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Carlos Gutierrez's script BLACK AND BLUE placed third in the Fade In Awards' THRILLER category and subsequently was featured in Variety.
KT Parker's epic action-drama "Africa As You Like It" was named a quarter-finalist in Final Draft's 2014 Big Break Contest, her screen story for feature film "Annapurna" came second in the John Yorke's (Comany Pictures) "Into The Woods" competition and her evocative period ghost story "Dowl's Mill" won Best Horror Script in Julie Gray's "Just Effing Entertain Me" competition - announced September 2014.
My screenplay Lancelot recently won the Gold Prize in the Action/Adventure category in the PAGE International Awards.
Lancelot also won the Historical/Period category in the Final Draft Big Break contest, reaching the final 7 in the features category out of nearly 7000 total submissions. The Grand Prize in the features and TV categories will be announced at the Screenwriter's Choice Awards at the Paramount Theater at Paramount Studios on January 7th. Watch this space!
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Aaron has been writing for television since 2000, when he started on the original Law & Order. After 4 years on the NBC show where he was promoted to Producer, he worked on the only season of Eyes for ABC. His other TV credits consist of Criminal Minds on CBS and Damages on the FX network. For the latter he was nominated for an Emmy and a Writers’ Guild award as a writer/producer. Aaron made his AMC debut on The Killing. From there, he went on to become the Creator/Showrunner and Executive Produce for Resurrection on ABC. He is represented by the United Talent Agency.
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• Looking for a writing job
• Experiencing writer’s block
• Success in writing
JACOPO DELLA QUERCIA: PREEMPTIVELY EDIT YOUR FILM In this discussion with writer Jacopo della Quercia we examine the question of what NOT to reveal to the audience and more by sharing personal and historical examples of where cuts were made to better fit a larger story. Points of conversation include deleted scenes from classic films, unused material from famous scripts, the challenges faced and opportunities offered when adapting existing works, and personal experiences on how writers can be their own film editor 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. The Glick Agency The Glick Agency is a talent company serving the Santa Monica community, specializing in representing actors for roles film, television, theatre productions and more. 1321 7th St #203 North Finland Film Commission Wild unspoiled nature and northern industrial milieus. Tundra and taiga forests. Frozen harbors and the sun that never sets. In the middle of nowhere yet close and well-connected. Malta Film Commission Providing location services, economic incentives, and crew / equipment contacts to filmmakers who want to shoot in Malta. Maverick Movie Awards Helping talented filmmakers receive recognition by awarding movies with unique style, exceptional craft, and the power to communicate. Anywhere But Hollywood A podcast from screenwriter Adam Campbell interviewing filmmakers, producers, writers, and others active in the world of independent filmmaking. Hong Kong International Film Festival The Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF) is one of Asia’s most reputable platforms for filmmakers, film professionals and film goers from all over the world to launch new works Byron Bay International Film Festival Screening films of all genres from all over the world. Directors Guild of America The Directors Guild of America is a labor organization that represents the creative and economic rights of directors and members of the directorial team working in film, television, com Pixar Located in Emeryville, California, Pixar Animation Studios has created acclaimed animated feature and short films for over 25 years. Pixar is also home to the RenderMan line of software The Frederick Film Festival The first Frederick Film Festival (F3) was March 2009 where 15 features/documentaries and over 60 short films were screened. Guests included filmmaker John Waters.
Thruline LA Thruline Entertainment is run by 5 partners and 6 managers. Clients include actors, writers, producers and directors. Career and Story Advice from East Los High Co-Creator, Carlos Portugal
TV is where the work is. This is at least what we hear time and time again, but we’re reminded of it once more with this in-depth and incredibly educational interview with the co-creator of the hit Hulu series, East Los High, Carlos Portugal. Carlos has a long and diverse career within the world of TV – first working at PBS and creating documentaries, to day time TV, and eventually writing on Tyler Perry’s House of Pain and Meet The Browns. Even when he wrote, directed, and produced his first feature, it was picked up by Lifetime and was turned into a movie of the week. He loves TV, but even more so he loves how it can deliver strong messages to diverse audiences.
Get inspired by a lifelong TV writer, producer and creator. Carlos Portugal is the epitome of positivity, perseverance, and professionalism, and we're confident you will learn a little something from this interview
Also, we highly suggest checking out East Los High on Hulu! The third season launched on July 15. A big congrats to Carlos on all of his success, and the ISA is grateful for his time.Open Door Pictures, LLC Dedicated to creating some of the world’s most original and exciting, mind-bending, visually stunning and brilliantly written independent films. CNG Agency CNG Agency is a full-service agency representing union/non-union actors and
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To further diversify the c Jana Luker Talent Agency 1923 1/2 Westwood Blvd # 3 Los Angeles, CA 90025 (310) 441-2822 Anatomy of Horror Master Course (Kick@$$) To Master the art and craft of genre screenwriting because we believe Genre matters and can be the best stepping stone into the industry. Many of the top writers, directors and producers in the industry started in Horror, or Sci-Fi. Greta McAnany and Lauren Tracy: Docs and Dramas
Greta McAnany is an award-winning producer, writer and storyteller. After graduating from USC, Greta formed her own production company and received a grant from the Thorton Foundation in Los Angeles to produce a feature documentary about childhood obesity, entitled Bite Size. The film won the Grand Jury prize at Cinequest Film Festival and was featured by Katie Couric’s Obesity Awareness special on ABC. It is set to release in March 2015. Greta has also produced award-winning live newscasts and reported as a theatre critic for ‘LA Stage Times’, where she interviewed Oscar and Tony-winning writers, directors, and actors. She is a co-founder of the next generation studio X-Factor Films and is a co-producer on the feature documentary in currently in production, Flush Revolution.
Lauren Tracy In ‘09 Lauren graduated RIT (Film MFA/Creative Writing Minor) and represented her class as the commencement speaker. From 2008-10 Lauren and her father Rick Tracy ran an organization that worked with Avid, NYU and Kathryn Bigelow to provide financial awards to female filmmakers. In 2010 Lauren interned for producers of the feature The Hammer and commercial production company Über Content in LA. By 2013 Lauren had written and directed 8 and edited 11 shorts. Lauren’s work has been shown at the LA Shorts, High Falls, LA Femme International and Slamdance Film Festivals. At the latter, she was presented the ‘Emerging Director’ award. Working in LA, Lauren was hired as lead editor on two independent features: How To Grow Our Own (2012) and Your Friends Close (2013). In 2013 she completed her feature script Sweet Desert Palm. Lauren then started X-Factor Films to build a sustainable business model around her and other’s films by and about badass women (www.xfactorfilm.com).5 Second Films ScreenwritingU Screenwriting U is the only online school that will teach you everything you need to know to create both a powerful script and a successful career! Dream Benders Productions WE ARE A PASSIONATE AND PROFESSIONAL TEAM OF FILMMAKERS BASED IN LOS ANGELES/ CALIFORNIA, DEDICATED TO CREATE GREAT VIDEOS. Columbia Films The Acting Corps Our acting school has a simple approach: you act in every single acting class-extensively, you learn from active working professionals, and then you are assisted and encouraged to get