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Exciting ISAConnect Member Success Stories

These are the top success stories listed by ISAConnect Members. If you're an Industry Pro and interested in viewing the work of these emerging writers, please request Industry Pro status. 49 Success Stories Listed.

Thanks to ISA, my heavily awarded script PRAYER sold to an undisclosed (NDA) production company. As well, the success of PRAYER lead to two more hires, one for a faith-based feature, nearing completion, and negotiations now underway for a 10-epi dramatic series.
MiLa Media optioned The Edge of Darkness fall of 2019. MiLa Media found The EDGE OF DARKNESS through an ISA Writing Gig. Due to Covid19, plans for production and streaming will be postponed and hopefully completed in 2021. Currently Sony Screen Gems is interested in financing this screenplay.
Alex Azmi hired Richard Lasser to rewrite his short about Anna May Wong from a writing gig from the ISA Team.
After Datura Studios read Cannabiz, thanks to the ISA, they hired Shane to write a biopic feature about one of Houston's first African-American millionaires. This marks Shane's first official PAID job for a feature as a screenwriter. She started it at the beginning of the pandemic and is currently working on revisions with the intention of moving into development soon! THANKS ISA for the recommendation.
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Thanks to Felicity and the ISA, Shane has also made a great connection with Double Eye Studios. They have officially hired Shane to come on board as a writer for the larger-than-life, LIVE Interactive Virtual Reality Theater Performance: Finding Pandora. She is currently writing scenes and developing character's voices for the soon to be seen experience. Officially premiered at the Venice Film Festival 2020.
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Terence Brody's screenplay RENOVATE MY HEART has been optioned by Oren Kamara, with Fade To Black Films. He found the script through ISA "Writing Gigs." Kamara intends to go into production in September. Thanks ISA!
I'm thrilled to announce that Oren Kamara of Fade to Black Films, who found my low budget thriller feature BLACK BAGS via an ISAConnect writing gig to which I submitted, has now optioned the script, with plans to shoot in Oklahoma as soon as it's safe to do so. This will be my first script to make it to screen, and I couldn't be more pleased and grateful to ISAConnect for this amazing resource!
Christopher Sirmons Haviland's science fiction parody CODE & CHEMISTRY was a 2001 Semi-Finalist in the Chesterfield Writer's Film Project screenplay contest managed by Universal Pictures and Steven Spielberg's Amblin' Entertainment.
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Pablo was hired to co-write a feature, after submitting to an ISA Writing Gig. Pablo recently celebrated his success by saying "Pay the extra $10 a month is definitely worth it!"
Following up on the ISA Fast Track III and PAGE International wins, Andy was commissioned to re-write and existing screenplay for director/producer Kevin Goetz (SCENIC ROUTE). A director has been attached and principal casting is under way. With production due to start early 2018, stay tuned for further announcements!
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Eve Noel's Love in a Dungeon, named as a finalist on 12/13/2015 at the Courier Awards.  This is her 9th award and we are sure more is to come.  Love in a Dungeon is a short that takes place inside the dark world of New York's train dungeon where a chance meeting of two lonely people ends up in a romance.  
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After making Zulus - The Crown of Thorns Semi Finalist in Filmmakers International Screenwriting Awards I was invited to the Academy Nicholls Fellowships in Screenwriting at the AMPAS Samuel Goldwyn Theater and it was awesome! I met and received encouragement from the winners to keep writing and entering industry competitions, enchanted by the LIVE cast readings. I carried myself like I was The Beatles invading America and I look forward to visiting Los Angeles again!
Director Kyle Lavore optioned Allen's short comedy script 'That Smell' after he replied to a post on the Writing Gigs page. The completed film has already screened at several International Film Festivals. Most recently it was selected for the SAG-AFTRA Foundation's New York Short Film Showcase on Sept. 27.
Screenwriter Tara Hall's hour-long pilot "Privates" makes it to the top 50 of ISA Fast Track fellowship in 2015.
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Jo Hannah responded to a CONNECT request for a screenplay by Actress / Producer Dawn Davis, who was looking for a script with a strong female lead. As a result of the connection, and further discussion, HELLS CANYON was optioned, and is now in pre-production.
Joe was hired to scribe the action juggernaut "Layers of Lies" with Ramin Sohrab of Sonram Productions.  This story follows a prodigal son and his European fiancée to his native home of Iran, where his betrothed is kidnapped and he must go on a life-threatening quest to not only find her, by discover why she was abducted.  
The screenplay is a semi-finalist in the 2016 WeScreenplay (a division of WeTV) Diverse Voices Screenplay Competition. It was also named as a semi-finalist in the 2016 BlueCat Screenplay Competition. From the Heart Productions awarded the screenplay fiscal sponsorship in 2015. 
Originally from Venezuela where he starred in the number 1 TV series across several countries Cesar De La Torre had the idea of putting together a feature based on the recent revolution's history in Venezuela. After pitching the idea to Frank Floyd they came up with a true events fictional drama, Nosotros El Pueblo, We The People. The feature sheds light on the revolution from Hugo Chavez's failed coupe attempt to his death while holding Presidential office. Many true life political figures and their sotrylines are included in the feature. To give a vision to the realities of the past and current state of the countries citizens, a fictional drama based on several families living in the country and how their lives are affected by the revolution is in the story. It has been promoted by WildSound Festival....
Work-for-Hire celebrity biopic feature film job accepted and completed from a posting originally on ISA. Job was posted in December. We had both worked for Nasser years ago on a few other projects, but found this particular job via an ISA Writing Gig e-mail. Script has been finished, accepted and should go into pre-production within the next few months. Thanks ISA!
Matt O'Connell's real-time horror/thriller LOVE'S REMAINS was selected as a quarterfinalist in the 2015 Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition.This brings LOVE'S REMAINS' total contest placements to nine. Previous competitions to recognize it include Final Draft Big Break, The Tracking Board, Screencraft, The Aura Screenwriting Awards, The Writers Store Spotlight Competition, and more.
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