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Curious About

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The stories that last forever have certain things in common. Mythic Themes and ArchePaths. In this recorded teleconference with script consultant, mythologist, author, and screenwriter Pamela Jaye Smith you’ll see how you can follow classic mythic themes yet maintain...
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The single most powerful thing in all of Hollywood is a great idea. It's the "big fish" all the industry is hunting for and it's the best possible way for an aspiring writer to break in. We love the old commercial that Barri Evins, in this teleconference,...
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Most writers do the obvious thing. They write. And when they are done with a script they wonder what to do next, but they lack relationships and strategy. And so they go back to the thing that they know how to do, writing. And they repeat this process over and over again....
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The TV writing business is a tough one, but that's why I make sure and tell all of my writers who are interested in writing for television that they need to work on writing specs. A spec script, in case you aren't familiar with the term, is an original script but of an...
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It's important to utilize consultants and their expertise as often as you're able. There are experts in this field of screenwriting and their knowledge of how a script breaks down and what creates an entertaining piece of media is priceless. It's necessary to test...
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Historical fiction will always be a challenge for writers since your audience walks into your story with expectations sometimes centuries in the making. Most, if not all, of your characters may have died years ago, some of them so famously that your audience already has...
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I recently had the pleasure of talking to producer, Blye Faust - it was a great way to kick off the new year with not only an informative and inspiring interview, but to focus on a producer who found a story about writers and felt the need to tell it. Because at the heart of...
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Just before the Christmas break, I had Pilar Alessandra on, and while I always aim to educate my listeners and make sure you walk away with solid and practical info, this interview was so full of tips and writing tools, that we could probably call this a class in and of itself....
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In this day and age where virtually anyone can shoot a movie on their iPhone, edit it on their iMac and self-distribute it through platforms such as "Distribber" and "Reelhouse," it would be a gross understatement to say that the...
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It's important to zoom out now and then, and see your project from a bird's eye view. We writers tend to get caught up in the minutiae of the script when at times we need to understand what it is about the project that will draw potential buyers. So with this podcast...
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We are going to use an obvious pun in our introduction here, but at least we're warning you all first. It was an absolute JOY to have the lovely Virginia Madsen on our podcast series, and the bits of advice she offers can be considered not only creative...
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With technology today, we are able to connect with so many people so easily. This podcast in particular is an example of how easy it is for the ISA to get in touch with students, and offer support and guidance. Max Timm was asked by the University of Illinois...
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Five of the top fifteen movies in 2015 were out-and-out comedies, and another four had combined strong comedy elements with another genre. Comedy is serious business, and in this live podcast we talk about the art and science of comedy with script consultant, author, and truly...
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On this episode of Curious About Screenwriting, we switch focus a bit in this interview and bring on Kimberly Chessler Itskowitch. Kim is the VP of Non-Fiction Programming at Lifetime and is responsible for developing and overseeing production of non-fiction projects for the...
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When good ideas go bad, it's usually because either the writer isn't writing a story that is natural to them, or the writer has veered too far away from the natural blueprint of their concept. In this live podcast with host Max Timm, the ISA welcomes...
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Today we welcome writer/producer, Ted Sullivan, to Curious About Screenwriting. Ted has created a successful TV writing and producing career, having worked on Law and Order, Revenge and now the CBS hit show, Supergirl. Are you watching Supergirl? It's a perfect throwback to...
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In this live recorded podcast, we had consultant Bill Boyle on to talk about his method of using what he calls The Visual Mindscape. His insights into writing within a purely visual medium are empowering and frankly, exciting. It reminds us why we’re...
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In this live Curious About Screenwriting podcast, we offer a teleconference with Jen Gristanti – one of the top writing coaches and consultants in the business right now. Jen is also an instructor with NBC’s Writers on The Verge, and was previously...
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One of the most well-connected guests we’ve had on yet, Tony Krantz joined us to talk about a number of things – so many of them we could have discussed even further in depth – but after working as an agent with CAA for 15 years, Tony went on...
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Danny Rose joins us on another podcast today, and Danny has been producing some of the best episodic television for 20 years. After graduating from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, he started working on the hit sitcom Spin City. He then went on to produce...
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