For any of you who will be in the vicinity of Los Angeles on Saturday, June 29th, there are five free tickets to this event: “Craft Your Future: Surviving and Thriving as a Screenwriter”.
Sat, June 29, 2013
10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
This year, we’re going all out for our Screenwriting Craft Symposium, with an entire day’s worth of panels full of exciting guests:
- John August and Craig Mazin, who will record an episode of their SCRIPTNOTES podcast at the event — and take questions from all of you;
- Travis Beacham (writer, PACIFIC RIM);
- Karl Gajdusek (writer, OBLIVION);
- Evan Daugherty (writer, the upcoming KILLING SEASON starring Robert De Niro)
- Edward Ricourt (writer, NOW YOU SEE ME);
- Franklin Leonard, founder of The Black List;
- Greg Beal, director of the Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting;
- Matt Dy, Screenplay & Teleplay Competition Director for the Austin Film Festival.
- And more!
We’re still bringing more panelists on board, so check back here for updates.
The Early Bird discount is still available. So get your tickets now!
Quite a lineup! Also note the event is sponsored by the Black List.
Tickets cost $85 and you can purchase them here.
But Franklin has some free tickets he’s giving away and here is how you can be eligible to get one:
In comments, post a question you would want asked to any of the participants on the panels during the event.
Now is your chance to ask something of importance about the craft to screenwriters John August, Craig Mazin, Travis Beacham, Karl Gajdusek, Evan Daugherty, or Edward Ricourt. Or perhaps you have something interesting to ask Franklin, Greg Beal or Matt Dy about screenwriting competitions.
Come up with a great question, post it in comments, and if Franklin likes your question, 5 lucky people will not only win a free ticket to the event, Franklin will make sure your questions are raised at the session.
We ran the contest last week and here is Franklin’s response to the questions:
Wow. Those are AMAZING questions. It was really difficult to narrow it down (seriously, I could have chosen five others and been just as happy with the choice) and you can reassure everyone that many of those questions will be asked (with credit) on the day.
Here are those five winners and their questions:
In what ways has success as a writer been exactly what you expected as a screaming and kicking newbie, in what ways has it been completely different?
What do you think the number 1 thing was, in terms of personality, or beliefs, that was most influential in getting you to where you are today?
Why are there no female panelists scheduled to be a part of the event?
What do you think’s the hardest stretch of one’s screenwriting career? Obviously, getting in is tough. What about just after “getting in”, but you have little to no money coming in, assignments to secure and meetings to take? Or is it later when you have established yourself, and the new car smell wears off, and people start gunning for you? Or are there some other lurking horrors awaiting that aren’t obvious?
In the book ‘Which Lie Did I Tell”, William Goldman said that Chinatown wouldn’t work today because people can’t be shocked or feel shame anymore. Do you feel that cynicism plays a larger role in cinematic storytelling than it did in the past?
So we’re doing the contest again this week. Same drill: Midnight (Pacific) Friday deadline. Five more lucky winners.
You can find out more about the Writers Guild Foundation here.
You may follow the Writers Guild Foundation on Twitter: @WritersGuildF.
Would the 5 winners from last week’s contest please contact me via email? I will tell you what to do to get your ticket!