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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

On The Page In The UK

Last month, the Great American PitchFest visited London to create the very first Great British PitchFest. Production Companies, managers, and agents from the UK and Hollywood heard pitches from delegates from around the world. The most successful pitchers whipped their pitches into shape with Great American PitchFest superstar Pilar Alessandra. To hear more about our […]

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 […]

The Comparison Game

by Nneka Samuel Whether you’re a novice waiting to break-in or an accomplished magnate with a slew of produced credits, if you call yourself a writer, chances are you’ve been guilty of playing the Comparison Game.  It’s less game, actually, and more of a self-defeating mental checklist confirming every negative thought you’ve had about your […]

Interviews

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 […]

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

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.  […]

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 […]

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 […]