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KILLING WINSTON JONES starring Richard Dreyfuss, Danny Glover, and Danny Glover is coming to a theater near you!
Brann's "Falling Star", a sci-fi super-hero thriller set in Roswell, New Mexico, placed 1st in this year's New Hope Film Festival, 2014. His time travel thriller, "Impulse", placed 1st in the sci-fi/fantasy/horror category in the 7th Annual Storypros Awards Screenplay Contest.
FEATURED PODCASTS (show more)
Character Drives Story, Q & A with Jen Grisanti and ISA's Max Timm
In this live Curious About Screenwriting podcast, we offer a teleconference with Jen Gristanti – one of the top writing coaches and consultants in the business right now. Jen is also an instructor with NBC’s Writers on The Verge, and was previously a programs executive under Aaron Spelling. Jen, alongside the Director of Community Outreach with the ISA, Max Timm, offers her insights on the writing process with a focus on how character drives story and the importance of balancing character and plot. Very basically, character drives plot and plot drives character. She uses many examples of current and past shows, but the focus of this interview really is the Q&A portion and answering the callers’ questions. We answer multiple questions that focus on many different topics – from the business of writing in general, to the specific gem at the end about what should and should not be included in a TV series bible.
As always, get your pen and paper handy and take notes. What Jen offers here is invaluable on so many levels, but one of her core missions is to support a writer’s overall growth as a writer – in other words, it’s more than just giving story advice. She gives the kind of emotional and motivational support that all writers need. We hope you get a lot out of this Q&A, and please share these podcasts with anyone who you believe will learn from them. Don’t forget to find the Curious About Screenwriting podcasts on iTunes and to rate us there. We offer these interviews to you for free, and getting your rating on iTunes helps us push forward in our mission to provide top quality content through the International Screenwriters Association. Thanks and enjoy.Paul Kohner Agency Our literary department boasts representation of 24 major publishing houses and our books continue to make successful feature films and Broadway and national tour productions. Escape Artists Escape Artists is an independently financed motion picture and television production company with a first look non-exclusive deal at Sony Pictures Entertainment. Perfect The Pitch w/ Top Story and Script Consultant, Michael Hauge
With this four-part interview series, Max Timm – the Director of Community Outreach – interviews four experts on the logline writing and pitching process. In this interview we have Michael Hauge, veteran and expert story consultant.
Michael Hauge has coached screenwriters, producers, stars and directors on projects for every major studio and network, most recently I AM LEGEND, HANCOCK and THE KARATE KID for Will Smith and Overbrook Entertainment; MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE for Columbia Pictures; BAKUGAN for Universal Pictures, and LOVE, ROSIE for SONY Pictures and Constantin Film. In this podcast interview, Michael discusses the importance of the primary elements that make up any story, and how to include them in your pitch and/or logline. We highly recommend Michael and his services, and you can find more about him at www.storymastery.com
In this short series of interviews, Max interview experts on the craft – people who have taken and given thousands of pitches. We expect that you’ll get a lot out of these interviews, so enjoy the conversation, thanks for being a member and fan of the ISA and our Curious About Screenwriting podcasts. Keep writing.Ohio Film Office As the agency dedicated to assisting productions statewide, the Ohio Film Office is able to direct you to the necessary entity who will be able to assist you in securing the permit you Manatt, Phelps & Phillips LLP - U.S., Mexico Lauded as a pioneer and leader in the industry, Manatt is consistently ranked among the top entertainment law practices by Chambers USA and U.S. News & World Report. We recently receive New Age Monkey Productions Hello and welcome to the showcase site for New Age Monkey Productions! In a nutshell, we're an independent film production team ready to make our presence known to the world! We are cur Wood Robbins LLP While we have enjoyed substantial trial and appellate court success, we focus, whenever possible, on resolving complex matters quickly and efficiently without the need to resort to lega The Screenwriting Rules: How & When To Break Them w / Pilar Alessandra
Just before the Christmas break, I had Pilar Alessandra on, and while I always aim to educate my listeners and make sure you walk away with solid and practical info, this interview was so full of tips and writing tools, that we could probably call this a class in and of itself. We talked about the screenwriting rules, what they are, and then how to properly break them. I've been working in the screenwriting world for about a decade and it's amazing how often the same questions come up where screenwriting rules are concerned. Pilar covers so much in this hour long interview, so I hope you have a pen and paper handy. I know I say that just about every time, but this one will prove to be that much more valuable where practical lessons are concerned.
And it kind of speaks to who Pilar is. She's a true teacher, not just because she's been doing this for so long, but because of her passion for supporting and educating screenwriters. Just to give a little background on Pilar, she is the director of the writing program called On the Page®, and host of the popular On the Page podcast that I highly recommend. Pilar started her career as the Senior Story Analyst at DreamWorks and, in 2001, opened the On the Page Writers' Studio in Los Angeles. Her students and clients have written for The Walking Dead, Lost, House of Lies, Nip Tuck and Family Guy. I can't recommend her enough, so if you would like to find out more, you can visit her website: www.onthepage.tvDitto Productions Limited With so many studios attempting to breathe life into deceased formats and franchises, we at Ditto are bringing a wealth of new and established talent to the film set. Interview w/ How To Beat A Bully's, Richard Rossner & Marilyn Anderson Episode #122
Anderson and Rossner talk about their new family film, How To Beat A Bully. Great Lake Films An award-winning independent production company creating ambitious films and quality drama. Create Your Career w/ Veteran CAA Agent & Top TV Producer, Tony Krantz
One of the most well-connected guests we’ve had on yet, Tony Krantz joined us to talk about a number of things – so many of them we could have discussed even further in depth – but after working as an agent with CAA for 15 years, Tony went on to help create Imagine Television. From Imagine he moved on to direct his own films, and now he’s writing and developing major TV projects. A fascinating career, really. From packaging shows at CAA such as Twin Peaks, The West Wing, ER, and then producing the Fox mega-hit, 24, and so many others, Tony’s career is something most industry people dream of. He h
Probably one of the more enlightening aspects of this interview is Tony’s breakdown of how the TV industry is working right now, and comparing it to the feature and movie world. It’s an extremely exciting time with so many opportunities, and with Tony’s breakdown, we can see why the opportunities are there, especially in television.
Enjoy this interview, everyone, and a huge thank you to Tony for joining us. We wish him all the best on his future projects. And don’t forget, subscribe to Curious About Screenwriting on iTunes! By subscribing, you can be sure that all future episodes will be automatically downloaded for you, and while you’re there, feel free to rate us. Your opinion matters. Thanks so much for listening and enjoy our interview with Tony Krantz.Show Me Shorts Film Festival New Zealand has a long tradition of making world-class short films. These stories offer us the chance to escape into new worlds, learn more about ourselves and connect with others. The ISA Reviews: The Hunstman: Winter's War, with Chris DeWan
"The Huntsman: Winter's War" is at war within its own storytelling.
In 2012, "Snow White and the Huntsman" was a critical and financial success, but this sequel entitled "The Huntsman: Winter's War" fails to build on most of its predecessor's strengths. For starters, Snow White isn't really in this one. Then there's the fact that this story is both a prequel and sequel, so its focus is muddled. Finally, it seems more interested in the character arc of its warring queen sisters (Charlize Theron and Emily Blunt) than that of its leading man (Chris Hemsworth).
This fantasy tentpole is impeccably produced and has gorgeous sets, costumes, and special effects. But if there are problems on the page, it will suffer on the stage, and that's undeniably true here. The Brothers Grimm deserve a more cogent adaptation of their work, and so does the Cineplex audience.Vanie Poyey Photography My goal is to help you succeed. I want to empower you with the tools you need to market yourself effectively. I’ll do this by engaging you and directing you instead of posing you. FilmLA inc FilmL.A. is a private, 501(c)4 not-for-profit organization established for the public benefit. We coordinate and process permits for on-location motion picture, television & commercials Battleship Pretension BATTLESHIP PRETENSION is a film discussion show and a film review website founded by Tyler Smith and David Bax. Beginning in March 2007, Battleship Pretension the show (known to fans simply as “BP”) embodies the type of laid-back, free-flowing conversations had by lovers of film around the world. Battleship Pretension the website is dedicated to being destination for those seeking worthwhile opinions on current releases, be they foreign, studio pictures, etc. Writing for TV w/ Producer of Cougar Town & Scorpion, Danny Rose
Danny Rose joins us on another podcast today, and Danny has been producing some of the best episodic television for 20 years. After graduating from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, he started working on the hit sitcom Spin City. He then went on to produce 182 episodes of the show Scrubs, which is nothing short of impressive, and then produced another hit over 100 episodes even of the Courtney Cox starring show, Cougar Town.
He’s currently producing the hit CBS drama Scorpion (Mondays at 9pm/8c) and the MTV show Todrick, which recently premiered at the end of August. Danny is one of the busiest guys in town, as you can see, and the advice he gives to aspiring writers and filmmakers is inspiring to say the very least. From getting bad advice from a psychic, to discussing the future of TV, it was a pleasure to have Danny on and we can’t wait to see what he works on next. In the meantime, we’ll continue to enjoy Scorpion, and heed his advice at every writing corner possible.
Thanks as always for listening, and please subscribe to Curious About Screenwriting on iTunes. By subscribing and rating us, you help in the ongoing production of these fantastic interviews. Keep writing, and happy listening.International Woman's Writing Guild A network for the personal and professional empowerment of women through writing and open to all regardless of portfolio. As such, it has established a remarkable record of achievement Edinburgh Short Film Festival Screening the best in International contemporary short cinema at venues across Scotland's ancient capital every Autumn! Dupont Studios ASCAP We are the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), a membership association of more than 525,000 US composers, songwriters, lyricists and music publishers.