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  • May 11, 2013 · 11:00 AM
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So you have an idea for a script about your favorite artist. The story hasn't been done before but you know it'll be smash if only you could write it. How do you begin? Where do you start? Who do you go to for rights?

Join us May 11th, 2013 from 11:00am to 2:00pm as we discuss these issues and more with professional screenwriter Randall Jahnson. The world of bio pics or historical based screenplays are more complicated and time intensive than your average screenplay. With over 20 screenplays sold Randall has been there and done that. His works include the script THE DOORS and THE MASK OF ZORRO. Randall will talk with us about how these type of screenplays are done and answer all your questions about the business of screenwriting. Don't miss out this unique opportunity to learn from a master of the screenwriting craft.




Randall Jahnson has been a working screenwriter for more than 26 years. He has delivered scripts for both large and small screens; in both studio and independent realms; in genres ranging from horror to historical. He has worked closely with such film-making talent as Steven Spielberg, Jonathan Demme, Alec Baldwin, Jon Cryer, and Penelope Spheeris. Among his produced credits are Dudes, The Doors, The Mask of Zorro, Sunset Strip, and episodes of the HBO cable series, Tales from the Crypt. He also wrote the epic Western video game, Gun, which was voted Best Story at the 2005 IGN Video Game Awards. He traveled to London and Milan to promote the launch of the game which was one of the first titles released on the Xbox platform. Back in the 1980s he directed music videos for Henry Rollins, Black Flag, Stan Ridgway, and the Minutemen. He also started a mini-independent record label which released four albums from the likes of The Del Rubio Triplets, The Fibonaccis, Slack, and poet Michael C Ford. Jahnson grew up in Carlsbad, California. He attended film school at the University of California, Los Angeles, and graduated in 1982 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Motion Pictures and Television.He was admitted into the Writers Guild of America, west, in 1985.In 2007 he moved with his wife and son to the Portland, Oregon area where he continues to write and teach.

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  • Wendy C.

    Randall was a true delight. He was very entertaining in his delivery of sharing insider stories with us as he described working on both The Doors and The Mask of Zorro. I appreciate that he came out from Portland to speak to our group and join us afterward for lunch. I am glad that he shared so much with us and look forward to corresponding with him in the future. Thanks again, Carlo, for making this happen for us!

    May 17, 2013

  • Roxanne R.

    randall is a very enjoyable story teller! loved this meet up!

    i love our meet up group because the members are always so willing to share and be supportive. this was one instance where our audience participation affected our guest's ability to get through his "writing the historically based screenplay" material and we ran out of time before he got too into depth about the nuts and bolts of the topic. we definitely needed more time with randall. he was full of stories, and very entertaining. and it was awesome to have the gathering after the meetup. he's a very personable guy, made us feel like old friends. thanks carlo for your endless work to keep this meetup group at the caliber it is! :D

    2 · May 13, 2013

    • Amy

      I completely agree with Roxanne. This meet up was the bee's knees! Randall- you are welcomed back ANYTIME!

      1 · May 13, 2013

  • Stephen J D.

    Great session again; loved his off the cuff remarks about the nuts and bolts of the industry today

    1 · May 12, 2013

  • Stephen J D.

    Absolutely loved the fact that he talked about where the 'industry is now' and all the new avenues that are opening up for screenwriters; makes one think outside the box; thanks so much Carlo for bringing in such interesting speakers and as an aside what would it look like for us to be loosely affiliated with his group in Portland? WOW....lets look in to that !!!
    Thanks again're the best !

    1 · May 12, 2013

  • Don S.

    Another fantastic event, Carlo. Still can't believe how fast the three hours went. Randall had so much to say that I too, hope that he comes back.

    1 · May 12, 2013

  • Dennis E. W.

    The overall meeting was excellent. However, I was disappointed he didn't stay on topic. Perhaps he can come back and continue where he stopped.

    3 · May 12, 2013

  • Lee F.

    What a speaker! An incredible presentation on the business and writing. A great humorist too! Thanks for coming Randall and thenks to Carlo for making this happen!

    2 · May 12, 2013

  • Carlo D.

    Wonderful event. Thanks to all who came out. Had a great time. Thanks Randall for taking time to be with us.

    1 · May 11, 2013

  • Sara K.

    Really enjoyed Randall's stories and tips on writing. Also really appreciated his discussion of where the industry is headed and how we as writers can empower ourselves.

    2 · May 11, 2013

  • Jessica Spring B.

    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you Carlo! I walked away with several great writing tips I am going to put to work now! Great discussion about writing, Randall's honest and yet positive perspective about the industry and how to get noticed. This was a great investment in my writing. Come back again Randall!

    2 · May 11, 2013

  • Christina T.

    Randall has a lot of experience and was very giving in his sharing. I appreciated that he spoke freely about his personal experiences with, The Doors and with Oliver Stone. I like that he talked about different avenues for new writers and opportunity on and off the Internet. The meeting after the meeting was great too! We got to talk to Randall more openly and met one of his students Dana. That was a very nice visitor. It was a wonderful day. Thank you CARLO! I appreciate YOU! WE ALL DO!

    2 · May 11, 2013

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