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Posted: Jan 16, 2017 Hosted By: Jacob Krueger "When your judgement of your writing is based on fear, it has very little connection to reality. You may dismiss really brilliant writing as terrible, simple because you're afraid that other people aren't going to like it. Or you may fall in love with scenes that are not working simply because they feel safe to you..."
Posted: Jan 16, 2017 Hosted By: Jacob Krueger

Whenever you're talking about your writing or anything you want to be doing more of - eating healthy or working out at the gym - watch for when you're about yo say, "I have to...", or "I need to...", and reframe the question for yourself to be actually more truthful to reality, which is to say, "I choose to..."


Don't wake up and say, "I have to write." Wake up and say, "I choose to write."


Posted: Jan 7, 2017 Hosted By: Max Timm Guest: Corey Mandell

We are presenting this podcast as an introduction to our upcoming TV Story Weekend on January 14 and 15 in Los Angeles. If you don't yet know about Story Weekend, you absolutely must check it out - a two-day event with Lee Jessup, Jen Grisanti and Corey Mandel, giving specific insight and an intensive on all aspects of the TV writing process, business, and how to write a pilot that sells. There will also be two panels presented with representatives from the industry such as Gersh, a writer on the upcoming Netflix show, Ozark, manager Jamie Wager and then some. Join us in Los Angeles in mid-January 2017 and learn from the best! See more here.


An award-winning playwright and screenwriter, Corey Mandell has written projects for Ridley Scott, Wolfgang Petersen, Harrison Ford, Meg Ryan, Julia Roberts, John Travolta, Warner Brothers, Universal, 20th Century Fox, Fox 2000, Fox Family, Working Title, Paramount, Live Planet, Beacon Films, Touchstone, Trilogy, Radiant, Kopelson Entertainment and Walt Disney Pictures. Through his vast experience working as a writer in the business, Corey has amassed an exceptionally successful consulting service and business over the past ten years. In this interview with Corey, we discuss how the TV industry is changing, but more so on a creative and expectation level where writing is concerned. It's illuminating in that Corey stresses that the industry isn't wanting to same old same old anymore. They're tired of the basic structure and beats, and audiences want new, they want different, they want unique.


We dive in to how to approach creating the most unique story, but we really just scratch the surface. In order to get more from Corey (and Max Timm with the ISA), you can check out Corey's website at coreymandell.net, or attend the ISA's TV Story Weekend event on Jan 14 and 15. Corey will be leading a seminar and discussion on pitching to the TV industry and getting the most out of your TV projects. It's a can't-miss event. 



American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) The ACLU is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, public interest organization devoted exclusively to protecting the basic civil liberties of all Americans. Moxie Theory Entertainment Moxie Theory Entertainment is a full service production company specializing in producing content for television, film, and the internet. Worldfest Houston WorldFest was founded over 50 years ago as Cinema Arts, an International Film Society in August, 1961. WorldFest became the third competitive international film fest in North America. Create More Effective Pitches with Gary Shusett Gary Shusett, aka “Professor Logline,” is a producer who has been assisting up-and-coming writers and filmmakers for more than thirty years. Gary returned to the I.S.A. to help writers’ create more effective pitches for their projects.  He addressed pitches live on the teleconference as well as loglines provided by email beforehand. For help with your logline, contact Gary at: sherwoodoak@aol.com. Wats-On Productions The goal of Wats-on Productions is to provide fresh ideas in the world of action sci-fi. By giving our audience a chance to explore more creative env Mirage International Film Festival The Mirage International Film Festival’s mission is to help filmmakers present their films to audiences, industry professionals and distributors from around the globe. Edmonton International Film Festival Featuring cinematic gems (shorts, features, and documentaries). 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 Black Dragon Studios Black Dragon Studios is the 'go-to' company for all Literary and Entertainment (Films, Novels, Other) individuals and teams as their Representative. Byte Media Productions LLC Byte Media Productions LLC produces comedic entertainment including our most recent pilot, "Byte Me". We all have "bite me" moments and we decided to find the humor in ours. An Executive & Rewriting Crash Course for Screenwriters

It can sometimes feel like success and "breaking in" to Hollywood is based on some secret handshake you just haven't been taught. But in truth, it's just about knowing how to deliver what execs and reps are looking for, and how to seem normal and professional enough to stay in the room longer than the next writer.


Writers always ask, 'What is an executive looking for? How come they don't see what I see?' During this teleconference, Danny Manus will go through the questions executives ask themselves while reading and the most common script notes executives give - but also what those notes really mean. Often, an executive's notes can seem contradictory, vague or totally unnecessary. We will discuss how to find and address the note behind the note, and how to apply those notes to your next draft.


Rewriting is much differenting than writing a first draft, and can often mean reworking or cutting the things you loved most about your story. Rewriting is also the only way to sustain a screenwriting career. So before you start hacking away to address the notes, know where the executive is coming from and what the development process is like. This teleconference with script consultant and former executive Danny Manus will you direct insight into that process from the executive's perspective.


Meeting with an exec doesn't have to be a nerve-wrecking pressure cooker. It just takes knowing meeting etiquette, how to prepare, what's expected of you, and how to deal with execs during and after your meeting. Register today for our free Executive Crash Course with Danny Manus and survive the meeting, rewriting, and development process with flying colors.

Boston Palestine Film Festival The Boston Palestine Film Festival seeks to present the extraordinary narrative of a dispossessed people. Cinema offers a powerful means of interpreting the collective identity. Build Out Your Script with Jacob Krueger Over his years in the entertainment industry, Jacob Krueger has worked with thousands of writers, actors, and other artists in pursuit of their artistic goals. Jacob is an award winning screenwriter, playwright, producer and director. Jacob's screenplay, The Matthew Shepard Story (2002) won him the Writers Guild of America Paul Selvin Award and a Gemini Nomination for Best Screenplay. The NBC film, directed by Roger Spottiswoode (And the Band Played On), and produced by Goldie Hawn, was based on life of gay hate-crime victim Matthew Shepard. The film won Stockard Channing a SAG Award and her first Emmy Award for "Best Supporting Actress" and Sam Waterston a Gemini Award for "Best Supporting Actor." He has collaborated on original film musicals with Tony Award winning composers Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg (Les Miserables, Miss Saigon) and with four-time Academy Award Composer Michel Legrand (Yentl, The Thomas Crown Affair). NOFI NOFI is an international film festival founded by the Center of American New Cinema and Arts (CANCA). Our festival helps expose new and emerging directors and producers Fix Your Pitch - Genre Experience

Consultant and creator of WriteYourScreenplay.com, Jacob Krueger, discusses the nuances of the ever-dreaded PITCH.


Jacob is an expert on the art of pitching a project, much less an expert on story structure, character development, and then some. In this podcast, Jacob reviews the importance of your screenplay title - it being the most important "pitch" that you have. It's the only aspect of your pitch that everyone will hear and see. What's the first thing an executive sees when they look at your script? Your title. If your title is good enough, it will entice someone to give your script a read. That's the whole point of a pitch!

Napa Valley Film Festival Showcasing the best in nw independent filmmaking and world cinema while enjoying world-class food and legendary Napa Valley wine
SellingYourScreenplay.com - Interview with Consultant, Corey Mandell

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Voiceless International Film Festival The Voiceless International Film Festival sheds light to those films who have been ignored by general media and public television. VIFF Provides a voice of the voiceless. Committed Artists Committed Artists is a full service talent management and production company that packages, writes, pulls together financing, casts, produces, edits, pitches and shops distribution. Chapman University - Dodge College of Film and Media Welcome to Dodge College of Film and Media arts, one of the premier film schools in the country. We offer a complete array of undergraduate and graduate degrees for students interested Producer / Writer Scott Morgan, and The Chinese Film Market

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Producer / Screenwriter Scott Morgan


Producer / Screenwriter Scott Morgan Talks About Writing For The Chinese Film Market

Michael D. Robins & Associates 23241 Ventura Blvd #300 Woodland Hills, CA 91364 (818) 343-1755 ISA Reviews: Doctor Strange

Doctor Strange is one of cinema's very best comic book adaptations.


In a year that already saw Deadpool as a high-water mark for comic book adaptations, along comes Doctor Strange. It is not only one of the best that Marvel Studios has ever done, but it stands with the greatest superhero origin story films like Superman: The Movie, Spider-man and Iron Man. How? By being character-driven and acting as smart as its neurosurgeon main character. Doctor Strange (the ever sharp Benedict Cumberbatch) is a brilliant, yet egotistical man whose hero's journey takes him from self-centered to at one with the universe. He learns the wonders of mysticism, magic and selfless power. And the storytellers here never lose sight of that arc. They imbue every scene with his braininess, including a final action scene that doesn't play like a brawl, but rather a chess game for the fate of mankind.

Writing Drama w/ Olive Kitteridge Writer & Emmy Winner, Jane Anderson

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.

The ISA Reviews: Batman vs. Superman, with Derek Asaff & Jeff York

Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice doesn't do any justice to DC comics.


It may be the first ginormous tent pole film of 2016, but Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice bores and depresses when it should soar as high as the guy in the red cape. Director Zack Snyder's misbegotten sequel to his 2013 film makes too many of the same mistakes that his origins story did. Man of Steel was dark, dank and spent a lot of screen time and dollars on the destruction of Metropolis. Same here, only now he pairs Superman (Henry Cavill) with the Dark Knight (Ben Affleck) and their battle is even moodier and more brutal.


What should be rollicking entertainment is instead too long, too serious, and a downer from first scene to last. The movie also shoehorns in way too much story with multiple villains, Metropolis and Gotham settings, and the set-up of the DC characters who'll star in next year's Justice League. Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman is the one saving grace here, providing a breath of feminist fresh air to counter all the testosterone. Snyder and his accomplished screenwriters Chris Terrio and David S. Goyer struggle to make their clash of titans meaningful, logical and cogent. It may slay at the box office, but this superhero movie just doesn't fly.

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