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Hello all. For our fourth episode Jay Ledbetter and myself discuss, or perhaps, more lament, the state of the superhero genre. As usual we start off by discussing the best and the worst of what we’ve seen recently and then we get into a back-and-forth about what we like...
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There is a lot to know about the film festival world, and who better to discuss the ins and outs than the festival director of HollyShorts, Daniel Sol? In this interview with the ISA's Max Timm, a deep look is given into how festivals work select their films, what it means to...
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The future of moviegoing is at risk...at least that's what Mr. Spielberg thinks. He also thinks that Netflix shouldn't be considered for Academy Awards, and instead presented as possible primetime Emmy considerations...since the films are technically shown on...
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What makes a story memorable? What plucks the heartstrings in a romance, and what makes us cry from laughter in a comedy? It's usually the same thing - heart, story, and the correction of something relatable. In other words, the emotional flaw is essential to understand, and...
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We bring back one of our favorite special guests, Lee Jessup, who shares her extensive knowledge about the business of screenwriting and Hollywood in yet another educational and insightful Wine Wednesday broadcast. Our gracious sponsors are of course Lee Jessup and her...
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The ISA is introducing a new series that involves a full-cast reading of winning short scripts from our various contests. This script was a Grand Prize winner of the shorts category of the recent Table Read My Screenplay Contest - Park City 2019 presentation. We are pleased to...
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How important is your logline? Max and Felicity propose that it might be one of the most important elements in your project's overall package. It's not just a presentational piece to help sell your project, but a developmental tool that helps you confirm whether or not your...
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From launching and maintaining a YouTube channel - MysteryGuitarMan - that has garnered over three-million subscribers and over 400 million views in total, Joe Penna teamed up with his producing partner, Ryan Morrison, to start creating longer form content. With the...
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In this first episode of 2019, Max and Felicity sit with the Nickelodeon Writing Program's Director of Talent Development & Outreach, Sherley Ibarra, to discuss all things fellowships, writing programs (especially the amazing Nick Writing Program, of course), and how to get...
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With our special sponsors, the Nickelodeon Writing Program and Max Timm's The Story Farm, our goofy-yet-knowledgeable hosts talk about what it takes to be good in a room, how to deliver a great pitch, and offer reminders that being you can help sell you.Remember, Felicity...
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Ep 259 Description: In this week's episode of the podcast I talk with writer (and director) Meredith Danluck about her early days working in the media arts, how that lead to documentary filmmaking, and how she transitioned that into a career writing and directing narrative...
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Creative Screenwriting Magazine and our wonderful wine sponsor, Steele Wines, help us ring in the 2018 holiday season. It's amazing that we're finished with another year, but we can't wait to see how the new year rolls along. Join Felicity and Max in sharing some holiday spirit...
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SYS Episode 257 Description: This week on the podcast I talk with screenwriter and director Paulina Lagudi about her career producing numerous short films and how that eventually lead her to her latest family friendly feature film, Mail Order Monster.
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SYS Episode 258 Guest: Dean Fisher This week on the podcast I talk with UK producer Dean Fisher about how he got his start in the business and how he was able to put together his latest feature, The Bromley Boys.
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On this spooky version of Wine Wednesday, we are honored to have our wine sponsor for this episode be the ever-so-tasty Steele Wines alongside Max Timm's consulting and coaching company, The Story Farm. Though you're listening to this episode, you might want to consider...
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Our first on-location broadcast of Wine Wednesday, and where better than Napa, CA? Felicity and Max made the trek up the coast and attended the ever-so fabulous Napa Valley Film Festival. If you haven't been, you need to go - it's one of our favorites, if not the favorite....
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As a part of the ISA's ongoing support of the Table Read My Screenplay contest, we are sharing a recorded reading of the grand prize winning short screenplay from the TRMS - Austin contest. Down River was written by Kerry L M Russell. Casting was done by the...
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“Aquaman” drowns in too many ideas, visuals, and special effects “Aquaman” may be doing well at the box office, but this latest in the DC Extended Universe is nonetheless a mess. The film is crammed full of too many visual ideas, too many battles, too...
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To put it lightly, it was a pleasure having Liz Hannah on the ISA's Curious About Screenwriting podcast. Her story of success is nothing short of miraculous, but the podcast host, Max Timm, discussed with Liz the importance of setting oneself up for such a miracle and...
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“Mary Poppins Returns” delights in song, dance and nostalgia. “Mary Poppins Returns” is a film full of childhood wonder, exquisite production values, and charming performances across the board, particularly Emily Blunt picking up where Julie Andrews...
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