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TV vs. Film Writing, Table Readings, and Networking

  • Nov 7, 2013 · 7:00 PM
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*** DIFFERENT DAY: THURSDAY ***

AGENDA

6:30pm -Join us for informal networking and discussion while we set up for the meeting

7:00pm - TV vs. Film Writing: ASA Member Meghan Dunn will explain the key differences, and some tips for how to break into TV.

TABLE READINGS

After each reading (which is always entertaining!) everyone takes part in a group critique. The discussion after is great for the authors, but also raises topics helpful to everyone.

7:30pm - Table Reading 1:
Guts, Glory and George (Action/Drama) by Paul Douglas Kerns
The true story of a heroic young officer in the War of 1812, who must overcome overwhelming odds to save his men and himself in some of the fiercest fighting that took place in the Northwest Territory. (Reading Act 1.)

8:15pm - Table Reading 2:
A Beautiful Plague (SciFi Drama) by Nick Sabadosh
A brooding biofuels student joins a research expedition at sea, but when he discovers a rapidly evolving colony of organisms, he must fight to protect the only one he has ever loved. (Reading midpoint sequence.)

9:00-9:30pm - Informal networking

Donation: Attendees are asked to donate $1 at the meeting to pay for Meetup hosting and other costs.

 

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  • Joseph

    Better than expected.

    November 22, 2013

  • Donna M.

    Nick what is your email address to submit my screenplay? Thanks in advance.

    November 11, 2013

    • Nick S.

      Hi Donna - To contact anyone on Meetup, click their name, then click "Send Email" on their personal page.

      November 11, 2013

    • Nick S.

      Reminder that anyone submitting a script should review this page: http://www.meetup.com...­

      November 11, 2013

  • Donna M.

    Nick why not consider selling the video of the class for a nominal fee. There hare so many ways we can practice at this craft.

    November 8, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Selling videos creates a lot of problems that we don't want to get into. First, we'd need a location release from Total Wine, then a performance release from everyone that appears in the video, finally a materials release from the script authors. None of that is necessary for non-commercial uses.

      1 · November 9, 2013

    • Donna M.

      I see what you mean.

      November 11, 2013

  • Meghan D.

    Hey everyone! I'm glad to hear people learned a few things from my presentation. I appreciate you all giving me the opportunity to present. I've uploaded my presentation to the files section if anyone is interested - http://www.meetup.com/Atlanta-Screenwriters-Anonymous/files/

    1 · November 8, 2013

  • Brian

    I learned a lot as well and I am interested how one would write a 5 to 10 minute shortfilm. Since the story has to cover intro, middle, & conclusion so quickly

    November 8, 2013

    • Sharon P.

      How to make a short film?... Don't ramble.

      November 8, 2013

    • Sharon P.

      Ok seriously, it's the same, only you keep it simple. Also, the first act, following a traditional plot line, happens much, much sooner, like within 1-4 pages, instigating incident included. Short films are better for nontraditional slow-burner plotlines since there's less time for the audience to grow bored while waiting for either "the moment" or to understand what is going on.

      November 8, 2013

  • Daniel E B.

    Learned a lot, can't wait till the next one.

    1 · November 8, 2013

  • Donna M.

    I leaned good things about the tv industry last night. I graduated from AFI and they were so film specific that I was shocked to learn several new points about tv vs film. There really are some stark differences. I always thought that tv progams has some good dam writing. Well why not it evolved from radio which means tv has good dialogue and we all know good dialogue can pop a good script into a better script. My only regret is I don't have a copy of the video tape that was taken. I need to watch that presentation again! Great session. And Nick you were good too. -).

    1 · November 8, 2013

    • Nick S.

      We'll be posting Meghan's presentation - stay tuned!

      2 · November 8, 2013

  • Nick S.

    Thank you to: Meaghan for the great primer on teleplays and for leading a critique session, Dennis and the actors from Rookie Rehearsals, as well as our own actors, for the readings, to Richard Wright for the video work, and to everyone who took part in the meeting. Had a great time with you all - as always.

    November 7, 2013

  • Jason C.

    Excellent!

    November 7, 2013

  • Sharon P.

    It was a great meeting tonight. First, Meghan: you did a very good job of discussing teleplays and how they're similar/different from screenplays. I'm glad to see you were starting to enjoy talking to the group once you got your groove going. The actors did a good job, especially for a dry run reading. Kati and Jason really stood out with their voices and interpretive readings. The most surprising was Shannon- you did great as the doctor. Nick- you've got a story. It went by at a very good pace, building up well and giving the "chill" factor you were going for. You kept the interest which meant that your ten to twenty pages didn't feel like it.

    1 · November 7, 2013

  • david s.

    I am so sorry, I have to miss again. Got tied up with a rehearsal that got extended into tonight.

    November 7, 2013

    • Michael O.

      I'm also sorry I won't be able to attend. I will absolutely be in attendance say the next one.

      November 7, 2013

  • Donna M.

    Nick I would like to put the word out. I am looking for a team to try to get a spot in The Sessions, 6 month project hosted by AFF. Is anybody interested or do you have any information about how this project really works. Meaning is it doable etc etc. I am looking to play the role of producer, so I need a director and two actors to form a team to submit with. Scripts can be no more than 12 minutes long. From what I read we will produce each others scripts over a 6 month period. The price is reasonable. For a total of 140$ per team member. Anybody interested please email me at [masked]. Thanks Nick and see you tonight.

    November 7, 2013

    • Nick S.

      Hi Donna - You can mention this again at the meeting tonight. Remind me.

      November 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Won't reach Atlanta before 7. Was looking forward !!

    November 6, 2013

    • Nick S.

      Hope to see you at the next one!

      November 7, 2013

  • Nick S.

    Heads up that we've invited actors from sister group Rookie Rehearsals to join and take part in our table readings. Should be fun! http://www.meetup.com/Rookie-Rehearsals-for-Atlanta-Actors/

    1 · October 22, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      No boundary mic, but I have an on-camera shotgun mic.

      1 · November 6, 2013

    • Nick S.

      We'll make it work...assuming everyone is ok with the idea! :)

      November 6, 2013

  • Nick S.

    Just a reminder: We are NOT meeting tonight (Wednesday) - it's tomorrow night, Thursday. :) See you all then.

    November 6, 2013

  • Joseph

    Looking forward to it.

    1 · November 5, 2013

  • Nick S.

    Please update your RSVP if you can't be there this time. We've hit our max for the RSVP list, and we've got 15 actors signed up from Rookie Rehearsals as well. Thanks! See you there!

    1 · November 4, 2013

  • Stephanie S.

    Crap. Next time!

    October 30, 2013

  • Nick S.

    There's a promotion to get Final Draft for $150, and a free upgrade to the next version due out next year: http://newsletter.finaldraft.com/newsletter-20131030_buy8get9.html

    I'm not a Final Draft user myself, but I get the impression it's the de facto standard for most film screenwriters.

    I've been using Celtx, but am leaning heavily toward buying FadeInPro: http://www.fadeinpro.com/­

    October 30, 2013

  • Jon P.

    Sounds good to me, too, for us and the group. The You Tube part sounds troubling for this reason, a reason you address, Nick, but it bears repeating. In this industry, any first viewing, even if it appears as a perfectly fine, may not be the image, or work, of the writer (or actors) for what would be an implied audition when/if the YouTube clip gets a hit by an industry gatekeeper, whatever the level. A First Impressions kind of thing; no matter how cool/good our readings go, is that the level of presentation that should be out there?

    October 25, 2013

    • Nick S.

      Very valid point, Jon. Maybe we could make the videos only available to our group? Not sure. Would be interested what others think.

      October 25, 2013

    • Shaheed M.

      I agree with Jon. If it is a private video, it would prevent leaks.

      October 25, 2013

  • Lance M.

    Sounds good to me. I wish we had recorded mine. I would like to have had that.

    October 24, 2013

  • Nick S.

    Recording The Readings:
    What do you think about recording our readings, either just audio, or full video? As an author, I think it would be helpful to review the recording later.

    I've also thought we could create a YouTube channel to share our readings. That could help promote the group, and also give actors a way to promote themselves.

    Of course everyone who was involved would have to approve.

    Thoughts?

    2 · October 24, 2013

  • E. Thelma K.

    I truly enjoyed our meet up on 10/16. It heavily impacts my heart and spirit to know that someone is willing to spend their time , research and money to help me learn the ways of filming. The most important thing is that I understand and appreciate it. vvvvvvalue I hopethat God continue to bless them with their endeavors.

    1 · October 19, 2013

    • Nick S.

      Thanks for the kind words.

      October 22, 2013

  • Nick S.

    Reminder that if you've attended at least one meeting, you're eligible to submit a script excerpt or short for a table reading. All the details are here: http://www.meetup.com/Atlanta-Screenwriters-Anonymous/pages/Table_Readings/

    If you have already had a script read, we have openings and will start opening it up to read second acts or other scripts.

    October 7, 2013

  • E. Thelma K.

    I will be there

    August 12, 2013

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