Dec 9, 2022
Jasmine Leyva embraces life to the fullest, which then influences her writing. She's not afraid to take the plunge, whether that's fostering a child or becoming a mermaid, all of which has lead to a unique, celebrated writing voice.
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 21, 2022
We will be hearing pitches from our newly named Fast Track Fellows: Emma Barrow and co-writers Kate Holland and Marlowe Mitchell and the three winners of this round of the ISA TV Pilot Pitch Challenge: Barbara Blomquist, Caden Douglas and David Green.
Nov 18, 2022
Meg Swertlow knows how to just go for it! From getting Alyssa Milano for a short she directed to shadowing Ryan Murphy, Meg has found ways to pursue her storytelling passions.
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 15, 2022
Steve Feld is a multiple Emmy winner as a producer and has made major progress in his screenwriting career, winning Shoot Your Sizzle and being named an ISA Top Screenwriter to Watch. He has also turned heads in the festival circuit with his short films. Hear his advice for writers and his next goals in this chat with Shayna Weber!
Nov 11, 2022
Rob "R.B." Ripley put a music, then theatre career behind him to focus on screenwriting, keeping emotion at the core of every aspect of his screenplay, which lead him to the Warner Media Access Writing Program.
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 7, 2022
Feature and television writer Katie Crone writes stories are female-driven comedies with hard truths at the core. Get to know this Midwestern writer who came to LA after learning the music scene in Nashville.
Nov 6, 2022
See how Rachel McClard's journey went from the least glamorous aspects of looking after a writer/director's pet to working on Wilford Brimley's diabetes commercials to now being a top screenwriter to watch!
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 30, 2022
Screenwriters Jim Hart may be known for some modern classics like Bram Stoker's Dracula, Hook, Contact and may others, but it's also a witness to multiple strange events in the sky and stayed in an absurdly haunted house while in college.
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 27, 2022
Life-long Harry Houdini researcher John Cox join us to discuss the origins of Houdini's battles with fraudulent mediums, his odd death, the 'final Houdini seance,' and his time in Delavan, WI... all without getting stung by a single wasp!
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.
Oct 12, 2022
Max & Scott dive into working on ghost hunting TV shows with producer and investigator MJ Dickson, who has looked into paranormal stories & haunted locations across the globe. Her fantastic story alone is worth tuning in for!
Oct 5, 2022
Max & Shayna love the new controversial (fictionalized) bio pic "Blonde," and discuss why it's so debated, while going over how to identify the production budget of your script. They also geek out over the new Hocus Pocus sequel and Rings of Power.
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 15, 2022
ISA founder Craig James talks about the importance of self-training and how to best use the ISA site to your advantage.
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 14, 2022
Documentarian Jay Bachochin enjoys hiking a vast wilderness in Wisconsin, but a number of unexplainable experiences there have opened his eyes to the nature of reality and what's possible in our known and unknown universe.
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!