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Kelly Beck-Byrnes has been selected to attend the 2016 Writers Retreat at Stowe Story Labs in Vermont.
The first two scripts she wrote (in 2015) "Asptiration Date and "Penny Finch" (now Glitches) made it to the Semifinals of the Screencraft Comedy contest in 2016. Glitches was a quarter-finalist in Script Pipeline in 2016 and a semifinalist in the Page Awards as well.
Selected by online voting, Troy's award-winning original screenplay THE HITCH has been produced as a Table Read Podcast by The Black List and Earwolf Media. The script won the Austin Film Festival's "Horror Award", Table Read My Screenplay's "Thriller Award", was selected for The Black List's Screenwriter's Lab, and is currently under option with Frank Darabont's Darkwoods Productions.
Set in Los Angeles in 1927, THE HITCH tells the story of young British filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock who's accused of murder and must go on the run to prove his innocence. Available on iTunes and at Earwolf.com, the podcast stars Tom Rhys Harries as Alfred Hitchcock, along with Jack Falahee, Shelley Hennig, Angela Gots, Dave Hill, Graham Hamilton, Louis Herthum, John Getz, Jayne Taini, Lauren Bass, and narration from Cooper Thornton: http://www.earwolf.com/episode/the-hitch/
Phil Parker pitched and won funding for an original infotainment series called 'Bite Size' to be broadcast on the BBC in Australia.The pilot episode, entitled "Are You Richer Thank You Think?" posits the controversial idea that more people are in the wealthiest top 1% than anyone realizes. Hosted by rugby legend and best-selling author, Peter FitzSimons.
"Are You Richer Than You Think?" - https://vimeo.com/119903195
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Karin Partin Wells: Working As A Writer Outside of LA
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Karin Partin Wells writes about the shit that everyone has to go through but no one talks about. Her comedy TV pilot Overdue, about how to be a mother when you fail to have a child of your own, was a 2014 finalist at Sundance, Scriptapalooza and Austin Film Festival. That pilot landed her a job writing the feature screenplay Still Perfect for 180 Degrees. The film will be produced in late 2015 and is about an ambitious young woman adjusting to the sacrifice of motherhood. Wells is a student of the Jacob Krueger Studio and writeyourscreenplay.com, was farm raised in Indiana, city-fied in Brooklyn, legitimized in the Bronx and is currently bourbon-fried in Kentucky.Career Lessons in TV Writing with Producer, Stephen Scaia & Max Timm
We're in a golden age of TV right now, and every network is getting in on the fun. And it really is fun. The amount of excellent content on the small screen today is rather epic, especially when considering how far the TV industry has come in the past decade or two. My guest today, Stephen Scaia, had an interesting comment about the TV industry and how it is intersecting with the film industry. He said that TV writers are wanting to get into writing for the movies, and film writers are wanting to write in TV. Even though that may sound as if the industry is at odds, it's actually a really good sign. It means that the two worlds may be merging in some way, and it will be very interesting to see what happens over the next couple years. Will the TV market become over saturated, and will it allow for more mid-level, indie dramas to be produced for the big screen? In my opinion, no matter what happens, the winners and beneficiaries of all of this are the viewers and the audience. We're blessed to have so much amazing content available at our fingertips, and I'm eager to see what else can come of it in the coming years.
My guest, Stephen Scaia, is the Co-Executive Producer on the CBS show, Limitless. I had previously met Stephen while moderating a panel at the NoHo Cinefest film festival in March. He was a panelist and since that panel was relatively short, I wanted to get him on the Curious About Screenwriting podcast to expand on some of the answers he gave at the live panel, and he doesn't disappoint. We talk about his early career path, some of the crappy jobs he took when he first moved to LA, and how he worked his way up through the Hollywood ranks not only by writing for television, but in the film world and even the comic book world.Sundance Film Festival Since 1981, Sundance Institute has evolved to become an internationally-recognized nonprofit organization that actively advances the work of risk-taking storytellers worldwide. Original No BullScript Consulting Danny Manus is one of the most in-demand script consultants & lecturers as CEO of No BullScript Consulting & author of No B.S. for Screenwriters:Advice from the Executive Perspective. Big Bear Lake Int'l Film Festival Presenting the emerging talents of independent filmmakers and screenwriters. SYS: Interview with Screenwriter and Director, Alexander Babaev SYS episode 160
Screenwriter And Director Alexander Babaev talks about his new horror-thriller, Bornless Ones. Candice Lake Agency Canadace has represented clients for Showtime, Oxygen, and the WB and have ventured in to new media by writing scripts for movie-based thrill rides, video games and Internet shorts Aldamisa Entertainment Aldamisa Entertainment, LLC is a worldwide financing and production company with a focus on developing and creating progressive and competitive product for world wide cinemas. Through Authors Guild The Authors Guild is the nation's largest society of published authors and a leading advocate for fair compensation, free speech and copyright protection. Mastering the Logline with Barri Evins & Max Timm
You're about to listen to a recording of a live teleconference I recently had with producer and consultant Barri Evins. We discuss the ins and outs of how to create compelling loglines - from the essential elements of story to maximizing every word, we dive in and dissect how to put your logline over the top in the eyes of the pros. I also reiterate on the call how important it is to look at your logline as an exercise tool and a brainstorming technique. It's more than just a selling tool!
We review five loglines that were submitted for this live call, and it's a ton of fun listening to how Barri breaks the loglines down and offers supportive ideas and feedback - you can learn a lot from this interview, so listen in and hopefully you'll learn a thing or two. It's all about educating yourself! So you're on the right track by listening to our Podcasts, here.TV Writer Podcast Podcast devoted exclusively to the creators of the small screen offering great podcast interviews with working writers in various genres and parts of the television industry. Hosted by Gray Jones, a TV editor & produced writer located in Toronto, Canada. The Intricate Importance of Theme w/ Consultant, Ruth Atkinson
It’s no easy feat being a screenwriter. We all know that. But telling a story and writing a script the reader can “see” is only part of the challenge. We also need to ensure the script grabs the reader and keeps them hooked through 100 plus pages all without the benefit of actors, music or special effects. One of the ways to do this effectively is through a compelling theme. In this podcast with long time consultant Ruth Atkinson, we discuss the importance and power of theme, and how every story – from the age of Socrates to present day – has something to say, and saying it through theme.
Ruth believes, and we agree with her, that theme is one of the most important elements of storytelling, but it’s also the most challenging to define. In a nutshell: Theme is what your story is “about”; it is the deeper meaning behind the plot events. It’s the controlling idea that keeps us emotionally engaged and invested through to the very last scene. Ruth discusses in detail how to draw out your theme and uses multiple examples from existing stories.
It’s a note-taking type of podcast, so take a listen and enjoy. Don’t forget to share our Curious About Screenwriting interviews, and stay tuned to networkisa.org for upcoming news and fun announcements. Thanks for listening.
When listening, please tweet to us and use the hashtag. Or when you listen to one of your favorites, use the same hashtag.The Evolution of the Comic's Voice with Stand-Up Comedian, Ian Edwards
Is there a mathematical element to comedy writing? For most of us creative types, we would hope there isn’t simply because it may bring back nightmarish flashbacks of high school trigonometry or something, but in this interview with stand-up comedian and comedy writer, Ian Edwards, Ian discusses the specifics of how a joke is constructed, but equally so, how important it is to just “feel it”. There is an emotional connection to writing that most writers naturally understand, and it’s important to stay connected to that gut feeling, but Ian reminds us how important hard work and a constant dedication to the craft is equally essential.
We talked about Ian’s adventure rising through the comedy ranks, even going as far back as first telling jokes through a Burger King drive thru. Like all writers, Ian evolved his personal voice over years of practice, but what I loved was that he admitted that any writer’s voice naturally changes as he or she grows and changes. So while the industry at large says, “you have to find your voice”, Ian’s ultimate statement here is that we really just need to be in tune with ourselves and how we naturally change through the years. And after Ian worked his way through the New York comedy scene, he brought his voice to Los Angeles eventually writing for shows such as The Cartoon Network’s “The Boondocks”, Adult Swim’s, “Black Dynamite”, the CBS hit “Two Broke Girls” and most recently ABC’s “Black-ish”. Ian is more than just a funny guy – he’s a talented writer, a dedicated writer, and is on a positive trajectory toward stardom. We’re honored to have him on, and if you want to get more of Ian and his comedy, you can find him in multiple ways! He’s on Twitter @IanEdwardsComic, you can get his comedy album, “100% Half-Assed” at Conan O’Brien’s label, records.teamcoco.com, or if you’re a soccer fan, you can listen to Ian’s own podcast series called “Soccer Comics” at AllThingsComedy.com.
Thank you for listening to the ISA’s Curious About Screenwriting podcast. Please remember to share our interviews with your friends, rate us on iTunes, and if you would like to follow the interview’s host, Max Timm, you can find him on Twitter @iMaxTimm or Instagram @InstaMax9. Thanks again, and enjoy.Headshot-Retouching.com Often, low quality retouching is overdone and noticeable. If done well, subtle adjustments to capture you at your best will leave the viewer unaware that anything has been retouched. Captain American-Civil War: How To Build Your Superhero Movie, Part 2
Because here's the thing, you should be writing superhero movies, especially if you're a serious writer. We need more serious writers writing superhero movies, because these are the movies that everybody in the world sees. These are movies that shape our beliefs about the world.
Think about how The Dark Knight was used to make people think about the Patriot Act and terrorism. Think about how Avatar was used to take an American audience and put them in the shoes of the Iraqi people at the height of the Iraq War. These movies, even though they are often silly, are extremely powerful. They change the way that we view the world. They change our belief systems.
And it's a shame with Captain America because with everything that works in this script, they really had an opportunity to go for it thematically. They had actually two opportunities. Because there are actually two different questions that the movie is asking...Big Star Screenwriting Competition Action/Adventure, Drama, Comedy, SciFi/Horror/Fantasy, DSA. Motion Picture Sound Editors MPSE is an organization dedicated to improving the recognition of its members by educating the public and the rest of the filmmaking community as to the artistic merit of sound editing. Interview with the Filmmakers of Thriller, The Dark Place
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