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Oct 21, 2015

Aaron has been writing for television since 2000, when he started on the original Law & Order. After 4 years on the NBC show where he was promoted to Producer, he worked on the only season of Eyes for ABC. His other TV credits consist of Criminal Minds on CBS and Damages on the FX network. For the latter he was nominated for an Emmy and a Writers’ Guild award as a writer/producer. Aaron made his AMC debut on The Killing. From there, he went on to become the Creator/Showrunner and Executive Produce for Resurrection on ABC. He is represented by the United Talent Agency.

TOPICS OF DISCUSSION

  • Looking for a writing job
  • Experiencing writer’s block
  • Success in writing
Oct 21, 2015

Wendy is currently the Co-Executive Producer on Game of Silence. She started her writing career working Gideon’s Crossing, Law & Order: SVU, Line of Fire, Hawaii, The Closer, K-Ville, The Beast, Dexter and The Black List.

Scott is currently a Consulting Producer on The Following. Reynolds started on E-Ring and then started as an assistant on Dexter four years ago and became a writer in year two, and has done quite a phenomenal job. 

TOPICS OF DISCUSSION

  • Writers’ room
  • Advice to young writers
  • Developing your voice
Oct 17, 2015

Every writer wants representation. Which is right for you? When are you REALLY ready? And once you get a rep, how do you sustain the relationship?

Important Topics:

Learn the Representation Landscape

Define Agent/Manager Differences

Find Out What They're Looking For

In today’s ever-changing industry, the competition for representation has never been stiffer. In order to stand out, you must have a clear understanding of not only the writer/rep relationship, but also of expectations and requirements. Discover what reps are looking for and how to attract and sustain rep attention, determine whether an agent or manager is right for you, understand the varying business models & percentage structure and learn how to present yourself as a professional.

A good agent or manager can serve as the writer’s best and most vocal advocate in the professional space. Agents and managers are responsible for introducing their writers to the marketplace, strategizing a path to writing assignments, feature spec or pilot sales, staffing their writers on television shows and providing an overall vision for the screenwriter’s sustainable and lasting career.

In order to position yourself for and make the most of a future or current relationship with an agent or manager, learn all about what they’re seeking in a client, how an effective brand can lead to a powerful industry fan-base, which of the two does what on behalf of their writers, what you can expect from your rep, and what they are likely to expect from you.

In an increasingly saturated space, the competition for each open spot on an agent’s or manager’s client list has never been fiercer, and first impressions have never been more critical. In order to approach your new search for representation or support/develop a preexisting relationship most effectively, learn all about the varying business models, from single-manager operations to agency-like management firms, explore the risks of signing with big agencies or fringe managers, and learn all about recent agency shake ups that have effected the representation game.

This teleconference is dedicated to exploring all you need to know about the representation game, and answering all of your burning questions whether you are managing a current industry relationship or looking to secure the right representation for you. 

Oct 17, 2015

Another inspiring interview, and this time with a recent Emmy winner, Jane Anderson. Jane won the Emmy for best writing for her work on the HBO mini-series, Olive Kitteridge, and her interview here is so thought provoking, meaningful, and truly practical in terms of writing advice and support. She’s a born mentor, and her story and advice at the end is beautiful. 

Like all writers, Jane has pushed through a writing career to where she is now able to work on the projects only she wants to work on. It is the privilege of a successful writer, but Jane reminds us that we can all get there – we just need to keep going.

Thank you for being a regular listener of our Curious About Screenwriting Podcasts, and of course please remember to share and subscribe on iTunes. These podcasts are like a free film school and writing class, so we hope you’re taking advantage as much as you can. Thanks again, and enjoy this interview with Jane Anderson.

Oct 7, 2015

If you’ve only just now heard of Matthew Robbins because of his upcoming Guillermo Del Toro directed film, Crimson Peak, than you may not have been paying attention to the screenwriting credits on some major Hollywood movies. A lifelong screenwriter, Robbins made his way with the “in” crowd of the 60’s, working with Francis Ford Coppola, George Lucas and Steven Spielberg, among many others, and finally got his breakthrough assignment on Spielberg’s The Sugarland Express. From there, Robbins worked on so many others, from Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Batteries Not Included, to the Del Toro film Mimic, and the 2010 film Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark.

While in this podcast, we talk a lot about Crimson Peak – with a really interesting tidbit about the house they use for the central focus of the film – we talk even more about the writing process. And coming from a veteran screenwriter like Matthew, to say his advice is invaluable is a massive understatement. From telling stories of working on films with today’s icons, to looking at screenwriting as a true craft, Matthews interview should leave you inspired and even more ready to finish your next project. If you’re not feeling the flow and need a break, though, we suggest checking out Matthew’s Crimson Peak. Maybe it’ll scare you back into your writing chair.

Oct 7, 2015

Make your script stand out with dynamic, compelling, three-dimensional characters that will move, haunt, inspire, and crack up the reader.

Character is King.  Executives, agents, managers, and showrunners insist on compelling, complex and dynamic characters that leap off the page.  Yet writers often get bogged down with story and plot, losing sight of the fact that it's characters we care deeply about that cause us to tune in to our favorite TV shows week after week.  But how do you create a three-dimensional character that audiences will fall in love with, invest in and root for?

How do you create a three-dimensional character that audiences will fall in love with, invest in and root for? During this teleconference with Script Anatomy Founder and working TV writer Tawnya Bhattacharya, we’ll answer this question and discuss some of TV’s most unforgettable series leads.  You'll walk away with a game plan and clear tools to use while building what just might be TV's next iconic hero or anti-hero. 

The Anatomy of Great Characters

with Script Anatomy Founder and working TV writer Tawnya Bhattacharya

What do Tony Soprano, Selina Meyer, Walter White, Sterling Archer, Carrie Mathison, Omar Little and Kimmy Schmidt have in common? Great characters are unforgettable. We may love them or hate them. But they worm their way into our brains and stay with us — haunting us, inspiring us, cracking us up — long after they’ve disappeared from our screens. 

Learn to create memorable characters with drive, characters that provoke emotion, characters that stay with us in this teleconference. Tawnya will show you how to craft compelling and multi-dimensional characters by crafting their backstorystage of lifeflawcore wounddilemma andgoal as well as how to design dynamic catalyst relationships and polarities, how to a unique world helps you create an interesting character, and how to design meaningful and emotional journeys and character arcs.

As points of reference, writers should familiarize themselves with the pilot episodes of Bloodline, Jane The Virgin, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and Breaking Bad which, despite the fact it’s now off air, is an excellent example of what the bar is set.

About Script Anatomy:

Founded by TV writer Tawnya Bhattacharya, Script Anatomy is LA's most industry-focused TV writing school whose classes are taught entirely by working writers.  The company helps television writers reach their writing goals and elevate their craft through classes, workshops and private consultations.  Script Anatomy has helped hundreds of writers succeed.  Alumni have been staffed, sold pilots, secured coveted spots in every network and studio writing program, signed with representation at major agencies and management companies, have sold pilots, landed writing assignments, and won prestigious contests as a result.  Join them at ScriptAnatomy.com. 

Tawnya Bhattacharya is a writer, writing instructor, and founder of Script Anatomy.  Her teaching career began at Writers Boot Camp from 2005 – 2008. Having seen writers struggle through the process there, it became apparent what was missing, so she created Script Anatomy — a unique curriculum to give writers practical development, writing and rewriting tools based on her own process. She launched Script Anatomy in 2011, just as she was embarking on her own writing career. Bhattacharya brings both a ten-year teaching background and professional writing experience to Script Anatomy’s curriculum. She is currently a Writer/Co-Producer on NBCs “The Night Shift”and formerly wrote on TNTsPerception,” Lifetime’s “The Client List,” and USA“Fairly Legal,” with her writing partner, Ali Laventhol.  Repped by ICM Partners, they are former NBC Writers on the Verge fellows, winning one of 8 spots out of 1200 applicants and also made semi-finalists for the Disney | ABC Writing Program before getting a job that took them out of the running. Tawnya was also a FOX Writers Intensive fellow (FOX optioned her semi-autobiographical pilot). 

Oct 1, 2015

With this four-part interview series, Max Timm – the Director of Community Outreach – interviews four experts on the logline writing and pitching process. In this interview we have Rob Deege, VP of Creative and Business Affairs at Indomitable Entertainment.

Rob Deege has over 20 years experience in the business, ranging from producing and directing to executive leadership, focused on creative development, producing, business development, financing and distribution.  He is currently at Indomitable Entertainment as the VP of Creative and Business Affairs, and has previously worked as a producer/director on films, television, documentaries, commercials, PSAs and corporate fare for Discovery,  The World Wildlife Fund, Mind & Media, Cerebellum, etc. Rob is working with Max Timm and the ISA development program, accepting material and pitches on behalf of a select group of top ISA screenwriters. His take on the pitching process will illuminate the importance of practice and discipline, and offer priceless advice on how to approach your logline presentation.

In this short series of interviews, Max interview experts on the craft – people who have taken and given thousands of pitches. We expect that you’ll get a lot out of these interviews, so enjoy the conversation, thanks for being a member and fan of the ISA and our Curious About Screenwriting podcasts. Keep writing.

Oct 1, 2015

With this four-part interview series, Max Timm – the Director of Community Outreach – interviews four experts on the logline writing and pitching process. In this interview we have Michael Hauge, veteran and expert story consultant.

Michael Hauge has coached screenwriters, producers, stars and directors on projects for every major studio and network, most recently I AM LEGEND, HANCOCK and THE KARATE KID for Will Smith and Overbrook Entertainment; MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE for Columbia Pictures; BAKUGAN for Universal Pictures, and LOVE, ROSIE for SONY Pictures and Constantin Film. In this podcast interview, Michael discusses the importance of the primary elements that make up any story, and how to include them in your pitch and/or logline.  We highly recommend Michael and his services, and you can find more about him at www.storymastery.com

In this short series of interviews, Max interview experts on the craft – people who have taken and given thousands of pitches. We expect that you’ll get a lot out of these interviews, so enjoy the conversation, thanks for being a member and fan of the ISA and our Curious About Screenwriting podcasts. Keep writing.

Oct 1, 2015

With this four-part interview series, Max Timm – the Director of Community Outreach – interviews four experts on the logline writing and pitching process. In this interview we have Jacob Krueger, pitching expert and founder of the Jacob Krueger Studio.

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. In an informative podcast interview, Jacob shows his expertise on pitching and gives a spirited and inspirational approach to your pitch process. Jacob and the ISA have established a lasting relationship, and we’re proud to be in association with his top quality studio. Find more about him at www.writeyourscreenplay.com

In this short series of interviews, Max interview experts on the craft – people who have taken and given thousands of pitches. We expect that you’ll get a lot out of these interviews, so enjoy the conversation, thanks for being a member and fan of the ISA and our Curious About Screenwriting podcasts. Keep writing.

Oct 1, 2015

With this four-part interview series, Max Timm – the Dir of Community Outreach – interviews four experts on the logline writing and pitching process. In this interview we have Amy Baer.

Amy Baer has developed some of the most successful and critically acclaimed movies as the first CBS Films president and former senior production executive at Sony. She has supervised development and production of films that have grossed more than $1.8 billion worldwide box office including such beloved fare as Something’s Gotta Give, My Best Friend’s Wedding, Adaptation, The Mask of Zorro, S.W.A.T., The Pursuit of Happyness and Moneyball. Amy gives us an executive’s view and opinion on what a writer should focus on when preparing their pitch and loglines. An invaluable inside look at what an executive expects from a writer.

In this short series of interviews, Max interview experts on the craft – people who have taken and given thousands of pitches. We expect that you’ll get a lot out of these interviews, so enjoy the conversation, thanks for being a member and fan of the ISA and our Curious About Screenwriting podcasts. Keep writing.

Sep 30, 2015

Discovering Your Own Personal Shadows to Create Great Characters! Meditative Writing master, Jessica Hinds, returns to the Curious About Screenwriting podcast to discuss how discovering your own history of (and current) moral paradigms/hierarchies and shadows can help you discover your characters.

A thorough dive into character creation, this podcast focuses on how to discover and interact with of these personal elements, and how the change in them can provide structure to a film and story.

Sep 26, 2015

Before we even get into the structure of Amy Shumer’s Trainwreck, I want to start by talking about the inception of the movie, and how it came to the screen.

Oftentimes if you’re an emerging screenwriter, it’s easy to imagine that the professionals must totally know what they’re doing, write one draft and it magically comes to fruition.

But the truth of the matter is that Amy Shumer’s process on this screenplay was very similar to the process that a lot of you go through.

Writing a great screenplay does not happen overnight. This screenplay took Amy years and many drafts to write. And interestingly it started off as a completely different movie.

Judd Apatow tells a story about working for about nine months with Amy on a completely different version of the film. And then one day the two of them realized that this wasn’t the story they really wanted to tell.

And Judd Apatow told Amy Schumer, despite all the work they’d put into the draft, that he was really more interested in those personal stories that she was telling when he first heard her jokes. When she was talking about her father and his real experience with M.S. and what that real relationship looked like.

And so, eight or nine months into the process, Amy Schumer completely reconceived the movie, refocused what it was really about, and made it personal.

Sep 26, 2015

Jacob Krueger of the Jacob Krueger Studio and WriteYourScreenplay.com dives back into another live session where he calms us all down with regard to the pitching process. Jacob does a great job simplifying the process, and making it easier to handle emotionally. Pitching can be a nerve-wrecking process, but the more you practice, the easier it becomes. Listen in as he critiques other writers' projects. Enjoy, listen, learn - Jacob is one of the best.

Sep 24, 2015

WriteYourScreenplay.com founder and the creator of the Jacob Krueger Studio in New York (and online) talks with host, Laurie Lamson, during one of the ISA's recent free teleconferences about getting and breaking through that dreaded cycle of writer's block.

Some believe writer's block is an outside force that affects each writer, when really it's something deep down inside of us that we all can control - it is not something that just happens to us. It is something we can harness and take advantage of.

Listen and enjoy, and just keep writing.

Sep 21, 2015

Wendy Calhoun is a Co-Executive Producer/Writer for Fox’s new hit series Empire. Her prime time drama writing and producing credits include FXJustified, ABCRevenge, and Nashville. She is also the Narrative Consultant for Electronic Arts’ BATTLEFIELD HARDLINE video game. Calhoun has written, produced, and/or directed over 40 hours of non-fiction programs for PBS, Animal Planet, VH1, TLC, The Travel Channel, The Discovery Channel, and FBC including Co-Producing the second season of Hells Kitchen. Calhoun received a 2010 Peabody Award and WGA Best New Series Nomination for Justified, which was named as one of the WGAs Best 100 Written Series of all time. She received her second WGA Best New Series Nomination in 2012 for Nashville. Most recently, EMPIRE was awarded 2015's Program of the Year by the Television Critics Association.

TOPICS OF DISCUSSION

·      Moving from one show to another

·      Benefits of writing for cable

·      Politics in the room

Sep 21, 2015

Vanessa Taylor served as co-executive producer for HBO's GAME OF THRONES in seasons two and three and is the writer of AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON, DIVERGENT, starring Shailene Woodley and directed by Neil Burger and GREAT HOPE SPRINGS, starring Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones.


Vanessa’s other credits include: writer on GIDEON'S CROSSING, writer/co-producer on ALIAS and the creator/co-executive producer/writer of JACK & BOBBY.

TOPICS OF DISCUSSION

·      Working in the writers’ room

·      Adapting a book into a feature

·      A writer’s job

Sep 21, 2015

Honored by Entertainment Weekly in 2011 as one of the Top 20 People Behind the Scenes, Nikki Toscano is currently a Consulting Producer on NBC’s SHADE OF BLUE. Her first break came when she won a number of contests, Slamdance and Scriptapalooza among them. Using the heat off the contests, she managed to sell an pilot idea to CBS/Paramount based on her life (she adopted a twelve-year-old boy from a children’s home when she was 26), which segued into a staff writer gig on CLOSE TO HOME. From there, she staffed on LAS VEGAS until the Writer’s Strike cut that gig short. Coming off the strike and a maternity leave, she couldn’t get staffed to save her life. But it was a blessing in disguise as she was able to cultivate her real love: development.

Nikki sold a pilot to FOX 21 that Antoine Fuqua (Training Day) attached to and then sold two other pilots that same year to CBS and ABC. On the heels of that development cycle, she was offered another blind script at ABC, but rolled it to staff on the critically acclaimed DETROIT 187. Unfortunately, Detroit never found its audience and got cancelled. She then staffed on REVENGE. Nikki is also developing a pilot for ABC this year. After REVENGE, she staffed on STATE OF AFFAIRS.

Nikki’s foray into the creative process began when she would write poems to her parents in order to get out of being grounded. This catapulted her desire to explore writing in other mediums. Before she was a screenwriter, she was a journalist writing for magazines like Nylon and Black Book. Realizing that her heart wasn’t in it, she went back to school and attended USC, getting her Masters in screenwriting and fiction.

TOPICS OF DISCUSSION

·      Inspiration for story ideas

·      How to have a successful pitch

·      Creating longevity as a writer

Sep 19, 2015

A graduate of Georgetown University and the University of Virginia School of Law, Ted Humphrey spent two years as a litigator in a Washington D.C. law firm before migrating to the entertainment industry, where he has worked extensively as a writer and producer in both film and television.

Among his film scripts are sci-fi thriller “DUST” for Warner Brothers and director Jan De Bont; “THE ROOK,” a crime thriller for Alcon Entertainment; “TOP OF THE WORLD,” a drama for Hyde Park Entertainment and Mandeville Pictures; horror

thriller “VIRAL” for MGM; “AZTEC,” an action adventure epic for Montecito Pictures and Dreamworks, and “215,” for HBO Original Films. His script “THE CODE” was made into a 2008 feature film starring Morgan Freeman and Antonio Banderas.

He began his television career with the critically acclaimed CBS drama “NOW AND AGAIN,” and continued as a writer and producer on shows such as the ABC drama “THE NINE” and CBS dramas “SHARK” and “THE UNIT.” He has also written numerous television pilots, including the ABC drama “PARADISE” and the

FX drama “CROOKED RIVER,” and recently developed a British version of “CROOKED RIVER” for the BBC in conjunction with Scott Free Entertainment.

Ted is currently a Executive Producer and writer of the CBS drama “THE GOOD WIFE,” starring Juliana Margulies, and is developing a new pilot with Paramount/CBS.

He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two children.

TOPICS OF DISCUSSION

          Staffing

          Lessons along the way

          Pilot writing

Sep 19, 2015

Craig Sweeny graduated from Colgate University in 1996. Craig got his start when he wrote freelance scripts for MDs and PLAYMAKERS. He then went on to write for THE 4400 and MEDIUM. He worked on both shows at the same time. This led to his massive rise through the ranks. He had an overall deal with CBS/Paramount. Next, he worked on ELEMENTARY. Currently, he is the EP and Showrunner for LIMITLESS on CBS.

 

 

TOPICS OF DISCUSSION

•          Overall deals with studio/network

•          Process of breaking story

•          Learning how to run the room

Sep 19, 2015

Blair Singer was a Producer on “The Mysteries of Laura” at NBC. Other television work includes “Rizzoli & Isles”, “Beauty and the Beast” and “Fairly Legal”,“Weeds”, “Monk” and the “Book of Daniel.” As a playwright, Blair’s play “Matthew Modine Saves the Alpacas” was at The Geffen Theater. In November 2008, his play “The Most Damaging Wound” had a sold out run at Manhattan Theatre Source and was praised as an artful comic drama. He was also a writer for the web series “lonelygirl15.” Blair is a graduate of Juilliard School of Drama and is a member of the MCC Playwrights Coalition.

 

 

TOPICS OF DISCUSSION

•          Challenge of writing for TV

•          Being in the writers’ room

•          Mentors

Sep 19, 2015

Rick sold a pilot, Paradise Pictures, to USA. He is the Executive Producer on it. Rick is the Co-Executive Producer on Suits on USA. Before this, Rick was staffed on The Good GuysPast Life and Men of a Certain Age.  Rick was a finalist in Writers on the Verge and he was an assistant and script coordinator in shows including “Firefly,” “Lyon’s Den,” “Summerland,” “Charmed” and “Life.”  Rick started his career as a news editor and a feature reporter.  He graduated from Virginia Tech.

 

TOPICS OF DISCUSSION

·      Learning from Writers On The Verge

·      Generating ideas for stories

·      Advice to writers

Sep 17, 2015
SYS Episode 087: Bob Schultz Co-Founder Of Script Fest And The Great American Pitch Fest
 
Bob Schultz talks about Script Fest and The Great American Pitch Fest and how to get the most out of these events.
Sep 17, 2015
SYS Episode 086: Claudio Fah Director Of Northmen – A Viking Saga
 
Director Claudio Fah talks about his latest directorial effort, Northmen – A Viking Saga.
Sep 17, 2015
SYS Episode 088: Jalmari Helander Writer/Director Of Big Game (Starring Samuel L. Jackson)
 
Screenwriter and Director Jalmari Helander of the new film Big Game, starring Samuel L. Jackson, talks about how this film came together.
Sep 17, 2015
SYS Episode 085: Keith Miller Writer / Director Of Five Star
 
Screenwriter and director Keith Miller talks about his latest indy film, Five Star.
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