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For 20+ years, William M. Akers has been writing for money, teaching screenwriting to college students, and critiquing clients' scripts. One thing he knows is that when sitting down to write, different people face different demons. And, sometimes, just sitting down is the most difficult step of all.
The hell that is getting the words out can begin, literally, with how you choose to put them on the page. Pen? Computer? Write in a coffee shop? Pencil? Dictation? Different pencil? Writing partner who talks while you write? Elves who work while you sleep? Whatever way you get the words on the page is probably right for you. Just because someone else has a different technique doesn't matter one bit.
At its most basic, writing is about self-confidence or, at least, the freedom to fail. Gaining assurance that your personal writing method is the best way for YOU to work is only the beginning. In this teleconference, Akers will discuss these death traps:
Choosing the wrong idea for you to write.
Picking the wrong main character (which happens more often than you think).
Self-censoring your work - too early.
Quit worrying you don't know the secret method, process, structure that will unlock writing's mysteries.
You will learn:
The Keith Richards writing technique - the greatest magic trick for creativity Akers has ever found.
How research can actually kill your story.
If you can't write a single word - 5 simple action steps that will improve your story and writing, and get you unblocked.
The amazing (and breathtakingly easy) Random Thoughts technique to painlessly generate new ideas to rejuvenate and improve scenes.
The "South Park" writing lesson. 16 little bitty words that will vastly improve your structure, forever.
What Akers learned from Jerry Seinfeld, a writer who really, really hates to write.
A writing exercise that will take you so far in 30 minutes that you may not ever be afraid to write again.
No matter how bad it gets, no matter what horrible place you've managed to put yourself, you will learn that there is no hole too deep to write you out of.Anonymous Content The talent management division represents many of the most successful directors, writers, actors, and comedians working today. Twenty-two managers, whose expertise extends across the en Paramount Studios The year 2012 marks an exceptional milestone for Paramount Pictures - our 100th year in show business. Though this extraordinary accomplishment makes Paramount one of America's oldest John Truby and 10 Top Story Techniques A good pitch can get you through the door, but what makes the sale is a script with a great story. It turns out that very specific story techniques are found in the Blockbuster scripts Hollywood is desperate to buy. John Truby, considered "the best script doctor in the movie industry," tells you exactly what these story techniques are, and how to execute them. Knight Quest Entertainment Bringing quality films to a theatre near you! Interested in biopics and unique, interesting topics. Producing Films, Packaging, Screenwriting, Editing & Rewrites! Writing Pad A BEST OF LA WEEKLY WRITING SCHOOL IN LOS ANGELES AND ONLINE THAT OFFERS WRITING CLASSES AND RETREATS IN FICTION TO SCREENWRITING...WITH SNACKS. The Alpern Group The group represents television and film writers and directors. Visit The Alpern Group's website or call the office for more information. 15645 Royal Oak Rd. Encino, California Oaxaca Sports Film Festival Oaxaca Sports film festival has grown the reputation of introducing filiares to the industry that matters.
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What if most of what's being taught about screenwriting and TV writing is wrong?
What if the rules, paradigms and secrets widely touted in books, seminars and classes not only don't improve your chances of making it, but could actually sabotage you? And what if there were specific skill sets nobody talks about that could dramatically boost your chance for success?
In the past two years, Corey Mandell has had 47 students and clients sell or option scripts with dozens more landing writing assignments on such shows as Community, Treme, Justified, Bones and The Fosters. An extremely well executed spec script is required to break into the business, yet too many writers waste valuable time writing a script with little to no chance at success.
This teleconference will cover what agents and managers are looking for in today's marketplace, and will share the best ways to launch a career. It also provides the specific tools required to write screenplays and pilots at a professional level.
What you will learn
The strategies actual writers have successfully used to break into the business. What is required to write a script that truly grabs and holds a reader's attention.
Avoiding the five mistakes that can sink your chances, and why most scripts get rejected.
What kind of scripts stand out and get you the right kind of attention. How to know if your script is ready to be read by industry professionals.
And how to get your script read by the right people, while knowing what exactly agents and managers are seeking.Tracie Laymon Independent Powerhouse; Emerging Icon
Named to the Independent Film Channel’s list of emerging "Icons", Tracie Laymon is an independent screenwriter and director hailing from Austin, Texas. Her previous projects have won numerous jury awards at South by Southwest, Memphis International Film Festival, Las Vegas International Film Festival, and many others. In 2009, she received a nomination for the Milan International Film Festival Award (considered to be the Italian "Oscar" of independent film), followed by winning the Award for Short Film of the Year from the Women's Image Network. In 2011, Tracie wrote and directed a featured segment of the anthology film “Girls!Girls!Girls!”, completed a script adaption for acclaimed Polish director Jacek Bromski, and directed the sitcom Goodnight Burbank, featuring Dominic Monaghan (Lost, Lord of the Rings) and Laura Silverman (Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Sarah Silverman Program). Goodnight Burbank premiered on Hulu where it was personally acquired by Mark Cuban and aired on his TV Channel, HDNET, in the fall of 2011. Tracie's latest short film A Hidden Agender starring Elaine Hendrix (The Parent Trap, Superstar) premiered at the Dallas International Film Festival and won the Jury Prize for Best Dark Comedy at the Houston Independent Film Festival in 2012. Tracie then wrote One Small Step for Neil, which will serve as her directorial feature debut, and won Best Screenplay at the 2013 LA Comedy Festival. She is represented by The Gersh Agency in Beverly Hills and is a close friend of the Int’l Screenwriters’ Association.Take Hollywood Takehollywood is a social, mobile library of exclusive online resources, giving aspiring actors access to video content to supplement their acting skills & instruct them how to succeed. 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