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ISA's Third Thursdays - Madison *NEW*

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Join us for the latest brand new chapter of ISA's Third Thursdays in Madison, WI!

Come meet other local filmmakers and have a chance to win a door prize! Join us for this fun evening of socializing, and let's build a community of screenwriters!  This event is free and open to all. Producers, directors, actors and all other members of the film and television community are encouraged to attend.  
 
WHEN: February 20th, 2020 6:00pm - 8:00pm 
WHERE: Funk's Pub - 5956 Executive Dr.
HOW MUCH: Free and open to all!  

DOOR PRIZES for the night include:

  • One free entry to The Great American Script Contest
  • One free entry to Capital Fund Screenplay Competition
  • One free entry to First 15 Writing Competition from Page Turner Screenplays
  • One free eBook copy of The Writer's Guide to Writing Exercises from Page Turner Screenplays

 

MEET YOUR HOSTS: 

REBECCA WILLIAMS SPINDLER

Rebecca Williams Spindler has been a lifelong resident of Madison. She has a degree in Communication Arts - Radio/TV/Film from the University of Wisconsin - Madison.  She's worked in radio and TV broadcast news. She's also produced short films. She's an author of short stories, a YA novel series (co-written with her daughter), and has a diverse portfolio of short and feature screenplays. She served as Vice President of the Wisconsin Screenwriters Forum from 2010-2018. She's been mentored by script consultants: Lee Jessup and Jen Grisanti.  She was a scholarship recipient to the 2019 Rocaberti Writers Retreat in France. Currently, she's on a writing team of a TV series and developing a number of other TV and film projects.

 

SCOTT MARKUS

Scott Markus has been working in various aspects of film and television production since 1997.  His work has taken him across America while working on set for “Lost,” “The Dark Knight,” “Forgetting Sarah Marshal,” “Stranger Than Fiction” and many more. 
Markus is also a published author, writing a historical/paranormal book about Chicago called “Voices from the Chicago Grave.”  His work in both production and the paranormal includes two documentaries on the unexplained, running the website WhatsYourGhostStory.com, co-hosting and producing a radio show and being interviewed multiple times for Travel Channel's “Mysteries at the Monument.”
Markus currently has interest in developing original content for the web and continuing to work as an editor, camera op and drone camera op.  He’s very proud of his work for the International Screenwriters’ Association, where he works to try to connect writers to film festivals, classes & consultants.  He also covers festivals like LAFF, Sundance and Tribeca as a journalist.

 

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The Great American Script Contest will be bringing not only legit and first-rate chances for you to connect with industry decision makers, agents and producers in Los Angeles, but also provide opportunity to network at live events in Chicago and LA. Script Con will not only be one of the best opportunities for you to get your writing seen and discovered, finalists will all be part of the physical film festivals in Chicago (March) and in LA (June). Teaming with Chicago Comedy, LA Comedy Film Festival, and Chicago Independent Film +TV Festivals, The Great American Script Contest is set to give you unbelievable access and connections to the industry.

The Capital Fund Screenplay Competition is where your scripts are read directly by investors who buy projects and fund films at the studio level - domestically and abroad.  Investors or Funds may elect to option or purchase your script at any time regardless of whether or not your script places in the contest. All current and previous years winners and The Hot 100 Lists are showcased at investor meetings at the major film markets worldwide. Your summary and logline will get exposure year after year. Our entrants have been optioned and sold at AFM, Cannes, Berlin, Toronto and Shanghai film markets.

Page Turner Screenplays Regardless of gender, age, ethnicity, sexual orientation or economic background, Page Turner is focused on finding and supporting great original stories with a strong voice that grip the reader from the first page to the last. Whether the story you tell is a genre film or an indie pic, a network procedural or an edgy cable drama, we want to find the most compelling, unique, page-turning scripts out there. 
We are looking for scripts that we CAN’T put down. Send us your best. We look forward to supporting and helping you grow as a writer. 

The FIRST 15 is a unique competition where your script will only be judged based upon your opening FIRST 15 pages.  This competition is designed to help you get your script in the best possible shape you can should you choose to use the notes option and if not to test your script in competition before you may be submitting to or to prepare you to be read by managers and agents. 

The Writer's Guide to Writing Exercises from Page Turner Screenplays. From this book, you will learn the exercises that Hollywood professional screenwriters use to improve their craft and to create breakthrough level writing. This book was compiled from our team's collection of personal writing exercises, learned either from managers, other writers or through experience. All of these exercises, in some way, contributed to their overall development as professional screenwriters who have won competitions, optioned and/or sold screenplays. 

 

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