Tuesday, January 13, 2009

See Barb and Act One in Colorado!


HOLLYWOOD | JANUARY 2009. Act One is bringing Hollywood to Colorado Springs, and the best minds Hollywood has to offer along with it.

With Act One’s latest “Training for Hollywood Seminar” in Colorado Springs this January, we got the best trainer we could possibly find. World renowned screenplay consultant Dr. Linda Seger will be delivering the keynote address, “Spiritual Steps on the Road to Success.”

Seger created and defined the job of script consultant in 1981 and has consulted on over 2,000 scripts since. She has worked on scripts for more than 40 produced filmsand 35 television projects, including works from TriStar Pictures and Ray Bradbury. Additionally, Seger has given scriptwriting seminars in more than 30 countries on six continents, and is the author of nine books. Her latest, And the Best Screenplay Award Goes To... Learning from the Winners will be published this February by Michael Wiese Productions.

Also slated to speak is Barbara Nicolosi, VP of Creative Development at Origin Entertainment and the founding Director of the Act One Program. Nicolosi is a sought after speaker and commentator on culture, and an accomplished writer, producer and director. She is a member of the WGA and is currently writing the screenplay adaptation of Sheldon Vanauken’s A Severe Mercy.

In addition to our slate of speakers, participants will study the Hollywood storytelling process, from story development to pitching, and the craft of producing spiritually engaging entertainment that is commercially appealing. Writing track participants will learn practical lessons on writing outlines and treatments, creating compelling characters and stories, as well as the basics of screenwriting format. Those choosing the business track will cover lessons on the marketplace, commercial creativity and how to option materials.

In addition to the “Training for Hollywood Seminar,” Act One will be hosting a Hollywood Insider Panel and Discussion from 7-10pm on Friday, January 30. Open to the public, the event will feature a presentation on the activity of the church in Hollywood, Dr. Linda Seger’s keynote address, and a Hollywood Insider Panel, a no-holds-barred Q&A about life and work in the world’s most influential mission field.

Conference Details

Date: Friday, January 30, 1pm to 10pm and Saturday, January 31, 10am to
Location: Glen Eyrie Castle and Conference Center, 3820 N. 30th St., Colorado Springs, CO 80904

Cost: $285 - includes study materials, meals (Fri. dinner, Sat. breakfast,
lunch & dinner) and Hollywood Insider Event
$435 - includes study materials, meals (Fri. dinner, Sat. breakfast, lunch & dinner, Sun. breakfast), 2 nights stay (Fri. & Sat.) & Hollywood Insider Event

Speakers: Dr. Linda Seger (Author, Making a Good Script Great and Making a Good Writer Great)
Barbara Nicolosi (Screenwriter, Editor, Behind the Screen, Act One Founder, VP
Development at Origin Entertainment)
Dr. Thom Parham (writer JAG, screenwriting professor, Azusa Pacific University)
Monica Jimenez-Grillo, Executive Program Director
Vicki Peterson, Writing Program Director, Act One, Inc.

For more information: info@actoneprogram.com or call 323-464-0815

Act One, Inc., is a nonprofit organization that has trained Christians of all denominations for careers in mainstream film and television for the past ten years. Stressing artistry, excellence, professionalism, and Christian spirituality, Act One prepares students to pursue careers marked by personal integrity and professional excellence, in writers rooms, on sets, and in studio and network offices. The end goalis not to produce explicitly religious entertainment, but movie and TV projects that respect and serve the global audience, combining mastery of craft with great depth and meaning. Over ten years, Act One has amassed a vast alumni network of writers, producers, directors and entertainment executives who are dedicated to producing excellent work for the global audience.

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