Revenge Movies Are A Dish Best Served Bold (Part 2)
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This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series Revenge:CATHARSISThe psychological underpinnings of revenge, around for generations of storytelling, involve identification with a character’s situation (empathetic response) which then leads to catharsis. Once we bond with the main character, identify strongly with their plight, satisfyin ..read more
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Get To The Same Place In A Less Expectant Way
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“Get to the Same Place in a Less Expectant Way” Joby Harold on ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’:“The Magnificent Seven. The Great Escape. Star Wars. Jaws. Everything that came out of that late 70s period, as a little kid in England, I loved that and started making little movies. I decided I was going to go for it,” said screenwriter Joby Harold ..read more
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What An Audience Really Wants From Your Script
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If you’re trying to write a successful script—-a script that gets produced and seen by a large number of viewers—-you obviously want your script to be loved by your audience. So if we want people to watch our work, we need to know why they watch stories in the first place.Why do people watch television? Why do they go to the mov ..read more
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What Make Gangster Films & TV Shows Work? (Part 2)
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This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series Gangster Films:Characters: The CriminalsThe Godfather, perhaps the traditional gangster film most people know, features a family involved in organized crime. They were our focal points, our POV characters. Michael Corleone (Al Pacino) was outside of this world – almost. Their daily lives i ..read more
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ISA Staff Picks: June 2024
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These screenplays and their writers were selected by ISA staff members as standouts in their genres and formats for the month of June 2024. They are being submitted to agents, managers, producers and production companies actively looking for writers to rep or projects to produce.  SECRETS THE RIVER KEPT by L.J.McPherson (Feature ..read more
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Writing Appealing Character Descriptions
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Character descriptions are one of the most difficult things to perfect in your screenplay. “What?,” you gasp. Descriptions are more than a name, gender, age, occupation, and what a character is wearing. Their primary purposes is to generate images in a reader’s mind with economy and precision, especially when a character is firs ..read more
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Revenge Movies Are A Dish Best Served Bold (Part 1)
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This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series Revenge:Few themes are as relatable as revenge. We’ve all been wronged and considered various responses to that wrong. Not many of us use violence or extremes toward the wrongdoers, but there is a place we all go to where those remedies are at least internally considered. That’s what makes ..read more
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Films Should Be Events
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“Films Should Be Events” Says Producer William Rosenfeld From Such Content - William Rosenfeld is an independent producer at Such Content who’s referred to himself as “a recovering writer.” He’s been involved in the production of films like Crisis starring Gary Oldman and Mudbound starring Jason Mitchell. He co-founded the compa ..read more
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What Make Gangster Films & TV Shows Work? (Part 1)
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This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series Gangster Films:It’s hard to imagine a more enduring genre film type than the gangster movie. Of course, traditional gangster films, as with most genre films, have mutated into powerful crime TV shows like The Wire, Ray Donovan, and The Sopranos or films like Proud Mary and The Departed, bu ..read more
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ISA's 2023 Annual Transparency Report
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The International Screenwriters’ Association is delighted to contribute to the Women of Color Unite Transparency Initiative. To provide a safe and inclusive space for the members of our Reading Team and screenwriting community, we have anonymized the overall results.At the ISA, we have several objectives regarding all screenplay ..read more
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