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Posted: Mar 22, 2017 Hosted By: Jeff York Guest: Mare Keane

The new "Beauty & the Beast" honors the original Disney classic while deepening its story.


If you're going to remake a beloved classic, you'd be hard-pressed to find a better adaptation than director Bill Condon's superb live action update of the 1991 animated "Beauty & the Beast." He and his screenwriters clearly adore the original and vividly recreate the spirit of its story and render songs like "Be Our Guest" and "Gaston" with eye-popping 2017 detail. They also deepen the tale as old as time along with wonderful touches of modernity. Belle (Emma Watson) is now feistier, the casting is diverse, and even the villains are given more complexity. Who says you can't teach an old beast new tricks?

Posted: Mar 16, 2017 Hosted By: Max Timm

Gary Goldstein is an award winning writer for film, TV and the stage. He has written numerous films for Hallmark Channel and its sister network, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, including the comedies The Wish List, Hitched for the Holidays, This Magic Moment and My Boyfriends' Dogs, and the first two films in the Flower Shop Mystery series: "Mum's the Word" and "Snipped in the Bud," starring Brooke Shields.

Gary's feature film Politics of Love, a romantic comedy set during the 2008 U.S. Presidential election, was released in theaters August 2011. He also wrote the feature romantic comedy, If You Only Knew, which starred Johnathon Schaech, Alison Eastwood and James LeGros.


In addition, Gary has sold or optioned a number of original screenplays, has a string of episodic TV credits and has sold half-hour comedy pilots to both NBC and Warner Bros. Television.


On the L.A. stage, Gary has been represented with the comedies Just Men, Parental Discretion and Three Grooms and a Bride. His family drama Curtain Call premiered in late 2008 at Carmel, CA's Pacific Repertory Theatre. His newest play, the three-sisters dramedy April, May & June, will have its World Premiere in March 2017 at Theatre 40 in Beverly Hills, as part of its 2016-17 subscription season.


Gary is also a freelance film reviewer and feature writer for the Los Angeles Times. 

Posted: Mar 12, 2017 Hosted By: Jeff York Guest: Chelsea Watkins

Table 19 is an uneasy mix of indie comedy and maudlin narrative.


The new comedy Table 19 comes with a sterling cast of comedic actors (Anna Kendrick, Craig Robinson and Lisa Kudrow among them), an indie pedigree (the story is from the Duplass brothers), and an institution like weddings ripe for the takedown. So why isn't writer/director Jeff Blitz's film funnier? For starters, it wants to eat its wedding cake and have it too. The movie tries hard to make the audience laugh, but it also wants us to shed a lot of maudlin tears for their characters' backstories. In fact, the story barely seems interested in the wedding they've all RSVP'd for, and spends way too much time, literally and figuratively, wandering in the nearby woods. The potential was there with all this talent, but this party stops being fun well before its final dance.



Interview with Director of Little Dead Rotting Hood, Gabriel Campisi

SYS Podcast Episode 113:

Screenwriter Gabriel Campisi talks about his new horror film Little Dead Rotting Hood.

ISA Reviews: Sherlock, with Derek Asaff

The fourth season of Sherlock strays too far from its source material.


Since its 2010 debut, Mark Gattis and Steven Moffat's modern interpretation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's classic detective stories about Sherlock Holmes have become a worldwide phenomenon. Sherlock has also made superstars of stars Benedict Cumberbatch (Holmes) and Martin Freeman (Dr. John Watson). But in its fourth season, the show is starting to feel less about the detective's casebook and more about their family trees.


If character is story, then Holmes should be illuminated by his deductive work helping solve crimes. The stories in Conan Doyle's canon are procedurals, after all. But over the last two seasons, Sherlock has strayed from whodunit's and become far more obsessed with backstory. Holmes family history and Watson's marriage are interesting, but they shouldn't be the main mysteries. It seems almost elementary, but as the show continues it shouldn't stray so far from its classic source material.

The Dreamality Corporation The Dreamality Corporation makes dreams a reality through entertainment. Independent Filmmaking w / Director of The People Garden, Nadia Litz

I'm finally back with an interview for Curious About Screenwriting! I know, I've been lagging behind and it's been a bit since I've presented interviews in our regular series here, but I'm very happy to have brought on writer/director, Nadia Litz. Her recent feature release, The People Garden, is well worth the viewing and we dig in to a lot of the behind scenes details on what it took to make and release the film. The reason I enjoy bringing on writer/directors like Nadia is because of the level of inherent inspiration that comes along with it. She's in the trenches and she's doing what she loves, finding ways to reveal her voice to the industry at large, and really, she isn't any different then you listening right now. The steps she took to produce and release her recent film are available to you, but the distinct difference and what helps set Nadia apart is her understanding of self and why she's doing what she's doing. There is no greater or more important practice in this entertainment industry than working on developing your voice, your uniqueness, and how you fit within this giant world of movies and screenwriting. Nadia is well on her way and it was great having her on.

In terms of future episodes of Curious About Screenwriting and the reason why I've been a bit slower to release podcast episodes - including my solo series called The Craft - is because the ISA and I have been launching a ton of new resources for writers. We recently had our Story Weekend of seminars and workshops with three top consultants, Pilar Alessandra, Chris Vogler, and Lee Jessup. I also recently started the second round of the ISA Master Class where I work with writers one on one in the classroom, AND on top of that, we have released the online version of that Master Class for those of you not in Los Angeles. You can go to www.thecraftcourse.com to see the various class options there. What's the purpose of all of this? The ISA is taking an education-centric approach to supporting you because without continual practice, continual dedication to your own craft of writing, you're spinning your wheels. Take an education-first approach to your writing and I promise you will see your writing career swiftly move forward.

So on that education note, here's my interview with Nadia Litz - it's worth the listen, and her film, The People Garden, is worth the viewing. Enjoy and you'll be hearing from me soon.

Sarasota Film Festival Held annually in Sarasota, FL., The Sarasota Film Festival emphasizes the best in cinema alongside exciting programs and events, with more than 180 films screened each year. Scriptcast w/ Script Doctor Eric Scriptcast is a screenwriting podcast where produced screenwriter Script Doctor Eric (About Eric) and his talented co-host TV Wet Nurse Matt (Find Matt) chat about the ins and outs of screenwriting in a fun and humorous way…with various levels of success.

Script Doctor Eric began giving notes on screenplays in 2001 while working for a mid-level talent agency. Since then, Eric worked as a freelance reader for agents, managers, and production companies in LA.
Screengage Horror, Thriller, SciFi Room: What’s On The Other Side of Your Wall

So often, as screenwriters, we lock ourselves in our own little rooms. Like the main characters of Room, we get bound up by other people's rules, by our own comfort zone as screenwriters, by the movies that we have seen before. And we forget that every wall has another side, that there is actually something out there bigger than the story we know how to tell, than the movie that we've seen before, than the structure that we've been handed down, than the rules that have been imposed upon us.


And, Room, in its execution and its subject matter, really shows us what it is to transcend those rules, to transcend our expectations as we write, and to transcend the expectation of our audience for what our film is supposed to be.


Now, a lot of people who have studied the rules of screenwriting might look at a screenplay like Room and say, "is this even a movie? Shouldn't this be a play?"


After all, nearly half of the film takes place in a single room. And, even when we get out of that room, most of the action still takes place in a single location: in the living room of a home.


And though this is certainly wonderful from a budgetary perspective, this is not something we see very often in movies. In fact, the dogma tells us this is impossible.


And, of course, there are reasons for that dogma. Movies are visual medium. By using the power of dynamic visual action, and the power of our cuts, we draw an audience into our stories. There a lot of reasons why these rules exist.


The problem happens when we start letting the rules rule the script, rather than the other way around. When we try to follow all the rules in a vacuum, rather than figuring out the rules we actually need for the story we want to tell...

Art, Joy, and the Business of Inspiration with Virginia Madsen

We are going to use an obvious pun in our introduction here, but at least we're warning you all first. It was an absolute JOY to have the lovely Virginia Madsen on our podcast series, and the bits of advice she offers can be considered not only creative advice for all of us creative people, but life-affirming advice that can go further than just relating to a career.


We all know Virginia from her role alongside Paul Giamatti in Sideways, and some of you may know her from the scarefest that is Candyman, but in this interview we’re highlighting her latest movie, Joy. Virginia dives into her experience working with David O Russel, Jennifer Lawrence and Robert De Niro, and how much fun it was to finally see the film – to finally see something truly special and just from what she states in this interview, I can tell Joy is going to be just that. And while we talk a lot about the movie, we dive deeper into the overall creative process, how an actor considers a writer’s work, and very clear and specific advice we can all take to heart.


It was a true pleasure to have Virginia on and we can’t wait to see Joy over the Christmas holiday. You’re in for an excellent interview here, everyone, so listen in, share it with your friends, and don’t forget to find the ISA on Twitter @NetworkISA, and your host, Max Timm, @iMaxTimm. Enjoy the show.

New Media Film Festival New Media Film Festival: Best in New Media-What\'s New, What\'s Next. A festival where we Honor Stories Worth Telling that are created by people of All Ages-All Cultures-All Media.
Loyola Marymount University LMU School of Film and Television in Los Angeles offers degrees in animation, production, screenwriting, film & television studies, and recording arts. Global Peace Film Festival Global Peace Film Festival draws together people from all walks of life to be inspired by compelling storytelling and for them then to engage actively within their own lives & community Lift-Off Film Festival Global Network A Film Festival that aims to Look Beyond the Gloss and Put Talent Before Technology. ISA Reviews: The Duplass Brothers Comedy, Table 19

Table 19 is an uneasy mix of indie comedy and maudlin narrative.


The new comedy Table 19 comes with a sterling cast of comedic actors (Anna Kendrick, Craig Robinson and Lisa Kudrow among them), an indie pedigree (the story is from the Duplass brothers), and an institution like weddings ripe for the takedown. So why isn't writer/director Jeff Blitz's film funnier? For starters, it wants to eat its wedding cake and have it too. The movie tries hard to make the audience laugh, but it also wants us to shed a lot of maudlin tears for their characters' backstories. In fact, the story barely seems interested in the wedding they've all RSVP'd for, and spends way too much time, literally and figuratively, wandering in the nearby woods. The potential was there with all this talent, but this party stops being fun well before its final dance.

Interview with Michael Hurst of the Sci-Fi Thriller, Paradox


Episode #121

Michael Hurst talks about his Sci-Fi thriller, Paradox.


Is Your Script Ready? with Devorah Cutler-Rubenstein Devorah Cutler-Rubenstein breaks down her unique 18 point critical evaluation checklist geared towards helping you see if you are truly ready to put your story out there. Bonus discussion: Insider tips on getting yourself ready for that all-important meeting, pitch, and elevator moment. United Talent Agency UTA operates exclusively by referral and does not accept unsolicited material or solicitations of any kind. 9336 Civic Center Drive Beverly Hills, CA 90210 310.273.6700 Vanie Poyey Photography My goal is to help you succeed. I want to empower you with the tools you need to market yourself effectively. I’ll do this by engaging you and directing you instead of posing you. The Craft: The Importance of an Education & Screenplay Contests

I cannot stress enough the importance of educating yourself. It seems so simple and could spawn a reaction of, "duh". Of course education is essential. You never hear a point/counterpoint or debate over whether or not education is important. We all know it is, but I need to point something out here. It seems that a lot of writers - and I mean a LOT of writers - do not think they need to take a class on writing. It blows my mind, thoroughly frustrates me, and consistently makes me wonder why a writer would never invest in some form of a writing class, course, consultant, writers group, something! Every person that moves to Los Angeles with the intent to become a working actor is immediately given what? A list of all of the acting classes available to them. And there are a TON of acting classes available. But what does that person do? She nods her head and says, "Oh, ok. Cool. I'll find one and sign up." How is it that the screenwriting side of this business hasn't taken on the same mindset as the acting side? The craft of acting is no different than the craft of writing. It's something that is learnable, and it's something that if given enough time will result in...? Being better! I can't simplify it any more than that. I'll play hardball for a second, and whether or not you agree with me, well, I really don't care, but if you're a writer who thinks you can just figure this out on your own, maybe read Robert McKee's book, Story, and then think that you can write a marketable and ready-made screenplay...you're wrong. You are, very simply, wrong. I am sorry if that offends you, but if you're a regular listener to my Podcast you know that it is my intent to be real with you. It's my intent to give a bit of a wake up call.


Investing in yourself and finding the right writing class or course, or even hiring a consultant to work with you, is so necessary that I wish there were billboards all over Los Angeles that announced a new law that forced all writers to take a class before they ever attempt to submit a screenplay to an agency or production company.

Moondance International Film Festival Entertaining, informing, inspiring, educating, and encouraging artists who increase awareness, provide multiple viewpoints, address complex social issues, and strenthen ties between int On the Page Podcast w/ Pilar Alessandra Welcome to On the Page®, the podcast that answers all your questions about the craft and business of screenwriting.We cover feature writing, tv writing, pitching, webisode writing, video game writing, writer branding, agents and managers, procedural writing, writing for reality, personal networking and more. Our guests are successful writers, producers and instructors from all corners of the industry. Hosted by Pilar Alessandra, instructor at On the Page, Inc.® Screenwriting Staffing We believe every screenwriter has the ability to sell their screenplay and get paid to write. That's why we have produced over 100 success stories since our creation. LA Femme International Film Festival By Women, For Everyone! The festival is a premiere film festival celebrating, supporting and advancing content creation by Women Producers, Writers, and Directors from around the world. Hot Springs Int'l Horror Film Festival Bringing together filmmakers, fans, and film fanatics for a fright festive weekend packed with horror, scifi, and thrillers, and fantasy films from all over the world. SellingYourScreenplay.com - Interview with Director, Michael Lennox SYS episode 159

Director Michael Lennox talks about his new thriller, A Patch of Fog.
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