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The ISA is introducing a new series that involves a full-cast reading of winning short scripts from our various contests. This script was a Grand Prize winner of the shorts category of a recent Table Read My Screenplay Contest - Hollywood presentation. Thank you for tuning in...
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SYS episode 248: This week screenwriter Craig Walendziak talks about his recent writing successes and how he was able to launch his career all while living outside of Hollywood.
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“Venom” misses the opportunity to dig deeper into its themes of duality. With the worldwide popularity of superhero movies, it’s inevitable that their nemeses would soon start fronting their own origin stories too. Spider-Man bad guy Venom is one of the first...
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The main character in “The Land of Steady Habits” make a habit of being unlikable. In most of Nicole Holofcener’s films, the protagonists are flawed but likable females. For her latest, “The Land of Steady Habits”, her central character is a man...
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It's an excellent question, and you can tune in to see what Max and Felicity think is the answer to the title question (hint: the answer is "yes"). This episode was sponsored by Steele Wine and Cinequest. Remember, Felicity Wren and Max Timm always have open Q&A during...
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“The Nun” is a more silly than serious sequel to “The Conjuring”. “The Nun” may be the fifth movie in “The Conjuring” series, but it doesn’t subscribe to most of what that franchise has established. For starters, it barely...
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Let's face it, some of the blockbuster movies just plain suck. What makes it worse is that we really don't want them to be bad, and for multiple reasons. More often than not movies that run into the 100+ million dollar range have so many other elements that need to be tended to...
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What does it take to get past that first draft mode? Too many of us spend far more time than necessary working on a first draft. We all know we need to get through it quickly, but Felicity and Max discuss in another round of Wine Wednesdays how the outlining process - if done...
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HBO’s “Sharp Objects” brought its drama to life with painstaking care. The HBO limited series “Sharp Objects” played like a novel come to life on the small screen. Working from Gillian Flynn’s moody 2006 bestseller, Director Jean-Marc Vallee...
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“BlacKkKlansman” is filmmaker Spike Lee at his most provocative and timely. Period pieces always comment on our modern world, and “BlacKkKlansman” says as much about racism in the 20th century as it does about the issue today. The story of Ron...
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In this episode, Felicity and Max welcome one of their past Fast Track Fellowship recipients, Andy Byrne. Andy is a Scotsman living in Australia who has seen his writing career catapult ever since winning Fast Track. He has received multiple writing assignment, and one of his...
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The ISA's Founder, Craig James, discusses the ups and down, ins and outs, and reasons why shooting a sizzle of your project can be an excellent idea for a writer.  
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Controversy and classic status mark the 40th of “National Lampoon’s Animal House”. In 1978, “National Lampoon’s Animal House” established itself as a landmark comedy, not to mention a lightning rod for controversy. 40 years later, it’s...
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Among one of the elite writers and television producers in town, Bill Prady brings to this interview not only his extensive experience, but a highly educational approach to giving his best advice to screenwriters with the ISA's Max...
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“Mission: Impossible – Fallout” may be the franchise’s best one yet. Six movies in, the “Mission: Impossible” film franchise just keeps getting better and better. “Mission:...
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What's the best way to write action lines, and should writers use camera angles, directions, and specific blocking? Can a writer get away with being "literary" and emotional in action lines within a script? So many more questions are...
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In this episode, Felicity Wren and Max Timm open up the Facebook lines and answer any and all questions the live viewers have, plus fun commentary on notes and comments. Remember,...
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The sophomore season of “GLOW” on Netflix betters its freshman year. Netflix’s dramedy GLOW, about women’s wrestling in the 80’s, had an auspicious first season in 2017. It helped rack up Netflix subscriptions, became a...
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A Valentine's Day special where Max Timm and Felicity Wren talk about their favorite romantic comedies and then some, along with a discussion about what makes for the best romantic films.Remember, Felicity and Max always have open...
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We bring on one of the industry's leading coaches - Lee Jessup. A wealth of knowledge about everything that is going on in the business today, Lee is one of a kind. We cover so much...
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