7. WRITERS' RESOURCES
Final Draft Registered Users Save $50 at Gotham
Final Draft registered users receive $50 off tuition when they sign up
for a 10-week online class presented by New York's acclaimed Gotham Writers'
Workshop. Selected Best of the Web by Forbes, workshops are taught
by professional writers and are offered at levels from basic to advanced.
Workshops offered this fall include:
· Screenwriting I
· Screenwriting Advanced
· Screenwriting Intensive Master Class
· TV Writing
· Film Analysis
In addition, the school offers a four-week online workshop, How to
Sell Your Screenplay, taught by a Hollywood insider.
To receive the $50 savings on the tuition on your first first 10-week
class, you must provide promotion code FD50 when
registering online or by phone. (This offer is valid only on 10-week class
tuition for students new to Gotham. May not be combined with any other
offer. Promotion code FD50 must be provided at time of registration to
9th Annual ASA International Screenplay Competition
$10,000 Grand Prize
Entries are now being accepted for the 9th Annual
International Screenplay Competition, presented by the American
Screenwriters Association and Gotham Writers' Workshop. Grand prize includes
$10,000 cash and a script development trip to Hollywood.
Entry deadline is October 31, 2005
The Write Way In™ with Simon Kinberg
Write Way In™ offers you a cutting-edge opportunity
to pitch your feature and television projects to established Hollywood
companies, learn the career secrets of A-List screenwriters in The Writers
Studio™ and network at a cocktail party loaded with industry people
you'd love to mix and mingle with—all at one event!
Sign up now for our inaugural event featuring:
(Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Fantastic Four, XXX State of the Union)
Moderated by Heather Hale
When: Saturday, Sept 17, 2005. From
9am - 7pm
Where: Cinespace, 6356 Hollywood Blvd. (@ Ivar)
2nd Level, Hollywood, CA 90028
9:00am - 3:00pm
10:00am - 11:00am
Pitch Perfect Pitch Coaching
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Sign Up for the Pitch Session
1:00pm - 3:00pm
3:00pm - 5:00pm
The Writers Studio with Simon Kinberg
5:00pm - 7:00pm
Network Hollywood Cocktail Reception
Reserve your space today, space is limited.
Future The Write Way In™ Guests of Honor include:
Steve Zallian, Paul Haggis and more...
Presented by Hollywood by the Bay and The IndustryLA
The Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights
On Saturday, October 1 from 12pm to 4pm,
on the gorgeous Malibu campus of Pepperdine University, ALAP will present
the 2005 Playwrights Expo.
The Expo brings together playwrights (including lyricists, librettists
and composers) with representatives from roughly 100 theater companies
and playwright groups from all over Southern California in the region's
ultimate afternoon of networking.
There will also be three symposiums: Playwriting by Design,The
Rights Stuff and So I've Just Graduated from College and
I Want to Be a Playwright - Now What?!?. In addition, there
will be book, software and theater ticket giveaways. And to cap off the
day, at 4:15 pm will be the 7th Annual ALAP Playreading
Festival featuring the best 10-minute plays of the year chosen
by a panel of award-winning writers and directors from theater, TV and
Expo admission is $5 for the general public and
$3 for students with ID (free for ALAP members and Pepperdine students/faculty);
Festival admission is free to all.
Playwright, Screenwriter and Script Consultant
Co-Chair, Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights
Final Draft and Writers Store Resident Playwriting Expert
Member, Dramatists Guild of America
Expo sponsors include The Dramatists Guild Fund, Final
Draft, Inc. and The Writers Store
In-script Doctoring from Pilar Alessandra and On the Page - $50.00 off
Using Final Draft tools, script consultant Pilar Alessandra refines your
screenplay by placing story notes directly into pages, editing dialogue
and streamlining format. In addition to the doctored script, clients receive
a page of analysis, a printable version of the page notes and a half-hour
follow-up phone call. Discounted fee: $450.00
Pilar is the director of On The Page and former Senior Story
Analyst for DreamWorks and Radar Pictures. Her class Six
Steps to a Screenplay will be held as an intensive October
8 & 9.
Learn to Write for Television in Just Four Weeks
Television Writing, taught by two established executive producers/showrunners,
will give you an inside look at the world of episodic television. You
will learn and practice the actual process involved in successfully writing
a spec episodic script that will open doors throughout Hollywood. Get
started on your new career in television!
Sessions begin October 24th.
Go to: www.WritersUniversity.com
and sign up today.
This course and many others are brought to you by Writers
University, a division of the Writers Store.
Mike Figgis, Tom Waits, and Wes Anderson Design
Francis Ford Coppola's Zoetrope: All-Story
Francis Coppola founded Zoetrope: All-Story in 1997 as a magazine
of stories he hopes will become films. In that short history, it's won
every major award for short fiction. To reflect the collaborative nature
of filmmaking, he invites a major artist to design each issue. Among past
guest designers are Julian Schnabel, Gus Van Sant, and David Byrne.
He's offering registered Final Draft users an exclusive discount on subscriptions.
Access the website at www.all-story.com/subscribe.cgi
and enter the discount code 03FDT06 for 25%
off. You'll soon receive the Fall issue, with design by two-time Academy
Award-nominee Mike Figgis, and look forward to successive issues designed
by Tom Waits and Wes Anderson. It's a great gift for any film enthusiast.
LEARN TO WRITE A MILLION-DOLLAR SCREENPLAY!
MILLION-DOLLAR SCREENWRITING SEMINAR SEPTEMBER 17 &
Produced screenwriter Chris Soth, will reveal the Mini-Movie Method of
Story that's made him over a million dollars in Hollywood. Breaking a
two-hour movie into eight fifteen-minute films, Mini-Movies, or sequences,
are an industry secret not taught in any other course, book or seminar.
Once you learn Mini-Movies, you'll never go back to three-act structure
Schedule: 10am - 6pm.
Where: 1323 Lincoln Blvd., Suite 220, Second
Floor in NALIP Conference Room, Santa Monica, CA
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!"
Chris Soth, BA in Dramatic Literature, MFA Screenwriting,
sold his screenplay Firestorm for $750,000 while still at USC
Film School and wants you to do the same!
Three more registered Final Draft users will receive
a $100 discount, but YOU MUST contact Chris Soth directly:
Special Thanks to in National Association of Latino
Independent Producers (NALIP)
The #1 Pitch Event
Fade In's 12th Annual Power-Pitchfest & Hollywood
Filmmakers Conference October 29 & 30, 2005 Renaissance
Hotel, Hollywood, CA
Submit: Agency Submissions ( ICM, William Morris, UTA, Endeavor
and several others)
Learn: Pitch Class sessions with A-list filmmakers.
Pitch: Over 70 prominent production companies, studios,
producers, agents and managers to pitch to/meet with (including Paramount,
Universal, New Line, William Morris, HBO, Fox Searchlight, and many many
more) in 7-minute meetings. **No per-pitch fee!
Network: Catered Networking Reception.
Limited to 175 attendees. Sells out in advance. Don't be fooled by copy-cat
"pitchfests." The #1 event with the most sales, options and
Phone: 310-275-0287 or
Student Filmmakers Summer Shorts Contest
Now Open to All - student and independent filmmakers
Deadline: September 15, 2005
Winners will receive a trophy from studentfilmmakers.com and the following
prizes from their sponsors:
- CHIMERA® 8005 Lighting Kit (Retail Value $695)
- The Kinoflex Camera Package (Retail Value $599)
- Final Draft 7 and the Syd Field Screenwriting Workshop DVD
- Adobe Software
More prizes still to be announced!
To learn more about the Summer Shorts Contest or to submit your work online,
Directing Commercials Seminar and DVD
An incredible resource for information on how to become
a commercial director
Craig Worsham, an established working director, teaches everything you
need to know about the business of directing commercials.
Topics covered include: The Spec Reel, Joining a Production Company,
Your Contract, Insider Secrets that will Help you Get the Job, Dealing
with the Ad Agency, Directing a 30-second Spot, all aspects of production
and so much more.
Information found nowhere else.
"I learned more in 2 days than most commercial directors learn in
their first 2 years! What an amazing advantage you've given us."
Photographer / Set Decorator, on American Dream
If you have ever considered becoming a director, this is the seminar that
you cannot afford to miss.
Universal Studios, Hollywood
This popular 2-day class is now available on DVD.
Everything the class offers is on the 4-disk set including all the handouts,
spec spots and professional spots.
Coming Soon - The DC TeleSeminar!
Hollywood Creative Connection Short Script Competition
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.
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 - 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