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Don't Breathe breathes new life into the tropes of horror. It's hard to find new ways to spin tales of terror, but this one surely does. Written by Fred Alvarez and Rodo Sayagues, and directed by Alvarez, Don't Breathe is a deceptively simple tale of a...
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George Mastras has been a writer and producer for the Emmy-award winning drama "Breaking Bad" on AMC. He wrote standout episodes "Crazy Handful of Nothin,'" which won the 2009 PEN USA Award for Best Teleplay, and “Grilled,”...
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With this four-part interview series, Max Timm – the Director of Community Outreach – interviews four experts on the logline writing and pitching process. In this interview we have Michael Hauge, veteran and expert story consultant.   ...
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Happy Fall, everyone! It's October, the air has a little chill to it, even if you're in Los Angeles, the baseball playoffs are under way and my Cubs just won the first game of the National League Division Series and I'm happy. For those of you who don't care...
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“Meditative Writing truly is “assisted self-discovery.” For the same reason writers should take acting classes, Meditative Writing helps you get down into your body, to work a scene or character from the inside out. The practice has applications even...
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Zootopia animates a world of animals dealing with modern society's ills. Anyone who thinks that animated movies are just kid stuff, needs to see Zootopia. It's one of the most sophisticated, layered and intelligent entertainments to play at the Cineplex in years....
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Welcome back to The Craft, everyone! My name's Max and folks, we're on episode 20 of this podcast! I'll be honest - I never expected to go much further than 12 episodes since my initial inkling when I considered hosting a solo podcast was to just cover the process...
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A relative newcomer, director Wes Ball is a perfect example of a filmmaker who stuck to his guns – the love of telling a great story. He knew at an early age that he had an intention to make movies, but like most of us, wasn’t certain as to how he should...
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Today's topic - sequence three - is a big one. It marks the end of your first act, propels the reader on the journey and gets the main character prepped for the 2nd Act...and most importantly introduces the secondary character, or as I sometimes refer to as the Dynamic...
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Discovering Your Own Personal Shadows to Create Great Characters! Meditative Writing master, Jessica Hinds, returns to the Curious About Screenwriting podcast to discuss how discovering your own history of (and current) moral paradigms/hierarchies and shadows can help you...
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Loglines with Scott Rosenberg (writer CON AIR, GONE IN 60 SECONDS, HIGH FIDELITY), Terry Rossio (writer ALADDIN, PIRATES OF THE CARRIBEAN CURSE OF THE BLACK PEARL, SHREK), and Ashley Miller (writer THOR, X-MEN FIRST CLASS), discuss the creation of the emotional "hook"...
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In another installment of the ISA's Page 2 Screen podcast series, Jeff York brings on another one of our development program stars - Vin Morreale Jr.. Vin is a writer, director, actor and acting coach. He has already written and directed a number of films, as well as...
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David Silverman is an Executive Producer/Screenwriter/Psychotherapist. He has done extensive research on motivation and how it works. From a therapist's point of view, David has picked the 12 best motivational tools that can and will help a screenwriter finish...
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Our new Page to Screen podcast series continues, and in our second interview, the ISA's Director of Community Outreach and podcast host, Max Timm, joins Jeff York to discuss the critically acclaimed new film from Tom McCarthy, Spotlight. As you may already know, in this...
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With this four-part interview series, Max Timm – the Director of Community Outreach – interviews four experts on the logline writing and pitching process. In this interview we have Rob Deege, VP of Creative and Business Affairs at Indomitable...
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Like most writers, an experienced life inevitably translates to a natural and gifted storyteller. Chelsea Watkins as been pursuing the arts for most of her life - from actively chasing the dream of being a dancer at a young age, to acting and screenwriting, she has since...
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It's something we all need to deal with and there is no getting around it! Rewriting, rewriting, rewriting. Welcome back to The Craft, everyone. I'm jumping back into a regular schedule, here, and I'll do my best at keeping up the momentum. Last episode I talked...
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Veteran TV writer and producer, John McNamara joined the ISA and its Curious About Screenwriting Network, and there is so much insight, TV history, lessons to be learned, and advice to be taken, it might be one of our favorite interviews to date. John has worked as a...
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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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The Coen Brothers salute Old Hollywood with a hearty Hail, Caesar! The Coen Brothers have written, directed and produced some of the best American cinema for the past 32 years. And they always push genre into something uniquely quirky, clever, and well, Coen. Hail, Caesar!...
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