Friday, October 10, 2008

Working for the weekend? Come to Austin!

You never need an excuse to come to Austin for the weekend - but here's why you won't want to miss what Saturday and Sunday hold for those who choose to spend their time in this buzzing film city during the 15th annual Austin Film Festival & Screenwriters Conference.

On Saturday and Sunday, the 18th and 19th of October, professional agents, producers and world-renowned screenwriters are gathered here in downtown Austin to talk to you. You'll learn more about screenwriting in one weekend than you thought possible - surrounded by fellow writers and filmmakers who are looking to make connections!

A Weekend Badge gets you into every film at the festival (over 190 screenings included world, U.S. and regional premieres), all panels on Saturday and Sunday (see an exciting selection below), as well as the Pitch Finale Party and the Conference Wrap Party.

What more do you want from the city that has a little of everything - at a price you can afford? Make the investment to further your career.

Saturday 10/18:
9:00-10:15 a.m. The Art of the Pitch
In this business, you have to know how to pitch both yourself and your script. Learn how to make great connections wherever you may be and pitch your script in any setting from a meeting to a party. Start networking now and leave everyone wanting more. Juliana Farrell, Bob Soderstrom

9:00-10:15 a.m. Dialogue Finding Voice
How do you create dialogue that drives the story but feels natural? How do you make sure that the dialogue flows with the scene and pacing of the film? Get tips from the pros and make your dialogue really say something. John August, John Lee Hancock, Steven Harrigan, Tom Copeland

10:45a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Concept to Creation
Meet Whip It! screenwriter/Derby Girl author Shauna Cross and Whip It! producer Kirsten Smith. They’ll discuss the process of taking an idea from a book to a screenplay and beyond.
Dawn Wiercinski – moderator

2:00-3:15 p.m. Writing Comedies: PG-13 vs. R
Sometimes you just gotta say &#@%$! Then again, you don’t want the MPAA breathing down your neck. Hear from top comedy writers about the tradeoffs of writing for R and PG-13 ratings. Bob Fisher, Jake Kasdan, Kirsten Smith, Warren Etheredge-moderator

2:00-3:15 p.m. A Conversation with Danny Boyle
Meet 2008 Extraordinary Contribution to Filmmaking Award recipient Danny Boyle, the legendary director and producer behind Slumdog Millionaire, Sunshine, 28 Days Later, Trainspotting and A Life Less Ordinary to name a few. Chris Kelley - moderator

3:45-5:00 p.m. Action Thriller
Beware! This session features guns, explosions and elaborate set pieces galore. A look into the action thriller. Shane Black, Tim Kring, Terry Rossio, Beau Thorne, John Turman, Steven Puri - moderator

Sunday 10/19
11:30-12:45 p.m. The One-Hour Drama
In a world of cop shows, doctor shows and lawyer shows, how do you make your writing stand out? With so many new outlets for dramatic writing, find out how writers keep up with the ever-expanding landscape of dramatic television.
Matthew Federman, Melissa Rosenberg, Karine Rosenthal, Stephen Scaia, Michael McDonald - moderator

11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. Tell Your Story: David Wain
Find David Wain by the fireplace in the Victorian Balcony. Ask questions about Role Models, The Ten, Wet Hot American Summer and join the casual conversation on the couches. Later, walk down to the Paramount and catch Mr. Wain’s latest comedy Role Models screening at the Paramount at 4:00 p.m.

11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. From Frame to Frame: Adapting Comic Books to the Screen
If this summer’s films taught us anything, it is that the comic book is king. From superheroes to the graphic novel, all forms of comic book writing have been turned into successful films in recent years. Hear about the challenges of this genre from writers who currently adapt comic books for film. Beau Thorne, John Turman, Karl Williams - moderator
2:30-3:45 p.m. Tell Your Story
Find Shane Black by the fireplace in the Victorian Balcony. Ask questions about Lethal Weapon, The Last Boy Scout, The Long Kiss Goodnight, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and join the casual conversation on the couches.

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