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GAPF Special Guest ROGER CORMAN

Hello Fellow Writers! The Great American Screenwriting Conference & PitchFest is just days away, and we are thrilled to announce a new and exciting session. Hollywood legend, Oscar winner, and icon ROGER CORMAN will be joining us this Saturday, June 21 at 11:00am for an educational and inspirational interview. Aside from being responsible for 429 […]

Focused Suspense by William Martell

You can meet Bill and benefit from his years of experience as a Hollywood Screenwriter by taking his class, ACT TWO IS EASY! at this year’s Great American Screenwriting Conference. Bill’s class will be held: 5pm – 6:30pm Friday, June 20 Marriott Burbank Hotel & Convention Center 2500 N. Hollywood Way Burbank, CA 91505 We […]

PLAYING WITH DYNAMITE: An Interview with Producer Sean Covel

by Holly Grigg-Spall We are delighted to have NAPOLEON DYNAMITE producer Sean Covel at this year’s event alongside his producing partner Chris “Doc” Wyatt. In a session titled PLAYING WITH DYNAMITE: The Independent Film Screenplay the pair will discuss the key differences between studio and independent projects. They will follow that with a second session: PLAYING WITH DYNAMITE: Securing Financing for Indie Films. Both […]

Pitching

A Minute To Pitch

By Pilar Alessandra O.K. see that guy over by the cheese table? He’s a producer; a big one; a guy who produces exactly the kind of movies that YOU write. Imagine you strike up a conversation with him and in passing you mention that you’re a screenwriter. He looks over at you, puts on his […]

The Huffington Post: Q &A with founder, Signe Olynyk by Karen Geier

All you need to know to about Pitching in Show Business Most industries have been completely transformed by the internet. Where at one point, you needed to “know a guy” to get the best plumber or brakes specialist, there are now sites like Homestars and Gigpark. If you needed to reach out to a huge […]

How Do You Pitch A Show?

What is a pitch? How do you do it? Are there specific “rules” in presenting a successful pitch? The answer is: yes and no. Every pitch session is different, but the most important thing to remember is that the point is not to sell your project. It is to build a relationship. A commitment to […]

Interviews

Five quick questions with Michael Hauge

Written by Mike Lee MICHAEL HAUGE is a script consultant, screenwriter, author and lecturer who works with writers, filmmakers and executives on their pitches, screenplays, film projects and development skills. He has recently coached writers or consulted on projects for Warner Bros., Paramount, Disney, Columbia, New Line, CBS, Lifetime, Morgan Freeman, Jennifer Lopez and Julia […]

The Huffington Post: Q &A with founder, Signe Olynyk by Karen Geier

All you need to know to about Pitching in Show Business Most industries have been completely transformed by the internet. Where at one point, you needed to “know a guy” to get the best plumber or brakes specialist, there are now sites like Homestars and Gigpark. If you needed to reach out to a huge […]

Writers Store All-Star Profile – Pilar Alessandra

by Deb Havener- May 2011 Pilar Alessandra’s Master Class Intensive (Friday, June 3rd) is designed to help writers prepare their pitches for the big pitch day at the Great American PitchFest, or for use any time. Pilar Alessandra is one busy lady. She juggles her own business, coaches hundreds of students, lectures at numerous speaking […]

Screenwriting

One Script Can Change Your Life

by Corey Mandell I’ve recently had several agents and managers come to my UCLA classes to speak about the current state of the industry.  One thing they all say is that while real writers are able to break in and stay in the business, pretend writers are now completely out of luck. I asked her […]

Death & Rebirth

“If you want resurrection, you must have crucifixion.”  – Joseph Campbell In every great heroic tale, there is a time of rebirth. From Joseph Campbell to Dara Marks to Dan Harmon, there have been millions of words written on the subject of a protagonist’s journey and subsequent transformation.  Refusal of the call to action, meeting […]

Transmedia Marketplace: A Short Introduction

There’s all this talk these days about “Transmedia” and how the 21st century writer needs to understand the various platforms that currently exist in order to write effectively – and I would have to say that that is true.There’s never been a more advantageous time to be a writer than now. I tell my graduating media students […]