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Posted: Sep 25, 2016 Hosted By: Max Timm

I'm back with the Craft podcast, everyone! I must admit that I didn't hold true to a promise that I made a couple episodes ago. I told you all that I was getting back into the regular, weekly release schedule for my podcast and yet, here I am, about three weeks later and finally getting another episode up. I know, I know, I'm a horrible person. I could dive into all of the reasons I was held up and haven't uploaded a podcast in a while like my book, The WishKeeper, had a book tour around the Chicago area in August. The ISA and I launched a new round of the live Master Class here in Los Angeles, and we're rebranding our online class, now called Write An Amazing First Draft. I could also tell you all about the Story Weekend of seminars we hosted in downtown LA with consultants Pilar Alessandra, Chris Vogler, and Lee Jessup, OR I could even give you details on the recent Third Thursday events we're organizing, the new website we're launching, and the huge push we're about to do with the ISA Development Program.


I could go into all of that. I could come up with a few more reasons why I've been a bit slow in the release of the Craft, but you know... I don't want to make excuses. As you can tell I'm tossing out some comical jabs here and being forcefully ironic, but that's also just a part of my own voice and if you haven't read my book yet, well, you would likely see that I'm really just being myself.


Anyway folks, so much is happening with the ISA, and so much is happening with my own career, but I must say that I love taking these breaks with you. I really do love taking the time to give you insights on the storytelling process, and I really do love that you're listening. So let's dive in...


Posted: Sep 27, 2016 Hosted By: Jeff York Guest: Derek Asaff

"The Magnificent Seven" pays homage to classic western films & their tropes.


Can a remake of a remake be any good? Well, in the case of Antoine Fuqua's remake of the 1960 classic "The Magnificent Seven", which itself was a remake of Akira Kurosawa's legendary "Seven Samurai" from 1954, the answer is a qualified yes. While it doesn't do anything particularly earth shattering or provocative with the tried and true material, the filmmakers here clearly revere the western genre and its tropes, and more than deliver an action-packed good time. Anchored by star power from Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt and Ethan Hawke, this revenge tale has lots of characters, quips, and well-shot shoot-outs. It won't be as classic like those others, but there is a lot to like here. It's almost like an "Avengers" movie, albeit one set in the late 1800's.

Posted: Sep 23, 2016 Hosted By: Jeff York Guest: Misha Crosby

Oliver Stone is still fighting the good fight in "Snowden".


It's become popular to knock filmmaker Oliver Stone for some of his conspiratorial beliefs and cinematic excesses, but his latest film "Snowden" is a very measured and precise work. It may not have the go-for-broke oomph of "JKF" or "Natural Born Killers", but it's clever, well-acted, and about as topical as films come these days. Was Edward Snowden (a slow-burning Joseph Gordon-Levitt) a patriotic whistleblower exposing our nation's dirtiest spying secrets? And does America even care about their government spying on them today? He puts these issues out front and center in a well-constructed story that dutifully honors the tropes of Main Character, Dynamic Character and Opponent, the three-character triad of screenwriting. Stone's latest also gives audiences a lot to think about and discuss afterwards. You can argue about Snowden's actions, but you cannot argue with that.



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Screenwriter Ashley Scott Meyers answers listener submitted questions and ponders the best way to start and have a long lasting screenwriting career.
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Dan talks about his days working as a development executive and how he transitioned over to being a screenwriter.

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Whether you loved or hated Me, Earl and the Dying Girl-- whether you were part of the crowd that was ready to stand up and cheer at the Sundance premiere (after which the film was immediately snagged up after a fierce bidding war) or whether you're one of the more skeptical audience members who have accused the film of being cliché in its depiction of Earl and of its self aware film references-- one thing that you have to admit about Me, Earl and the Dying Girl is that the movie is deeply emotionally moving, both in its humor and its sadness.

It’s not easy to move an audience emotionally, especially when they come to a movie called Me, Earl and the Dying Girl. It’s not easy to actually move them to a point of personal exposure with a film like this, because of the protective wall that the audience is naturally going to put up between themselves and the film.

So I want to talk today about how you get an audience to take down their walls.

In lesser hands, Me, Earl and the Dying Girl is a Lifetime movie. In lesser hands, it's just another movie in a long line of melodramatic tearjerkers: the kind of movie that makes you cry but doesn't really change your life. The kind of movie that makes you cry in a safe way.

Me, Earl and the Dying Girl does not make you cry in a safe way. And the reason for this is that it sucks you into seeing the world through the character's eyes, forcing you to lower your guard and expose your own vulnerability.

The film has actually taken a lot of criticism for this. It's been argued that Rachel (the dying girl from the title) exists for no other reason than to force the main character, Greg, to change. It's been argued that Greg is a total narcissist who is so completely unaware of anybody other than himself in the world.

But I completely disagree. For me, what is wonderful about this movie and what is successful about this movie is exactly the way it pulls you into Greg’s perspective, as narcissistic and self-involved, and downright teenage as it might be.

How does the movie accomplish this? The answer is multifaceted and may surprise you. The most obvious way it does this is by lying to you...

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The TV writing business is a tough one, but that's why I make sure and tell all of my writers who are interested in writing for television that they need to work on writing specs. A spec script, in case you aren't familiar with the term, is an original script but of an existing TV show - Bones, Criminal Minds, The Walking Dead, you get the idea. In today's interview, I bring back consultant and instructor with NBC's Writers on the Verge program, Jen Grisanti, to go into the details of writing for television, but more so what to expect and how to prepare for applying to the various studio level writing fellowships. Just about every studio and network has one - Disney and ABC, NBC, CBS, Nickolodeon has one. They are all quite prestigious if and when you place as a finalist, and can virtually write you a ticket to success in terms of getting staffed on a show.


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We also discuss what the important elements are of spec scripts per fellowship, how to write your essay when applying for the programs, and what to expect if and when you reach the finals. Jen consistently reminds us, though, not to get discouraged if you do not place as a finalist. Any number of reasons could keep you from winning, from the number of submissions that year, to the level of immense quality per submission phase. This mindset can also equate to how to prepare yourself emotionally when submitting to screenplay contests. We're all vying for the same position as ‘working writer', and it's why investing in your own writing education (and yourself, really) is so essential. Jen offers some excellent insight, as she always does, and it was a pleasure to bring her back for another interview. Keep working hard, and stay tuned to Curious About Screenwriting through iTunes and social media. You can find us on Twitter @NetworkISA, and you can find me, your humble host @iMaxTimm, or through my Facebook author page under Maximilian Timm. As always, thanks for listening.

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