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Posted: Jun 8, 2015 Hosted By: Max Timm Guest: Laeta Kalogridis and Patrick Lussier

Having worked with James Cameron, Wes Craven and Martin Scorsese, to name just a few, you would think writers of such a caliber would simply be too busy to spend time on a podcast, but the writing team of Laeta Kalogridis and Patrick Lussier joined the ISA for one of our favorite interviews to date. The writing team is eagerly awaiting their upcoming installment of the Terminator series – Terminator: Genisys - which releases on July 1, of which they give some fun tidbits about their experience working on set with Schwarzenegger. They’re currently working on more projects with David Ellison’s team at Skydance.


They’re a powerhouse team of writers, but we were especially thrilled with how down-to-earth and just plain real they were on the call. If there is anyone who can give advice to screenwriters, it’s these two. Patrick with an extensive career working with auteurs like Craven and Guillermo del Toro, and Laeta with, as stated, Scorsese and Cameron – their insights into the business of writing, working as not just a team but true collaborators, and the special advice they give at the end of the interview, is enough to make this podcast a must-listen. We can’t thank Laeta and Patrick enough for taking the time out of their busy schedules to join us – Laeta was even ready to take notes and brainstorms in case anything spurred her creativity on the call. They were consummate professionals with a no-bull approach and they’ve found a new fan in the ISA. We're excited to see what’s next for them. So take a listen, and feel free to spread the word about our Curious About Screenwriting podcasts. Enjoy.

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). 


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