Third Thursdays with the ISA in Los Angeles for 2018 gets going with a bang as we present the next in our quarterly panel series - " The Nuts and Bolts of Selling your Screenplay", sponsored by Final Draft and Creative Screenwriting. The panel and audience Q&A will last 90 minutes and will be followed immediately by the ISA's Third Thursdays - L.A. mixer for March which will run until 11:00 PM. This event is free and open to all 21 and older.
On this panel we will discuss the innumerable ways to get a script produced, and attempt to inspire and educate our screenwriting community on everything from the importance of the screenwriting craft to screenplay contests, getting in front of representation and producers, and even producing your own material through short films or sizzle reels and trailers. There isn’t one way to get a script made, and the ISA intends to enlighten our members on the many options and opportunities screenwriters have today.
Three attendees will have the opportunity to pitch their project to the panel and receive feedback as well as a free copy of Max Timm's (Not Just) Another Book on the Craft of Screenwriting. This is for educational purposes only.
WHERE: Busby's East - 5364 Wilshire Boulevard. Valet parking available on Cloverdale, south of Wilshire.
WHEN: March 15, 2018
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
- 7:00 pm - Doors open
- 7:30-9:00 - Panel and audience Q&A
- 9:00 - 11:00 - ISA Third Thursdays mixer
Valerie is a director, writer, and actress based in Los Angeles. She is currently writing for Walt Disney Studios as a full-time staff writer in their live-action feature department.
Valerie began her career by selling a feature-length romantic comedy spec at just 20 years old, becoming one of the youngest members of the WGA west and subsequently writing for both film studios and independent production companies, including Disney Channel, Denver & Delilah, and many others. Her directorial debut, Lola's Last Letter
, – which she also wrote and starred in - was released in 2016 by Random Media and Sony's The Orchard
after a successful festival run, during which it received a five-star review from the Examiner, a special feature in Huffington Post, and a Best Principal Actress nomination from Los Angeles Film Review. Valerie shot the film in seven days with a cast and crew of just seven people. In their review of the film, Huffington post stated that, “… the key word in describing Brandy is unflinching.” Starpulse called the film “… breathtaking… Brandy is an important voice for her generation.” Brandy's experience in multiple areas of filmmaking makes her an adept communicator with actors, production execs, and crew. Mark Horowitz
Mark is a freelance consultant, lecturer, and teacher specializing in helping film makers successfully navigate the world of independent film and television from early stages of development through commercial release and beyond. He is a former executive with companies like Embassy Pictures, DeLaurentiis Entertainment Group, and Alliance Atlantis Entertainment with over thirty years of experience in the international distribution, marketing, and financing of feature films. Films that Mark has distributed have been nominated for Academy Awards, Golden Globes, and European Film Awards, and selected for festivals including Cannes, Venice, Berlin, and Toronto. His experience ranges from commercial big budget films with high profile cast to independent art house from burgeoning directors including films like Half Nelson
, Hotel Rwanda
, The Jungle Book
, Johnny Nmemonic
, A Chorus Line
, This is Spinal Tap
, and Blue Velvet
. He has lectured on film financing, marketing and distribution at University of California Los Angeles, University of Southern California, Southwest University School of Law, Boston University, Chapman University, Loyola Marymount University and many other colleges and universities. Pat Verducci
Pat has written screenplays for Touchstone Pictures, Witt-Thomas Productions, and Disney’s animation division. She’s also worked as a story consultant for Disney/Pixar as part of their ‘Brain Trust.’
Pat wrote and directed the feature film True Crime
, and her writing credits also include documentary shorts for HBO and Showtime. She co-produced Somewhere Between
, a feature documentary about four teen-aged girls adopted from China, and is currently a script editor (development consultant) on several feature projects for Film Victoria in Australia. She’s a mentor for the Meryl Streep IRIS/New York Women in Film and Television’s Writer’s Lab, and teaches screenwriting in the MFA program at UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and Television.Felicity Wren
Felicity, Director of Development for the ISA, works extensively with ISA Contest Winning writers, and ISACONNECT members and their screenplays before making introductions to industry professionals to further their careers with the ISA Development Program. She also organizes the Table Read My Screenplay events in Hollywood, London, Austin and Park City. Felicity has a Masters Degree in Theatre and Acting. She is proud to have worked extensively in theatre and film in the UK, before the move to California where she still performs, and now produces comedy with her production company Dangerously Funny Productions.Panel Moderator - Max Timm
Max is the ISA Director of Education and Outreach and President of The Story Farm, a personal consulting and script development company. He is a development consultant, manager, and screenwriting instructor, screenwriter and author. His debut novel, a young adult fantasy adventure titled The WishKeeper, about a teenage fairy with broken wings, won the young adult category of the 2015 Los Angeles Book Festival and released nationwide in the Summer of 2016. Max has also served as a part-time instructor at UCLA, and travels nationally and internationally speaking at a multitude of industry events such as the Sundance Film Festival, Nashville Writers Conference, and even educating art program teachers through the LA Unified School District.