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Five of the top fifteen movies in 2015 were out-and-out comedies, and another four had combined strong comedy elements with another genre. Comedy is serious business, and during this teleconference with script consultant and author Steve Kaplan, you’ll learn about the art and science of comedy, and have a chance to have some of your burning questions about writing, directing or performing comedy answered.
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Posted: Nov 29, 2015 Hosted By: Jeff York Guest: Max Timm

Our new Page to Screen podcast series continues, and in our second interview, the ISA's Director of Community Outreach and podcast host, Max Timm, joins Jeff York to discuss the critically acclaimed new film from Tom McCarthy, Spotlight. As you may already know, 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 a 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, Max joined Jeff not as a way to self-promote, but to help kick-off this fun review series of podcasts and bring a critical eye to this critical film. Spotlight is a difficult film to watch simply due its content. Not that it wasn't enjoyable as a film in and of itself - the acting is fantastic, the writing and structure works well - but because of the extreme subtleties and its focus purely on the content and message, the story itself is delivered in a very non-character motivated way and doesn't grip the viewer on a hero's journey kind of level. I'm confident that the filmmakers were not trying to approach the story in this way, and because of such a conscious decision, the movie works. All in all, Spotlight is an important movie to watch and should get quite a bit of awards season press and notoriety.


Thanks for listening, everyone! Remember that this is an interactive kind of podcast series, so please feel free to share your own thoughts on each reviewed movie or show 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. Now that the holiday season is upon us, we hope that you can get out to a theatre or flip through your home theatre set-up and watch some fine entertainment. As always, thanks for being a valued member of the ISA, and enjoy the discussion.

Posted: Nov 30, 2015 Hosted By: Max Timm Guest: Kimberly Chessler itskowitch

On this episode of Curious About Screenwriting, we switch focus a bit in this interview and bring on Kimberly Chessler Itskowitch. Kim is the VP of Non-Fiction Programming at Lifetime and is responsible for developing and overseeing production of non-fiction projects for the network. To give a brief background of her extensive experience and career Chessler joined Lifetime in 2010 as Senior Director of Reality Programming and has been responsible for overseeing the development and production of the network's hit docusoap Dance Moms, starring Abby Lee Miller. Other projects under her purview include the all-new docuseries The Jacksons: Next Generation, and Atlanta Plastic, which reveals the changing face of plastic surgery by following three of Atlanta's top surgeons and their clients. Prior to Lifetime, Chessler was at Oxygen for ten years, during which she held numerous positions, ranging from Manager of Development to Director of Production.

We as writers and filmmakers are repeatedly reminded that in all of the work that we produce, we need to focus on what's authentic to the story. Kim's insights on how Lifetime has a mantra of "stick to the series promise" rings true in all forms of entertainment, really. While reality TV is an un-scripted process, there is still a creative hook that needs to be adhered to, and without it, your show won't grip your viewers as much as it needs to. Kim and I dive into the behind the scenes of the reality TV world, how a show is created from concept to screen. It's a side of the industry so many of us don't necessarily know or understand, and Kim helps enlighten us on just how a reality series is brought to life.

A very big thank you to Kim for jumping on the line with us in the midst of a holiday week, and of course thank you for being a major factor in the success of this podcast series. Without our listeners, we wouldn't be able to present such fascinating material. Remember to share these interviews with your friends, rate us on iTunes, and to stay tuned to all things ISA by visiting our website, networkISA.org. We're here to help you and your creative pursuits in whatever way possible. Enjoy the interview and thanks for listening.


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In this interview, our Curious About Screenwriting Co-Host, Laurie Lamson, interviews the prolific writer/producer Christine Conradt. Christine is best known for Betrayed at 17 (2011), A Nanny's Revenge (2012) and Summer's Moon (2009).  With nearly 50 produced writing credits, Christine received her Bachelor’s degree in Screenwriting from the esteemed USC's School of Cinematic Arts and then worked briefly in development before launching herself as a writer. Intent on elevating the crime thrillers she was becoming known for, Christine went back to grad school to receive a Masters degree in Criminal Justice from Boston University where she focused on cybercrime and juvenile delinquency.  THE BRIDE HE BOUGHT ONLINE is her directorial debut, premiering on Lifetime July 18, 2015. Laurie delves into Christine’s career, process, and what it’s like being a female horror writer.


Our wonderful co-host, Laurie, has been hosting live teleconferences with the ISA for a long time. She’s an industry veteran and honored to share her passion for screenwriting with you through our Curious About Screenwriting podcasts.   Laurie is the editor of the series of industry books titled, Now Write! Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror, the co-editor of Now Write! Screenwriting and Now Write! Mysteries, published by Tarcher/Penguin. You can learn more and connect with Laurie at nowwrite.net. Enjoy the interview.

Exploriem Entrepreneur Network Exploriem develops & accelerates enterprises by providing exceptional entrepreneurial services to its members. Its goals are to mentor, teach and coach entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs and artpreneurs as well as conduct research, hold events and network. Exploriem provides advice on early stage funding and office/incubator space to assist in furthering entrepreneurship in Canada and around the world. Exploriem.org founded in 2001& is a registered Canadian not-for-profit organization. Final Draft Podcast Marc Madnick, co-founder and CEO of Final Draft, Inc., moved to Los Angeles in 1986 to follow his dream of being a screenwriter. Like many aspiring and professional screenwriters of the time, he found the process of writing a script trying and time-consuming. This experience led Madnick and former partner Ben Cahan to the creation of Final Draft, a fully dedicated screenwriting software application that formats your script to Hollywood’s industry standard. Nantucket Film Festival NFF has become one of the premiere destination film festivals in the world. Visitors come from all over to experience our preview screenings and signature programs. Pushing The Pen A boutique, full-service production & writing facility. LOTUS GIRL FILMS LLC We make content that speaks to the human capacity to rise above life's murky waters, and to bring light where there was once only darkness. Teenage Filmmaker, Luke Jaden: A History Assignment Leads To A Career

The ISA is excited to include Luke Jaden as part of our Curious About podcast series of interviews. In this interview, Max Timm – the Dir of Community Outreach with the ISA – holds possibly one of the more inspiring interviews yet. Luke is a 19 year-old writer and filmmaker hailing from Detroit, and over the past four years has gone from making a documentary about the abolitionist John Brown specifically for a history class homework assignment, to landing an Oscar nominated actor in his fifth and up and coming film. Luke discusses the peaks and pitfalls of being a young filmmaker, the guts it takes to pursue such a career, and how his high school history teacher unknowingly spawned his filmmaking career. Luke is an inspiration for writers and filmmakers of all ages, and we think you’ll especially enjoy his passion, spunk, and overall excitement over what he loves to do.

FAST Screenplay FAST Screenplay takes you beyond the classroom and into the real world of screenwriting. Every step is a detailed, fully-immersive lesson on an aspect of screenwriting. Shorts On Tap Providing a platform for both up&coming and established film-makers to showcase their work, exchange ideas and receive feedback. info@shortsontap.com Interview w/ Wendy West & Scott Reynolds, Two Top TV Exec Producers

Wendy is currently the Co-Executive Producer on Game of Silence. She started her writing career working Gideon’s Crossing, Law & Order: SVU, Line of Fire, Hawaii, The Closer, K-Ville, The Beast, Dexter and The Black List.


Scott is currently a Consulting Producer on The Following. Reynolds started on E-Ring and then started as an assistant on Dexter four years ago and became a writer in year two, and has done quite a phenomenal job. 



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