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Posted: Nov 30, 2016 Hosted By: Jeff York Guest: Kent Williams

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Page 2 Screen podcast # 47 (NOCTURNAL ANIMALS)
11/27/16

 

"Nocturnal Animals" presents a beautiful world filled with brutality.

 

Tom Ford may have come from the world of fashion and beauty, but his latest movie entitled "Nocturnal Animals" is all about ugliness. Susan (Amy Adams) may be rich and glamorous, but her life is cold and lonely. Her art gallery is bleeding cash, her marriage is marred by infidelity, and she covers her shame in artifice. Then her ex Edward (Jake Gyllenhaal) sends her the new novel he's written, dedicated to her. As she reads, Susan realizes his fiction is a metaphor for their reality 20 years earlier. And the brutality in his story echoes that which ended their marriage. Tom Ford writes and directs this multi-tiered story with extraordinary attention to every word and detail. He's a true artist, provoking his audience with a controversial work as exquisite as it is unsettling.

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Posted: Nov 24, 2016 Hosted By: Jeff York Guest: Christopher Dewan

"Westworld" is an enigmatic mystery that keeps us guessing.

 

The new HBO series does more than just re-imagine Michael Crichton's 1973 cult movie "Westworld" as a deeper and more philosophical examination of modern technology. It also confounds most of the rules of narrative in a television series. Almost every character at work and at play in the westernized adult theme park remains enigmatic eight hours into the 10-episode season. Multiple timelines may be at play, though they've yet to be clearly stated. And just what the maze at the center of the show means is anybody's guess. Maybe because so much is left to the viewer to decide and decipher, it's become the ‘water cooler' show of the fall season. Is it about robots becoming human, or God complexes or something else? Hard to say, but no matter where it's all going, it is utterly enthralling television. And we anxiously await its answers.

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Posted: Nov 24, 2016 Hosted By: Jacob Krueger

An excerpt from Jacob Krueger's podcast: 

 

"... So learning how to write a successful screenplay is not actually just about learning how to write a good screenplay, it's learning how to know what compromises you can make and what compromises you cannot. Which imperfections your audience will accept, which imperfections are going to pull them out of the story.


In many ways, the success or failure of your movie all boils down to one really simple concept: Feeding The Genre Monster."

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LLeju Productions Regardless of the genre – if a project is unconventional, risky or thought provoking – LLeju welcomes the opportunity to be “offbeat." The History Channel History (formerly known as The History Channel UK) is a pan-European television channel broadcasting programs related to historical events and persons. Draft Zero Two emerging screenwriters – Chas Fisher and Stuart Willis – try to work out what makes great screenplays work. Discovering what it takes by analyzing what successful writers put on the page — and then talking/discussing/arguing about it in a podcast. ISA Reviews: Hell or High Water with Kent Williams

Hell or High Water is a modern western, as well as a nuanced morality tale.

 

Just when you thought the entire summer was lost to disappointing comedies and superhero movies, along comes Hell or High Water. It's a chase movie, modern western, and an astute character study of desperate people in Texas doing what they can to survive, even if that means robbing banks. It's also one of 2016's best movies - a taut and suspenseful tale filled with rich performances from top to bottom.

 

There are no black hats or white hats in this script. The bank-robbing brothers driving the story are relatable and sympathetic, and Chris Pine and Ben Foster portray them as complex antiheroes. Equally as nuanced are the Texas lawmen, played by Jeff Bridges and Gil Birmingham, talking smack with each other while hot on the brothers' trail. Taylor Sheridan's character-driven script and David Mackenzie's mindful direction bring a decimated America, still reeling from the 2008 banking crisis, to vivid life onscreen.

Big Sur International Short Film The Big Sur International Short Film Screening Series showcases the best of short films from all over the world. Glendon Extended Learning Center Romina is an experience comedy writer, script reader and consultant. She has written, worked and produced shows at The Second City in both Hollywood and Toronto, Canada. Dr. Shonda Lackey, Script Consultant I'm a NYC based licensed psychologist and Arts enthusiast. I have a Ph.D. in clinical psychology and can help you actualize your artistic vision through my knowledge of human behavior. 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 2016 Music and Short Film and Video Contest TheAudienceAwards.com has an open call for entries for short films about music or musicians. Music videos are also invited to compete. Filmmakers from around the world are invited. TVWriter As a writer and producer who has toiled in television for many years, I offer this inside look at the medium some have called the “vast wasteland". Baburka Production Baburka Production is a company of professional cinematographers, that covers cinematographic productions from all sides, from writing to distribution. Interview with Filmmaker, Remy Auberjonois, on his Blood Stripe

SYS episode 130

 

Remy Auberjonois talks about his new film, Blood Stripe.

Cine Campus Cine Campus International Film Festival is dedicated to Film Student's Projects and helping their development as Filmmakers with over 30 Workshops. Tirana International Film Festival Above all, it is the aim of the TIRANA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL to create a meeting point for film artists and cinema enthusiasts from Albania, the Balkans and the entire world
Michael Lewis & Associates 2506 Fifth Street, #100 Santa Monica, CA 90405 (310) 399-1999 Creative Capers This boutique studio has produced an astounding amount of content over the years , from television shows to feature films, to commercials and toys. The ISA Reviews: Me Before You, with Farahday Morgan & Jeff York

Me Before You serves up affecting and unabashed melodrama.

 

It's shocking how few romantic movies there are at the Cineplex these days, and despite critics not seeming to enjoy them much, the better ones do tend to break through with an audience. Such is the case with Me Before Yo" based on the bestselling book by Jojo Moyes. She adapted this hit film for the big screen herself and her first-hand knowledge of her characters and their unusual journey together make for one very satisfying melodrama, no matter if most cynical male critics couldn't get onboard this "chick flick."

 

And indeed, the two romantic leads here do have a lot of substantial things working against them. Will is paralyzed from the neck down after a motorcycle accident, and Louisa is an unemployed young woman who agrees to take care of him only because she's desperate for the money. Will is cold to her, and doesn't see much point in living in his limited capacity. But as she starts to become his caretaker, and then friend, he warms up and even embraces life again. He comes to have great feelings for her, but is it enough? Ultimately, the true love story here is about Louisa and how she learns to embrace herself and what the future holds for her.

Women in Film Women In Film is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting diversity in the media arts. The purpose is to EMPOWER, promote and mentor women in entertainment and media. Interview with Forsaken Writer, Brad Mirman

SYS Podcast Episode 111:


Screenwriter Brad Mirman talks about his new Western, Forsaken, starring Kiefer Sutherland.

Commfest Global Community Film Festival A dialog of social issues and cultural exchange through the powerful language of film. Special Writing Show interview: Dan O'Bannon's Screenwriting Structure Famed writer/director Dan O’Bannon, best known for his work on “Alien,” was a legend. At the time of his death in 2009, he was working with a protégé named Matt Lohr on a book that outlined his own proprietary screenplay structural method, which he called dynamic structure. He had taught this system at USC, Chapman University, and other institutions.

After Dan died, his wife, Diane, asked Matt to complete the book, Dan O'Bannon's Guide to Screenplay Structure.
Fred R. Price Literary Agency 14044 Ventura Blvd Sherman Oaks, CA 91423 (818) 763 6365 TV Comedy Essentials with Arrested Development Producer, Victor Hsu

What generates real comedy? Is there a secret recipe to making people laugh? Maybe it isn’t really a secret, but veteran TV producer, Victor Hsu, believes comedy is derived from honesty, emotional truth, and getting to the heart of a character’s reaction within relatable situations. Victor has produced some of the most memorable shows on TV, from first jumping in on MacGyver, to his work on the cult favorite, Freaks and Geeks, and winning a Primetime Emmy for Arrested Development, he continues to deliver not just quality entertainment, but memorable hits with the Billy Crystal and Josh Gad series, The Comedians (which I’m still sad was cancelled), to the Amazon series and critical success, Transparent.

 

I asked him what draws him to a show or project, or in other words, what gets him to say yes to something? His response was rather simple, but all of us writers out there, incredibly important: he said the script is the first thing he sees, and just about every decision is derived from that script and the writer’s ability to tell a great story with memorable characters. This is an empowering interview with one of the best in the business, so I truly hope all of you writers out there are taking note. This industry does not have an impenetrable wall around it. You can break in, and you can find success. Just be persistent, don’t worry about having a plan B, and put your nose to that proverbial grindstone and get to work.

 

This interview is hosted by the ISA’s Director of Community Outreach, Max Timm. Max is the author of the fantasy novel, The WishKeeper, and he heads the ISA’s development program, supporting our members in a direct and meaningful way.

 

And don’t forget to rate this interview on iTunes, and feel free to share it with your friends. The ISA is dedicated to supporting writers in every way possible, and these free podcasts are just one way to inspire the next generation of A-listers.  Enjoy.

Energy Entertainment Energy Entertainment is a management and production company that was launched by Brooklyn Weave Australian Directors Guild The Australian Directors Guild (ADG) is an industry association representing interests of film, television/digital media directors, documentary makers, animators throughout Australia. Showbiz Sandbox podcast Showbiz Sandbox is a podcast featuring industry professionals J. Sperling Reich, Karen Woodward and Michael Giltz's humorous viewpoints, insightful analysis and insider opinions on the latest entertainment news headlines. The weekly podcast includes commentary, renown industry guests, as well as phone calls and emails from listeners who voice their own opinions on the child’s play of the entertainment business.
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