Schedule

BELOW IS THE CURRENT SCHEDULE. Please keep in mind that schedules and speakers are subject to change at the last moment.

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May 20, 2016

Family Films
12:30pm
Family Films
RM 321

Family Films

Laura and David will discuss their journeys writing and producing family-friendly films for the likes of Disney, DreamWorks and Jim Henson Pictures. Click for more information on 'Family Films'

iPhone Filmmaking
12:30 pm
iPhone Filmmaking
RM 320

iPhone Filmmaking

With smartphones in our pockets and purses, it's never been easier to make a movie. Last year saw the critically acclaimed Tangerine, shot entirely on an iPhone, proves it. Jay Wade Edwards, (Adult Swim's Aqua Teen Hu... Click for more information on 'iPhone Filmmaking'

Writing Horror – A Conversation with Eric Red & Alvaro Rodriguez
1:30 pm
Writing Horror – A Conversation with Eric Red & Alvaro Rodriguez
RM 320

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 writing and visual techniques that freak people out and make people jump out of their skins. A... Click for more information on 'Writing Horror – A Conversation with Eric Red & Alvaro Rodriguez'

The Art of Pitching
1:30 pm
The Art of Pitching
RM 321

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 some point, which means "pitching" your idea - even if it is just to your pet. Pitching is one of the most challengi... Click for more information on 'The Art of Pitching'

Adapting the Novel for the Screen
3:00 PM
Adapting the Novel for the Screen
RM 321

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 how to keep the spirit of the original source while creating a new story for the screen - what should sta... Click for more information on 'Adapting the Novel for the Screen'

Producers Panel
3:00 pm
Producers Panel
RM 320

Producers Panel

What's involved in producing a film of any length or description? Come find out! You'll be able to ask questions from seasoned veterans with experience in both film and television. Click for more information on 'Producers Panel'

Independent Filmmaking: Directing and Producing Your Own Script
4:10 PM
Independent Filmmaking: Directing and Producing Your Own Script
RM 321

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 having name actors vs. no-name actors, common mistakes to avoid, how to use social media, guerrilla marketi... Click for more information on 'Independent Filmmaking: Directing and Producing Your Own Script'

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

“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 a series of exercises using common improv techniques. This all-hands-on-deck workshop... Click for more information on '“Improv”ing Your Writing'

May 21, 2016

Editing: The Last Rewrite
9:00 AM
Editing: The Last Rewrite
RM 320

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 can impact the narrative and hold the key to determining the final look, tone, feel and story of your film. Click for more information on 'Editing: The Last Rewrite'

Story Structure
9:00 AM
Story Structure
RM 321

Story Structure

You will not only learn about dominant story-structure models used by screenwriters, but also how to develop complex, rich characters, and how to follow a screenplay’s blueprint without seeming formulaic. Click for more information on 'Story Structure'

The First 30 Pages
10:00 AM
The First 30 Pages
RM 320

The First 30 Pages

Hooking the reader (and the audience) is crucial. Find out what readers, producers and execs look for in these pages, learn about common mistakes writers make - inconsistent character names, lapses in logic, huge plot... Click for more information on 'The First 30 Pages'

Writing for the Web
10:00 AM
Writing for the Web
RM 321

Writing for the Web

If your passion is serial storytelling, YouTube, Vimeo and other Web platforms no longer make it necessary for studios or networks to greenlight your project. Digital series open the door to experimentation and are a ... Click for more information on 'Writing for the Web'

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

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. Screenwriting software now helps you format scripts, do revisions, keep note cards and more. Find out how to use ... Click for more information on 'Using Technology to Fast Forward Your Writing'

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

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 any of these elements, you don’t have a movie, you have not written a logline. Learn how to craft ... Click for more information on 'The Three Cs – Concept, Character and Conflict'

Special Effects & Animation
1:00 PM
Special Effects & Animation
RM 321

Special Effects & Animation

In this session, you can learn which special effects and animation are possible at the script level and how to make them affordable to fulfill your vision. Where do ideas for animation come from? Is writing for animat... Click for more information on 'Special Effects & Animation'

Understanding the Current Indie Film Landscape
1:00 PM
Understanding the Current Indie Film Landscape
RM 320
Documentary Filmmaking
2:00 PM
Documentary Filmmaking
RM 320

Documentary Filmmaking

They maybe non-fiction films, but they still have to tell compelling stories. Documentary filmmakers who will tell you how to craft narratives based on real-life events, what issues you might face, how to create a mar... Click for more information on 'Documentary Filmmaking'

How to Take a Meeting
2:00 PM
How to Take a Meeting
RM 321

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 and producers. Learn how to prepare and what to expect, how to make connections, what you should and sho... Click for more information on 'How to Take a Meeting'

Independent Filmmaking on a Shoestring Budget
3:20 PM
Independent Filmmaking on a Shoestring Budget
RM 321

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 advice will be offered on how to manage your roles and responsibilities as ... Click for more information on 'Independent Filmmaking on a Shoestring Budget'

Writing for TV
3:20 PM
Writing for TV
RM 320

Writing for TV

How is writing for TV different than writing a feature film? Find out how to structure a TV script, create a series outline and bible, write episodes and add details and background that bring your characters and stori... Click for more information on 'Writing for TV'

Writing Dynamic Dialogue
4:20 PM
Writing Dynamic Dialogue
RM 321

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 is the War Room!” “Go ahead, make my day,” “I am big. It's the pictures that got small,” o... Click for more information on 'Writing Dynamic Dialogue'


The Craft of Scene Writing
4:20 PM
The Craft of Scene Writing
RM 320

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 in commercials, shorts, gaming and comedy sketches, everyone will b... Click for more information on 'The Craft of Scene Writing'


May 22, 2016

Twists, Turns & Ticking Time Bombs: Writing Action & Suspense
9:00 AM
Twists, Turns & Ticking Time Bombs: Writing Action & Suspense
RM 321

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 craft effective action scenes that convey the tension on the page, how to make your characters and ... Click for more information on 'Twists, Turns & Ticking Time Bombs: Writing Action & Suspense'

Working with Actors
9:00 AM
Working with Actors
RM 320

Working with Actors

What qualities to look for in an actor and how to form and maintain a collaborative relationship with actors during production. Click for more information on 'Working with Actors'

Heroes & Villains
10:20 AM
Heroes & Villains
RM 321

Heroes & Villains

Ellen Ripley, Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Indiana Jones, Lisbeth Salander, “Dirty Harry” Callahan, Jack Sparrow, Ethan Hunt, Travis Bickle, Frank Booth, Hans Gruber, Norman Bates, Hannibal Lecter, Baby Jane Hudson,... Click for more information on 'Heroes & Villains'

Directing Your Own Script
10:20 AM
Directing Your Own Script
RM 320

Directing Your Own Script

How do you separate the director side of you from the writer? How do you decide which compromises to make? You loved writing a particular scene, but now may have to kill your darling for the sake of the film. Learn ho... Click for more information on 'Directing Your Own Script'

Writing Partners, Teams and Groups
11:30 AM
Writing Partners, Teams and Groups
RM 321

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 partner or as part of a team, how to keep those creative juices flowing without coming to fisticuffs with you... Click for more information on 'Writing Partners, Teams and Groups'

The Value of Pre-Production
11:30 AM
The Value of Pre-Production
RM 320

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 of being prepared, from the importance of finding funding, getting a knowledgeable crew together,... Click for more information on 'The Value of Pre-Production'

Producers Panel
1:30 PM
Producers Panel
RM 320

Producers Panel

What's involved in producing a film of any length or description? Come find out! You'll be able to ask questions from seasoned veterans with experience in both film and television. Click for more information on 'Producers Panel'

Visual Writing
1:30 PM
Visual Writing
RM 321

Visual Writing

“Visual” writing is the difference between reader “seeing” a movie when they read a script — or not “seeing” a movie. You will discover dynamic writing tools and techniques to apply to your writing to make visuals and... Click for more information on 'Visual Writing'

Writing for the Stage
1:30 PM
Writing for the Stage
RM 319

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 companies, Broadway, and adapted screenplays and other works for the stage about the cha... Click for more information on 'Writing for the Stage'

Comedy Sketch Writing
2:40 PM
Comedy Sketch Writing
RM 319

Comedy Sketch Writing

Dying is easy, comedy is hard. Whether you’re writing broad slapstick or subtle humor, you have to straddle a fine line. Learn how sketch-writing works and how it can improve your comedic timing, how to set up a punch... Click for more information on 'Comedy Sketch Writing'

Women in the Industry
2:40 PM
Women in the Industry
RM 320

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 being written and talked about. You will learn about the challenges facing women, how to change... Click for more information on 'Women in the Industry'

Pitch Finale
4:00 PM
Pitch Finale
RM 321

Pitch Finale

Watch the top three contestants of the Pitch Contest “sell” their screen stories to panelists and learn from the judges how you can improve your stories and pi... Click for more information on 'Pitch Finale'


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