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Now displaying: August, 2018
Aug 31, 2018

Join Felicity and Max with a glass of wine and let's consider just how important and essential a character is in each and every story. The audience will connect with your character a lot more than they will the plot or concept - so, it's all about character.

Remember, Felicity Wren and Max Timm always have open Q&A during every Facebook Live broadcast, so you should tune in when they broadcast their next live chat. Even though most broadcasts focus on a particular subject, every writer is welcome to ask anything they like at any time. Felicity and Max will do their best to give you a straight and honest answer.

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 no longer available. 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.

You can reach out to Max regarding any type of query: max@networkisa.org If you have particular interest in working with him on a one-on-one coaching and development basis, email him at max@thestoryfarm.org. His Story Farm development and coaching service is quickly becoming the best in the business! Felicity can also be reached at Felicity@networkisa.org. She, too, can work with you one-on-one, so don't hesitate to inquire. We can't wait to support you.

Subjects and themes for the broadcasts change from week to week, so stay tuned 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.

Aug 28, 2018

Episode 242

Writer / Director Mike Mayhall talks about his new limited series TV show, Bronx SIU, now premiering on UMC.

Aug 23, 2018

“BlacKkKlansman” is filmmaker Spike Lee at his most provocative and timely.

Period pieces always comment on our modern world, and “BlacKkKlansman” says as much about racism in the 20th century as it does about the issue today. The story of Ron Stallworth (John David Washington), the black policeman working undercover in 1972 to expose a Ku Klux Klan chapter in Colorado Springs, would seem almost unbelievable if it weren’t true. That’s why filmmaker Spike Lee never pushes the absurdity too far. Instead, he directs his superb cast, including Adam Driver, Laura Harrier, and Topher Grace, to underplay the comedic elements. Lee doesn’t underline the drama needlessly either. The story is fraught with natural tension from the get-go, making for a film that’s funny, scary, moving, and one of 2018’s absolute best.

Aug 21, 2018
Episode  241
 
Lou Simon talks about her latest low budget horror / thriller, '3'.
Aug 20, 2018

In this episode, Felicity and Max welcome one of their past Fast Track Fellowship recipients, Andy Byrne. Andy is a Scotsman living in Australia who has seen his writing career catapult ever since winning Fast Track. He has received multiple writing assignment, and one of his scripts has a major A-List star attached. In this episode we talk about the importance of perseverance and dedication to your craft, so listen in, hopefully become inspired by Andy and his story...and share some laughs with a glass of vino.

Remember, Felicity Wren and Max Timm always have open Q&A during every Facebook Live broadcast, so you should tune in when they broadcast their next live chat. Even though most broadcasts focus on a particular subject, every writer is welcome to ask anything they like at any time. Felicity and Max will do their best to give you a straight and honest answer.

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 no longer available. 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.

You can reach out to Max regarding any type of query: max@networkisa.org If you have particular interest in working with him on a one-on-one coaching and development basis, email him at max@thestoryfarm.org. His Story Farm development and coaching service is quickly becoming the best in the business! Felicity can also be reached at Felicity@networkisa.org. She, too, can work with you one-on-one, so don't hesitate to inquire. We can't wait to support you.

Subjects and themes for the broadcasts change from week to week, so stay tuned 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.

Aug 14, 2018

While Felicity and Max don't suggest you write toward a trend, they do suggest that you consider what works and doesn't work where marketability is concerned. What makes a script marketable? Does a particular genre play better than others? Not always - story is always at the heart of marketability. It's a writer's responsibility to focus on what he or she has control over - writing an entertaining script. Let the executives focus on the market.

Remember, Felicity Wren and Max Timm always have open Q&A during every Facebook Live broadcast, so you should tune in when they broadcast their next live chat. Even though most broadcasts focus on a particular subject, every writer is welcome to ask anything they like at any time. Felicity and Max will do their best to give you a straight and honest answer.

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 no longer available. 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.

You can reach out to Max regarding any type of query: max@networkisa.org If you have particular interest in working with him on a one-on-one coaching and development basis, email him at max@thestoryfarm.org. His Story Farm development and coaching service is quickly becoming the best in the business! Felicity can also be reached at Felicity@networkisa.org. She, too, can work with you one-on-one, so don't hesitate to inquire. We can't wait to support you.

Subjects and themes for the broadcasts change from week to week, so stay tuned 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.

Aug 14, 2018

SYS Episode 240

Legendary filmmaker Larry Cohen talks about his career as a studio screenwriter and his career as an independent writer/director.

Aug 14, 2018

SYS Episode 239

Entertainment attorney Michael DeBlis talks on a variety of legal issues facing screenwriters.

Aug 11, 2018

Controversy and classic status mark the 40th of “National Lampoon’s Animal House”.

In 1978, “National Lampoon’s Animal House” established itself as a landmark comedy, not to mention a lightning rod for controversy. 40 years later, it’s still both. Host Jeff York and guest Gary Goldstein discuss all the ways this frat house farce influenced pop culture (toga parties, food fights), spawned other raunchy comedies (“American Pie” and “The Hangover”), and made stars of its unknown cast (Tom Hulce and Kevin Bacon). Our two ISA writers also examine how it indicted Viet Nam, Watergate, and society’s sacred cows. Some of the film may offend our #MeToo times, but this romp has undoubtedly stood the test of time to become a genuine classic.

Aug 7, 2018

Among one of the elite writers and television producers in town, Bill Prady brings to this interview not only his extensive experience, but a highly educational approach to giving his best advice to screenwriters with the ISA's Max Timm. Bill has been working in the industry since 1984, and this interview shows in a very short time just how much he has learned and how much up and coming writers can learn from him. It's one of our best interviews to date.

Prady began his career in entertainment in 1982 at 'Jim Henson' Productions, working on a variety of projects there, including writing for the "Jim Henson Hour" and "MuppetVision 3-D", the 3-D Muppet Movie attraction at Walt Disney World. In addition to his work with the Muppets, Prady has written a number of television specials including the "Presidential Inaugural Celebration for Children", for which he won a CableAce Award, and "Miss Piggy's Hollywood", for which he received a WGA award nomination, as well as an Emmy nomination and WGA award for co-writing "The Muppets Celebrate Jim Henson".He has also been a co-producer and writer for the HBO series "Dream On", and among his other sitcom credits are The Cosby Show and Married with Children, served as producer and consulting producer on the NBC series Caroline in the City, as co-executive producer on Dharma & Greg, and at present is writing and co-executive producing The Big Bang Theory which he also co-created.

A huge round of applause and very big thank you to Bill for joining us on the Curious About Screenwriting podcast, and we hope you enjoy the back and forth as much as we did.

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