Whet your appetite with a recent article in The Guardian featuring successful screenwriter Shane Black's top ten tips for a robustly action-packed script. The article, written by Sam Delaney, is just a taste of the insider info available through the Conference panels. Both Black and Delaney are confirmed panelists for the 2009 AFF Conference.
This year's panel discussions will feature case studies of the writing and script-to-screen production process with the writers and creators for such films and shows as "Twilight", Lost, "Valkyrie", "Watchmen", "The Secret Life of Bees", Mad Men and the HBO hit series Entourage. Other planned panel discussions include:
Marketing Your Script and Yourself at Conferences: How to stand out from the crowd and stacks
An Insider's Guide to Screenwriting Competitions
Connecting Characters with Audience: Creating characters that resonate with diverse audiences and writing short-hand characterizations in your script
Breaking Into the Business: Hear from newly sold/optioned writers talking about how they did it
Writing the Perfect TV Spec Script
Should Screenplays Reflect Real World Events? A discussion on scripts and films that have social, economic, or political relevance
The Long Road to Becoming an Overnight Success
Getting a (Re)Writing Job
Writing for Film vs. Writing for Television
The Art of the Pitch: Beyond the Page
Common Mistakes Writers Make And How to Prevent Them
The Conference will also feature two new panel series: 'Independent Productions', addressing Financing, Putting Your Team Together, and Marketing & PR; and a master class series on genres 'Write What You Know', tackling Comedy, SciFi, Horror, and more.
With more than 40 panelists set to appear at the 2009 AFF Conference, including Richard Linklater, Mike White, Jessica Bendinger, Paul Feig and many, many more, who else should we add to the list? What industry professionals and additional topics would make this event even more irresistible to you? Tell us here.