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Posted: May 27, 2015 Hosted By: Jacob Krueger

This week, we’re going to be looking at one of the most critically acclaimed action movies in recent history: Mad Max: Fury Road.

 

Now, forget for a minute whether you love action movies or you hate action movies. Forget whether ultra-violent movies make you happy or they make you want to run for the hills because I want to talk about Mad Max: Fury Road in terms of the things that we can all learn from it, as screenwriters, regardless of the genre that we are writing in and regardless of the challenges that we’re having in our writing.

 

So, the first thing that you should notice when you’re watching Mad Max: Fury Road is that it ain’t about the plot. The actual plot of Mad Max: Fury Road is ridiculously simple: they drive out into the desert in search of the green place and then they drive back in the other direction. Literally. The only thing that really happens in this movie is that Mad Max and Furiosa head in one direction and then head back home.

 

Over his years in the entertainment industry, Jacob Krueger has worked with thousands of writers, actors, and other artists in pursuit of their artistic goals. Jacob is an award winning screenwriter, playwright, producer and director. Jacob’s screenplay, The Matthew Shepard Story (2002) won him the Writers Guild of America Paul Selvin Award and a Gemini Nomination for Best Screenplay. The NBC film, directed by Roger Spottiswoode (And the Band Played On), and produced by Goldie Hawn, was based on life of gay hate-crime victim Matthew Shepard. The film won Stockard Channing a SAG Award and her first Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actress and Sam Waterston a Gemini Award for Best Supporting Actor. He has collaborated on original film musicals with Tony Award winning composers Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg (Les Miserables, Miss Saigon) and with four-time Academy Award Composer Michel Legrand (Yentl, The Thomas Crown Affair). 

Posted: May 27, 2015 Hosted By: Max Timm Guest: Stuart Beattie

As one of our more distinguished guests, Stuart Beattie took a little time out of his hectic day to talk to us about writing on major studio productions. I wanted to get Stuart on the line because of his experience of course, but even though he’s written major studio films like Pirates of the Caribbean, I, Frankenstein and GI Joe, he still takes a simple approach to his writing – what makes for a great story? Regardless of the level on which a screenwriter is working, Stuart reminds us that it never supersedes the servicing of a script. In other words, Stuart’s insights on how best to take notes from executives, how to be and act in a meeting with an executive or producer, and just simply how to stay true to your own voice doesn’t or at least shouldn’t change no matter the level or budget of the project. Stuart’s work is at a very high level in terms of craft and expertise, but his attitude toward the process has never changed – it’s just all about what makes a great story. He talks a lot about what he believes makes a great, and he goes into how not to be too married to your work. Just get the work done, move on, and good things will happen.

 

It was fun chatting with a writer at the top of his game, and I hope that for all of you writers out there, you can learn something from Stuart’s dedication to the business and craft of writing. Thanks for listening, and thanks for being an important of the ISA membership. These podcasts are free, so don’t hesitate to spread the word and tell your friends. Happy writing.

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California Film Awards The California Film Awards recognizes and celebrates important world cinema that represents the forefront of aesthetic, critical and entertainment standards in contemporary independent Brisbane International Film Festival An international festival of world cinema, docs, retrospectives, experimental work, late night thrillers, animation, children's film, and a short film competition. Screen Flanders Offering financial support to audiovisual productions that spend part of their budget within the Flanders Region, receiving up to 400,00 euros, co-producing with local filmmakers Utopia Film Festival Featuring films that explore utopian visions, i.e. cultural, social, political, environmental--the utopian spirit of better living through film. The Utopia Film Festival is also a dedic Energy Entertainment Energy Entertainment is a management and production company that was launched by Brooklyn Weave ScreenwritingU Screenwriting U is the only online school that will teach you everything you need to know to create both a powerful script and a successful career! DGA Training Program The New York Assistant Director Training Program is designed to provide opportunities for a limited number of individuals to become Assistant Directors in film and television. Mill Valley Film Festival Offering a high profile, non-competitive environment to celebrate the best in independent and world cinema.  Short & feature categories: narrative, doc, experimental, animation, childre New Hampshire Film Festival Our mission is to support the art of filmmaking and to present the best in recent independent cinema from the region, nation and world. NHFF unites professional filmmakers and screenwr Northeast of Paris Film Commission Providing location services and permits for filmmakers looking to shoot northeast of Paris. Callamaro Literary Agency The Callamaro Agency is a film and television agency located in Beverly Hills, CA. We represent screenwriters, directors, and the film rights of books. Indiewire The leading news, information, and networking site for independent-minded filmmakers, the industry and moviegoers alike. Two-time winner of the Webby Award for best film website. Big Bear Lake Int'l Film Festival Presenting the emerging talents of independent filmmakers and screenwriters. 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 Independent Film Investment and Production Group We are a production company, film funding company, talent management company. Our primary goal is to help independent filmmakers get their films produced and distributed. Anchor Bay Entertainment Anchor Bay Entertainment is one of the leading distributors of independent feature films and home entertainment product and the home entertainment division of Starz Media, LLC. 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 Screenplay Festival Screenplay Festival was established to help eliminate this “chicken and egg” problem, by accepting all submitted screenplays and judging them based upon their quality, Filmmaker Laura Gomez Writes and Acts Herself into a Career

Laura Gómez is an actor, writer and director based in New York City. Recommended by the Jacob Krueger Studio (www.WriteYourScreenplay.com), Laura plays the role of Dominican inmate Blanca Flores in the Netflix original hit series, Orange is the New Black, and has starred in several short films, including To Kill a Roach - winner of the Technisphere Award for Outstanding Achievement at New York University - and Hallelujah, both of which she wrote, produced, directed and starred in. In 2011, she was a recipient of the IX Screenwriting Developing Grant from the Carolina Foundation in Spain and is currently in post-production of a third short film she recently directed and co-produced. In 2015 her work as an actor includes the HBO miniseries Show me a Hero, created by David Simon and directed by Paul Haggis, the movie Daughter of God, starring Keanu Reeves and the much anticipated Season 3 of Orange is the New Black.

Evolution Mallorca International Film Festival Evolution, Mallorca International Film Festival (EMIFF) showcases innovative, provocative, socially relevant filmmaking while positioning Palma de Mallorca, Spain as a global destinatio Astoria Films, Inc. Astoria Films Inc. is an established independent motion picture studio based in NYC. Our main focus is the conception, development and production of feature films for worldwide theatric Lacustre Film Commission de la Araucania Providing location services and economic incentives to filmmakers looking to shoot in Chile. Dara Marks and The Gateway Into The Archetypal Realm

Engaging the Feminine Heroic focuses on helping writers gain greater access to their own internal creative vision in order to write stronger and more compelling narratives. While most writers are familiar with the pattern of the Hero's Journey, its counterpart, the Feminine Heroic, may be difficult to recognize. Whereas the essential goal of the hero's journey is to discover, defend, and establish our Self in the world, the great achievement of the feminine quest is communion, connection and relatedness to the other in order to make meaning of our existence. Therefore, it isn't just grit or physical prowess that gives the feminine her heroic stature. It is her courageous ability to descend into the dark, forbidding places that lie within each of us in order to retrieve our essence.

 

The story of our humanity is encoded in all epic mythologies. They show us how we grow and evolve, face life's conflicts and obstacles, and must endure death experiences in order to create new life. In her groundbreaking work on the Feminine Heroic, Dara Marks utilizes epic mythologies as a means of helping writers experience the archetypal template upon which the drama of our shared humanity is written.

 

Great stories aren't masculine or feminine, they are a balance of both and understanding how toEngage the Feminine Heroic will add a great deal of substance and depth to any writer's palette.

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