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Would a screenplay workshop help you out?

There are a lot of places that offer screenplay workshop to help out new or struggling screenwriters. Of course, not all of the screenwriting workshops are for noobs. Some of them just help you to hone your craft.

Well, if you think one of these would do you good the LA Writers Lab has a new one coming up. You may already know about it if you got the INFOLIST.com email about it.

Here are the details:

THE 90-DAY SCREENPLAY
TELESEMINAR

A 3-month workshop with
ALAN WATT

* Having trouble getting your great idea onto the page?
* Getting stuck halfway through?
* Need guidance on structure, character, dialogue, or themes?

THIS 90-DAY WORKSHOP WILL LEAVE YOU WITH A FINISHED SCREENPLAY!
Since it’s a teleseminar, you can take it from ANYWHERE!

PLUS:
Screenwriter Interviews with Special Guests:
Benjamin van der Veen
(Che: Guerilla) speaking on “The Outline”
Allison Burnett (Fame, Feast of Love) speaking on “The First Draft”
Donna Powers (The Italian Job) speaking on “The Rewrite”


27 TELECONFERENCE CLASSES OVER 90 DAYS:
March 23rd – June 20th, 2010
Tuesdays: 12pm – 1:30pm (PST)
Fridays 12pm – 12:50pm (PST)


HOW IT WORKS:

The 90-Day Screenplay is an intensive 27-class tele-course where you will receive all the practical tools you’ll need to complete your screenplay, from initial idea, through outline, first draft, and rewrite. Each class begins with a lecture, followed by a series of stream-of-consciousness writing exercises and discussion. You will receive specific homework at the end of each class as well as an emailed summary of the points covered.

TOPICS COVERED WILL INCLUDE:

* 3-Act Structure as an intuitive model
* Clarifying the logline
*The secret to writing constructive outlines (stream-of-consciousness writing exercises + proven techniques that allow the story to emerge)
* Exploring the “universal dilemma” (dramatic question) at the heart of the story
* Using your fears as an ally (you are uniquely qualified to writer your script)
* Writing from a place of jeopardy
* Developing memorable characters
* Writing compelling movie dialogue
* The secrets to writing great description
* Subtext
* Secrets to writing driving narrative
* Theme (what is this thing really about?)
* Developing a powerful “want” for the hero
* Clarifying the need
* The rules of screenplay format
* Writing the first draft
* Setup (how to make the first ten pages rock)
* How to make the reader care about your characters
* Protagonists and Antagonists (clue: they want exactly the same thing!)
* Showing, not telling
* Dramatizing exposition
* Disguising back-story
* Layering information (conflating scenes)
* Building tension
* How to write a crisp first act that readers can’t put down
* Raising the stakes through the second act
* Developing “turning points”
* High Concept
* Rules of Genre
* Beats, Scenes, Sequences, Acts
* Climax (the secret to writing an unforgettable battle scene)
* Tying up loose ends
* Bookends (beginnings and endings)
* The Rewrite (how to rewrite the screenplay efficiently)
* Making the scenes as dynamic as possible
* Making it cinematic (a picture paints a thousand words)
* Keeping it tight (brevity is the soul of screenwriting)
* Transformation (the “power” of story)
* And much much more…

SPECIAL DISCOUNT FOR INFOLIST.com!!
Mention INFOLIST.com when you register, and get $60 OFF! That’s just $325 (normally $385!) if you sign up by the EARLY DEADLINE of March 15th, 2010! ONLY A FEW SPOTS LEFT, so don’t wait!

TO REGISTER:
Use the special link below to register by March 15th to get your discount:
www.lawriterslab.com/the-90-day-screenplay-online-infolist
OR call LA Writers Lab at (310) 712-1290 and be sure to mention INFOLIST.com to get your discount!

Marc Cherry (Creator of Desperate Housewives) & Marco Pennette (Exec Prod Ugly Betty) to Speak at Conversations on Craft

Anyone interested in TV writing? If so you have a chance to hear some pros talk if you are in the Los Angeles area. Here are the details for those of you interested:

Yankee Hill Productions
in association with
Stella Adler Los Angeles Academy of Acting and Theatre
presents

CONVERSATIONS ON CRAFT

Live Seminars on Creating Greatness
in Film, Television and Theater

with Special Guests:

MARC CHERRY
(Award winning creator of “Desperate Housewives”)

and

MARCO PENNETTE
(Executive Producer of “Ugly Betty” & “Samantha Who?”)

Moderated by Luke Yankee

Wine & cheese reception to follow

TUESDAY, March 9th, 2010
7:30pm – 9pm
at

The Stella Adler Theatre
6773 Hollywood Blvd.
(1 block east of Highland )
Hollywood, CA 90028
($2 parking available at Hollywood & Highland with validation)

SPECIAL DISCOUNT FOR INFOLIST.com!!
Use the special link below, and get $5 OFF your advance ticket purchase!  That’s just $15 (normally $20 in advance), or $25 at the door for a rare opportunity to hear Marc Cherry and Marco Pennette!

TO REGISTER:
Use the link below to get your special discount:
www.brownpapertickets.com/event/91183

Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the charity of the speakers’ choice, as well as scholarships at Stella Adler Los Angeles Academy of Acting and Theatre.

For more information, please visit:
www.conversationsoncraft.com

or call (323) 823-4474

Scripts Wanted – Dark, Quirky, Witty Dramas

Hey, hey screenwriters! Any one got a Dark, Quirky, Witty Drama? If so, there is a script call just for you! Here are the details for those of you that have one of these scripts ready to send out:

DBA Films – Dark, Witty, Quirky Dramas
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We are looking for completed feature-length dark and witty dramas.

Something with a slightly offbeat sensibility or that contains quirky characters such as in “Little Miss Sunshine.” We are NOT looking for straight-laced dramas like “Revolutionary Road” NOR pure comedies (especially not broad ones).

We are open to any budget. WG and Non-WG writers may submit.

Our credits include “The Phantom” among other theatrically released features. Please note that in order to protect this company from unsolicited calls and emails, and because this lead is exclusive to InkTip subscribers, we’re keeping their name anonymous.

TO SUBMIT:
1. Please go to www.InkTippro.com/leads
2. Enter your email address (you will be signing up for InkTip’s newsletter – FREE!)
3. Copy/Paste this code: qqrvap74rn
4. You will be submitting a logline and synopsis only, and you will be contacted to submit the full script only if there is interest from the production company.

Paradigm Agency Senior Agent Norman Aladjem to speak at Business Breakfast at Bergamot

Here’s some news you guys can use. If you wanna hear about the industry from an agent at Paradigm that is. It is another one of those networking breakfasts. This one is all about representation. And it happens tomorrow! Sorry for the late notice! Here are the full details from InfoList.com:

Writers Boot Camp cordially invites you to attend:

BUSINESS BREAKFAST AT BERGAMOT

with special guest speaker NORMAN ALADJEM (SENIOR AGENT, PARADIGM AGENCY)

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010
7:45am – 9:45am
7:45am – Check-in and networking
8:30am – program begins

Once again, senior agent Norman Aladjem will grace the stage of The Business Breakfast to share his veteran perspective of the agency business, the methods of artist representation and how writers, actors and directors attract support, as well as his perspective of where the opportunities are today in the entertainment business.

Writers Boot Camp helps writers and creative collaborators reach the highest levels of the industry by teaching a comprehensive full-development process and professional approach that leads writers to becoming the authority of their own work. We present to our community the people who truly know the business. Join us every other Wednesday at our Bergamot Station headquarters to network and to learn where the work is in the entertainment industry.

SPECIAL DISCOUNT FOR INFOLIST.com!!
Use special discount code 02021710, and get 50% OFF – that’s just $10 in advance (normally $20!), or $25 at the door (on a space-available basis) for a morning of networking and inside information from a top Hollywood professional.

TO RESERVE YOUR SEAT:
Use special discount code 02021710 when you click the link below, and purchase your ticket in advance at the special $10 price:
www.writersbootcamp.com/BusinessBreakfast/BusinessBreakfast.asp

Event to take place at:
Writers Bootcamp
2525 Michigan Avenue
Santa Monica, CA 90904
(Free Parking at the main Bergamot Station lot – directions below)

Directions:
Take the 10 Fwy or Olympic Blvd to Cloverfield Blvd.
from Cloverfield Blvd., go east on Michigan
(Michigan Avenue is between the 10 Fwy and Olympic)
go to the end of Michigan, and turn Left into the Bergamot Station entrance
Park inside the lot and walk to the SW corner, Bldg i

To learn more about Writers Boot Camp, please visit:
www.WritersBootCamp.com
or call Writers Boot Camp with any questions at:
(310) 998-1199

Networking Breakfast with John Lee Hancock (writer/director The Blind Side)

Check it out people in Los Angeles! A networking breakfast with the writer and director of The Blind Side. This is a great opportunity to hear about the business from someone that has had a lot of recent success. Here are the details for the breakfast from Infolist.com:

SANDRA LORD proudly invites you to attend the award-winning HOLLYWOOD NETWORKING BREAKFAST(R)

with special guest speaker

JOHN LEE HANCOCK

WRITER/DIRECTOR OF THE ACADEMY AWARD NOMINATED FILM THE BLIND SIDE

John’s credits include: “The Rookie,” starring Dennis Quaid; “The Alamo,” starring Quaid and Billy Bob Thornton; the musical drama “The Goree Girls,” with star Jennifer Aniston, slated for release in 2010; “A Perfect World,” directed by Clint Eastwood, with Kevin Costner and Laura Dern; “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil;” “My Dog Skip;” the CBS series “L.A. Doctors;” and the drama series “Falcone.” (See full bio below).

Thursday, February 25th, 2010
8:00am – 10:30am (Check-in starts at 7:20am)
RSVP Postmark Deadline – Thursday, February 18th, 2010

at
The Beverly Hills Country Club
3084 Motor Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90064
(south of Twentieth Century Fox Studios)

FREE PARKING is available in the back lot, located on Patricia Avenue/Street, behind the tennis courts.
Please note there is NO PARKING PERMITTED ON THE RESIDENTIAL SIDE OF THE STREET AT ANY TIME
or Valet Parking available for $4

Produced in Los Angeles to benefit
CHANGING IMAGES IN AMERICA
A non-profit organization dedicated to promoting diversity in American culture

ATTIRE: BUSINESS CASUAL ATTIRE REQUIRED.
PLEASE, NO JEANS OR T-SHIRTS.
(We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone)

ABSOLUTELY NO RECORDING DEVICES ALLOWED!

WE NOW ACCEPT ONLINE PAYMENTS for the breakfast!
SPECIAL DISCOUNT FOR INFOLIST.com!!
FIRST TIME ATTENDEES (ONLY) may take $5 OFF of the pre-paid/on-time reservation price listed below – You MUST include a copy of the FIRST PAGE of this INFOLIST.com posting with your check to receive the discount!

DOWNLOAD OUR RESERVATIONS FORM:
www.changingimagesinamerica.org/res-form.pdf

• PRE-PAID RESERVATIONS:

MAIL-IN: (postmarked by February 18th, 2010): $40 per person, includes full breakfast (only $35 for InfoList members who are first-time attendees!). Check or money-order must be made payable to: Changing Images In America, P.O. Box 2688, Hollywood, CA 90078. Your cashed check is your confirmation – however, if your check does not appear to have been cashed by the day before the event, please CALL (323) 465-9800 to verify your reservation. We do not accept email or phone reservations. Reservations cannot be rolled over to another month, but can be transferred to someone else for the date paid for only. Our venue does not have a refund policy for “no shows” for this event. Therefore, “no-shows” are not refundable.
YOUR CONTACT INFORMATION: You MUST include a business card and/or phone number and other contact info. If you do not provide us with a telephone contact number, we will not be responsible for any inconvenience you experience if we are unable to reach you in an emergency.
ONLINE: You must complete the on-line reservation form and submit along with your payment to guarantee your reservation. If payment is not received at the time the reservation form is submitted, you will NOT be included on the reservations list. The final reservations list compromises of pre-paid attendees only. To make an on-line reservation, go to:
www.changingimagesinamerica.org/hnres.htm

• PRE-CONFIRMED LATE RESERVATIONS LIST: $45
ONLINE: Pre-confirmed late reservation: You can make the reservation online anytime after 5PM on the posted postmark deadline and before 3PM on the day before the breakfast.
PHONE: Pre-confirmed late reservation: You can make the reservation via phone anytime after 5PM on the posted postmark deadline and before 3PM on the day before the breakfast. You must talk to someone in the office (323-465-9800) to make arrangements to be put on that list, as there are guidelines.

• WALK-INS: $50
Cash only, on a space-available basis.

IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO BE AWARE OF OUR POLICIES AND GUIDELINES.

ABSOLUTELY NO RECORDING DEVICES ALLOWED!

For more information, visit:
www.changingimagesinamerica.org/hnindex.htm

For questions and other information:
(323) 465-9800

To find out how to be considered to meet privately with a guest speaker, go to:
www.hgenonline.com/BkfstPrivateMeeting.htm

ABOUT THE GUEST SPEAKER:

By all accounts, JOHN LEE HANCOCK’s tremendous success as a Director-Screenwriter-Executive Producer has made him a flourishing, highly regarded, much-sought after talent in Hollywood. John most recently wrote and directed “The Blind Side,” which has just been nominated for an Academy Award in the “Best Picture” category. The film stars Sandra Bullock, who recently won a Golden Globe for her lead role in the film and is also up for an Academy Award in the “Best Actress” category. “The Blind Side” has enjoyed over $200 million dollars in box office success to date.

John previously directed the “The Rookie,” starring Dennis Quaid, which won the 2002 ESPY Award for Best Sports Movie. He also directed and co-wrote the historical drama “The Alamo,” starring Quaid and Billy Bob Thornton.

Hancock most recently co-wrote the screenplay for the musical drama “The Goree Girls,” to star Jennifer Aniston, which is slated for release in 2010. His upcoming films also include the drama “The Starling,” which he is set to direct, and the fact-based Hurricane Katrina drama “The American Can,” which he is co-writing and will direct.

Originally from Texas City, Texas, Hancock earned a law degree from Baylor University. Upon moving to Los Angeles, he traded his legal career for the chance to start the theatre company Legal Aliens, with actor Brandon Lee. He wrote and directed several original stage plays there before launching his film and television career.

Hancock’s first major motion picture screenplay, “A Perfect World,” was directed by Clint Eastwood, who also produced and starred alongside Kevin Costner and Laura Dern. Hancock then wrote “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil,” the screen adaptation of the acclaimed book, also directed by Eastwood. He made his producing debut with the family drama “My Dog Skip,” starring Kevin Bacon, Diane Lane and Frankie Muniz, under the direction of Jay Russell.

For television, Hancock created the CBS series “L.A. Doctors,” on which he was an executive producer, director and writer. Later, he served as executive producer of the network’s drama series “Falcone,” also directing episodes.

Hancock is currently an advisor at the Sundance Institute Screenwriting Lab.

JOHN LEE HANCCOK is the next “must meet” Hollywood player, at the next Hollywood Networking Breakfast.
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GUEST SPEAKERS: Guest Speaker’s attendance is confirmed, schedule permitting. In the event our guest speaker is unable to attend, we reserve the right to provide a substitute speaker or initiate a different format (which might not include a substitute speaker) for that day/event. In any such situation, since our venue will still require full payment, our no refund and no roll-over policy for all reservations shall apply.

Need script copies? Two Cent Script Copies in Los Angeles!

If you have gotten some requests for your script you may need to make some copies. And you may need them fast! If so, there is a place in Los Angeles that is offer two cent script copies. Here are the details direct from InfoList.com:

TWO CENT SCRIPT COPIES
& OTHER PRINTING AND OFFICE SERVICES
ScriptCopier.com/Digital Express ETC. is the friendliest copy place in town!

2 CENT SCRIPT COPIES
Digital Printing of screenplays from Final Draft, Movie Magic, & PDF at only 2 cents per page!
Note: for the 2 cent price, your script MUST be in one of the software formats above – no hard copy originals.
Free White Covers and Brads for your script through February 28th, 2010 when you mention INFOLIST.com!!

SCANNING SCREENPLAYS/DOCUMENTS and digitizing them into MS Word, Adobe PDF, Final Draft, or Movie Magic. Get 10% OFF when you mention INFOLIST.com!!

COLOR COPIES – Digital Laser color copies at only 49 cents per page!

BUSINESS CARDS – printed in full color on 16 pt. Matte or Gloss, Double Sided for only $69.00

PRINTING – Full color Magnets, Booklets, Programs, Postcards, Brochures, Fliers & more!

SCRIPT SUBMISSIONS to Contests, Production Companies, Consultants, ETC. for only $15.00 per script including Priority Mail or FedEx Ground and Cover Letter/Entry Form.

PLUS:
TV & Feature Script Library, Private Mailboxes with Suite Numbers, Binding, Public Fax, FedEx & More!

For more info and to place your orders, visit:
www.ScriptCopier.com
or email Maziar directly at:
411@ScriptCopier.com

ScriptCopier.com / Digital Exress ETC.
6404 Wilshire Blvd.
Suite 105
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(323) 655-2639

Thriller Script Wanted with Caucasian Male Lead

Another call for a thriller script. This time it must have a Caucasian male lead. Does this sound like your script? If so, check out these details:

SCRIPTS WANTED – THRILLER WITH MALE LEAD

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Solo Entertainment Group – Thriller, Caucasian Male 40s
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We are looking for completed feature-length thriller scripts featuring a Caucasian male lead role in his 40’s-50’s. The story must take place in the present day. The character must be the lead and not in a supporting role.

Budget has yet to be determined. Non-WG writers only may submit.

Our credits include “American Virgin.”

TO SUBMIT:
1. Please go to www.InkTippro.com/leads
2. Enter your email address (you will be signing up for InkTip’s newsletter – FREE!)
3. Copy/Paste this code: 597q3kssp8
4. You will be submitting a logline and synopsis only, and you will be contacted to submit the full script only if there is interest from the production company.

Scripts Wanted – Ultra-Low Budget Horror, Suspense, or Thriller

Do you have a Horror, Suspense, or Thriller script that is ultra-low budget? Is it ready to be sent out? If so, this script call may be for you! It came to me via InfoList.com. Check out the details:

SCRIPTS WANTED – ULTRA LOW BUDGET HORROR, SUSPENSE, OR THRILLER

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Scatena and Rosner Films LLC- Limited-Location, Edgy Scripts
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We are looking for completed feature-length ultra-low budget edgy horror, suspense or thriller scripts that take place in less than 4 locations with characters in their 20’s-30’s only. The total number of main or supporting roles with speaking parts should not exceed 8.

Think of most of the “Friday the 13th” or “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” films – a small group of characters caught in a tight situation (so no scripts with only a couple of main roles). Since this is an ultra-low project, we prefer gritty scripts with none or very few special effects. Disregarding the age of the characters, examples of limited-location scripts in those genres would be “Session 9,” “Saw,” “Bug,” “Rope,” “Hard Candy,” “Wait Until Dark” and “A l’interieur” (“Inside”).

Again, the characters must be in their 20’s-30’s. Scripts submitted with characters outside of this age range will not be considered.

Budget will not exceed $200,000. Non-WG writers only may submit.

Our credits include “Hollywood Douchebags,” which is in development with Wendy Kram (producer of Mad Money) on board as an Executive Producer, and “A Wake in Denver,” an InkTip-sourced script in development with Alan Chu (Art of War) and Mark Bennett (Good Will Hunting) on board as casting director.

TO SUBMIT:
1. Please go to www.InkTippro.com/leads
2. Enter your email address (you will be signing up for InkTip’s newsletter – FREE!)
3. Copy/Paste this code: 1mvfkw7t20
4. You will be submitting a logline and synopsis only, and you will be contacted to submit the full script only if there is interest from the production company.

Win a Year-Long Fellowship with the CineStory Screenwriting Awards!

Have you guys heard about the fellowship up for grabs with the CineStory Screenwriting Awards? I got the details through Infolist.com and will post it below. Remember that you can sign up for Infolist to get the emails delivered to your inbox!

CINESTORY SCREENWRITING AWARDS
COMPETE TO WIN THE YEAR-LONG FELLOWSHIP!

Make 2010 a breakthrough year for your screenwriting career – Enter the CineStory Screenwriting Awards

CineStory is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to nurturing the best new voices in screenwriting. To this end, each year the top 16 writers from the CineStory Screenwriting Awards are invited to an exclusive screenwriters retreat where they receive feedback and advice from working industry professionals.

The Grand Prize is a year-long fellowship program valued at over $7000, including two mentors handpicked to help the winner advance in craft and career.

Past CSA winners include Mark Fergus & Hawk Ostby (IRON MAN, CHILDREN OF MEN), Greg Marcks (11:14), Lance Hammer (BALLAST), Michael Cahill (THE KING OF CALIFORNIA) and Daniel Barnz (PHOEBE IN WONDERLAND).

Retreat mentors include key creative personnel behind films such as SE7EN, IRON MAN, CHILDREN OF MEN, FINDING NEVERLAND, FIREWALL, THE DANGEROUS LIVES OF ALTAR BOYS, BAND OF BROTHERS and many more.

Enter for a chance to become the 2010 CSA Fellow and attend the Fall Retreat.

FINAL DEADLINE: JANUARY 31st!!

SPECIAL DISCOUNT FOR INFOLIST.com!!
Use your special discount code Info10 in your submission email or on your entry form, and get $15 OFF your submission fee! That’s just $50 (normally $65) for a chance at the grand prize! Or double your chances, and submit two scripts for only $90!

TO ENTER:
For entry forms, guidelines and submission instructions:
www.cinestory.org/contest.php

Valentine’s Day or Christmas Romantic Comedy Scripts Wanted

Got a finished romantic comedy script? Is it set around Valentine’s Day or Christmas? If so, it might be what one company is looking for!

Here are the details from Infolist.com:

SCRIPTS WANTED – CHRISTMAS OR VALENTINES ROMANTIC COMEDY

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8790 Pictures, Inc – Female-Led, Christmas, Valentine
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We are looking for completed feature-length or MOW Christmas or Valentine’s Day romantic comedy scripts featuring a female lead role in her 20’s.

The story should be appropriate to air on television, meaning for audiences of all ages. It should be a rom-com and not be a serious drama or deal with provocative situations and be centered on either Valentine’s or Christmas. The lead character, not the supporting one, must be in her 20’s. Please do not submit very lengthy feature scripts as the runtime should end up an appropriate length for a MOW.

Budget will not exceed $4 million. WG and Non-WG writers may submit.

Our credits include “Because of Winn-Dixie.”

TO SUBMIT:
1. Please go to www.InkTippro.com/leads
2. Enter your email address (you will be signing up for InkTip’s newsletter – FREE!)
3. Copy/Paste this code: n04t3u3swf
4. You will be submitting a logline and synopsis only, and you will be contacted to submit the full script only if there is interest from the production company.

IMPORTANT: Please ONLY submit your work if it fits what the lead is looking for EXACTLY.

If you aren’t sure if your submission fits, please ask InkTip first. Please mention you heard about this from Jeff Gund at INFOLIST.com and please email any questions to:
jerrol@inktip.com

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