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Posted: Oct 19, 2016 Hosted By: Jeff York Guest: Colin Costello

"Supergirl" flies with fan boys and girls alike.


What did the TV series "Supergirl" get right in its transfer from comic book to small screen? Plenty. It faithfully honors the 1959 source material. The sincerity and sass Warner Bros. incorporated into the character when they animated her in the 1990's is still present. And there are even bits of feminist icons like Wonder Woman and Ally McBeal baked into the present day character. In Melissa Benoist they have found the perfect ingénue to play both the superhero who soars, as well as her more down-to-earth alter ego Kara Danvers. Greg Berlanti, Ali Adler and Andrew Kreisberg created the ebullient show for CBS in 2015, but it's even better after moving to the CW for season two. "Supergirl" satisfies fan boys and fan girls alike, with an earnest approach that today's dark and dour big screen DC adaptations could learn a lot from.

Posted: Oct 18, 2016 Hosted By: Max Timm Guest: Emmanuel Oberg

In this recording of a live teleconference with Emmanuel Oberg and the ISA's Max Timm, you'll get an introduction to the Story-Type Method®, as Max and Emmanuel discuss:

1. Structure is everything, but what is structure? A good story is a metaphor for a problem-solving process. Identifying where the main problem lies - outside the protagonist (in other characters or nature); within the protagonist; in society - leads to the Story-Type Method®, which defines three main story-types: plot-led, character-led and theme-led. This innovative way of looking at story structure can help writers to develop any story: action movie, character driven piece, even hybrids and exceptions.


2. The Fractal Aspect of Story structure. The three-act structure can be used to design not only the whole film but also its parts: acts, sequences, scenes, subplots, strands... This is one of the many differences between the dramatic three-act structure and the more well-known logistical three-act structure, based on page numbers or minutes, such as the 30-60-30 paradigm. The dramatic three-act structure is more flexible, more powerful and is even optional, at least when it comes to designing the story as a whole.


3. How various tools can be used to manage information, which is another part of story structure. Tools like dramatic irony, surprise, mystery and suspense. Many films such as Tootsie, Avatar, The Lives of Others, Sleuth, Infernal Affairs and its remake The Departed have a structure based on managing information rather than simply managing conflict. The logistical 30-60-30 paradigm on its own can't explain how these stories are designed.

Posted: Oct 13, 2016 Hosted By: Max Timm

Happy fall, everyone! It's October, the air has a little chill to it, even if you're in Los Angeles, the baseball playoffs are under way and my Cubs just won the first game of the National League Division Series and I'm happy. For those of you who don't care about baseball, well... I'll keep my comments to myself and instead focus on why this podcast episode does have a connection to the changing of the seasons.


The holiday season is officially upon us and what naturally comes with the holiday season is a tendency to wish a little more, dream a little more, and reflect on what you have and what you don't. The healthy approach here is to not focus on the lack, but to focus on how to fill in the little gaps, those little empty spaces of your life, with what you want. And since this is a podcast on writing, and since you're listening right now, I can assume that you have the intention of being a working, full-time writer in this industry; to have your projects not only find representation and a champion, but to make it to the big or small screen. The comfort, for me anyway, when I think about this wish and intention to work as a full-time writer is in the knowing that we're all in this together. Even if you're already a full-time working writer, your intention is to keep it that way! So we're all in this together, and we all have the same wish, and like I said, the holiday season tends to bring about those hopes and wishes even more.



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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.

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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.tv

Ditto 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

as been able to work at all levels of the industry and continues to focus on his artistic side through his new TV projects in development.


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.

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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.

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