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How to Write Action Description

Alex Southey explores five different kinds of action description, and how they dictate tone in a script. Many people tend to assume that because it doesn’t affect the final film, action description doesn’t matter very much. But this couldn’t...
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Why The Crocodile Dundee Super Bowl Ad Made An Impact

Are They Really Remaking Crocodile Dundee? No, but the Super Bowl ad was pretty fun! For all of you out there who are Eagles fans, I send you a happy congratulations on your Super Bowl win. Being a fan of the Chicago Cubs, I know how difficult it...
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Have a Horrible Holiday

Horror Equity Fund discusses the relationship between Horror and the Holidays. 'Twas the night after X-mas and all through the house…  bodies and corpses were starting to mount...Most people don’t think of Horror when they think...
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Interview with Bestselling Author and Screenwriter Dougie Brimson

"I never actually set out to be a writer at all, it just kind of happened. Indeed, it's fair to say that even after three award winning feature films and 750,000 book sales, I spend most days waiting for the literary police to bang on my door and...
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Book Adaptations And The Fidelity Argument

Kirsten Dunst, in her directorial debut, will be directing Dakota Fanning in an adaptation of Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar. In an interview, Dunst has noted that her approach in adapting the seminal text has been to avoid the ‘didactic’...
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Where Do You Get Your Ideas?

 Dr. Linda Seger, author of Making a Good Script Great and 8 other books on screenwriting discusses how to set yourself up as a writer so that there is ALWAYS something to write about !   Writers vary in terms of how many ideas...
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The power of the annoying LOGLINE

The power of the annoying LOGLINE:By Jimmy Matloszwww.jimmymatlosz.com So yes, you may have written a screenplay that you are as proud of as your first… ok your second child.  For those of you who have kids you understand.  Now...
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The Neurotic Superhero: From Comic Book to Catharsis

There’s a historical pattern around the popularity of the superhero—he or she is most needed during dark times in the real world. In Captain America: The First Avenger, when Steve Rogers/Captain America (Chris Evans) visits the US troops to...
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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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Scaring Up Funds: How to Acquire Investors When Your Movie’s in Horror

Scaring Up Funds: How to Acquire Investors When Your Movie’s in Horror, the Most Profitable Genre of Them AllBy Brian Herskowitz and Tony Timpone on November 14, 2017There are a few paths you can take to finding investors for your movie:Friends,...
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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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Dedication, Discipline & Cultivating Self-Worth in 2018 with The Story Farm

It's A New Year - So What?This is part of a weekly email series delivered to The Story Farm email list by the ISA's Max Timm. If you would like to join the email list and receive inspiring messages and upcoming offers from Max and The Story Farm,...
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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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Why A Good Script is Even Better When it "Infects" People

Your script doesn't just need to be good; it needs to be able to infect. Let me explain. If you buck the odds and get just one person to read your script, it's not likely going to help you. Unless that person who read your script is inspired by your...
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Alphabet Guide for Threading the Hollywood Maze

Agents are only as good as their clients. Buñuel’s dream vision is the ideal screenplay paradigm. C. G. Jung’s theory of synchronicity is true for seeking stories. Don’t submit synopses. Like babies, they are...
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Never Give Up

It’s taken me eighteen years writing screenplays to get to the point where I am now.  I was just hired to rewrite a big-budget European animated film, and have written a TV pilot that’s not being pitched to networks as we...
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The 2 Copyright Forms Every Screenwriter Should Know

Every screenwriter should know two specific copyright forms used to protect qualifying written screenplays, often referred to as “Intellectual Property” or “IP.”  Why is this so important? Because Intellectual Property...
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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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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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Reality Check

In working with screenwriters for nearly three decades, I’ve noticed three writing issues that arise over and over again.  In each case, a reality check should prove empowering.  1.  Appearance is importantAfter a tweet that...
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