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In our first official episode of The Fantastic Story Society, Max Timm and Scott Markus break out the big guns with their own personal weird, wild, and of course fantastic stories AND they bring on their friend and long-time paranormal researcher, Jeff Belanger. For more...
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Episode 246Indy Producer Jeffrey Giles gives advice for screenwriters who want to break into the independent film market.
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Episode 193: How to Create Suspense Like Hitchcock with Jeffery Michael BaysHave you ever wanted to know how Alfred Hitchcock became the master of suspense? How Hitch used the camera and lens to create terror in the audience? Well, you can watch all 52 films Hitchcock directed...
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Episode 194: The Art and Craft of Writing a Comedy w / Peter Desberg & Jeffrey DavisIf you ever wanted to know some of the secrets of how to write a comedy then today's guest might be able to help. Peter Desberg and Jeffrey Davis are the authors of Now That’s...
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11-22-63 cleverly twists time travel but keeps its screenwriting structure straight. Television is enjoying a new "golden age", giving big screen fare a run for its money in quality and storytelling. It's also doing genre proud. Case in point? Hulu.com's...
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The good and bad of 2016 movies at the halfway mark. The first six months of 2016 films was a period mostly marked by event movies underwhelming. Audiences, by and large, stayed home rather than attend sequels that weren't particularly in-demand to start with. Has...
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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...
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The Conjuring 2 is a fun ride and a frightfully good sequel. In a summer when most sequels have been utter letdowns, it's nice that The Conjuring 2 delivers. Not only is it a worthy sequel to its 2013 predecessor, but it's one of the better horror films this year....
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Love & Friendship expertly adapts Austen with panache and political punch. It's not easy adapting most classic literature to the big screen, let alone an epistolary novel, one that is told through letters. But then again, writer/director Whit Stillman is an expert...
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"Midnight Special" is a truly special sci-fi thriller. Genre films don't have to be filled with obvious clichés and hoary old tropes. Jeff Nichols' screenplay and direction find all sorts of different ways to confound genre expectations and keep...
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With "Everybody Wants Some!!" you'll get a movie that zigs while others zag. Writer/director Richard Linklater likes to tell his stories with less plot and a looser structure than most everything else in Hollywood. His latest film "Everybody Wants...
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A suspenseful intersection of horror and sci-fi resides at 10 Cloverfield Lane. Scary movies don't always need vampires, wolfmen or creatures from the Black Lagoon to make us jump out of our seats. Sometimes man can be the most monstrous of all. That's what makes...
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Eye in the Sky looks at how modern warfare is executed. Some movies create edge-of-your seat excitement with big set-pieces and rat-a-tat editing. This thriller does it mostly by focusing on people's faces as they watch screens with scenes of a war being fought...
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Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice doesn't do any justice to DC comics. It may be the first ginormous tent pole film of 2016, but Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice bores and depresses when it should soar as high as the guy in the red cape. Director Zack...
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Zootopia animates a world of animals dealing with modern society's ills. Anyone who thinks that animated movies are just kid stuff, needs to see Zootopia. It's one of the most sophisticated, layered and intelligent entertainments to play at the Cineplex in years....
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It's important to utilize consultants and their expertise as often as you're able. There are experts in this field of screenwriting and their knowledge of how a script breaks down and what creates an entertaining piece of media is priceless. It's necessary to test...
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The ISA's Page 2 Screen podcast is gaining in popularity! It's the height of the movie-going season with the Oscars in full force, so in today's podcast interview, Jeff York chats with ISA up and comer, Farahday Morgan, about the Eddie Redmayne starrer, The Danish...
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In special installment of the ISA's Page 2 Screen podcast series, ISA member and optioned screenwriter Derek Assaf returns to talk with host Jeff York about the new Star Wars movie - "The Force Awakens." Both of our ISA writers are big fans of the franchise, yet...
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A long time friend of the ISA, Jeff York has been our most dedicated member of the ISA Development Program. His work has landed him multiple contest wins and placements, but his understanding that writing is rewriting has allowed him to be the consummate participant in...
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Emmy-award winner Jeff Melvoin has worked on a dozen one-hour television series. His most recent job was as Executive Producer of the Lifetime series Army Wives.   Prior writer-producer credits include Alias, Picket Fences, Northern Exposure, Hill...
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