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Announcing Blockbuster

A true story told in six scripted, narrative episodes, with the most advanced sound design ever crafted in a podcast.

This is a true, scripted story.

Blockbuster is a six-part series tracing the friendship of Steven Spielberg and George Lucas just as their careers began to rise. You can subscribe now at Apple Podcasts for weekly episodes, as well as Spotify and all other podcast platforms.

This series has been painstakingly researched, compiled and referenced from thousands of sources, and many of the events that led to the creation of JAWS, CLOSE ENCOUNTERS, and STAR WARS, which launched the very idea of "the blockbuster" film.

It's a story that took place a half century ago — recreated by voice actors, exquisitely designed by award-winning designers, and scored with original music in the spirit of John Williams. It follows two scruffy 20-something filmmakers who become friends, and in some ways, rivals. It's a story of following dreams, frustration, and failing ... hard. Even flopping.

It's also the story of the rise of Hollywood's most beloved film composer, John Williams, and the events that led to his musical rebirth alongside Spielberg and Lucas. Williams would go on to earn more Oscar nominations than anyone in modern film history — 51 of them.

And it's a story too incredible not to be told, with the richest, most immersive sound design ever created.

Put on your headphones, close your eyes, and enjoy.

This is a sonic experience that invites you into the offices, film sets and homes of the most influential dreamers, rebels and world builders in Hollywood film history. You won't just be listening; you'll feel like you're there.


It's free to listen. But please consider a donation!

We've made the decision to release Blockbuster for free and without ads interrupting the story. But this production did take about $80,000 to produce from start to finish, so if you enjoy the experience, please consider giving $10, and you'll earn some cool bonus perks in the process!

You can subscribe now at Apple Podcasts for weekly episodes, as well as Spotify and all other podcast platforms.


Follow us on Facebook, Twitter (@Blockbuster_Pod), and Instagram @BlockbusterPod, and the show's creator Matt Schrader on Twitter (@mattschrader).



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