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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

The Elevator Pitch Part 1

by Unknown Screenwriter The Elevator Pitch. You’ve heard of it before… Right? They’re called elevator pitches because you need to be able to pitch your screenplay in the length of time it takes for the entity you’re pitching to — to arrive at their floor and exit the elevator. You’ve got to be able to […]

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 […]

Interviews

An Interview with MAD MEN writer/producer Lisa Albert

(This article originally appeared on the blog Culture & Anarchy) While she was in town for the London Screenwriters Festival, MAD MEN writer/producer Lisa Albert sat down for breakfast to be interviewed by Bob Schultz as part of the London Breakfast Club series of talks. Culture and Anarchy found out some nifty screenwriting tips to […]

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 […]

The Elevator Pitch Part 1

by Unknown Screenwriter The Elevator Pitch. You’ve heard of it before… Right? They’re called elevator pitches because you need to be able to pitch your screenplay in the length of time it takes for the entity you’re pitching to — to arrive at their floor and exit the elevator. You’ve got to be able to […]

Screenwriting

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 […]

In The Beginning Was The Writers’ Room

by Peter Desberg and Jeffrey Davis The Writers’ Room began on the fabled Your Show of Shows and is portrayed in Neil Simon’s play, Laughter on the 23rd Floor. Although written by greats like Larry Gelbart, Mel Brooks and the Simon brothers, the best and most original comedy writers of the 1950’s, the work they produced had a distinctive voice.  […]