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Award Winning Screenwriter Jacob Krueger will take YOUR pitches and help you reconstruct them! If you need to learn how to pitch and/or are currently pitching your script to producers, and it still hasn't sold, then join the call and you may be one of the lucky ones to get FREE advice on how to improve your delivery. Not only will Jacob give you a new perspective on pitching, he'll help your improve your everything about your particular pitch!
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Posted: Nov 23, 2015 Hosted By: Max Timm Guest: Ted Sullivan

Today we welcome writer/producer, Ted Sullivan, to Curious About Screenwriting. Ted has created a successful TV writing and producing career, having worked on Law and Order, Revenge and now the CBS hit show, Supergirl. Are you watching Supergirl? It's a perfect throwback to the Christopher Reeves Superman, and Ted is excited about how family friendly and hopeful the series is. Ted dives into so much in this interview - from developing three substantial mentors and discussing what he learned from them, to the specifics about how to pitch your original TV show and what could be included in your series bible.

With every TV producer that we have on our podcast, invariably comes a discussion about working in the TV writing world and how to navigate a writer's room. TV is where the work is, folks, so if you have any intention to write for TV, these interviews are priceless. This is insider information at its best and coming from the best, so we here at the ISA hope you take advantage of these podcasts as much as possible. We offer these to you for free, and all we ask is that you head over to iTunes and rate us - even better if you give us a review! So thanks for listening, everyone, and if you would like to follow the podcast host on Twitter, you can find him @iMaxTimm, and if you're not following the ISA there, you should be! We're @networkISA. Feel free to say hi, and we look forward to hearing about your successes in the future. Thanks again.

Posted: Nov 27, 2015 Hosted By: Jeff York Guest: Derek Asaff

Our new Page to Screen podcast series is kicked off in James Bond style. In this series of interviews, the ISA will jump on the line with some of our Development Program writers to review newly released films and TV shows with Jeff York. Jeff is a long time development program writer, as well as film critic. With Page to Screen, we strip away all of the pretentiousness of typical film review sources and formats, and dive into the heart of the show by discussing the writing elements of each project.


Jeff and his guests will of course talk about what they enjoyed and didn't enjoy about each viewing, but we're taking a writing-centric approach to the review. In this particular conversation, we bring on Derek Asaff - a rising star within the ISA Development Program having recently optioned a feature comedy project with Original Film, and has a thriller TV series in line with Dark Horse Entertainment. 2016 should be an excellent year for Derek, and we're so excited to track his ongoing success. Here, Derek takes a little time away from working on his projects in order to break down the yes' and no's of the recent Bond film, Spectre. It's a fun conversation, and we will be releasing these every week with a new guest and a new release. Since awards season is right around the corner, be ready to here some great discussions about some excellent (or maybe not so excellent) new releases.


Thanks for listening, everyone! This is an interactive kind of podcast series, so please feel free to share your own thoughts on each movie or show that we review and leave your comments on the ISA Facebook page or Twitter account! The ISA loves offering you these free resources, and all we ask in return is to share the podcasts and rate us on iTunes. The more we can spread the love, the more love we have to receive in return. So listen and enjoy.


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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.

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In this insightful teleconference, Dr. Melody Jackson, founder and Chief Smart Girl at Smart Girls Productions, will break down a variety of distinctions in screenwriting that have always been thought to be subjective. She turns them into a list of measurable checkpoints for evaluating your script's "saleability".


In this interview, some of the points she will cover are:

  • A fool-proof way to create a strong dilemma for your character. Most writers gets this completely wrong by doing the exact opposite - especially new writers.
  • The Critical Factor that must be present for us to care about your Main Character and the keys to implementing it into your screenplay.
  • Three Types of Stories to avoid at all cost in your first screenplay.
  • How to create your most interesting, edge-of-seat moments in your script.
  • A Big Mistake new writers often make and even love to do - even though it's a terrible idea.
  • A Simple Choice that will dramatically increase your odds of writing a commercial script on your first try.
  • Five Quick Ways to improve your script's commercial appeal in under two hours.
  • The Most Basic Element of your story that makes it more commercial for Hollywood.
  • Learn how long you should spend on a script if you're serious about a professional career. 
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