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FSS 34: Rick Alan Ross, How Cults Work & Deprogramming Former Members

We sit down with one of the premiere experts in how cults operate and how to help someone escape a cult, if they are so willing.  You can currently catch him on “The Vow” on HBO discussing his work with escaping NXIVM members & right here as he recounts his work with members and the FBI during the W....

ISA Insider News - Happy B-Day Hollywood Sign! Horror & True Story Writing

Max & Shayna celebrate the 100th birthday of the Hollywood sign, discuss writing horror films with meaning, telling true stories that are also entertaining before thinking about their next vacations.  Time Stamps0:00 - Intro - astrology & space stuff 2:15 - Top Story: Hollywood Sign turns 100 6:45 - In....

How to Be a Prolific and Sustainable Filmmaker with Jason Horton!

This week, Alrik and Liz welcome filmmaker Jason Horton on the show to talk about how he has created a sustainable life for himself as an artist, as well as his prolific career of making 40+, documentary feature films in the last three years or so. After that, we play another round of The Game. Enjoy! ....

POP ART: Episode 83, Knives Out/Gosford Park

WHO DOOD IT: Join me and founder and editor in chief at For Reel, Thomas Stoneham-Judge, as we talk Knives Out/Gosford Park, two locked door, closed circle of suspects murder mysteries. “We have the nanny cam footage.” It’s a remote mansion. Someone has been murdered. It has to be someone who is staying there. What do you do?&hel....

Insider News: Contests, Screenwriting Positivity on Twitter & M*A*S*H

Max & Shayna talk about the many screenplay contest opportunities that are currently open, the importance of creating an engaging antagonist & how you can use Twitter to positively impact your screenwriting networking. Topics: - Top Story: Screenplay Contest Season  - Screenplay Contest Advice  - Insider: Where to Start....

Lili Reinhart and Alison Brie on the Joys of Producing

On some films, “producer” may be a vanity title added next to an actor’s name during the credits to boost their ego, rather than a hard-earned badge of honor.  But more and more actors – like Lili Reinhart and Alison Brie – are working to change that, earning that credit by taking a step behin....

Take 10 with Craig: Self-Training & Using the Site to Your Advantage

ISA founder Craig James talks about the importance of self-training and how to best use the ISA site to your advantage. ....

ISA Insider News - TIFF, D23, Awkward Subtext & Good News at the Box Office

Max & Shayna take a look a two big industry events: D23, Disney's announcement extravaganza, and the importance of the Toronto International Film Festival. They also discuss articles on the ISA web site, including the importance of subtext in writing & behind ....

FSS 33: Jay Bachochin, Hiking Kettle Moraine & Looking for Bigfoot

...or Fairies or the Beast Bray Road. Documentarian Jay Bachochin enjoys hiking a vast wilderness in Wisconsin, but a number of unexplainable experiences there have opened his eyes to the nature of reality and what's possible in our known and unknown universe. ....

Zemeckis, O. Russell and Being a Director in His Own Right with Jeff Baena!

SPIN ME ROUND is available On Demand and streaming on AMC+! This week, Alrik and Liz welcome writer/director Jeff Baena, the filmmaker behind Life after Beth, Joshy, The Little Hours and Horse Girl to talk about his latest film Spin Me Round starring Allison Brie. Jeff also talks about interning for Robe....

Mission Log 39: Journey to Babel | TOS

Spock’s dad has a war to stop. Spock has to save his dad’s life. But he also has to command the Enterprise. Plus there’s sabotage afoot! So much happens as we put “Journey to Babel” in the Mission Log.....

ISA Insider News: YOUR Comments, Venice FF & Batman vs Superman

Max & Shayna respond to all of your comments & go over the big difference between festival films & popcorn flicks (Venice Film Festival Vs. Top Gun Maverick). The two fantasy nerds also discuss the Amazon Prime Lord of the Rings Series, The Rings of Power.Veni....

ISA Insider News - Animation Cancellation, Pitch Challenge & Cinema Day

Max & Shayna talk about the continued fallout of the Warner Discovery budget cuts, they provide some tips regarding the upcoming ISA Pitch Challenge and subject lines for query emails while also gearing up for National Cinema Day!Links: * HBO Max’s animation cull shows it has no respect for creators - https://www.techadviso....

POP ART: Episode 82, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World/Kind Hearts and Coronets

ONE DOWN AND…: Join me and animator/writer Glenn Dion (King of the Hill/Big Mouth/Human Resources) while we talk two films about people eliminating one’s enemies one by one. “Don’t you talk to me about grammar.” We all have obstacles in our lives. R....

A Family of Filmmakers - Making Movies with The Adams Family!

This week, Alrik and Liz interview John Adams and Toby Poser about their sixth feature, HELLBENDER, and the unusual and organic way in which they construct their films. We also read an itunes review and talk about pathways to success in horror. Enjoy! ....

Take 10 with Craig - Getting on the ISA Top 25 Writers to Watch List

Craig answers a common question: How do I get on the ISA Top 25 Writers to Watch list? ....

ISA Insider News - All About Fantasy, Game of Thrones Vs Lord of the Rings

Max & Shayna love fantasy storytelling... and this may be a golden age of fantasy television with The Sandman, House of the Dragon & The Rings of Power all debuting in 2022.Links: * Here’s what’s at stake for HBO’s ‘House of the Dragon’ and Amazon’s ‘The Rings of Power’ - https://www....

Tim Ellis, Co-Founder of the Michigan ParaCon, author, host & Investigator

As we call into order this meeting, we are excited to induct a new member who tells stories in multiple formats... from radio to book writing, to hosting a MAJOR, successful annual event. Oh yes, and he’s explored countless haunted locations himself, on the hunt for evidence of active hauntings.  Find....

ISA Insider News: Corporate Hollywood, Missing Tom Hanks & Baseball Hugs

Max & Shayna discuss the current state of Hollywood's decision-making, your hero characters' wounds, problems with story formulas, how to address writers block & where 'A League of their Own' falls short. Topics: - Intro, Shayna's Making a Short!  - Top Story: Corporate Hollywood Decision-Making  - Insider: Character Wounds ....

Take 10 with Craig: The Importance of Getting Script Notes

It's always important to get outside opinions on your work. ISA founder Craig James touches on the topic of getting quality script notes. ....