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Episode Commentary: CSI Miami with Brian Davidson

Alums: Want to gain insight into writing for a primetime, network TV show? Here’s your chance.

EPISODE COMMENTARY: CSI MIAM with Brian Davidson
Saturday, December 1st, 6pm
Location: TBA

You must RSVP at information@actoneprogram.com to attend.Television writer/producer Brian Davidson will us through an episode of CSI:Miami that he wrote, providing commentary as the episode is viewed. Get a unique look at the inner workings of network television, the decision making process, and the script evolution from idea to air.
Email us to reserve a spot: information@actoneprogram.com

MOVIE NIGHT — ALL ACT ONE ALUMNI

In keeping with the mood of October, the Act One Alumni Association is inviting you to buy your tickets and join us to see our friend Scott Derrickson’s new film SINISTER on FRIDAY, OCT. 26, 8-ish at the ARCLIGHT, HOLLYWOOD.

WHAT: Act One Alumni MOVIE NIGHT, SINISTER
WHEN: Friday, Oct. 26

TIME:
 7pm for drinks in the upstairs lounge: 8pm showing (we’ll update with exact time when it’s posted that week)
WHERE:
 Arclight Hollywood
OTHER:
 Meet before-hand in the upstairs lounge for drinks.

About the writer: Scott Derrickson is a Christian screenwriter perhaps best known for his film, THE EXORCISM OF EMILY ROSE.

TRAILER:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pgYxydrVlDk

Writers Guild Foundation Writing Workshops & Seminars

For all the writers living in L.A., check these workshops/seminars out:

https://www.wgfoundation.org/writing-seminars

Brave’s filmmakers talk Pixar storytelling and creating a real-kid hero

Pixar’s animated adventure Brave has gotten a lot of press for its firsts. Until now, the studio behind the Toy Story movies, Finding NemoThe IncrediblesWall-EUp, and more has never made a movie with a female protagonist. In spite of its long association with Disney, Pixar has never made a fairy-tale film, or a film set in the historical past. The studio also got some unwanted irate media attention in 2010 when representatives boasted about Brave’s Brenda Chapman being its first female director—then fired her from the feature a month later. She’s credited as co-director on the final film, along with Mark Andrews, who took over the story of a young Scottish princess and expert archer named Merida (voiced by Boardwalk Empire’s Kelly Macdonald). In Brave, Merida fights against her domineering mother (Emma Thompson), who insists Merida should marry into an ally clan; but her attempts to change her mother’s mind with magic backfire spectacularly, leaving her with bigger problems than she started with.

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Outdoor Screenings at The Acadmey of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

Bring a blanket and escape to the movies under the stars this Summer!

Oscars Outdoors is a summer screening series at the Academy’s new open-air theater, located on the Academy Hollywood campus.

Food Trucks provided by Roaming Hunger. Trucks will vary each night and will be tailored to the movie showing whenever possible. Trucks are subject to change.

Please check back regularly for updates.

Friday, June 22

RAISING ARIZONA (1987)
Food Trucks: Trailer Park Truck, King Kone, Gravy Train Pouterine, Brasil Kiss

Saturday, June 23

FERRIS BUELLER’S DAY OFF (1986)
Food Trucks: After School Special, Good Times Classic Ice Cream, Buttermilk Truck, Brasil Kiss

Friday, June 29

A STAR IS BORN (1937)
Food Trucks: Chasing Paradise, Del’s LA, Crepe’N Around, Brasil Kiss

Saturday, June 30

THE GOONIES (1985)
Food Trucks: The Lime Truck, S’cream Truck, Funnel Cake Frenzy, Brasil Kiss

Friday, July 6

STAGECOACH (1939)

Saturday, July 7

THE NUTTY PROFESSOR (1996)

Friday, July 13

GHOST (1990)

Saturday, July 14

THE PRINCESS BRIDE (1987)

Friday, July 20

PILLOW TALK (1959)

Saturday, July 21

THE KARATE KID (1984)

Friday, July 27

DREAMGIRLS (2006)

Saturday, July 28

THE DARK CRYSTAL (1982)

Friday, August 3

NORTH BY NORTHWEST (1959)

Saturday, August 4

STEAMBOAT BILL, JR. (1928)

Friday, August 10

YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN (1974)

Saturday, August 11

BACK TO THE FUTURE (1985)

Friday, August 17

AUDIENCE CHOICE!
Voting starts soon – watch this space.

Saturday, August 18

THE WIZARD OF OZ (1939) SING-ALONG

Recapturing Your Creative Spirit by C. McNair Wilson


C. McNair Wilson lives his life at the confluence of faith and art, a bustling intersection these days. McNair — a San Francisco Bay Area resident — has worked professionally as actor, director, teacher, playwright, Disney Imagineer, coach to public speakers and corporate executives, author, cartoonist, magician, and ventriloquist (retired).

McNair travels the world (33 countries) and has performed his two one-man plays, The Fifth Gospel and From Up Here at colleges, conferences, and churches of every flavor. He has taught his trademark IMAGINUITYTM process (now on video) for clients as diverse as IBM & the Salvation Army.

FREE Classes at The Great American Pitchfest 9

The Great American Pitchfest, at the Burbank Marriot Hotel and Convention June 1-3

Free classes! Click here for more information!

Screenwriting 101: A Step by Step Guide to Achieving the Impossible, by Christopher Riley

A great article from one of Faculty and the former Act One Writing Program Director, Christopher Riley, best known as the author of The Hollywood Standard: The Complete and Authoritative Guide to Script Format and Style. Chris spent 14 years in the script department at Warner Bros. as well as writing for Paramount, Mandalay, and Touchstone Pictures. More recently he produced the thriller Red Line, directed by Robert Kirbyson and starring Nicole Gale Anderson and John Billingsley, and taught in Pepperdine University’s MFA program in Screen and Television Writing. Chris and his wife Kathy wrote the psychological thriller Crawlspace, currently in development at Yellow Line Studio with Amardeep Kaleeka to direct.

The good news is there is a process to finishing your screenplay The bad news: the process doesn’t make the shoe easier to chew…

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Is Consumerism Killing Our Creativity?

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Great article from www.the99percent.com.

Have you ever fallen into a black hole of comparison shopping? You’re looking for a new digital camera, for instance. You head over to Cnet.com and read some reviews of various cameras, watch the video demos, identify the model you want. Then perhaps you employ Google’s shopping search to price out the options and find the best deal. All of the sudden, it’s four hours later. You’ve found the perfect camera, but your purchasing triumph is tainted by a creeping feeling of, well, disgust. Couldn’t that time have been used better?

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Dead Poets Society’s TOM SCHULMAN: The Art of Surviving Hollywood

This post is a little dated (2004), but still good. Here’s an excerpt:

Screenwriter Tom Schulman (WHAT ABOUT BOB?, WELCOME TO MOOSEPORT) had a confession to make at the latest edition of the Writers on Writing Series, sponsored by the Writer’s Guild Foundation. As far as the craft of screenwriting goes, “nothing came natural” to him. After all, he only “fell into writing because [he] wanted to direct,” and he felt he needed material to leverage the studios. So Schulman had to work long and hard on story, character and dialogue to become a “natural.” This from a guy who won an Academy Award for DEAD POETS SOCIETY (1989), his first feature script! Schulman had many other bracing, no-holds-barred comments about the art of writing, and the equally important art of surviving Hollywood, during an interview and later Q & A at the Writer’s Guild of America in Los Angeles.

Read the rest here.