8. WRITERS' RESOURCES
Million-Dollar Screenwriting Seminar
Here's what people are saying about the first Million-Dollar Screenwriting
Graduate NYU Dramatic Writing Program
"I feel like I've found the Holy Grail!"
"My story's 10 billion times better, thanks to these methods!"
Writer, prone to hyperbole
to learn more.
Date: September 16 & 17 (Location TBA)
Only $250 for Registered Final Draft Users. Special offer ends
To receive the $100 discount, contact Chris Soth directly:
American Zoetrope Screenplay Contest: Early
Register your screenplay before the early deadline of August 1 and capitalize
on the reduced fee of $30. The guest judge is Terry Zwigoff (Ghost
World, Bad Santa), who will award the $5,000 Grand Prize.
The winning and top ten scripts will be considered for option and development
by more than a dozen major production companies, including Francis Coppola's
American Zoetrope. Finalists will also be considered for representation
by ICM, UTA, Paradigm, William Morris, The Gersh Agency, CAA and The Firm.
They will also receive screenwriting software from Final Draft.
For entry forms, contest rules, deadlines and fees, please visit: www.zoetrope.com/contests.
Directing Commercials Seminars
Announcing a special private sale for all registered
Final Draft users:
Craig Worsham has graciously agreed to offer his Directing Commercials
Seminar on DVD to our members for $150 (Regular Price $449).
Offer expires Thursday, July 28.
The business of getting commercials, planning them and finishing them.
That is what Craig Worsham's DVD set Directing Commercials is
all about. You get a veteran's insights into putting together a reel,
working with production companies and ad agencies, treatments and more.
After watching the DVD set, the industry looks much more approachable.
It's everything you need to know to get started without looking as though
you're just getting started.
Go to www.directingcommercials.com
to view a sample of the DVD set.
Main Page: www.directingcommercials.com
Preview of the DVD: www.directingcommercials.com/video.html
To receive the discount:
1. Choose DVD of Seminar and the FD price will be automatically
2. MAKE SURE TO USE YOUR FINAL DRAFT EMAIL (the one you
are getting this email from) so we can validate orders.
This sale is SECRET. It's not for the general public, your friends, etc.
ALSO, you can order ONLY ONE SET. Finally, selling the disks on eBay or
anywhere else is strictly prohibited.
Offer expires July 28!
UCLA Extension Writers' Program
Put your Final Draft software to good use.
Take a UCLA Extension screenwriting course.
The UCLA Extension Writers' Program is offering a variety of beginning,
intermediate and advanced level courses in screenwriting for film and
television this summer.
The following are just a few of the courses you can choose from:
Introduction to Screenwriting I
Screenplay writing is a rigorous craft and, at its best, an art. In this
course, you learn all the key elements of writing feature film screenplays,
including story structure, plot, scene development, characterization and
Writing is rewriting and rewriting is a craft all its own. This course
takes you through the process of finding strategies that bring your rough
draft to its fullest potential. You learn how to create your intended
result through analyzing your current script, focusing on honing premise,
fleshing out characters, deepening conflicts and fine-tuning structure,
dialogue, tone and action.
Intermediate Feature Film I: Writing the Screenplay the Professional
Designed for students who have a solid grasp of the basic principles of
feature-length screenwriting and have written at least one complete script,
this intermediate workshop launches serious writers into the process of
creating their next, more viable and sophisticated screenplay. Instruction
focuses on developing a premise that can sustain an entire script, creating
and refining a full story outline, and writing the first act.
The Business of Being a Screenwriter
If you've learned how to write a screenplay, it's probably time to get
started as a professional screenwriter. This two-day workshop teaches
you how to live happily as a screenwriter; avoid the pitfalls of being
a screenwriter and most of all, how to project a winning picture of yourself
and your art form in selling situations.
For more information about these courses, or to view all of summer quarter's
Hollywood Creative Connection Short Script
Call for Entries
Hollywood Creative Connection, a new service making connections between
artists and the Los Angeles film and television community, announces its
first script contest: The Short Script Competition 2005 (5-45
Prizes include up to $1,000 cash, Final Draft scriptwriting software,
a career consultation and script evaluations by feature and television
professionals and a streaming video presentation of the winning script.
Deadline for entries is September 15, 2005.
For more information, go to: www.hollywoodcreativeconnection.com.
Melbourne International Film Festival 2005
This year marks the 54th Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF),
Australia's longest-running, largest and most prestigious film festival.
Over 18 days, MIFF screens a sensational selection of almost 400 films
from over 50 countries. The festival will be held from July 20 - August
For more information and program updates, visit: www.melbournefilmfestival.com.au.
The #1 Pitch Event
9th Annual Hollywood Pitch Festival
July 30 & 31, 2005
Renaissance Hotel, Hollywood, CA "Where Preparation and Luck Meet Opportunity"
Over 140 studio and development executives, agents, managers, producers
and directors to pitch your project to in one-on-one, seven-minute meetings.
The largest and longest-running pitch festival of its kind featuring the
most sales, options and agency signings. If you have a book, TV or movie
idea, screenplay or short to sell, this extraordinary weekend is for you.
Limited to 200 attendees.
$375.00 (2-day pass, lunch, pitch class) Early-Bird price
The Spec Market
your project for the largest audience of entertainment professionals in
the world. Baseline StudioSystem's Spec Market posting directory provides
an exciting new arena to list your screenplay, novel or story.
Entertainment professionals can browse, search and locate available content,
giving you the best possible opportunity to get your script in the hands
of the real decision-makers.
To register go to: www.scriptshark.com/specmarket/index.cfm.
Online Writing Workshops
Rated Best of Web by Forbes
comprehensive online screenwriting and TV writing courses offered by New
York's acclaimed Gotham Writers' Workshop have been selected as Best
of the Web by Forbes. Each 10-week workshop is taught by
an industry professional and features everything you would expect in a
live workshop including insightful lectures, class discussion
and extensive feedback on student work. New classes begin in July and
September. Class size is strictly limited.
To learn more or to register, visit: www.WritingClasses.com.
Save 20% on DVD's and Audio at the Writers Store
out for summer, but the learning never stops at The Writers Store.
This summer school serves up DVD's and CD's at 20% off! Dov Simon's
4-Year Film School is a thrilling crash course on 16 jam-packed DVDs!
Watch So, Is It Done? for the latest techniques on revising your
first draft or listen to The Pitch Pack CD's on your long summer
drives. Whether you watch a DVD in air-conditioned bliss or listen to
a CD poolside, you'll have more to show for your summer than just a killer
tan when you save 20% at The Writers Store!
To receive the 20% discount, mention or enter promotional code FDSUMMER
Brought to you by the Writers Store
Barnes & Noble
Tuesday, July 19, 2005 at 7:30PM
1201 3rd St Promenade, Santa Monica
Rona Edwards and Monika Skerbelis, authors of I Liked It, Didn't
Love It: Screenplay Development from the Inside Out will critique
your screenplay pitch and discuss the ins and outs of Hollywood development.
Edwards and Skerbelis have lived the lives of studio and development executives
and are currently teaching a UCLA Extension class in Los Angeles.
Action/Cut Filmmaking Seminar
The most acclaimed and comprehensive filmmaking seminar in the film industry.
Los Angeles: October 15 & 16
New York: October 22 & 23
Chicago: October 29 & 30
St. Louis: November 5 & 6
Providence: November 12 & 13
Fort Lauderdale: November 19 & 20
9AM to 6PM both days.
An essential seminar for filmmakers and screenwriters -- from networking
to visual writing!
In two days, gain first-hand career knowledge from a working director/writer/producer
with audio-visual scene studies of the skills to take your project from
page to finished film.
Guy Magar - Seminar Director, international film instructor and contracted
to Miramax Films.
Professional credits include over 50 feature films and television network