Dragons, and the sequel, The Drift (September 2012), her recently completed written work includes the SF novel Critical Past and the comic book series The Fracture. Botsford is oftentimes a speaker or workshop leader at various writers conferences and science fiction conventions.