Thursday, July 1, 2010

Day 10 - Act One Writing Seminar

Day 10: June 30, 2010

Seriously? It’s day ten?! Here are the events of the day plus a few of my notes from the classes. At the bottom there is a special note, prayer request, and a link I hope you will take a moment to read and pray over. Thanks.

9:30 – 10:30 Ben Lobato
Read: Counterfeit Gods by Tim Keller. You guys are the scribes who tell the stories of our time that need to be told.

10:00 – 12:00 Panel: Agents, Managers, Attorneys & Guilds
Travis Mann (lawyer), Chuck Slocum (WGA), Brant Rose (agency) and Toochis Morin (agent, actress)

Toochis: If you’re a writer, then have the value of writing. Can’t tell you how many writers you give them notes and they latch on and won’t listen. The market has shrunk. The people who make it are entrepreneurs. Have the work ethic to actually write. I won’t work with writers who write only one script a year. Just can’t do it.

Chuck: The feature / studio market has kind of dried up. So it has become this whole freelance thing that you [we] are all a part of.

1:00 – 2:30 TV Panel: Coleman (Cole) Luck III and Kara Lee Burk
Talked about their experiences working on TV shows, including The Unit and Romantically Challenged respectively.
2:30 – 5:00 Jack Gilbert: The Sitcom Writers Room
Many sitcoms are three-camera shows. Others are one-camera, like The Office.

We watched an episode of The Big Bang Theory and brainstormed how it might go. Then watched how the episode really went and why the writers might have done what they did.

7:00 – 9:00 Leverage screening: Melissa Glenn and Jessica Reider

We watched an episode and then heard how these two writers got on the show and discussed how they work together on episodes. Very fun!

SPECIAL NOTE AND PRAYER REQUEST: My heart is breaking for the California Highway Patrol. The CHP has lost four (FOUR!) patrolmen in the last three weeks. All of them were killed during traffic stops, or attempting traffic stops. All of them left behind wives. Three of them left behind children. One of them left behind an expectant wife. At least one had a partner who rendered aid, which means he probably witnessed everything. Would you please keep each of these families, the co-workers, and the entire CHP family in your prayers? Thank you.

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1 comment:

Tanya T. Warrington said...

Sad to hear about the CHP. I'll be praying for these men who gave their lives serving us and for those families who loved them.