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Posted: Feb 22, 2017 Hosted By: Max Timm

Where to start with the comedy great, Carol Leifer? Most recently the Co-EP on "Better Late Than Never" with Henry Winkler and William Shatner, Carol was also recently a writer and Co-EP on "Devious Maids". A forever-stand-up comic, Carol came up the comedy ranks alongside Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld (among many others), and eventually became one of the long-time writers and Co-Producers on "Seinfeld". While we don't go into it in the interview, it is rumored that the Seinfeld character, Elaine Benes, was fashioned and inspired by Carol.


Not only one of my favorite comics, but quickly becoming one of my favorite people, Carol joined me on a quick call to talk about her recent book, "How To Succeed In Business Without Really Crying". The content of the interview couldn't have been a better match since we love offering an educational advice-oriented bent to the Curious About Screenwriting podcast. Carol delivered, to put it lightly.


We highly suggest checking out Carol's website - www.carolleifer.com - and keeping up to date on her stand-up schedule, especially for those of you in the Los Angeles area. We're thrilled to welcome Carol to the ISA family, and look forward to helping her inspire up and coming writers for years to come.

Posted: Feb 20, 2017 Hosted By: Max Timm

In the first ISA Spotlight edition of 2017, the ISA Development Program is highlighting six of our star writers in a conversation with the co-head of the Development Program, and writing coach, Max Timm.  


Get to Know Timo Von Gunten (and let's all cheer him on during the upcoming Oscar ceremony): Born 1989 in Zurich, Timo von Gunten is a self-taught filmmaker. His creative childhood has helped him find his approach to the cinematic world. After some practical experience on film sets in his early 20s, he committed to writing and directing numerous short films and one feature, premiering at international festivals such as Locarno, Zurich, Sofia, Max Ophüls Preis and many more. 


In 2005 he created his own production company label, BMC Films. His most recent work, La Femme et le TGV, starring Jane Birkin, has been nominated for a 2017 Academy Award in the Live Action Short Film Category, after also winning the Grand Prize for the same short screenplay in the 2015 Table Read My Screenplay Contest - Park City.

Posted: Feb 21, 2017 Hosted By: Max Timm

In a 2017 edition of the ISA Spotlight, the ISA Development Program is highlighting six of our star writers in conversation with the co-head of the Development Program, and writing coach, Max Timm.


Get to Know Travis: 

A recent Table Read My Screenplay - Park City contest winner, Travis considers himself to be a fear-facing adventurist. He swam with sharks, took his acrophobia to the top of a Mayan pyramid, tried Mexican food... in Denmark, and ghost hunted at two locations on the National Registry of Haunted Places. By using his meandering experiences and lessons learned, he hopes to grow other people's view of the world through his writing.


In 2011 Travis optioned his contained actioner, Day of Reckoning, to producer Paul J. Alessi (Knuckle Draggers). In 2016 he entered a shopping agreement with producer David Harris (Security (2017)) for his action-thriller, Ranger Creed, and in 2017 Travis landed a writing assignment with producer Richard Harding (Hotel Rwanda) to pen an action-thriller for Sixth Sense Productions.


Among his eighty-plus contest placements, Travis has had seven top-five finishes and eight more first-place wins with TV spec, TV pilot, short, and feature film scripts, as well as being an official ISA Development Program writer. He was also very excited to recently learn that Daredevil and TMNT unofficially co-exist in the same universe.



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SYS Episode #151

Funny man, and screenwriter (Saving Silverman and Bride Wars) Greg DePaul.

Cambridge Film Festival he Cambridge Film Festival was established in 1977 and ran until 1996, re-launching in 2001 after a five year break. Over the years it has developed into a high profile event. The Academy - Motion Pic Arts & Sciences Dedicated to the advancement of the arts and sciences of motion pictures, the Academy's corporate management and general policies are overseen by a Board of Governors, which include Nevada Film Festival Taking place each year in the beautiful and exciting city of Las Vegas, the Nevada International Film Festival is the Silver State’s annual celebration of the very best in American and Seven Arts Pictures 8439 Sunset Boulevard Suite 402 Los Angeles, CA 90069 (323) 372 3080 Interview with Director / Writer Afonso Poyart, Two Rabbits

SYS Podcast Episode 114:

Director / Screenwriter Afonso Poyart talks about his film Two Rabbits.

Commfest Global Community Film Festival A dialog of social issues and cultural exchange through the powerful language of film. Deadline Deadline Hollywood is regularly included on lists of top entertainment websites. Influential industry leaders and key decision-makers across many fields track Deadline many times a day Formation Films Formation Films  is an award-winning film production company located in Los Angeles, California. American Sniper: Is Your Adaptation Running Toward The Truth?

On this podcast, instead of thinking about movies in terms of two thumbs up or two thumbs down we like to think about movies in terms of what we can learn about them as screenwriters.


So we’re going to look at all kinds of movies. We’re going to look at good movies, we’re going to look at bad movies. We’re going to look at movies that we love and movies that we hate. But we’re going to look at them in a way that helps us to better our own writing.


Today’s movie is certainly one of the more controversial movies that are out right now: American Sniper by Jason Dean Hall. Let me just start off by saying that my politics are certainly not Clint Eastwood’s politics and that made American Sniper a hard movie for me. I think it made American Sniper a hard movie for a lot of people.


I’m not the kind of person who believes, as Chris Kyle says at the beginning of the movie, that there are three types of people in the world: sheep, wolves and sheepdogs. I’m not a person like Chris Kyle who believes that things are purely black and white, and that there’s very little grey. Watching a movie that cuts directly from planes crashing into the World Trade Center to the war of Iraq and makes that argument all over again, linking Iraq to the September 11th attacks, politically – that’s hard for me to watch.


That said, those are the politics of the main character, Chris Kyle. Those are the politics of a lot of people like him who went into this war, believing they are the heroes. Believing that the people they are fighting are savages, and as Americans, they are purely a force of good in the world.


There is something to be said about directing and writing a movie that looks at the world through the eyes of your protagonist. The hope of course, as you work on such an adaptation, is that even as you’re looking at the world through their eyes, you’re also maybe revealing something to the audience, and to yourself, that is even more complicated than the main character can see.

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