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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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Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” is an eye-popping and meta animated adventure Move over “Incredibles 2” and make way for another superb 2018 animated superhero movie - “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse.” This is the 7th Spidey movie since...
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The Director, Producer and Showrunner of the upcoming Comedy Central show, South Side (as well as past credits including Late Night with Jimmy Fallon), sits with the ISA's Max Timm to discuss all things creative, career, and developing your position within the...
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Bringing on the great Michael Hauge on the Curious About Screenwriting podcast is always a treat. Michael Hauge has been a screenwriting and story consultant for nearly 40 years, having worked one-on-one with writers at every level, from novice to A-List (Will Smith...
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SYS Episode 254: This week on the SYS Podcast I talk with South African writer Sean Drummond about his writing journey. He and several partners started out by creating a production company and slowly working their way up from commercials and videos, to short films and now...
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SYS Episode 255: In this episode I talk with British filmmaker Jim Hosking about his career writing and directing short films and how he worked his way up to his new feature film, An Evening with Beverly Luff Linn starring Aubrey Plaza, Jemaine Clement, Emile Hirsch,...
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SYS Episode 256: In this episode of the SYS Podcast producer Mark Stolaroff talks about his latest low budget production, DriverX. He also talks about his background in production and how that prepared him for a career as a low budget producer. He also offers tips to...
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“The Ballad of Buster Scruggs” showcases the Coen Brothers’ wit and morality. Movie anthologies can be hit and miss, but “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs” from Joel and Ethan Coen shoots bulls-eyes throughout. The six, western-themed stories in their...
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“The Girl in the Spider’s Web” needs to realize its lead character isn’t James Bond. Lisbeth Salander, AKA “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” is many things: computer hacker, Goth girl, and righteous advocate of abused women. But one thing...
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This episode was sponsored by our wonderful wine sponsor, Steele Wines, and our amazing friends at Cinequest - www.cinequest.org (which has a submission deadline in March that you should be preparing for!) What makes for a great true story or biopic about an amazing person?...
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As usual, our wine sponsor for this episode was the ever-so-tasty Steele Wines, and the helpful sponsor who gets the word out for and about us, Table Ready My Screenplay. The Table Ready My Screenplay - Park City contest is taking applications now, so hurry over to their...
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Sponsored by our lovely wine sponsor, Steele Wines, and the incomparable screenwriting and career coach, Lee Jessup, this episode dives into the importance of delivering character flaw and how it relates to creating emotion - not only within each individual scene and moment,...
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Two weeks in a row with a special guest! This time around, Max brought on producer and consultant, Wendy Kram, to talk about the business of screenwriting and how to navigate this crazy town. This episode was sponsored once again by our fabulous wine sponsor, Steele Wines, as...
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“Widows” goes deep into character to tell its unique heist tale Director Steve McQueen doesn’t seem interested in telling a typical heist film story. His new film “Widows” is gravely serious instead of a raucous romp like the “Ocean’s...
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SYS Episode 253: This week on the SYS Podcast I talk with Writer/Director Jermey Ungar. We talk through how he got his new thriller, Ride, produced. He originally wrote and directed a short film as a proof of concept, which helped him gain traction with the feature version,...
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Episode 4 – An American HauntingAfter visiting the Tennessee location where the Bell Witch Haunting took place, ghost hunters Scott Markus, and Wendy Lynn Staats analyze how screenwriters Brent Monahan and Courtney Solomon struggled to bring this historical haunting to...
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SYS episode 252: This week on the SYS Podcast I talk with Writer/Director Ari Gold. We talk through the early days of his career directing theater, which lead him to short films, and eventually feature films and his new indy drama, The Song of Sway Lake.
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