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Named to the Independent Film Channel’s list of emerging "Icons", Tracie Laymon is an independent screenwriter and director hailing from Austin, Texas. Her previous projects have won numerous jury awards at South by Southwest, Memphis International Film...
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Here's my definition of writer's block, one word: lazy. And I'm fully responsible for being just as "lazy" as anyone else. I'm completely including myself in this mix, so I'm not separating myself here. Why did I tell you all that my last two...
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Learn the writing strategies to get your script ready to win the big contests, and learn how to use these contest wins to advance your writing career. Screenwriter and script consultant, Mark Stasenko, will enlighten us on the ins and outs of the screenwriting contest...
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The ISA has been lucky to have hosted some wonderful guests for these podcasts, and we look forward to even more insightful and inspiring interviews, but this interview happens to be one of our more enlightening. Lewaa Nasserdeen is a staff writer on the series, The...
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I love this particular interview with the renowned and supremely experienced Linda Seger because we talk about more than just the basics of screenwriting here. Linda is one of the world's foremost script consultants - a screenplay, screenwriting and story coach as well as...
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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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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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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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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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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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“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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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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I cannot stress enough the importance of educating yourself. It seems so simple and could spawn a reaction of, "duh". Of course education is essential. You never hear a point/counterpoint or debate over whether or not education is important. We all know it is, but I...
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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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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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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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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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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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