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Jon Ronson has lived a life more exciting than one you'd think a writer could live.  He gotten up close and personal with the likes of self-appointed superheroes, countless psychopaths (both in prison and in the boardroom) Nazis,...
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Too many screenwriters' thinking is based on two months ago. They believe that the world will go back to exactly how it was before once this pandemic blows over. That might be true and I truly hope it does but hope alone will not pay the rent. Our industry is going...
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I can’t tell you how excited I am for today’s episode. I had the pleasure to speak to the legendary director Barry Sonnenfeld. We discuss his idiosyncratic upbringing in New York City, his breaking into film as a cinematographer with the Coen brothers, and...
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One of our favorite people jumped into the virtual Society studio and talked all things story, spooky, cool, and inspiring - DJ MacHale! A New York Times bestseller, author, screenwriter, producer, director - he's basically done it all where story is concerned. He even read...
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Today I spoke with Claire Elizabeth Terry, who founded the Rocaberti Writers Retreat, which operates a sort of educational getaway in exotic locations: Medieval castles across Europe!  Writers meet daily with the mentor of their choice, who include Academy award-winning...
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Episode 317 Ashley Scott Meyers talks with Actor and Filmmaker Steven Chase.  Topics include how Steven Chase wrote a script with his intention to star in it, and how he started making movies in Florida. His credits include Stan The Man (2020) and Shut Up And Kiss Me!...
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In these strange and difficult times, it's important to be reminded that you are not alone. The ISA is a community of writers and creatives who are all focused on one thing - to create. In spite of how the world is changed in such a short time, creation won't stop - it...
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SYS Episode 313 Director York Alec Shackleton talks about the latest movie he directed Disturbing The Peace (2020). This is an Action-Crime film which stars Guy Pearce. York talks about casting Guy Pearce and how he has continued to build a career as an indie filmmaker. 
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The title of this episode of Wine Wednesday says it all. It's one thing to make a plan, but what good is it if you don't stick to that plan? And we've found that most writers tend to have a plan of "Sell my screenplay this year". But what does that mean, really? Do we really...
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That time of year when love reigns supreme and we're reminded that our loved ones are all that matters...other than great movie and TV moments, of course! Max and Felicity dive in to their favorite romantic movie moments, ranking their top faves (and surely leaving out...
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Episode 310 In this very special episode, host Ashley Scott Meyers goes into detail on the development and production of The Rideshare Killer, a movie he wrote and directed. The Rideshare Killer is a Horror/Thriller with a cast that includes Eric Roberts (Runaway Train,...
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Episode 303 This week on the SYS Podcast I talk with screenwriters Henry Jacobson (also the director) and Avra Fox-Lerner about how their new crime thriller feature film, Bloodline. We also talk about how this film came together and how they were able to attach Seann William...
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SYS Episode 306 Author and Screenwriter Jamie Grefe talks about how his Facebook contact, Indie Filmmaker Jim Wynorski led to his big break and first feature. Jamie Grefe’s movie credits include It, Hunger and The Wishing...
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BPS #53Forensic Speak: How to Write Realistic Crime Dramas with Jennifer DornbushToday on the show we have author Jennifer Dornbush who has written the book Forensic Speak: How to Write Realistic Crime Dramas. We sit down and discuss all thing forensics. We even discuss the...
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SYS Episode 299This week on the podcast I talk with indie Writer/Director/Producer Anderson Cowan about his latest feature film, Groupers. We also talk about his background and how and why he made the transition from working a 9-5 job to writing and directing films. ...
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Episode 300 (a huge congrats to Ashley Scott Meyers for delivering his three-hundredth episode!) Writer/Director (and often writing partner) Nathan Ives comes on the SYS Podcast to talk about his new documentary, Somewhere In The Middle, which is about artists who are make a...
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Are you afraid of snakes? We would venture to guess your answer is "yes". Amelia Cotter, however, wants to help you reorganize your beliefs about our serpent friends, and she does so in our seventh episode of The Fantastic Story Society. While there is plenty of fantastic...
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Even if you don't know who Pen Densham is, you probably do know some of his films. A veteran producer and near-life-long entertainment professional, Pen joined the Los Angeles ISA Third Thursdays event in November as ISA's Director of Education, Max Timm,...
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Episode 298 This week on the SYS Podcast Writer/Director Joseph Mbah talks about his new action film, Expo, and how he was able to launch his career while living in Arizona.
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Episode 6 of The Fantastic Story Society - My Friend, Wyatt Earp (we're not really friends with him, but we want to be)Spinning our fantastic stories toward the Old West, gunfighters, the...
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