Thursday, March 26, 2015

Signe Olynyk and Bob Schultz of Great American Pitchfest to Guest Sunday March 29th

Great American Pitchfest @ThePitchfest is an amazing opportunity for screenwriters to network, learn and pitch their projects to Hollywood executives.

Before you opine that pitching events are a "ripoff," I urge you to read my personal experiences with them on the benefits of attending them. There's more value in these events than you realize...
Balls of Steel: Screenwriting Pitchfests - Ripoff or Opportunity?

If you want to know more about navigating pitching events and conferences, don't miss this Sunday's Scriptchat with Signe Olynyk @Screenwriter12 and Bob Schultz @PitchfestBob.

Sunday, March 29th at 5:00PM PST (8:00PM EST)
Best site to chat is here.
Full chat instructions are here.

ScriptFest and the Great American PitchFest have joined forces to create the ultimate screenwriting event.

ScriptFest is a conference that kicks off on Friday night with a master class intensive, followed by a full day of screenwriting panels, workshops, roundtables, networking parties, and our latest addition of the Pitch Alley (pitch to executives on Saturday AND Sunday) – all day Saturday.

The Great American PitchFest is held on Sunday, featuring approximately 100 production companies, agents, managers, and other industry professionals seeking material to option, and writers to hire, manage, and represent. Find the connections you need and develop the skills for your screenwriting career to move forward during this life changing weekend.

Friday, May 29, 2015 – Master Class & Opening Night Reception

Saturday, May 30 – dozens of classes & panels as well as several half day master classes, parties, and other events for writers. You can also pitch in our new PITCH ALLEY where dozens of execs will be available to hear your pitch.

Sunday, May 31 – a full day of pitch meetings for writers with Agents, Managers, Production Companies, Investors, Distributors, & other industry professionals, as well as our Executive Luncheon, and the Sweet Taste of Success Cocktail Party.

Watch this Screenwriting Conference Essentials Webinar by @jeannevb to help you make the most of your Great American Pitchfest experience!

Download a pitchfest checklist to be sure you're fully prepared! 

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Adapting Scripts into Novels - Transcript March 22, 2015

We had a great chat tonight on using your screenplays as outlines for novels. Why not get your story out there and enjoyed while you're hustling them to Hollywood execs? Read on for some great tips and insights into reverse adaptation. Enjoy! @jeannevb

Read the transcript below or on the Storify site.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Terrance Mulloy Transcript - March 15, 2015

Amazing chat tonight with Australian screenwriter Terrance Mulloy @TerranceMulloy who sold his original spec script PRIORITY RUN to Arclight Films. Learn how to navigate Hollywood outside of L.A. and so much more. We'll definitely get Terrance back! - @jeannevb

Read transcript on Storify site or below.
See Terrance's full bio here.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Terrance Mulloy to Guest on Scriptchat March 15th

How does a screenwriter get repped when they live outside of Los Angeles? If you have burning questions about screenwriting in the US as well as other countries, getting representation and working with an agent/manager, don't miss Scriptchat with our guest Terrance Mulloy!

Note: Terrence was recently interviewed on Go Into The Story's blog. Check it out.

Sunday, March 15th at 5:00PM PST (8:00PM EST)
Best site to chat is here.
Full chat instructions are here.

Aussie native Terrance Mulloy @TerranceMulloy has been writing screenplays for more than nine years. After his first spec sale PRIORITY RUN in 2012, he has since gone on to develop feature projects for a variety of production companies and studios in Australia, Asia, and the U.S. He worked on the upcoming horror film BURST 3D for director Neil Marshall (THE DESCENT, GAME OF THRONES) and producer Sam Raimi (EVIL DEAD, SPIDERMAN, DRAG ME TO HELL), and has just finished writing DEEP WATER for Arclight Films (BAIT, PREDESTINATION). He is currently penning an adaptation of the hit French Zombie movie THE HORDE for Infinite Studios in Singapore, and is also set to take on an adaptation of Matthew Reilly’s bestselling sci-fi action novel, CONTEST, for director Greg McLean (WOLF CREEK, ROGUE, 6 MIRANDA DRIVE, JUNGLE) and Animal Logic (HAPPY FEET, THE LEGO MOVIE) . On the TV side, Terrance's sci-fi pilot THE EMISSARY is currently receiving strong interest from a major TV producer based in Los Angeles.

Terrance is repped by UTA and Madhouse Entertainment, and is well known throughout the screenwriting community for his easy going nature and cheeky sense of humor. By his own admission he also spends way too much time playing video games, and not enough time with his two miniature Dachshunds.

Jeff Willis Transcript - March 8, 2015

Amazing chat tonight with Jeff Willis @jwillis81, VP, Business Affairs & Production Administration at The Weinstein Company. You'll want to read all of this, as Jeff gave some fantastic advice and insights. Enjoy! @jeannevb

Scroll below or read the transcript on Storify.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Jeff Willis to Guest on Scriptchat March 8th!

We're excited to have Jeff Willis as our guest on Scriptchat! Jeff is known for his generosity in the writing community, so it's no surprise he offered to allow us to pick his brain on a Sunday evening.

Set your alarms for Sunday, March 8th, 5pm PST and join us!

The best site to participate is here.
Full chat instructions are here.

Jeff Willis @jwillis81 has worked on the production company side of the industry for more than eight years. After graduating from CSU Long Beach with a degree in Film & Electronic Media, he got his first industry job at Beacon Pictures as an assistant in the business and legal affairs department. He left Beacon to pursue an opportunity at Our Stories Films (WHO’S YOUR CADDY?), a start-up production company from BET-founder Robert L. Johnson.

While at Our Stories Films, Jeff was promoted to an executive position and transitioned from business affairs to creative development, operations, and production management. After three years with Our Stories, he moved on to work with another start-up, Troika Pictures (THE CALL), as a consulting production and operations executive. A year later, Jeff accepted a position at The Weinstein Company, coming full circle and returning to his roots in business affairs. He's been with TWC for almost 5 years, currently serving as VP, Business Affairs & Production Administration.

In his spare time, Jeff pursues a writing and producing career. To date, he has completed two commissioned rewrite assignments and sold a feature screenplay that he co-wrote with a partner, which is currently scheduled to begin production early next year.

Note: Jeff did a Q&A with The Black Board you might enjoy.