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Desperation, Dread, & Determination

I call them the triple D’s of screenwriting. Dread. Every screenwriter experiences this eventually. You get to a place where it feels like it’s all over. You’ll never get that agent. The manager will never call you back. Will...
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Money for Nothin' and Copyright For Free

There are all kinds of works in certain subject or use categories that copyright will not protect.  These “uncopyrightable” works can be freely copied and exploited by everyone.[1]  1.                  Ideas Copyright does...
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Model NDA: Nondisclosure Agreement

This Guide provides a simple Model Nondisclosure Agreement (NDA), controlled by California law and venued, for any action, in San Francisco. This is a fairly broad NDA for parties seeking to collaborate, partner, or buy or sell interests in...
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The Mysterious Development of Your Villain

The Mysterious Development of Your Villain(an excerpt from Max Timm's online class, The Craft Course)In this week's lesson, we will be focusing on how the other characters in your story - namely the Secondary Character and The Villain/Rival - will...
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Navigating Your Story: Salva Rubio on Save the Cat Goes to the Indies

Since its inception over twenty years ago, the methodology of Blake Synder’s Save the Cat has been as synonymous with storytelling as Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey and Syd Field’s Paradigm Worksheet.Many screenwriters can’t help but...
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Model Screenwriter Collaboration Agreement in California

This Guide provides a simple Model Screenwriter Collaboration Agreement to be performed in California and arbitrated, if necessary, in San Francisco. The Agreement assumes that the two writers are equal in authority (no one is the boss over the...
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Model Graphic Novel Collaboration Agreement in California

This Guide provides a simple Model Collaboration Agreement between a writer and an artist to create a graphic novel. The Agreement is controlled by California law and arbitrated, if necessary, in San Francisco. The Agreement assumes that the writer...
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Max Timm's Book on The Craft of Screenwriting - Sneak Peek

This is a sneak peek into the introduction of Max Timm's debut book on screenwriting, (Not Just) Another Book on The Craft of Screenwriting. Max Timm, the Co-Head of the ISA Development Program, creator of the ISA’s 30-Day Screenwriting...
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Ghostwriting Agreement for Screenplay in California

This Guide provides a simple Model Ghostwriting Agreement to be performed in California and arbitrated, if necessary, in San Francisco. The Agreement assumes that one screenwriter, or producer for that matter (the "Writer"), will pay the second...
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An Introduction to Max Timm's The Craft Course Online Class

You are getting a little view into how the online course that Max Timm created for the ISA works and is presented. In order to take advantage of the full online course, you must go to www.TheCraftCourse.com and select one of the class options. If...
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