Thursday, July 26, 2007

Act One Coming to DC

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Each year, hundreds of aspiring screenwriters flock to Hollywood with scripts in their hands and stars in their eyes. This year, Hollywood is coming to them. Next stop? Washington, D.C.

Act One, Inc., a Los Angeles-based training program for writers and other film industry professionals, is partnering with the Fellowship of Christian Filmmakers to present the Act One Screenwriting Weekend, a conference for professional and aspiring screenwriters. The workshop, slated for September 21-22, 2007 at McLean Bible Church, is an intense, practical overview of screenwriting basics, the current film market, and the Christian’s responsibility to engage popular culture.

Participants will study the craft of screenwriting – from story development and structure to character, dialogue and screenplay format – with a group of accomplished Hollywood professionals, including screenwriter and Executive Producer Dean Batali (Buffy The Vampire Slayer, That 70’s Show) and screenwriter, producer, and Azusa Pacific University Associate Professor Dr. Thomas Parham (JAG, Touched By An Angel).

“Our nation’s capitol has provided a backdrop for countless Hollywood stories – it’s a great place to gather storytellers,” says Conference Coordinator Lauri Evans Deason. “And we’re thrilled to join the Fellowship of Christian Filmmakers in providing new inspiration for local writers who share our common goals of artistry, professionalism, and spirituality.”

The seminar begins at 1:00 p.m. Friday with a session for registered participants, and continues all day Saturday. It concludes with the Hollywood Insiders Event, a screening and panel discussion with the faculty, open to anyone interested in film and its influence on popular culture. The registration fee, which includes study materials and lunch on Saturday, is $175 for anyone registering before August 15, 2007. After August 15, the cost to attend is $195. Discounts are available for students and groups of ten or more. Tickets for the Hollywood Insiders Event (which begins Saturday at 3:00 p.m.) are $10.

Further information and online registration is available through the Act One website at here, or by calling 323-464-0815. Space is limited, and early registration is encouraged.

Act One, Inc. is a non-profit, interdenominational training and mentorship program designed to train people of faith for careers in mainstream film and television. The organization is endorsed by the Catholic Communications Commission, Catholics In Media Associates, Premise, The Hollywood Prayer Network, MasterMedia International, and several colleges and universities.

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P.S. They tell me thatt here is a special discount for people who register before August 15th. Hurry, click!

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