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Now displaying: October, 2017
Oct 26, 2017

Want to know how to make a living as a screenwriter? You won't find a more powerful podcast than this, and it's all because of the talented and dedicated Jacob Krueger.

Everybody wants to sell their script, but how are you supposed to know what makes a movie commercial? And how can you sell your screenplay without selling your soul?

The ISA and Jacob Kruger Studio teamed up to bring an informative seminar through the Table Read My Screenplay Contest in Chicago, and it was a huge hit. The ISA and Jacob feel that it's imperative that all writers get to hear this breakdown from Jacob since it's our number 1 objective; support, assist, and cultivate screenwriters at every level.

ISA Team Testimonial on Jacob and his Jacob Krueger Studio for writers:
While you can read Jacob's bio below, the ISA can't say enough about Jacob's professionalism, enthusiasm, spirit, and incredible talent as a mentor. His WriteYourScreenplay.com and Jacob Krueger Studio is truly the best of the best in an industry that is filled with opportunities for writers to work with consultants. Not just a class or a way to learn formula, Jacob and his team focuses on inspiration and creativity, and getting the absolute most out of every single writer they work. The ISA can't thank Jacob enough, and we are proud to call ourselves partners.

Jacob Krueger Official Bio:
Over his years in the entertainment industry, Jacob Krueger has worked with thousands of writers, from Academy and Tony Award Winners, to beginning writers picking up the pen for the first time.  The founder of Jacob Krueger Studio in New York City, Jacob is an award winning screenwriter, playwright, producer and director.

Jacob’s first produced movie, The Matthew Shepard Story (2002) won him the Writers Guild of America Paul Selvin Award and a Gemini Nomination for Best Screenplay.  The NBC film, directed by Roger Spottiswoode (And the Band Played On), and produced by Goldie Hawn, was based on life of gay hate-crime victim Matthew Shepard.  The film won Stockard Channing a SAG Award and her first Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actress and Sam Waterston a Gemini Award for Best Supporting Actor.

He has collaborated on original film musicals with Tony Award winning composers Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg (Les Miserables, Miss Saigon) and with four-time Academy Award Composer Michel Legrand (Yentl, The Thomas Crown Affair), as well as a full slate of solo projects ranging from Feature Films to TV Miniseries.

Oct 24, 2017

Episode 184

Tony Germinario talks about writing, directing, and producing his latest feature film, Bad Frank.

Oct 23, 2017

This is a podcast recording of the ISA's Facebook Live broadcast of Wine Wednesdays. Please note that some promotions offered during the live broadcast are not offered to the participants listening to the recording. We can, however, assist you if you wish to find out more information regarding ISA events, contests, or consulting offers. Just reach out to info@networkisa.org and we will be happy to help.

Join ISA staffers Max Timm and Felicity Wren for our regular Wine Wednesdays Facebook Live broadcast. We'll talk screenwriting and take your questions about the ISA and the art, craft, and business of writing screenplays, all while enjoying a nice glass (or two) of wine.

Subjects and themes change from week to week, so stay tuned for the live broadcasts that occur on most Wednesday evening at 7:00pm Los Angeles time. For a specific schedule and set of announcements, "Like" the ISA Facebook page and keep up to date.

Oct 23, 2017

Episode 183 - John Butler

John Butler talks about his latest film, Handsome Devil, and how he got it produced.

Oct 21, 2017

The ISA's Director of Education and Outreach, Max Timm, sits down with industry friend, confidante, and Tracking Board's Director of Operations, Jorge Gonzalez.

Tracking Board has a wealth of success stories that have come from their Launch Pad contests, and Jorge Gonzalez shares his secrets on how to approach the contest circuit, what to expect, and the best way to make the most out of your writing career.

An industry leader in tracking the spec market and offering creatives unmatched information on the current goings-on around town, Max and Jorge delve into how using Tracking Board can assist a writer in his/her approach to navigating the industry as a whole.

If you haven't signed up with Tracking Board yet, what are you waiting for? Go to www.tracking-board.com to find out more.

Oct 19, 2017

This is a podcast recording of the ISA's Facebook Live broadcast of Wine Wednesdays. Please note that some promotions offered during the live broadcast are not offered to the participants listening to the recording. We can, however, assist you if you wish to find out more information regarding ISA events, contests, or consulting offers. Just reach out to info@networkisa.org and we will be happy to help.

Join ISA staffers Max Timm and Felicity Wren for our regular Wine Wednesdays Facebook Live broadcast as they talk screenwriting and take your questions about the ISA and the art, craft, and business of writing screenplays, all while enjoying a nice glass (or two) of wine.

Subjects and themes change from week to week, so stay tuned for the live broadcasts that occur on most Wednesday evenings at 7:00pm Los Angeles time. For a specific schedule and set of announcements, "Like" the ISA Facebook page and keep up to date.

Oct 17, 2017

In this week's podcast:

Jacob Krueger breaks down the structure of Mother! and the three simple screenwriting concepts that make it both succeed and struggle to connect to its audience.

Oct 17, 2017

Page 2 Screen talks to two paranormal experts about what constitutes good horror.

If you’re a screenwriter interested in writing horror, you could learn a lot from two ghostbusters. This week’s guests are Scott Markus and Mike Huberty and they’re paranormal experts, as well as horror film aficionados. They talk about what scares them, what films pinned them to their movie seats in fear, and what they think makes a horror film a classic. From tropes to clichés, from Spielberg to Romero, from “Fright Night” to “The Thing”, the discussion will inspire you to write smarter horror, or at the very least, find some scary new titles to rent this Halloween.

Oct 15, 2017

Episode 182

Ritchie Greer talks about writing, directing, and producing his latest short film, Los and Found.

Oct 15, 2017

Episode 181 - Director / Actor Alexander Nevsky

Alexander Nevsky Talks about his latest action film, Black Rose

Oct 12, 2017

“Blade Runner 2049” is a fitting sequel to the cult classic from 1982.

Making a sequel to a classic film is an intimidating task, especially when your follow-up is 35 years after the original. Thus, “Blade Runner 2049” had its work cut out for it. Thankfully, this movie is smart, moody, and a visual feast just like the original “Blade Runner” from 1982. Ryan Gosling brings gravitas to this neo-noir, as does a returning Harrison Ford, but the film around them could use a little more energy. It’s easily 20 minutes too long, and much colder than its predecessor. Still, it has provocative things to say about humanity, just like the first one, and that’s welcome in any year.

Oct 2, 2017

EXCERPT FROM THE INTERVIEW:

"...Don’t write for anyone but yourself.  At the end of the day, write the movie that you know you would be super excited to sit down and watch. Don’t think because you read a Blacklist script and saw a certain style being executed in there that that is what people want, so therefore let me write it that way. Or, there is a certain movie that is in vogue right now and let me try to write my version of that. 

Everybody I know, really almost without exception, is a pretty good storyteller in the right circumstances. And so it is really finding the thing that you want to tell another person... I think you always need to be striving towards making something as good as it could be, and the definition of “good as it could be” should be the thing that you would be excited to see. Not what you think other people would be excited to see... make sure that when someone is reading it, they experience an enthusiasm that you had when you first came up with the idea..."

Oct 2, 2017

This is a podcast recording of the ISA's Facebook Live broadcast of Wine Wednesdays. Please note that some promotions offered during the live broadcast are not offered to the participants listening to the recording. We can, however, assist you if you wish to find out more information regarding ISA events, contests, or consulting offers. Just reach out to info@networkisa.org and we will be happy to help.

Join ISA staffers Max Timm and Felicity Wren for our regular Wine Wednesdays Facebook Live broadcast sponsored by the Nickelodeon Writing Program. We'll talk screenwriting and take your questions about the ISA and the art, craft, and business of writing screenplays, all while enjoying a nice glass (or two) of wine.

Subjects and themes change from week to week, so stay tuned for the live broadcasts that occur on most Wednesday evening at 7:00pm Los Angeles time. For a specific schedule and set of announcements, "Like" the ISA Facebook page and keep up to date.

If you would like to learn more about Max's coaching and development service, The Story Farm, please email max@thestoryfarm.org to inquire and ask about options - we have plenty to offer.

Oct 2, 2017

This is a podcast recording of the ISA's Facebook Live broadcast of Wine Wednesdays. Please note that some promotions offered during the live broadcast are not offered to the participants listening to the recording. We can, however, assist you if you wish to find out more information regarding ISA events, contests, or consulting offers. Just reach out to info@networkisa.org and we will be happy to help.

Join ISA staffers Max Timm and Felicity Wren for our regular Wine Wednesdays Facebook Live broadcast sponsored by the Nickelodeon Writing Program. We'll talk screenwriting and take your questions about the ISA and the art, craft, and business of writing screenplays, all while enjoying a nice glass (or two) of wine.

Subjects and themes change from week to week, so stay tuned for the live broadcasts that occur on most Wednesday evening at 7:00pm Los Angeles time. For a specific schedule and set of announcements, "Like" the ISA Facebook page and keep up to date.

If you would like to learn more about Max's coaching and development service, The Story Farm, please email max@thestoryfarm.org to inquire and ask about options - we have plenty to offer.

Oct 2, 2017

“Marvel’s Inhumans” is a marvel of missed opportunities.

Marvel has had an incredible track record on both the big screen and small, but the new ABC-TV series “Marvel’s Inhumans” really misses the mark. Adapted from the 1965 comic by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, this mutant story feels all too familiar. Borrowing heavily from “X-Men”, “Game of Thrones”, and “Thor”, almost every character, superpower, and narrative detail in this show feels derivative. It also is surprisingly hokey, from its heavy-handed expositional dialogue to its skimpy special effects. The potential is there for a meaningful story about diversity, but so far, this show is anything but marvelous. 

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