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Max Timm and the Curious About Screenwriting Network has interviewed many professional writers over the years, but none of Max's prior interviews have delved into the details of one of the writers' projects as thoroughly as this one. Because A Quiet Place is so unique on...
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“Avengers: Infinity War” epically battles an intergalactic villain and controversial ending.The 19th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) is its most ambitious and remarkably, it manages to live up to the hype. The 149-minute film tells a ginormous story...
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What makes you laugh and why? What can we do as writers to help translate comedy to the page? On this September 2017 episode of the ISA's Wine Wednesdays, our development executives talk all things comedy, including the business of...
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Should you make a short film? Should you create a sizzle of your project? What's the difference between the two? The industry continues to change at a rapid rate, and industry professionals like producers, managers, and agents, have...
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One of the primary reasons the ISA was founded was for the sole purpose to inspire and motivate writers; to inform, educate, and allow access to every opportunity in the marketplace and around the industry. Day in and day out, the entire ISA team is devoted to helping...
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You've heard us say it before, but it's because it's all the rage - TV is where the work is! The irony is that even though there are more options for writers in the television space, the competition has become that much more fierce....
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The reboot of “Lost in Space” looks out of this world but lacks fun.As reboots go, the new version of “Lost in Space” is light years beyond the original series from the 1960’s in many ways. The production values, costume design, and special effects...
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How to Break Down & Story Map Your Screenplay with Daniel CalvisiToday’s guest is author Daniel Calvisi. Dan wrote the book Story Maps: How to Write a GREAT Screenplay. He breaks down stories and shows you how to map out your own by analyzing how the...
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“Chappaquiddick” paints a tragic portrait of politics and entitlement.Historical movies tend...
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“A Quiet Place” speaks volumes with what it doesn’t say or show.The horror genre is often most successful when it doesn’t show too much of its monsters. Better to let the audience fill in the blanks of the bogeyman hiding in...
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The adaptation of “Ready Player One” has Steven Spielberg written all over it.The new tentpole movie “Ready Player One” may boast its author Ernest Cline as one of the screenplay adaptors, along with Zak Penn, but the greatest influence on the material...
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Excerpt from Podcast:"...This week we are going to be talking about BoJack Horseman. But we aren't just going to be talking about the series. We are going to be talking about one very particular episode, and doing a really deep breakdown of Season 4, Episode 9, entitled...
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Despite a game Alicia Vikander, the reboot of “Tomb Raider” feels dusty and derivative.The rebooting of “Tomb Raider” should have yielded something better than this decent, but uninspired attempt. It had brilliant source...
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“Thoroughbreds” marks an auspicious debut for writer/director Cory Finley.Coming from the world of theater, writer/director Cory Finley has made a masterful first film. His dark comedy/thriller is utterly enthralling, as much for what it doesn’t show as what...
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We recently had our very first special guest on with Felicity and Max. Karen Kirkland is a Creative Strategist and long-time VP of Talent Development at Nickelodeon. In this episode we talk about what makes a TV show so re-watchable...
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Alex Garland’s adaptation of “Annihilation” creates a world of wonder.Powerful is the film that doesn’t spoon feed everything to its audience, especially when it comes to science fiction. That’s why writer/director Alex Garland is such an expert in...
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“Black Panther” is a landmark film for Marvel Studios and one of their very best.Just when you think that the comic superhero movie is all but played out, along comes “Black...
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2018’s Oscar-nominated shorts have a lot of lessons for writers.Since 2012, the AMPAS has been releasing their Oscar-nominated Animated and Live Action Shorts nationwide in theaters to an enthusiastic public. For screenwriters,...
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“The Shape of Water” blends fantasy, morality and horror into a steady stream. Guillermo del Toro is a filmmaker of singular vision. His movies are almost always morality tales,...
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2018 Oscar nominations reflect diversity and strong, original writing. The 90th Academy Award nominations have been announced and the voters have delivered an impressive and diverse spectrum of honorees. Greta Gerwig (“Lady Bird”) and Jordan Peele (“Get...
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