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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 […]

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 […]

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

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 […]

Interview with Sheri Brummond

Director of Development at Rosemont Productions International Ltd. Producers of the Emmy Award-Winning DOOR TO DOOR, as well as numerous other television and cable films such as PURGATORY, THE SECRET GARDEN, HIGH NOON, etc. Written by Signe Olynyk …Most writers are taught to write “from the heart”, so the stories and characters they develop are […]

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 […]

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 […]