Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Got an option for my script!

Hi MDS'ers,

Just wanted to pass on the great news. My urban comedy screenplay, DOGGED, has been optioned by a producer in L.A. Yeah!!!! One step closer to the prize...a real movie deal. Fingers, eyes and toes crossed for a sale this year! We can dream can't we? This is Million Dollar Screenwriter! Just when I was about to give up, this happens which goes to show you to never ever give up! No matter what!

Happy writing and movie watching.


Thursday, April 21, 2005

Free Screenwriting Seminars!

Hi future MDS'ers:

Below is a post I received from Creative Screenwriting about free seminars! The only catch is that you have to be in the LA area since that's where they are taking place.

Check it out. I know one of the lecturers personally and he gives a lot of information and is very personable and can really help you develop your projects and to get that for free is even better. I had to pay for the seminar I took with him but it was well worth it.


CS Publications, Inc.
6404 Hollywood Blvd., Ste. 415, Los Angeles, CA 90028


Comp Seminars for Screenwriters in Los Angeles (ONLY)
Creative Screenwriting magazine will be videotaping 30 of the most popular seminars from the Screenwriting Expo over the next two weeks and you're invited.

The seminars will take place on a sound stage in downtown Los Angeles. You will need transportation by car to get to the sound stage.

There are two sessions (morning and afternoon) each day and attendance is limited to 100. You can sign up for multiple sessions and multiple days, but PLEASE DON'T SIGN UP for a session you can't attend.

Your attendance is complimentary (no charge).

Morning Session: 7:45 AM to 1:30 PM

Afternoon Session: 2:15 PM to 7 PM

There will be a 1-hour lunch break at approximately 1:30 PM. Lunch is NOT included, but sodas and water will be available.

You must be prompt, or you won't be allowed to enter the stage.

Release Form: You will need to sign a release form allowing us to videotape you when you arrive at the stage in order to become an audience member. There will be some down time while cameras are loaded/moved and new shots are set up. So please plan on being patient during the shooting of the DVDs. The information these speakers impart is worth the wait.

Current Schedule (individual speakers and topics are subject to change)

Sunday April 24th

Morning Session: Richard Krevolin (8:45 AM Start)

Stories that Touch Your Soul

Advanced Structural Analysis

Afternoon Session: Richard Krevolin (3:15 PM Start)

Prof. K's Master Class Scene Workshop

Monday April 25th

Morning Session: Michael Hauge

Writing Romantic Comedies And Love Stories

Creating Powerful Movie Scenes

Afternoon Session: Michael Hauge

Mastering the 2-Minute Pitch

Pilar Alessandra

Writing The Three Minute Pitch

Tuesday April 26th

Morning Session: Karl Iglesias

Mastering the Essential Habits of Highly Successful Screenwriters

Evoking Emotion on the Page

Afternoon Session: Karl Iglesias

Evoking Emotion in Your Concept

Wednesday April 27th

Morning Session: Robert Kosberg

Selling Your Idea To Hollywood With Pitch King Robert Kosberg

Afternoon Session: Michael Hauge

Grabbing the Reader in the First 10 Pages

Thursday April 28th

Morning Session: Jeff Kitchen

36 Dramatic Situations for Brainstorming

Jeff Kitchen's Class on Sequence, Proposition, Plot

Afternoon Session: Jeff Kitchen

Jeff Kitchen's Two Tools for Advanced Screenwriters

Friday April 29th

Morning Session: Michael Ray Brown

A Structure Checklist: How to Plug the Holes in Your Script

Afternoon Session: Jeff Kitchen

Jeff Kitchen's Screenwriting Seminar

Jeff Kitchen's Class on Classic Structural Technique

Saturday April 30th

Morning Session: Jim Mercurio

Killer Endings

Afternoon Session: Ken Rotcop

Perfect Pitch: How to Sell Yourself and Your Movie Idea to Hollywood-The Lecture

Perfect Pitch: How to Sell Yourself and Your Movie Idea to Hollywood-The Workshop

Sunday May 1st

Morning Session: Jeff Kitchen

Jeff Kitchen's Full Day Seminar

Afternoon Session: Jeff Kitchen

Jeff Kitchen's Full Day Seminar (Pt. 2)

Monday May 2nd

Morning Session: Jeff Kitchen

Jeff Kitchen's Full Day Seminar (Pt. 3)

Afternoon Session: Jeff Kitchen

Jeff Kitchen's Full Day Seminar (Pt. 4)

Tuesday May 3rd

Morning Session: Karl Iglesias

Evoking Emotion: Characters

Evoking Emotion: Story

Afternoon Session: Karl Iglesias

Evoking Emotion: Scenes

Evoking Emotion: Description

Wednesday May 4th

Morning Session: Richard Walter (9:45 AM Start)

Attitude vs. Gratitude: Strategies for Securing an Agent

Screenwriting: The Whole Picture

Afternoon Session: Richard Walter

Reader's Backflip

Thursday May 5th

Morning Session: Karl Iglesias

Evoking Emotion: Dialogue Subtext

Afternoon Session: Karl Iglesias

Pitching to Sell: Engaging the Listener Emotionally

Friday May 6th

Morning Session: Jim Mercurio

The "T" Word: Theme

Afternoon Session: Devorah Cutler- Rubenstein

Ten Sure-Fire Ways to Raise Money for Your Film

Scott Rubenstein

How to Write Your Script and Deduct the Expenses Off Your Tax Return

Saturday May 7th

Morning Session: Paul Gulino

Sequences: The Hidden Structure of Successful Screenplays

Afternoon Session: David Freedman

Screenwriter's Guide to Making Money


Use this link to RSVP and follow ALL the instructions:


If you can't find the session you want on the RSVP form, that session is already filled.

If you are going to attend, please save this e-mail as it will be your only listing of what topics will be covered by the speakers each day.

I look forward to seeing you at the seminars.

Erik Bauer


Creative Screenwriting

Contact Information
email: info@creativescreenwriting.com
voice: (323) 957-1405
web: http://www.creativescreenwriting.com