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Today on the show I going to be discussing how NOT to get screwed on a screenwriting assignment. According to Wikipedia isA screenwriter can also be approached and offered an assignment. Assignment scripts are generally adaptations of an existing idea...
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Todays guest is the legendary writer and educator Judith Weston. Her book Directing Actors: Creating Memorable Performances for Film & Television andThe Film Director’s Intuition: Script Analysis and Rehearsal Techniques  is a...
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Rockford, Illinois historian Kathi Kresol uses her platform as a speaker & author to speak for the victims.  Few times is it so obvious how a writer found her voice and inspiration than...
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Today on the show we have screenwriter, Michael Lucker. Michael is a writer, director, and producer with twenty years of experience creating film, television, animation and digital media. He began his career writing and directing...
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Jon Ronson has lived a life more exciting than one you'd think a writer could live.  He gotten up close and personal with the likes of self-appointed superheroes, countless psychopaths...
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Episode 314 In this Episode, Producer Jameson Parker talks about many details of the job.Topics include: Making Pitch Decks (Look Books), working towards a budget and Making a Netflix TV Series. Jameson Parker's credits include the Horror Movie "Summer Of 84", "Prodigals"...
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There is a wealth of information out there for burgeoning screenwriters, but how do you filter through it all? What actually is at your fingertips for you to utilize, not only for educational purposes, but informational resources to help move your career forward? Max and...
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Episode 6 of The Fantastic Story Society - My Friend, Wyatt Earp (we're not really friends with him, but we want to be)Spinning our fantastic...
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SYS Episode 296 On this episode of the podcast I talk with Atlanta based screenwriter Mark Leidner about his career living far from Hollywood and how he's been able to get some of his scripts produced. And then we talk about his new...
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Episode 270 This week on the podcast, I talk with screenwriter and director Mark Steven Johnson. He just finished directing a crime feature, Finding Steve McQueen. We talk about that project as well as how he was able to break into the business with his spec for Grumpy Old Men.
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Ep 262 Filmmaker Vladimir de Fontenay talks about taking his short film, Mobile Homes, and how he used that as a marketing tool to get the feature version produced.
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SYS Episode 256: In this episode of the SYS Podcast producer Mark Stolaroff talks about his latest low budget production, DriverX. He also talks about his background in production and how that prepared him for a career as a low budget producer. He also offers tips to...
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While Felicity and Max don't suggest you write toward a trend, they do suggest that you consider what works and doesn't work where marketability is concerned. What makes a script marketable? Does a particular genre play better than others? Not always - story is always at the...
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“Hereditary” has lots of mood and surprises but lacks cohesion. Is it enough for a horror movie to deliver the frights, even if the script doesn’t hold together? “Hereditary”, from filmmaker Ari Aster, is superb at setting an unsettling mood, but...
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IFH Episode 198: The AFM Wrap Up (Indie Film Hustle Edition)I had the pleasure of attending this year's AFM (The American Film Market). This was my first time actually walking the entire market. I met a ton of people, made great connections and really got the inside look...
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Episode 192: How to Sell Your Indie Film at the American Film Market with Johnathan WolfHave you ever wondered how films are sold internationally or domestically for that matter? Today on the show we have Jonathan Wolf, the managing director of the American Film Market or AFM...
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EXCERPT FROM THE INTERVIEW:"...Don’t write for anyone but yourself.  At the end of the day, write the movie that you know you would be super excited to sit down and watch. Don’t think...
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“Annabelle: Creation” fails to conjure a great story or enough scares.Ostensibly the fourth installment in “The Conjuring” horror franchise, “Annabelle: Creation” tells the origins story of the scary doll from ghost hunters Ed & Lorraine...
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Writer / Director Mark HanleyHe talks about his new short film: Dark Afternoon
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Gary Goldstein is an award winning writer for film, TV and the stage. He has written numerous films for Hallmark Channel and its sister network, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, including the comedies The Wish List, Hitched for the Holidays, This Magic Moment and My...
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