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Interview With The Chair of the UCLA Screenwriting Program

If you’re a new screenwriter looking to soak up as much info on the craft as possible, head on over to Screenplay.com.

There is a new interview up with Richard Walter, who happens to the chair of the UCLA screenwriting program.

Sure, Walter is pimping a new book that he has coming out. But still, you might learn a little something from the interview.

If you’re interested, his new book is Essentials of Screenwriting: The Art, Craft, and Business of Film and Television Writing, which you can get on Amazon for a low price right now!

Writers wanted that know poker

Do you know a lot about poker? I mean really know about poker? If so, there may be a new side gig you could be interested in. It is writing about poker. It’s not screenwriting, but regular writing. Think of it as a way to pay bills till you get a script sold. Here are the details from infolist.com:

WRITERS WANTED FOR POKER LIFESTYLE WEBSITE

Looking for writers who know poker and how it relates to a variety of lifestyles – Travel, Food, Fashion, Luxury, Charity, and Entertainment.

Each writer will have a weekly blog that they are responsible for.

KNOWING POKER IS A MUST! You don’t have to have experience in the media or writing about poker, but knowledge of the game is required.

Great experience, and you will be seen by millions of people.

Pay negotiable, depending upon experience.

The website content is about the lifestyle of the poker industry, focusing on travel, food and the lives of poker players. And we will be involved in a big championship poker tournament at the end of this year.

TO SUBMIT:
Be sure to mention you heard about this from Jeff Gund at INFOLIST.com for priority consideration, and email ALL the information requested below ASAP to:
ninab@ippaglobal.com
Be sure to include:
1. Your name (first and last)
2. Contact phone number
3. Writing samples (at least one)
4. Why do you love poker?
5. Do you play poker?
6. How long have you played?
7. Who do you think is the number one woman poker play in the world, and why?
8. Be sure to mention you heard about this from Jeff Gund at INFOLIST.com for priority consideration!

Script call: Scripts Wanted with Dark, Gritty Tone

Got a dark, gritty script? It could get made! Check out this script call from InfoList.com to see if you have anything that fits it:

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Baie des Singes (UK) Ltd. – Dark, Gritty, New Worlds
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We are looking for completed feature-length low-budget scripts that immerse you into a dark and gritty world that we are not familiar with (the public does not often see).

The story can contain dark and violent scenes, i.e. the tone should have a rawness and edge to it. Please do NOT submit stories with characters that are superheroes, Navy SEALS, ex-Marines, FBI/CIA, etc, i.e. no larger than life action stars.

Examples of the types of films that contain the tone, style and gritty world would be “The Wrestler” (reveals the independent wrestling circuit) “Gomorrah” (inside look at the Mafia) and “No Country for Old Men.”

We are NOT open to pure action/adventure, comedies, romances, sci-fi, westerns, rom-coms, musicals or animation.

Budget will not exceed $1 million. WG and Non-WG writers may submit.

I am a major international commercials director with clients such as BMW, Ford, Audi, Nivea, Adidas and Coca-Cola, and I am looking for a first feature script to direct.

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: xcm72bdueh
4. You will be submitting a logline and synopsis only,

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

Scritp Call: Drama Scripts Wanted with Lesbian Main Characters

Here’s another script call. This one is for dramas. And it needs to have lesbian main characters. Check out the full details below.

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KGB FILMS – Dramas with Lesbian Characters
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We are looking for completed feature-length drama scripts with lesbians as the main characters. What we need is a script with lesbian characters leading the same sort of lives that everyone leads regardless of their orientation, but under the sort of extraordinary circumstances that make for a good story.

Please note that we are NOT interested in any material which deals with sexual awakenings (coming out), weddings and babies. Also, do not submit anything with violence toward women.

Budget will not exceed $1 million. WGA and non-WGA writers may submit.

Our credits include “Holding Trevor.”

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: esv0001xcw
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

Script call: Thriller Scripts Wanted with Strong Female Lead

Anyone out there got a finished thriller script? If you have one with a strong female lead then you might want to check out this script call. Here are the details from infolist.com:

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Honest Engine Films – Urban Women in Jeopardy
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We are looking for completed feature-length female driven thriller scripts featuring a strong female lead heroine/character in jeopardy who overcomes obstacles and wins out in the end.

Stories submitted must take place in an urban setting. We need material with a little bit of sex and a little bit of violence, but nothing that would garner more than a PG-13 rating, so no nudity, no gore, no excessive foul language, etc.

Budget will not exceed $2million. WGA and non-WGA writers may submit.

For further reference, please feel free to look us up on IMDb.

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: qrrn5a33v5
4. You will be submitting a logline and synopsis only,

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

Break Into Episodic TV as a Writer – seminar

**This is NOT a sponsored post. REPEAT – This is NOT a sponsored post*

Those of you that are interested in TV writing may want to attend this seminar. Here are the details from Infolist:

ANATOMY OF A TELEVISION SHOW

Learn the inner workings of writing, directing and creating a one-hour drama …and how to get the job! with PRODUCER/WRITER/DIRECTOR JAN ELIASBERG (Ghost Whisperer, L.A. Law, Dawson’s Creek, Party of Five, Sisters, Miami Vice, etc.) and SHAWN TOLLESON (Shakespeare’s Henry IV, Dean Devlin’s TheVisitor.com) Learn how you… Land a staff-writing job

Get that coveted episode to direct Create and sell your own show Saturday, March 27th, 2010, 9am – 6pm at The Showbiz Software Store 500 S. Sepulveda Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90049 WITH A SPECIAL FREE INTRO NIGHT! Monday, March 22nd, 2010 7pm – 9pm in West Los Angeles (see below for details!)

From Mad Men to The Good Wife, from Glee to Dexter, the small screen is filled with character-rich stories, as brilliantly plotted as novels, with more power and impact than most features. With hundreds of hours of scripted drama on networks and cable outlets, the opportunities are unparalleled. But the competition is equally stiff as thousands of writers, directors and producers vie for entry into the prestigious and lucrative episodic club. And, when you get the job, what is expected of you? How do you negotiate the politics of a multi-million dollar, twenty-two episode series shot on punishing eight-day schedules? With countless executives from the network, studio, and production company looking over your shoulder and watching the clock? If you want to get your shot in the episodic business—and succeed when you get that shot– you need to know what the experts know. Anatomy of a Television Show™ is created and taught by experts; highly-regarded, working professionals who can give you the tools you need to both get the job and succeed at it.

In Anatomy of a Television Show™ you will learn:
* A breakdown of every network and cable outlet — their personalities, profiles and mandates –invaluable for positioning yourself to land a job as a WRITER, DIRECTOR and/or CREATOR.
* How to assess the ideal writing samples to land a staff-writing job.
* How the writer’s room works, with a day-by-day breakdown of schedule and responsibilities.
* Who needs to know you, approve you, and how to prepare for the myriad of meetings you need to ace to land a directing job.
* What exactly is required of an episodic director, from prep, through production and post
* Insights and tips to identify and avoid common and not-so-common directorial mistakes
* The different avenues you can take to sell your own show, and strategies for each approach.
* What’s expected of you when you do sell your show.
* In addition, each participant will receive personal coaching and hands-on exercises to apply the knowledge gained in this class to your own unique situation.

SPECIAL DISCOUNT FOR INFOLIST.com!! Use your special discount code DISC250 when you register, and get $45 OFF!! That’s just $250 (normally $295) for a full day of learning with a top network producer/writer/director! TO REGISTER: Be sure to use your special discount code DISC250 when you register at: www.strategycoaching.info/anatomy.html

For questions or more info: Please call (310) 880-0144 or email info@strategycoaching.info Join us at our FREE Intro Night Monday, March 22nd!

To attend, you MUST RSVP with your NAME (first and last) to: atv@strategycoaching.info Address and directions to the westside location will be emailed to you. “Anatomy of a Television Show™ provided me with a wealth of information about every aspect of the business — the creative, the research, the strategizing, the politics — that I have never heard anywhere, from anyone. It was invaluable for anyone who wants not to just get one shot, but to have an on-going, successful career in the business.” –Mary Wick, director/creator, workshop participant

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTORS: Jan Eliasberg is a ground-breaking writer/director and producer. She was hand-picked by Michael Mann to be the first female director on Miami Vice, and was also the first woman to direct Crime Story, Wiseguy and 21 Jump Street. Michael Mann continues to mentor Jan to this day, godfathering her film Heart of the Atom. She was a writer/producer/director on NBC/WB’s acclaimed family drama, Sisters. As executive producer, she sold the pilot Spirit of Saint Louis to Nina Tassler at CBS and The Blue Wall, with Angela Bassett attached to star, to Fox. She has directed hundreds of hours of award-winning television including L.A. Law, Party of Five, Dawson’s Creek, and The Ghost Whisperer, and pilots for CBS, ABC and NBC. She has written features for Jennifer Lopez, Nicole Kidman and Cameron Diaz.

Shawn Tolleson is a filmmaker and career coach. With her company Strategy Coaching™, Shawn has worked with thousands of entertainment industry professionals to create career breakthroughs. She has coached writers to landing TV staff writing positions, directors to securing financing for their projects, and actors, writers and directors to signing with representation that is passionate about them. She has coached composers and DPs to securing jobs on feature films and television shows, actors to securing high profile auditions, and worked with all types of industry professionals in transforming their supporters into true believers who have gotten them work! She recently directed in a proof-of-concept short for her feature Shakespeare’s Henry IV, which is being financed to shoot later this year with Martin Sheen and Angela Bassett. She’s sold a pitch to Warner Bros. and was a writer/director for the first webshow created parallel to a network television show, Dean Devlin’s TheVisitor.com.

Showbiz Expo in LA and NYC

If you have been thinking about trying out one of the expos there are two coming up that may interest you. One is in LA and the other NYC. Here are the details from Infolist.com

SHOWBIZ EXPO

NEW YORK CITY
Sunday, March 28, 2010
10am – 6pm
New York Hilton on 54th & 6th – 2nd Floor

LOS ANGELES
Sat/Sun April 24-25, 2010
10am – 5pm on Both Days
Los Angeles Convention Center – West Hall B

FREE ADMISSION!

For
Actors * Filmmakers * Writers * Producers
Agents & Managers * Post Production * Production/Crew * Musicians
Artists & Designers * Animators * Marketing & Publicity * Editors
ANYONE IN ENTERTAINMENT!


* Learn from tons of exhibitors about new products & services available in the Entertainment Industry.
* Discover new and innovative technologies.
* Network and mingle with thousands of your peers in the Industry.
* Establish new contacts
* Attend workshops, seminars, focus groups, roundtable networking meetings, film festival, and more
* Be in the same place as other professionals in your industry
* Be in the RIGHT place at the RIGHT time!

While the main Expo is FREE, if you’d like to attend workshops, focus groups and other premium conference options, use discount code INFO25 when you register and get 25% OFF!!

For a list of great workshops:
www.theshowbizexpo.com/a_industrypanels.html

For other happenings at ShowBiz Expo:
www.theshowbizexpo.com/a_whathappensattheexpo.html

REGISTER NOW!
TO ATTEND FOR FREE:
www.theshowbizexpo.com/register
Be sure to use your discount code INFO25 to get 25% OFF workshops and premium conference options!

WHAT IS SHOWBIZ EXPO?

ShowBiz Expo is a FREE five-star event that brings everyone in the Entertainment Industry  together under one roof (film makers, production companies, studios, screenwriters, producers, directors, actors, designers, company/general managers, editors, cinematographers, crew, musicians, etc.). This event is FREE to attend.

ShowBiz Expo is the only event of its kind that simultaneously offers great exhibitors, industry workshops (ranging from producers panels to casting directors to festivals), HeadShot Lane, Movie Reel Showcase, Designers Showcase, Project Boards, Roundtable networking, Focus Groups, Film Festival, actual casting calls (Telsey + Company and Disney Theatrical Group), and networking opportunities in a professional all-entertainment related trade show venue.

For more info, please visit:
www.ShowBizExpo.com

Want to Exhibit?
Call us today at (866) 240-8125

REGISTER NOW!
TO ATTEND FOR FREE:
www.showbizexpo.com/register
Be sure to use your discount code INFO25 to get 25% OFF workshops and premium conference options!

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.

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