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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: Feb 3, 2016 Hosted By: Jeff York Guest: Kevin Rexroat

"Carol" says so much with pictures both beautiful and haunting.


"Carol", Todd Haynes' period piece nominated for six Oscars, could stand as a master class in smart screenwriting and visual storytelling. Starting with Phyllis Nagy's sly adaptation of Patricia Highsmith's 1952 novel "The Price of Salt", the movie always shows more than it tells, giving the audience credit for being intelligent enough to read between the lines of what's being said. Cate Blanchett plays the title character who starts a dangerous relationship with Therese Belivet (Rooney Mara), a shy shop girl. The filmmakers ensure that their interactions are distinguished by glances, gestures and body language rather than any on-the-nose dialogue. This works perfectly for the time as forbidden forms of love were not talked about then, and those entering into such a world had to keep things secret. Thus, the film brilliantly presents Carol and Therese stepping very carefully into their affair, and Haynes uses all of the tools in his arsenal to complement Nagy's deft writing.


The exquisite cinematography, detailed period décor, memorable costumes, and wistful score not only enhance the love story, but at times help fuel the film's exquisite tension as well. Dark shadows fill scenes with dread, drab rooms hobble Carol and Therese's road trip journey of self discovery, and dangerous men lurk in the corners of many of the film's compositions. Most significantly, Haynes dots his drama with the color red, as it is a metaphor for the two women's passions trying to rise above the rejection of a close-minded society. If love is a game, then "Carol" plays like a chess match with its two main characters carefully negotiating their every move.

Posted: Jan 30, 2016 Hosted By: Max Timm Guest: Giacomo della Quercia

Historical fiction will always be a challenge for writers since your audience walks into your story with expectations sometimes centuries in the making. Most, if not all, of your characters may have died years ago, some of them so famously that your audience already has opinions on how they looked, acted, and spoke. I spoke with Giacomo della Quercia about this very issue, among many other strictly dialogue-related challenges. It's the first live podcast that we've have hosted where we focus primarily on dialogue and how best to deliver the words on the page.


We packed this hour and a half with answers to questions such as, How do you live up to the expectations of writing for historical or famous characters while also being true to yourself as a writer? And what can a writer do to research such historical figures in order to remain accurate?


We tackled these questions, plus many more, with the writer, educator, and historian. Della Quercia is a scholar for the New York Council for the Humanities and a novelist for St. Martin's Press. His novels have been praised by museums, historians, and literary critics for his profound use of history. And his Cracked.com articles are also among the most widely-read on the Internet. He was an impressive guest to have on and his insights on dialogue and research are priceless.


You should check out Giacomo and his newly released book, "License To Quill" - a James Bond-esque spy thriller starring William Shakespeare and Christopher Marlow during history's real-life, Guy Fawkes Gunpowder Plot. You can find what Kirkus calls, "An erudite tour de force" at all major booksellers and, as always, you can find our Curious About Screenwriting podcast on iTunes or through our website via the Resources section of the homepage. Enjoy the interview, and cheers to a successful 2016.


Blue Rider Pictures Blue Rider Entertainment is one of the most prolific and successful independent production and financing companies in the entertainment business, with 118 movies and TV projects to its Interview w/ Aaron Zelman, Executive Producer, Resurrection

Aaron has been writing for television since 2000, when he started on the original Law & Order. After 4 years on the NBC show where he was promoted to Producer, he worked on the only season of Eyes for ABC. His other TV credits consist of Criminal Minds on CBS and Damages on the FX network. For the latter he was nominated for an Emmy and a Writers’ Guild award as a writer/producer. Aaron made his AMC debut on The Killing. From there, he went on to become the Creator/Showrunner and Executive Produce for Resurrection on ABC. He is represented by the United Talent Agency.



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JACOPO DELLA QUERCIA: PREEMPTIVELY EDIT YOUR FILM In this discussion with writer Jacopo della Quercia we examine the question of what NOT to reveal to the audience and more by sharing personal and historical examples of where cuts were made to better fit a larger story. Points of conversation include deleted scenes from classic films, unused material from famous scripts, the challenges faced and opportunities offered when adapting existing works, and personal experiences on how writers can be their own film editor American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) The ACLU is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, public interest organization devoted exclusively to protecting the basic civil liberties of all Americans. The Glick Agency The Glick Agency is a talent company serving the Santa Monica community, specializing in representing actors for roles film, television, theatre productions and more. 1321 7th St #203 North Finland Film Commission Wild unspoiled nature and northern industrial milieus. Tundra and taiga forests. Frozen harbors and the sun that never sets. In the middle of nowhere yet close and well-connected. Malta Film Commission Providing location services, economic incentives, and crew / equipment contacts to filmmakers who want to shoot in Malta. Maverick Movie Awards Helping talented filmmakers receive recognition by awarding movies with unique style, exceptional craft, and the power to communicate. Anywhere But Hollywood A podcast from screenwriter Adam Campbell interviewing filmmakers, producers, writers, and others active in the world of independent filmmaking. Hong Kong International Film Festival The Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF) is one of Asia’s most reputable platforms for filmmakers, film professionals and film goers from all over the world to launch new works Byron Bay International Film Festival Screening films of all genres from all over the world. Directors Guild of America The Directors Guild of America is a labor organization that represents the creative and economic rights of directors and members of the directorial team working in film, television, com Pixar Located in Emeryville, California, Pixar Animation Studios has created acclaimed animated feature and short films for over 25 years. Pixar is also home to the RenderMan line of software The Frederick Film Festival The first Frederick Film Festival (F3) was March 2009 where 15 features/documentaries and over 60 short films were screened. Guests included filmmaker John Waters.
Thruline LA Thruline Entertainment is run by 5 partners and 6 managers. Clients include actors, writers, producers and directors. Career and Story Advice from East Los High Co-Creator, Carlos Portugal

TV is where the work is. This is at least what we hear time and time again, but we’re reminded of it once more with this in-depth and incredibly educational interview with the co-creator of the hit Hulu series, East Los High, Carlos Portugal. Carlos has a long and diverse career within the world of TV – first working at PBS and creating documentaries, to day time TV, and eventually writing on Tyler Perry’s House of Pain and Meet The Browns. Even when he wrote, directed, and produced his first feature, it was picked up by Lifetime and was turned into a movie of the week. He loves TV, but even more so he loves how it can deliver strong messages to diverse audiences.


Get inspired by a lifelong TV writer, producer and creator. Carlos Portugal is the epitome of positivity, perseverance, and professionalism, and we're confident you will learn a little something from this interview 


Also, we highly suggest checking out East Los High on Hulu! The third season launched on July 15. A big congrats to Carlos on all of his success, and the ISA is grateful for his time.

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Greta McAnany is an award-winning producer, writer and storyteller. After graduating from USC, Greta formed her own production company and received a grant from the Thorton Foundation in Los Angeles to produce a feature documentary about childhood obesity, entitled Bite Size. The film won the Grand Jury prize at Cinequest Film Festival and was featured by Katie Couric’s Obesity Awareness special on ABC. It is set to release in March 2015. Greta has also produced award-winning live newscasts and reported as a theatre critic for ‘LA Stage Times’, where she interviewed Oscar and Tony-winning writers, directors, and actors. She is a co-founder of the next generation studio X-Factor Films and is a co-producer on the feature documentary in currently in production, Flush Revolution.


Lauren Tracy In ‘09 Lauren graduated RIT (Film MFA/Creative Writing Minor) and represented her class as the commencement speaker. From 2008-10 Lauren and her father Rick Tracy ran an organization that worked with Avid, NYU and Kathryn Bigelow to provide financial awards to female filmmakers. In 2010 Lauren interned for producers of the feature The Hammer and commercial production company Über Content in LA. By 2013 Lauren had written and directed 8 and edited 11 shorts. Lauren’s work has been shown at the LA Shorts, High Falls, LA Femme International and Slamdance Film Festivals. At the latter, she was presented the ‘Emerging Director’ award. Working in LA, Lauren was hired as lead editor on two independent features: How To Grow Our Own (2012) and Your Friends Close (2013). In 2013 she completed her feature script Sweet Desert Palm. Lauren then started X-Factor Films to build a sustainable business model around her and other’s films by and about badass women (www.xfactorfilm.com).

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