WE'VE PARTNERED WITH OUR AMAZING FILMCRAFT FAMILY WOMEN IN MEDIA FOR ANOTHER GIVEAWAY
WIM ACT ONE WRITERS CONVENTION! TWO MEMBERS WILL WIN CUSTOM FILMCRAFT DIRECTOR CHAIRS
DAY 1 TIX: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/writers-convention-day-one-tickets-122482728137
DAY 2 TIX: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/writers-convention-day-two-tickets-122484567639
Congratulations to the CAMERAderie: Act One Semi-Finalists! This virtual convention is open to all WiM Members and our worldwide community.
ABOUT THE CAMERADERIE: ACT ONE WRITERS CONVENTION
The event we’ve all been waiting for is here! The Virtual CAMERAderie: Act One Writers Convention will take place throughout the weekend of October 24 – 25, 2020. We are so pleased to be able to share the knowledge and experience of our esteemed guest speakers and educators, ensuring that the content is relevant and valuable to writers at every stage of development. We have eight comprehensive events planned for you over the course of the two separately ticketed days.
All screenwriters are invited to this jam-packed weekend of keynotes, panels, educational seminars, networking, and opportunities to build their industry relationships. The Writers Convention will also give our CAMERAderie: Act One Semi-Finalists the support and tools they need to submit their scripts for the final round of judging. We hope that all of our participants, whether you are semi-finalists, VIP members, or a member of our greater community will leave the weekend filled with a passion for storytelling, inspired and excited to get your projects ready for production. All genders encouraged to join us!
We highly recommend getting tickets for both CAMERAderie: Act One Writers Convention days, as we do expect to sell out. Please be on time for each class, as we will be starting on time. Eat a healthy breakfast, keep the coffee nearby, and get ready to roll up your sleeves!
There will be contest giveaways as well! You must be present to win with a member with a crew list profile by 10/22/20).
DAY 1 ITINERARY:
10:00A PST ~ INTRODUCTIONS & KEYNOTE: THE SHORT AS A CAREER STARTER
Executive Director, Tema Staig
Bola Ogun, Director: God Unfriended Me, Lucifer, Queen Sugar, Legacies
11:45A PST ~ DYNAMIC THEME TO PLOT AND WORLD BUILDING PART I
Peter Murrieta, Producer/Writer: Mr. Iglesias, Superior Doughnuts, One Day at a Time, Wizards of Waverly Place
World Building to Theme Seminar will be a hands on exercise to examine how to collaborate on world building and transform that world into one in which a thematic story can be built. We will discuss the ideas generated by the exercise and see how they work with story.
1:00P ~ PST LUNCH BREAK
1:45P PST ~ DYNAMIC THEME TO PLOT AND WORLD BUILDING PART II
Idit Dvir, CAMERAderie: Act One Head Judge, Screenwriting Associate Professor at Howard University, Washington DC
Part two of this powerful seminar will examine how a writer generates a major theme for her screenplay. We’ll also explore how the writer constructs characters – and by extension, a plot – in service of the theme.
3:30P ~ PST FROM THE PAGE TO THE SCREEN: THE BASICS OF DIRECTING
Dr. Rachel Raimist, Director: Nancy Drew, Greenleaf, Queen Sugar
Writers gain insight into the director’s prep process – translating the words on the page to images on the screen. Through discussion and creative exercises, we will explore pre-visualization tools and expand our visual storytelling skills.
10:00A PST ~ PANEL: BELOW THE LINE PERSPECTIVE ON SCRIPTS
You’ve written your script. You are either ready to go into production or are looking to attach talented department heads to get that funding. This panel of above and below the line filmmakers will explore and illuminate what they see when they read your screenplay. This is your rare chance to hear the perspective of creatives who have specific needs, catch red flags, and have the experience to bring your project to life.
Moderated by Tema Staig
Uta Briesewitz, DP/Director: Stranger Things, Westworld, Jane The Virgin
Katie McQuerrey, Assoc. Editor: No Country for Old Men, True Grit, Burn After Reading
Kedra Dawkins, Assistant Art Director: Genius Aretha, American Horror Story, American Crime
Galaxy San Juan, Make-up Dept Head: Palm Springs, Ad Astra, Southbound
Arianne Phillips, Costume Designer: Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, The Crow, Hedwig and The Angry Inch
11:45A PST ~ THE ART OF TAKING (AND GIVING) NOTES
Tessa Blake, Director: iZombie, NCIS: New Orleans, The Brave, Once Upon a Time
Notes are constant. Love them or hate them, you will take and give notes your whole career. Your creative process and your professional reputation depends on how effectively you handle them. Tessa Blake will walk through the process as a writer – fielding notes in a studio development deal – and as a director in episodic – navigating difficult actors, ineffectual departments and the expectations of the showrunner. Using anecdotes and real-world examples, Tessa will show you how to maintain your creative vision and ensure career longevity.
1:00P PST ~ LUNCH BREAK
1:45P PST ~ PITCHES! DEVELOPMENT: FROM SHORT TO FINISH – PRESENTED BY RAMO LAW
Keynote: Tiffany Boyle, President of Packaging and Sales, Ramo Law
CAMERAderie: Act One Semi Finalists are invited to pitch their projects to Executives and receive feedback on their scripts. Non Semi-Finalists are welcome to observe the pitch sessions in the breakout rooms or hang out in the Main Lounge to socialize with other attendees.
Your short film or pilot can be a conduit to landing your next feature or series, but the test often lies in the pitch. The Executives will be furnished with the CAMERAderie scripts in advance of the session so they may assess your project and ask questions. This is your chance to practice your pitch for feedback and tips on making your package sellable and setting your career up for success.
Tiffany Boyle, President of Packaging and Sales, Ramo Law
Katy McCaffrey, Agent at Gersh & Co-Founder WeForShe
3:30P ~ PST CLOSING NIGHT VIRTUAL COCKTAIL PARTY & NETWORKING
Closing Remarks from Tema Staig, Exec. Director of Women in Media