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"KING'S HEART" was previously under option with Dreambridge Films, though the project is now back on the market. The script won't remain available for long, as BLACKLIST industry pros have given it consecutive high scores, virtually propelling the screenplay to the top of the realtime blacklist in 2015.
The project honors King Boris III of Bulgaria and tells the extraordinary true story of the largest rescue during the Holocaust. Svilen is also a producer on "KING'S HEART" and has been in contact with the Bulgarian Royal Family throughout much of the script's development. The project has the blessing and good-will of King Simeon II, King Boris' son. Directors at CAA and ICM are currently reading. Svilen is repped by Kenoff & Machtinger.
Kent Williams' period World War II drama, "Again, Spring" made the 2015 Nicholl quarterfinals, one of 375 out of 7,400. Equally exciting is that Andrew Hilton a.k.a the Screenplay Mechanic included it in his "Lugnut List" of the ten best screenplays he covered in 2014 (Drew is a politely brutal, highly-regarded script consultant).
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Screenwriter and director Tony Aloupis talks about his new film Safelight.Film In Iceland Providing location scouting, production services, and economic incentives to filmmakers looking to shoot in Iceland. Reel Affirmations Reel Affirmations: Washington DC's International LGBT Film Festival is proud to announce we are now a part of The DC Center Arts Program. Orlando Film Festival Our mission is to support the cause of independent cinema and to promote culture and the arts in Downtown Orlando by exposing a wide audience to the unique and diverse stories told Los Angeles Film Festival The Los Angeles Film Festival, or LA Film Fest, is produced by Film Independent, a 501(c)(3) non-profit arts organization dedicated to promoting and supporting independent films and fil Show Me Shorts Film Festival New Zealand has a long tradition of making world-class short films. These stories offer us the chance to escape into new worlds, learn more about ourselves and connect with others. Asia Society India Asia Society India Centre enhances dialogue, encourages creative expression and generates ideas in the areas of business and policy, and arts and culture. It was inaugurated in 2006 by SEVEN SUREFIRE SECRETS TO BREAKING INTO THE FILM BIZ WITH BARRI EVINS You’re hundreds of miles from Hollywood, California. Or maybe you’re just around the corner, but it seems far away. You want to break into the film business. But how? This class gives you a road map to get you from here to there. With Barri Evins. Barri has taught at Pixar, DreamWorks Animation, the UCLA Producers Program and the American Film Institute. Japan Institute of the Moving Picture Our two campuses are both located in the “Shinyuri: Town of the Arts” district, which is around 30 minutes by train from Shinjuku, Tokyo. Character Drives Story, Q & A with Jen Grisanti and ISA's Max Timm
In this live Curious About Screenwriting podcast, we offer a teleconference with Jen Gristanti – one of the top writing coaches and consultants in the business right now. Jen is also an instructor with NBC’s Writers on The Verge, and was previously a programs executive under Aaron Spelling. Jen, alongside the Director of Community Outreach with the ISA, Max Timm, offers her insights on the writing process with a focus on how character drives story and the importance of balancing character and plot. Very basically, character drives plot and plot drives character. She uses many examples of current and past shows, but the focus of this interview really is the Q&A portion and answering the callers’ questions. We answer multiple questions that focus on many different topics – from the business of writing in general, to the specific gem at the end about what should and should not be included in a TV series bible.
As always, get your pen and paper handy and take notes. What Jen offers here is invaluable on so many levels, but one of her core missions is to support a writer’s overall growth as a writer – in other words, it’s more than just giving story advice. She gives the kind of emotional and motivational support that all writers need. We hope you get a lot out of this Q&A, and please share these podcasts with anyone who you believe will learn from them. Don’t forget to find the Curious About Screenwriting podcasts on iTunes and to rate us there. We offer these interviews to you for free, and getting your rating on iTunes helps us push forward in our mission to provide top quality content through the International Screenwriters’ Association. Thanks and enjoy.Screenplay Festival Screenplay Festival was established to help eliminate this “chicken and egg” problem, by accepting all submitted screenplays and judging them based upon their quality, Aslan Charles Kousetta LLP - UK Known for its experience in the financing and production of film and television projects. Acts for film studios, production companies, banks, film funds and private financiers based mai Fred R. Price Literary Agency 14044 Ventura Blvd Sherman Oaks, CA 91423 (818) 763 6365 Salt Lake City Film Festival Empowering independent filmmakers through exhibition, community engagement, education, and resource management Quite Frankly Productions, LLC Quite Frankly Productions, LLC has produced over 150 productions in theater, television and film. American Guild of Musical Artists Artists may be vulnerable to exploitation or illegal discrimination. They need protection. They can find it by joining AGMA, the American Guild of Musical Artists.
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In this insightful teleconference, Dr. Melody Jackson, founder and Chief Smart Girl at Smart Girls Productions, will break down a variety of distinctions in screenwriting that have always been thought to be subjective. She turns them into a list of measurable checkpoints for evaluating your script's "saleability".
In this interview, some of the points she will cover are:
- A fool-proof way to create a strong dilemma for your character. Most writers gets this completely wrong by doing the exact opposite - especially new writers.
- The Critical Factor that must be present for us to care about your Main Character and the keys to implementing it into your screenplay.
- Three Types of Stories to avoid at all cost in your first screenplay.
- How to create your most interesting, edge-of-seat moments in your script.
- A Big Mistake new writers often make and even love to do - even though it's a terrible idea.
- A Simple Choice that will dramatically increase your odds of writing a commercial script on your first try.
- Five Quick Ways to improve your script's commercial appeal in under two hours.
- The Most Basic Element of your story that makes it more commercial for Hollywood.
- Learn how long you should spend on a script if you're serious about a professional career.