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ISA Success Story RoundUp - Dedicated to RBG

This weekend was hard. That's an understatement. We lost one of the pioneering women for gender equality, we're still in the midst of a terrible fire season, the pandemic is raging on, and our country is more divided than ever.  To offer...
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The Many Faces Of Supporting Characters

Supporting characters serve a lot of functions in films and TV, and, when approached properly, they enhance and burnish the overall impact of visual storytelling. Let’s take a look at some of the key functions of supporting characters in...
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The Zenith of the Ass-Kicking Female Action Hero

At the Oscars this year, Brie Larson, Gal Gadot, and Sigourney Weaver presented the music awards while trumpeting the powerful women they played in, respectively, Captain Marvel, Wonder Woman, and Alien. Weaver even cracked about how...
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Film Producer Chris Goldberg Discusses What It Takes For Screenwriters

Film Producer Chris Goldberg Discusses What It Takes For Screenwriters To Make It In The Business:  Chris Goldberg started his career as a literary scout for 20th Century Fox where he was involved in the rights deals for Gone Girl, The Martian,...
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ISA Success Story RoundUp

Happy day! Is it too early to break out the bubbly? We're so excited to share some of our favorite success stories from this past week. We know that screenwriting is not an easy path and we continue to be amazed by these...
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What Makes A Good Scene In Your Screenplay?

What Makes A Good Scene In Your Screenplay?  An estimated five hundred thousand feature films are floating around on earth, circulating among us, streaming on Netflix or Hulu, stacked in dated DVD collections, or stored in a basement...
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“More Potent Than You Think” Bridget Savage Cole & Danielle Krudy Talk

“More Potent Than You Think” Bridget Savage Cole & Danielle Krudy Talk Amazon Prime Video’s ‘Blow the Man Down’: Set in East Coast fishing village replete with sea shanties and bars, Blow The Man Down tells the...
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Peres Owino On “The Basket Weaver”

Kenyan born, Peres Owino, award-winning storyteller’s directorial debut Bound: Africans vs African-Americans. It played several festivals around the world, winning the 2014 Women In Film- Lena Sharpe Award at the...
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Wanna Make it in Screenwriting? Thick Skin is Required!

The other day a writer emailed me: I am gutted. The management company I sent my screenplay to (I never reached out to reps before) just emailed me that they didn’t connect with my screenplay and that it’s gonna be a pass for them....
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“Strip Back the Layers & Hit a Nerve”

“Strip Back the Layers & Hit a Nerve” Mattson Tomlin, Screenwriter Of ‘Project Power’ & ‘The Batman’: “For me, storytelling came during early childhood. I really loved playing in the woods with...
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9 Ways To Make Your Supervillains Truly Villainous

9 Ways To Make Your Supervillains Truly Villainous:  Stories are typically told in terms of a hero putting his or her wits against a villain hellbent on thwarting their efforts. Writing these characters is not as simple as the good guys (or...
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Open Writing Assignments (OWAs) - Demystifying the Secret Club

If you’re a screenwriter and you’ve ever thought — what's an open writing assignment? You are not alone. Although landing an open writing assignment (OWA) is one of the many ways screenwriters can go about making money (the holy grail in...
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“Intimacy Can Save You” Screenwriter-Producer Alyson Feltes On Hit Netflix

“Intimacy Can Save You.” Screenwriter-Producer Alyson Feltes On Hit Netflix TV Show ‘Ozark.’Alyson Feltes, writer on Netflix TV hit Ozark, starring Jason Bateman and Laura Linney, spoke to Creative Screenwriting Magazine...
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13 Types Of TV Writers’ Rooms Whiteboards

13 Types Of TV Writers’ Rooms WhiteboardsEvery TV writer dreams about being part of the team that plots entire seasons and individual episodes of a television series. And for some, it will become a reality. In a few weeks, scripts of each...
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“Uncut Gems” Makes for a Tense and Tumultuous Character Study

“Uncut Gems” Makes for a Tense and Tumultuous Character Study:There are many outstanding qualities to the new film Uncut Gems. It’s a vivid character study that stars Adam Sandler in his best screen performance to date. The...
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How Screenwriters Can Achieve Screenwriting Zen

Few people understand the life of a screenwriter – sometimes not even screenwriters themselves. Like all artists, writers need to define what constitutes a creative life. What is work? Is reading a book unrelated to your current project...
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The Taste of the Academy’s Animation Branch is Broadening

A funny thing happened on the way to the Oscar nominations for Best Animated Feature this year. The Academy decided not to nominate the all-time biggest moneymaker in animation history. That’s right, Frozen II did not make the final...
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Screenwriting Advice: Give Your Characters the Power of the VOTE

Characters drive stories. Powerful characters give writers reasons to create stories around them. Directors want to create moments around that power. Actors want to channel that power. Audiences want to take part in that power. As a writer, your job...
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My Fast Track Transformative Experience

When I applied to the 2019 Fast Track Fellowship, I dreamed of winning the Grand Prize, but thought the possibility was remote. In fact, when I received the email, I had to read it several times before I actually believed it! Fast Track week was...
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“Emotional Procedural” How Showrunner Austin Winsberg Classifies Zoey

“Emotional Procedural” How Showrunner Austin Winsberg Classifies ‘Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist’ Musical comedy-drama Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist has been a welcome hit for NBC with its whimsical...
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