Feb 19, 2023
One time Fast Track fellow and ISA Top 25 Screenwriter to Watch, Peres Owino, has come a long way bother in her career and literally as the LA-based, African-born writer is celebrating the release of a show on Netflix, "African Queens."
Jan 12, 2023
Max & Shayna look back at the Golden Globes while taking a deep dive into writing spec scripts and what your expectation should be when writing them. Finally, they discuss some current series and the Weinermobile.
Jan 6, 2023
Successful and further emerging screenwriter, Lisa Garvey, made the shift into novel writing as part of her screenwriting journey.
Jan 5, 2023
Max & Shayna kick off the new year with a look ahead to the movies that should make waves in 2023 and unfortunate news about diversity among film directors. Plus, diving into some basic screenwriting issues with "Glass Onion."
Dec 17, 2022
We sit down with producer and former studio executive Navid McIlhargey to discuss the state of the industry and the current challenges and opportunities for feature filmmakers and writers.
Dec 14, 2022
Shayna & Max take on one of the most controversial Christmas movie topics, react to the Golden Globe nominations and discuss their favorite holiday films.
Dec 9, 2022
Sight & Sound recently released their once-a-decade list of top films of all-time with a surprise at number 1. What's your all-time top 10?
Nov 27, 2022
Max & Shayna discuss a number of entertainment news including the return of Bob Iger to Disney, She Said's opening weekend struggle & the importance of having a growth mindset.
Nov 16, 2022
Max & Shayna talk about the pilot ratings from new fall broadcast TV season and other news including the big box office weekend from Black Panther. Creatively, they dive into the elements needed to make a scene really work & how they first got into screenwriting.
Nov 9, 2022
Max & Shayna discuss the top comedy creators of the year, utter chaos at Twitter, being on the hunt for new ideas (and actually remembering them), plus finding positive gifts for the holidays.
Nov 2, 2022
Max & Shayna celebrate the return of AFM while also tackling some common questions about page counts (assist to Lee Jessup) & determining when a new scene starts. Also, did you hear they found Santa?
Oct 27, 2022
Max & Shayna celebrate the launch of the new ISA website and discuss the importance of creating a writing 'ritual' (routine) to help you get down to business more efficiently and then dive into Halloween and horror movie fun.
Oct 18, 2022
Shayna & Max look at the top 50 show runners of 2022 & discuss why it's important for writers to know who runs which shows. They also discuss logline writing, the many shows and movies they're watching & relaxing via cat purrs.
Sep 28, 2022
Max & Shayna celebrate the 100th birthday of the Hollywood sign, discuss writing horror films with meaning, telling true stories that are also entertaining before thinking about their next vacations.
Sep 21, 2022
Max & Shayna talk about the many screenplay contest opportunities that are currently open, the importance of creating an engaging antagonist & how you can use Twitter to positively impact your screenwriting networking.
Sep 14, 2022
Max & Shayna take a look a two big industry events: D23, Disney's announcement extravaganza, and the importance of the Toronto International Film Festival. They also discuss articles on the ISA web site, including the importance of subtext in writing & behind the scenes of the career of a lit manager.
Sep 7, 2022
Max & Shayna respond to all of your comments & go over the big difference between festival films & popcorn flicks (Venice Film Festival Vs. Top Gun Maverick). The two fantasy nerds also discuss the Amazon Prime Lord of the Rings Series, The Rings of Power
Aug 31, 2022
Max & Shayna talk about the continued fallout of the Warner Discovery budget cuts, they provide some tips regarding the upcoming ISA Pitch Challenge and subject lines for query emails while also gearing up for National Cinema Day!
Aug 25, 2022
Max & Shayna love fantasy storytelling... and this may be a golden age of fantasy television with The Sandman, House of Dragons & The Rings of Power all debuting in 2022.
Aug 17, 2022
Max & Shayna discuss the current state of Hollywood's decision-making, your hero characters' wounds, problems with story formulas, how to address writers block & where 'A League of their Own' falls short.
Aug 10, 2022
Max & Shayna discuss the shakeup happening at Warner Discovery, the new less-is-more mandate at Netflix, confront rewriting fears, celebrate The Sandman & feel thankful they're not on the It's a Small World ride.
Aug 3, 2022
Max & Shayna discuss a variety of topics ranging from the implications of the sale of the Golden Globes award ceremony to how and why you should prep for a general meeting. Plus, they share some shameful secrets and talk about a creepy moth.
Aug 2, 2022
We take a look at what's going on over at the Bigfoot Script Challenge while also checking in with a past winner in the original feature category.
Jul 27, 2022
Shayna & Max take a look at which streaming companies are adding the most new subscribers in 2022. Shayna gushes over the new Jordan Peele movie, "Nope," but they have very different feelings about "The Gray Man."
Jul 21, 2022
Max & Shayna discuss the marketability of horror comedies and the deeper meanings of Jordan Peele films. Lee Jessup reminds writers that their personal stories are important - be prepared to tell your story too!