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There are many ways to get noticed in Hollywood. Spielberg just started working in an open office on the Universal lot. Trey Parker and Matt Stone got South Park on the Web. Diablo Cody wrote a funny blog about being a stripper. However you do it, you have to get yourself out there, even without an agent, a manager, or so-called "connections". Producer/Writer David Silverman will delve into real-life example of how famous writers and some of his friends got jobs writing in Hollywood.
Regular Registration:09/20/14Class Begins:09/20/14

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Gary Shusett aka “Professor Logline” returns for part II in his "Improve Your Pitch" series to help you create more effective pitches for your projects.  Gary is the founder of Sherwood Oaks College which helps writers by providing access to actors, directors, producers and agents.
Date Recorded: 02/17/13
When writing a script it is important to know what each department of film production requires to best represent your story and still fit it into the budget. Julia Stemock will speak on this as a cross-section of all the fields you need to be familiar with; including Development, Preproduction, Production and Post.
Date Recorded: 08/10/13

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The AD Council Effecting positive social change, The Ad Council is a private, non-profit organization that marshals volunteer talent from the advertising and communications industries, the facilities Foundation Entertainment We believe that entertainment presents the most effective means for making positive impact on our country’s culture. Nothing within our society has the same reach or influence as entert Lit Reactor - Five Legal Issues All Writers Should Know (Article) Have you wondered whether your work is protected by copyright? Or whether you can write a story based on people you know? This article delves into five legal issues frequently Oaxaca FIlmFest The Oaxaca FilmFest Experience is dedicated to the advancement of outstanding achievement in cinema, creating opportunities for Filmmakers and Script Writers. The 5 Stages of Police Interview & Interrogation w/ Sgt Derek Pacifico If you're looking for authenticity when it comes to writing your next "cop show" or movie, you can't miss this I.S.A. webinar featuring Sgt. Derek Pacifico. Sgt. Pacifico worked nearly 200 murder cases and honed his craft of interrogation to an art form. Learn his real-world techniques before you write one more scene. 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 Project Twenty1 - Philadelphia Film and Animation Fest Project Twenty1 is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization with an EPIC mission. We Exhibit, Promote,Inspire, and Connect creatives through film and animation. Project Twenty 1 is focus Nashville Film Festival Nashville Film Festival (NaFF), an Academy Award Qualifying Event, 45 years, one of the best in the U.S. Nearly $100,000 in cash and prizes for filmmakers & screenwriters! Moody College of Communication - University of Texas The Master in Fine Arts (M.F.A.) program in Screenwriting is a two-year (including one summer) 45-hour program designed for creative individuals with a strong commitment to storytelling Writers and Filmmakers.com Filmmakers: Earn up to $50,000 for your next film by judging scripts. Writers: Earn up to $20,000 for your script and have it shot by the winning filmmaker. Green Bay Film Festival The mission of Film Green Bay is to provide a rich cultural and educational experience for our community and visitors while promoting Green Bay as a hub for filmmaking and film. New York Film Academy New York Film Academy film & acting school offers the best hands-on degrees, accelerated courses, & intensive workshops. Trail Dance Film Festival Featuring family-oriented and Western films, also accepting all genres except adult-themed, is an open-genre independent film competition. Trail Dance affords opportunities for filmmake Arizona Department of Commerce Film Office Count on first-rate support from our experienced professionals, who know production. We'll address your location needs with tailor-made services that insure a hassle-free shoot. Cardona-Hine Gallery Gallery opened in 1988, celebrated its 25th year in 2013; Paintings by Barbara McCauley and Alvaro Cardona-Hine; sculpture by Marcia McEachron and Steve Gootgeld.
Austin Film Festival AFF provides an invaluable platform for filmmakers to showcase their craft among industry professionals and film-lovers. Offering distinguished jurors, amazing venues, enthusiastic audi On Native Ground Member of the Hoopa Valley Tribe, Executive Producer, Director, Editor of ONG and aired on National PBS and the FNX Stations Doug Warhit Acting Doug has his undergraduate degree from NYU and his masters degree from Antioch University. He has been teaching on-camera cold reading and scene study and coaching actors for auditions Illinois Film Office Illinois is a world class film destination!  Check out our location, from the beautiful, iconic Chicago skyline and 58 mile lakefront to the gritty back alleys and unique historic neigh Darko Entertainment Our goal is to support filmmakers with a unique voice and use Darko’s brand to help independent films reach a wider audience. Based in Los Angeles, Darko creates, produces and finances Hellenic Film Commission Coordinating with filmmakers who want to shoot in Greece, providing location services, permits, and production incentives. Camden International Film Festival Highlighting international documentary filmmaking that shows dedication to craft and a unique / artistic approach to storytelling. Jana Luker Talent Agency 1923 1/2 Westwood Blvd # 3 Los Angeles, CA 90025 (310) 441-2822 No Parachute Films Mr. Gutierrez’s short film, Sleight of Hand, won the Best Latino Filmmaker Award at the DGA Student Film Awards, was an official selection at Palm Springs Film Festival and won several WRITING & SELLING SCRIPTS W/ DOV SIMENS Every great script from “Casablanca” to “Citizen Kane” to “Godfather” to “World War Z” is based off a formula developed by Shakespeare & Aristotle. Learn the Formula! 50-60 Scenes, 1 A-Story, 3 B-Stories (sub-plots), with 5-6 Back-Stories all intertwined. Then learn how to write the “Great Script” in 3-weeks, typing only 10-minutes per day, and sell it. The Industry Workshops The Industry Workshops are a series of application oriented workshops by entertainment industry professionals.
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