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Kenneth Kemp's International crime drama, ATTACHÉ, won BEST PILOT in the 2014 Scriptapalooza TV writing competition. As part of the prize, Scriptapalooza will be sending Ken's pilot script out to 25 well-known television producers.
October 2015, thriller NEXT OF KIN written by Niall Queenan won the Gold Prize in the Thriller/Horror category of the PAGE International Screenwriting Awards in Hollywood, California. As a result, Niall was signed by producer/manager Peter Katz of Story Driven in Los Angeles.
At the end of October his psychological thriller SHADOW OF THE BLACKBIRD also won the Bronze Prize in the Thriller/Horror category of the World Series of Screenwriting Awards in Hollywood, California.
2015 ended with NEXT OF KIN among the 100 semi-finalists chosen from over 1,400 entries for Table Read My Screenplay (Park City).
ScreenwritingU Alum, Kyle Carmean (ProSeries 48) had his screenplay optioned by Producer Zachary Green. After querying and getting a response, Kyle had his manager, William E. Bales, send over the script to Zgreen Entertainment. They loved the screenplay and contacted Kyle to close the deal.
The project is now in development.
FEATURED PODCASTS (show more)
The Bye Bye Man misses its opportunity to create a truly frightening monster.
What makes a great movie monster? The Bye Bye Man thinks it's a villain that combines the ghoulish look of Lord Voldemort, the haunting presence of "Candy Man", and the ability to create psychological terror a la Freddy Krueger. Unfortunately, those pieces don't make for much of a whole here. Thus, this first-out-of-the gate horror movie for 2017 is mostly derivative and a great disappointment.
Sure, this haunted house story conjures a few good scares, jolting its three innocent college student tenants, but then the script takes too many turns for the worse. Smart characters suddenly act stupid, internal logic flies out the window, and worst of all, the Bye Bye Man isn't given a backstory. We don't know who he is or why he's there doing what he's doing. He may be a demon, but he's a ghost of an idea really, one not nearly developed enough to cause chills or thrills. Listen here to hear the take from host Jeff York and Ghost Hunter Scott Markus.
To hear about the true story that inspired the film, check out http://othersidepodcast.com/127 to hear from source material author Robert Damon Schneck.Conquering Writer's Block with Jacob Krueger
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.Fargo Film Fest The Fargo Film Festival is the premier annual moving picture event in the state of North Dakota. Featuring more than 100 movies every March. Universal Studios Location and Production Services has successfully supported some of Hollywood’s biggest films, top network television shows, commercials, print, reality and news programs. How To Give Yourself the Best Possible Chance at Screenwriting Success Listen to this podcast to learn the five main reasons people fail at screenwriting and come away with specific insights and hands-on tools to help give you the best possible shot at success. Perfect for experienced screenwriters as well as beginners. Arenas Entertainment We have PASSION for entertainment, PASSION for our Latino culture, and PASSION for bringing the two together! With our unique team of experienced bilingual and bicultural executives, Ar Mad Chin Productions Michael Dennler is a screenwriter, wildlife and nature photographer based in Ibaraki, Japan. His work has been featured in online news and travel homepages. LA Independent Artist Film Festival At the Los Angeles based Independent Artist Film Festival (IAFF) we believe in the power of celebrating and spotlighting the true indie film maker. New Jersey Motion Picture and Television Commission Including the state's location diversity, its proximity to New York and the professional support you'll receive from the New Jersey Motion Picture and Television Commission. Jon Cassar - Top Producer/Director on 24, Fringe, Criminal Minds
Have you seen the shows, 24, Revolution, Fringe, Person of Interest, or Criminal Minds? Most of you probably have, or you’re well aware of how popular they were and are (though we're still sad Revolution was cancelled). Jon Cassar was the exec producer and director of multiple episodes on all of those shows! He’s a two-time Emmy award winner with his work on 24 and the mini-series, The Kennedys, and Jon was cool enough to sit down with Max Timm, Director of Community Outreach with the ISA, and talk about the TV industry, how to work your way up as not only a young writer, but a budding filmmaker, and to give a reality check as to just how difficult this industry really is.
It was kind of funny when Max asked him how a new writer can attempt to open doors. He was very real with his answer – he didn’t know exactly how! He reinforced that this industry is one of the most difficult to get into and much less make a living – as if we didn’t know that already - but with that reality check came an inspirational breakdown of his own rise through the ranks as a camera operator to now being a sought-after TV director. He’s also directing his own features with a movie coming out in the fall of 2016. He basically told us to stick to our guns, be persistent, and do whatever you can to knock down doors. Giving up is not an option. Enjoy the interview and as always, thanks for listening.Mobile Moviemaking MMM is an online magazine devoted to the art and technology of using smartphones and tablets to shoot videos in all genres. Our motto: “Everyone can be a movie mogul.” Agence Maxime Vanasse 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.North By Midwest Micro-Budget Film Festival From the heart of the Midwest, the Kalamazoo-based North by Midwest Micro-Budget Film Festival looks for submissions from the Great Lakes Region, but we love all entries! Character Paradigms, Hierarchy and Shadows w/ Jess Hinds 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. The ISA Reviews: Everybody Wants Some, w / Kevin Rexroat & Jeff York
With "Everybody Wants Some!!" you'll get a movie that zigs while others zag.
Writer/director Richard Linklater likes to tell his stories with less plot and a looser structure than most everything else in Hollywood. His latest film "Everybody Wants Some!!" is no exception. Shaped in a similarly casual episodic fashion like his acclaimed films "Boyhood" and the "Before Sunrise" trilogy, this new film concentrates on the first three days that jock Jake (Blake Jenner) spends at college, getting to know his baseball teammates and get a lay for the land. He'd like to get laid too, but this nuanced film has much more on its mind that its title would suggest. It's really a coming-of-age ensemble piece about maturation, doled out in small increments and not big character arcs. The movie's leisurely pace and introspective sensibilities may not be for everyone, but for screenwriters and movie fans tired of paint-by-numbers superhero flicks, this is a welcome antidote.The Dead Walk Festival The Dead Walk Festival is an event dedicated to zombie films and entertainment. This festival is produced by Breaking Fate Entertainment Inc. SAG-AFTRA SAG-AFTRA represents approximately 160,000 actors, announcers, broadcast journalists, dancers, DJs, news writers, news editors, program hosts, puppeteers, recording artists, & singers. Ottawa International Animation Festival Every September, the OIAF presents the world’s most cutting-edge, quirky and important animation - and transforms Ottawa into the centre of the animation universe. Shoja Entertainment SHOJA ENTERTAINMENT is a full service production company with the capacity to take creative projects from inception to full execution. Creating A Script That Can Break You Into The Industry - Barri Evins So many writers are seeking a formula for success, but don’t know the truly essential ingredients. Combine a powerful concept with self-knowledge and industry awareness for a real recipe for success. Discover and develop these components and then harness the extraordinary power of using them in concert to advance your career to the next level in this teleconference with producer Barri Evins. Keep Writing I have sold or optioned 11 screenplays and am the author of The Screenwriter's Bible, The Freelance Writer's Bible, and Dr. Format Tells All. Below the Line Our Production Listings are the premier listings service in the industry. Listings are updated daily in a searchable database available to you 24/7. 30 Under 30 Film Festival The 30UNDER30 FILM FESTIVAL aims to discover emerging storytellers and give them the opportunity to present their fresh perspectives to audiences in New York City. Wellwood Productions