When
May 20 - 22, 2016
Where
Pittsburgh, PA
Price
Tickets Start at $30/$60

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A 3-DAY CONFERENCE FOR WRITERS & INDIE FILMMAKERS

The 3 Rivers Screenwriters Conference (3RSC) is a three-day educational conference that focuses on the art and craft of screenwriting, storytelling and independent filmmaking.


Expert Speakers

Come learn from Emmy-award winning writers and nominees, directors, producers, independent filmmakers and Hollywood execs.

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Max Adams

Award-Winning Screenwriter, Author & Educator

The Academy Film of Writing

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Julianne Avolio

Actor, Writer, Producer

The Sisters Sorella

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Mike Betette

Comedy Sketch Writer & Performer

Epic Rap Battles of History

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Tiffany Boyle

Vice President of Packing & Sales

Ramo Law PC

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Edwin Lee Gibson

Actor, Playwright

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Jacqueline Gaul

Producer, VIsual Artist

Ordinance 14 Productions

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Charles Evered

Playwright, Screenwriter, Director & Educator

A Thousand Cuts; Adopt A Sailor; Out

3 Packed Days, 30+ Speakers & 30 Seminars!

The 3 Rivers Screenwriters Conference includes three days of seminars and discussions with award-winning film and television writers, directors, producers and educators.

Speakers will share their stories and experiences on topics such as: “The Art of Pitching,” “Writing Horror,” “Directing and Producing Your Own Script,” “Adapting Novels & Plays for the Screen,” “iphone Filmmaking” and “Indie Filmmaking on a Shoestring Budget.”

The intimate nature of the conference offers a supportive community that provides incredible opportunities for networking!



Schedule

Our event this year will run over 3 days.
The Conference is partnering with Row House Cinema in Lawrenceville and The Hollywood Theater in Dormont for some off-site programming. Check out the full conference schedule for more information and details.


May 20, 2016

12:30pm
RM 321
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Family Films

Laura and David will discuss their journeys writing and producing family-friendly films for the likes of Disney, DreamWorks and Jim […]

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12:30 pm
RM 320
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iPhone Filmmaking

With smartphones in our pockets and purses, it’s never been easier to make a movie. Last year saw the critically […]

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1:30 pm
RM 320
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Eric Red 400x400

Writing Horror – A Conversation with Eric Red & Alvaro Rodriguez

Eric Red (The Hitcher, Near Dark, 100 Feet, Bad Moon) and Alvaro Rodriguez (Machete, TV’s From Dusk Till Dawn) discuss the […]

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1:30 pm
RM 321
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Jim Mercurio 400x400
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The Art of Pitching

Have a story or even just an idea for a story? Chances are, you’re going to want to talk about it at […]

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3:00 PM
RM 321
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Eric Red 400x400
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Adapting the Novel for the Screen

Learn the fine art of trimming, refining and enhancing your story when adapting from a novel. You will find out […]

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3:00 pm
RM 320
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Chris Lockhart 400x400
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Producers Panel

What’s involved in producing a film of any length or description? Come find out! You’ll be able to ask questions […]

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4:10 PM
RM 321
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David Paterson 400x400 72dpi
Jim Mercurio 400x400
Melissa Martin 400x400
Robert Isenberg 400x400 72dpi

Independent Filmmaking: Directing and Producing Your Own Script

This session will teach you how to get the most out of your small budget, the advantages and disadvantages of […]

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4:10 PM
RM 320
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“Improv”ing Your Writing

Join comedian Mike Betette of Epic Rap Battles of History acclaim and Guy Goldstein of WriterDuet as they lead participants through […]

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May 21, 2016

9:00 AM
RM 320
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Jay Wade Edwards Headshot

Editing: The Last Rewrite

There’s the film you wrote, the film that was shot and the film that was edited. Find out how editing […]

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9:00 AM
RM 321
Guy Goldstein
Jim Mercurio 400x400
Adams MidShot
William Martell 400x400

Story Structure

You will not only learn about dominant story-structure models used by screenwriters, but also how to develop complex, rich characters, […]

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10:00 AM
RM 320
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The First 30 Pages

Hooking the reader (and the audience) is crucial. Find out what readers, producers and execs look for in these pages, […]

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10:00 AM
RM 321
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Jay Wade Edwards Headshot
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Mike Betette 400x400
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Writing for the Web

If your passion is serial storytelling, YouTube, Vimeo and other Web platforms no longer make it necessary for studios or […]

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11:00 AM
RM 321
Guy Goldstein
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Using Technology to Fast Forward Your Writing

Technology is your friend. No longer do you have to write on a typewriter and jot notes on index cards. […]

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11:00 AM
RM 320
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The Three Cs – Concept, Character and Conflict

Every script needs them. Together the three Cs create your logline, your story, your movie. If your logline is missing […]

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1:00 PM
RM 321
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Jay Wade Edwards Headshot
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Special Effects & Animation

In this session, you can learn which special effects and animation are possible at the script level and how to […]

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1:00 PM
RM 320
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Charles Evered 400x400
Jeff Monahan 400x400

Understanding the Current Indie Film Landscape

What does it takes to get an indie film made and sold in today’s marketplace?

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2:00 PM
RM 320
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Hans Leibing
Robert Isenberg 400x400 72dpi

Documentary Filmmaking

They maybe non-fiction films, but they still have to tell compelling stories. Documentary filmmakers who will tell you how to […]

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2:00 PM
RM 321
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How to Take a Meeting

Things have broken your way, you’re a hot new writer and now you’re scheduled to take meetings with studio execs […]

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3:20 PM
RM 321
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Eric Red 400x400
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Jeff Monahan 400x400
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Robert Isenberg 400x400 72dpi

Independent Filmmaking on a Shoestring Budget

Seasoned independent filmmakers discuss the challenges writers face when it comes to producing and directing their own scripts. Lots of sound […]

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3:20 PM
RM 320
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Writing for TV

How is writing for TV different than writing a feature film? Find out how to structure a TV script, create […]

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4:20 PM
RM 321
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Writing Dynamic Dialogue

Whether it’s “Fasten your seat belts, it’s going to be a bumpy night!” “Gentlemen, you can’t fight in here! This […]

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4:20 PM
RM 320
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The Craft of Scene Writing

Scene writing is storytelling at its purest form. Although this class will be particularly relevant to short-form storytellers who work […]

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May 22, 2016

9:00 AM
RM 321
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Eric Red 400x400
William Martell 400x400

Twists, Turns & Ticking Time Bombs: Writing Action & Suspense

These elements can help raise the stakes in your story, adding conflict, momentum and suspense. You will learn how to […]

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9:00 AM
RM 320
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Charles Evered 400x400
Edwin-Lee-Gibson
Jim Mercurio 400x400
Bob Scott 400x400 72dpi

Working with Actors

What qualities to look for in an actor and how to form and maintain a collaborative relationship with actors during […]

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10:20 AM
RM 321
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William Martell 400x400

Heroes & Villains

Ellen Ripley, Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Indiana Jones, Lisbeth Salander, “Dirty Harry” Callahan, Jack Sparrow, Ethan Hunt, Travis Bickle, Frank […]

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10:20 AM
RM 320
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Charles Evered 400x400
Eric Red 400x400

Directing Your Own Script

How do you separate the director side of you from the writer? How do you decide which compromises to make? […]

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11:30 AM
RM 321
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Guy Goldstein
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Mike Betette 400x400
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Writing Partners, Teams and Groups

Writing does not have to be a lonely endeavor. Find out about the benefits and challenges of writing with a […]

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11:30 AM
RM 320
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Eric Red 400x400
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The Value of Pre-Production

Making your film begins long before you say, “Action!” on the set. Learn from professionals who’ve been about the value […]

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1:30 PM
RM 320
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Producers Panel

What’s involved in producing a film of any length or description? Come find out! You’ll be able to ask questions […]

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1:30 PM
RM 321
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Visual Writing

“Visual” writing is the difference between reader “seeing” a movie when they read a script — or not “seeing” a […]

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1:30 PM
RM 319
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Charles Evered 400x400
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Writing for the Stage

How different is writing for the stage than for the screen. Learn from acclaimed playwrights who’ve written for numerous theater […]

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2:40 PM
RM 319
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Comedy Sketch Writing

Dying is easy, comedy is hard. Whether you’re writing broad slapstick or subtle humor, you have to straddle a fine […]

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2:40 PM
RM 320
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Women in the Industry

Women make up a small percentage of writers and directors in Hollywood. This discussion deals with a topical issue that’s […]

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4:00 PM
RM 321
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Pitch Finale

Watch the top three contestants of the Pitch Contest “sell” their screen stories to panelists and learn from the judges […]

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ROOMS WITH A VIEW

The 3 Rivers Screenwriters Conference is thrilled to be holding its inaugural year at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center (DLCC) in downtown Pittsburgh!

DLCC is the only convention center in the world with LEED® certifications. Unparalleled views can be enjoyed from both inside the building and on the green rooftop gardens.

A Room For You!

We’ve negotiated excellent rates at the nearby 4-star Omni William Penn Hotel. Rooms are available on a first-come-first-serve basis and start at $169 per night, depending on the size of the room.


The 3 Rivers Screenwriters Conference Thanks our Sponsors!

If you wish to sponsor this project, please check out the information on our sponsors page and drop us an email at sponsors@3rsconference.com.
Private donations can be made on the conference's Registration page.
All support - both public and private - is greatly appreciated for this project!

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