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Rocaberti Writers Retreat – July 6-11, 2018

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The Rocaberti Writers Retreat

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July 6th-11th, 2018
Marouatte Castle,
The Dordogne,
France

Making the impossible happen

Have you ever dreamed of writing a novel and seeing it come to life on the silver screen?

Or maybe you’ve already published your book and are wondering about how to turn it into a screenplay?

Seems impossible, right?

Well, the answer, is, NO! Nothing is impossible, and on this one-of-a-kind writers’ retreat, at the beautiful 14th century Marouatte Castle in the Dordogne, Southwestern France we’ll show you just how your words, your vision—let’s face it, your baby—can make it all the way to the big screen!

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The first Rocaberti Retreat, held in March 2016, completely transcended all expectations: out of the eleven writers who attended, one had her script optioned before the end of the retreat, two are currently in the midst of negotiations for their script or book to be optioned and deals are in the works for several others … the impossible did happen, and it happened at Rocaberti!

Here’s what Georgia Clark, winner of the first Rocaberti Scholarship, said about her Rocaberti experience:

“I was honored to be awarded the scholarship for the inaugural Rocaberti Writers Retreat. My mentor was simply fabulous: experienced, generous, warm, funny and insightful. We made great headway on helping turn my new adult fiction THE REGULARS into a feature film. A once-in-a-lifetime experience, and all in Spain!”

And the second Rocaberti Retreat surpassed even the first (there’s even a reality TV show in the works, involving one of the special guests)!

Attendees called the retreat, “A magical, miraculous event”, “The experience of a lifetime”, “The best decision I’ve ever made” and “Life-changing.”

But let the writers speak for themselves!

“The Rocaberti Writers’ Retreat was a smashing success. The accommodations in a medieval castle near the Mediterranean sea in Spain, meals by a chef, Tai Chi and meditation, a visit from royalty, intrigue and after-parties all created lasting memories. The teaching blew away my expectations. We had experts in agency representation, production, story structure, screenwriting, pitching, book and memoir writing, book proposals, and career advice. A combination of lectures and individual mentoring sharpened my knowledge of the craft of writing and how this industry works. Thanks to Claire and her colleagues it’s a trip I will cherish forever.”
–Betty Sullivan (October 2016)

Click here for photos & more testimonials from previous retreats

Your July 2018 Rocaberti Retreat mentors include million-dollar screenwriter Diane Drake (WHAT WOMEN WANT with Mel Gibson and Helen Hunt and ONLY YOU with Robert Downey Jr. and Marisa Tomei); Jen Grisanti, former Studio Executive and VP of Current Programs at CBS/Paramount and now a highly-sought after Story and Career Consultant; award-winning Italian screenwriter, Roberto Marchionni (‘Menotti’), nominated for an Italian Oscar for THEY CALL ME JEEG and film financing and international distribution expert Scott Collette, who is now an in-demand writer and story consultant, with six projects in development.

We’ve joined forces because we want to help show you how to bring your “literary twins”—your book and screenplay—to life! Not only how to finish writing them (an art in itself, as anyone who has an unfinished manuscript or screenplay lying around their home will tell you!) but also how to have them successfully published … and made into a movie!

You’ll be part of a small and exclusive group of a maximum of no more than 16 writers at the retreat.

Through focused, practical presentations in the mornings, afternoon mentoring sessions, evening social events—and with a mentor/writer ratio of approximately 1:4—you’ll learn how to tell your story on the page and on the screen, and be one step closer to seeing your dream come to life!

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About

Write. Engage. Experience.

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Château Marouatte

Sound enticing? We’re inviting writers of fiction, non-fiction, and for the screen to come join us for what promises to be a memorable (and productive!) experience. Enrollment is limited to just 16 guests to ensure small class size and maximum access to our mentors.

Picture yourself staying at a 14th century castle (how’s that for inspiration?). Participating in stimulating workshops. Enjoying a glass of wine with a screenwriter who has written the second highest-grossing romantic comedy of all time or a former Paramount Studio Exec. Sharing your work with others for constructive feedback. Just taking the time to breathe—and to write, away from the demands of your daily routine. Imagine the conversations that might unfold daily around the breakfast table or on a walk round the castle grounds.

Whether you’ve written a book, are working on a screenplay—or are just thinking about it!—wherever you are in the process, we’re here to help you move forward and show you that dreams can become reality!

This retreat is for you if…

  • You’re working on a book/screenplay combination or have an idea for one.
  • You have a book and want to turn it into a screenplay or vice-versa—or sell it directly to Hollywood.
  • You’re unsure how to get your book/screenplay in front of agents and producers.
  • You’re serious about completing your project and making your dream come true!
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The retreat includes…

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Program

The retreat commences the evening of Friday, July 6th, with welcome cocktails, dinner and then, with a glass of fine wine in hand, a group discussion about writing in the castle’s historical salon.

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Château Marouatte
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Château Marouatte

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Your accommodation

When you go on a retreat to focus on your writing, you want a place which both inspires you and strengthens your commitment to your craft. (And if it happens to make you feel like royalty, while doing so? All the better!)

Which is why we chose the spectacular Marouatte Castle, in the heart of Southwestern France.

Each room is exquisitely decorated and each writer will have their own private room.

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Château Marouatte
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Your Rocaberti Retreat Mentors

Diane Drake

Diane Drake is an accomplished professional screenwriter, writing instructor, story consultant, speaker, and author. Prior to becoming a screenwriter, Diane served as Vice President of Creative Affairs for Academy Award-winning director/producer Sydney Pollack. Her first produced original script, ONLY YOU, starring Robert Downey, Jr. and Marisa Tomei, sold for one million dollars, while her second produced script, WHAT WOMEN WANT, starring Mel Gibson and Helen Hunt, is the second highest grossing romantic comedy of all time. In addition, both films have recently been remade in China featuring major Chinese stars.

Diane is a member of the Writer’s Guild of America and has been an instructor/speaker/panelist for the Austin Film Festival, UCLA Extension Writer’s Program, Scriptwriter’s Network, Story Development Group, University Club, and Writer’s Store. She has also served as a judge for the Austin Film Festival, UCLA Extension Contest, and The Humanitas Prize. She recently released her debut book, Get Your Story Straight: A Step-By-Step Guide To Screenwriting By A Million Dollar Screenwriter, (Reel Life Publishing, May 2016).

International speaker Jen Grisanti is an acclaimed Story/Career Consultant at Jen Grisanti Consultancy Inc., Writing Instructor for Writers on the Verge at NBC, former 12-year studio executive, including VP of Current Programming at CBS/Paramount, blogger for The Huffington Post and author of the books, Story Line: Finding Gold In Your Life Story and TV Writing Tool Kit: How To Write a Script That Sells and her new book, Change Your Story, Change Your Life: A Path To Your Success.

Grisanti started her career in 1992 as an assistant to Aaron Spelling, who served as her mentor for 12 years, and she quickly climbed the ranks and eventually ran Current Programs at Spelling Television Inc., covering all of Spelling’s shows including Beverly Hills, 90210, Melrose Place and Charmed. In 2004, Grisanti was promoted to Vice President of Current Programs at CBS/Paramount where she covered numerous shows, including Medium, Numbers, NCIS, 4400 and Girlfriends.

In January 2008, Grisanti launched Jen Grisanti Consultancy Inc., a highly successful consulting firm dedicated to helping talented writers break into the industry. Drawing on her experience as a studio executive where she gave daily notes to executive producers/showrunners, Grisanti personally guides writers to shape their material, hone their pitches and focus their careers. Since launching the consulting firm, Grisanti has worked with over 800 writers specializing in television, features and novels. Due to her expertise and mentorship, seventy-five of her writers have staffed on television shows and forty have sold pilots, five that that went to series.

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Roberto "Menotti" Marchionni

Menotti (the pen name of Roberto Marchionni) works in Rome, has lived in Germany but was born in Italy a long time ago.

He studied Fine Arts in Bologna, Italy, Semiotics in Berlin, Germany and Filmmaking in New York (NYU).

As an award-winning comic book artist, Menotti has worked for Italian and international magazines, such as Frigidaire, Comic Art, Il Manifesto, Cyborg, Mondo Naif and Blue. He also co-created the graphic novel Europa, published by Black Velvet.

As a screenwriter, he’s written several successful TV series, from Un posto al sole to Incantesimo, L’onore e il rispetto, La squadra and 7 Vite.

Besides other short and feature films, Menotti co-wrote Lo chiamavano Jeeg Robot (‘They Call Me Jeeg Robot’), the first Italian superhero film, nominated for best screenplay and winner of seven statuettes at the David di Donatello Awards 2016.

Scott Collette is a writer and story consultant with a background in pre-sales film financing and international distribution.

Collette started his career working for legendary producer Mark Damon at Foresight Unlimited, where he worked his way up to Executive Director, Sales and Distribution and was responsible for the international sales of Foresight’s titles in multiple territories in East Europe and Asia.

In addition to sales, Collette negotiated the majority of Foresight’s international licensing agreements and helped facilitate all production finance closings. These titles include Peter Berg’s Lone Survivor, Rob Reiner’s And So It Goes, 2 Guns, The Ledge, Flypaper, Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning, and Rob Cohen’s upcoming Category 5.

In 2013, Collette was invited to speak at the Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation, and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) to share his experience and knowledge of film distribution with the U.S. Department of Defense, aiming to educate the Department as to how private industries go about conducting business in fragile and emerging marketplaces around the globe.

Having never surrendered his passion for writing, Collette shifted gears with his career after writing multiple projects on spec and was hired by Hydra Entertainment as writer in 2015 to help a creative team develop a big budget, special effects-heavy feature (the details of which are currently under wraps).

Collette is currently in development on multiple television and feature projects, while also writing a novel.

Scott Collette
Claire Terry

Claire Elizabeth Terry is your Rocaberti Retreat host and moderator and is a British screenwriter, travel writer and novelist.

After graduating, she worked for several years in British theatre, where she fought for, and won, the right to become the first female stage-hand at the Royal National Theatre, London.

Short-listed for the Shiva Naipaul Memorial Prize, Claire has also written for the Rough Guides travel series.

In 2008, Claire conceived, compiled and edited The Art of Living: a Practical Guide to Being Alive, published by Kairós Publishers in both English and Spanish, the profits from which are donated to Green Cross International, the environmental organization founded by Mikhail Gorbachev.

The book includes contributions from Michael Douglas, Desmond Tutu, Jean Shinoda Bolen, Mario Vargas Llosa, Richard Branson, Mikhail Gorbachev and several members of the United Nations’ Alliance of Civilizations.

Claire is also the founder and president of the website and not-for-profit of the same name, The Art of Living Guide. Federico Mayor Zaragoza, the former Director General of UNESCO, sits on the Honorary Board.

She is the screenwriter and executive producer of the upcoming film ROSES, about four friends from all over the world, whose lives are transformed when a rose is secretly drawn for each of the women.

The film is being produced by Golan Ramraz and Adam Sherer of Boom Picture Company and Alejandro Miranda of Versus Entertainment. George Parra, the Executive Producer of Silver Linings Playbook, Nebraska, The Descendants and Sideways, is attached to direct.

Claire’s novel of the movie, I Draw Roses was published in 2013.

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Special Guests

Jason Chan

Jason Chan is a spiritual master and healer whose energy and teachings have transformed and enlightened the lives of hundreds of his close students, as well as touching the lives of thousands more spiritual seekers who have attended his courses, retreats, workshops and demonstrations in the UK, Ireland, Europe, USA and Thailand.

He is also the author of The Radiant Warrior (Hay House 2009), Infinite Abundance (2012 and winner of the Next Generation Indie Book Awards 2013) and Infinite Awakening (2015).

Jason was voted Most Inspirational Individual in 2008 by readers of Kindred Spirit magazine. In their 21st Anniversary Awards, Kindred Spirit said: “Jason has quietly, with dignity and integrity, worked tirelessly to help others find inner peace and balance”. For over thirty years, Jason has dedicated his life to passing on the benefit of his “Infinite Arts” program, including vitality, natural health, inner strength and removing blockages to allow creativity to flow naturally.

As Jason says: “Looking at life from the highest possible view, we can see that there is a definite order in all that happens in nature and the universe. We form part of nature and it follows we’re affected by the same patterns, cycles, flow, change and movement of the natural laws. And it is from these ancient sources of wisdom, that creativity also flows naturally and abundantly.”

Jason will be leading morning meditation and offering optional afternoon workshops on Infinite Tai Chi and Chi Kung (energy work), creating the perfect environment in which we can gently still our minds and experience the true creativity which arises when we do so.

As one of the music industry’s most influential figures, Miles Copeland has a career in the business that stretches back more than 40 years.

In London, during the 1970s, he represented Wishbone Ash, Joan Armatrading and all sides of progressive rock until he jumped ship, landed in the turbulent ocean of punk, and worked with the Sex Pistols, the Clash, Blondie, along with many other seminal bands.

In 1978, Miles became the manager for his brother Stewart’s band, The Police, who became one of the biggest bands of the 1980s. The success of The Police and the novel methods used to break them brought Miles to found I.R.S. Records.

During the next few years, the company had hits with REM, The Buzzcocks, The English Beat, The Cramps, Fine Young Cannibals, Wall of Voodoo, Timbuk 3 and a Number One album with the all-girl group, The Go-Gos.

He continued to manage Sting (solo) through seven blockbuster albums, along with The Bangles and Squeeze. Eventually, he introduced Sting to Algerian Raï singer, Cheb Mami. Their collaboration bloomed with “Desert Rose” whose worldwide success was attributed to Miles’ innovative corporate deal with Jaguar.

Miles can rightfully claim to having been responsible for the sale of over $1.5 billion of recorded music sales and over $500 million in ticket sales.

Miles also successfully ran his own film production company, IRS Media, producing over 35 movies, including Billy Bob Thornton’s directorial debut, One False Move.

Currently, he owns and operates CIA – Copeland International Arts, which is comprised of a record company, music publishing, merchandise and performing arts properties.

Additionally, Miles also co-hosts a yearly song writing retreat with ASCAP at his castle in France, the lastest song written being the Number One hit, “Somethin’ Bad” sung by Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood.

Miles Copeland
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The retreat is $3,499 per person, including 5 nights’ accommodation at Château Marouatte, all meals and drinks, all tuition and round-trip transportation between Angoulême train station and the castle.

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THE SCRIPT LAB SCREENWRITING SUMMIT – AUGUST 26-27, 2017

by on Aug.14, 2017, under events, Featured

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2 Days, 30 Speakers, Free Online

The Script Lab is launching its first ever Screenwriting Virtual Summit – a FREE weekend of lectures and interviews with Oscar-winning filmmakers and Emmy-winning TV writers! And best of all, it’s FREE to register for two days of access to this amazing content.

 

Plus, we’re excited to highlight Jen Grisanti, with an in-depth interview available to all registrants!

Register Free

Speakers include…

 

Scott Neustadter is an acclaimed screenwriter and producer of (500) Days of Summer, The Fault In Our Stars, The Spectacular Now, Paper Towns, and X-Men: The New Mutants.

Literary manager and producer Jewerl Ross is the founder and owner of Silent R Management. He has worked at APA, ICM, Marathon Management and Paradigm. Some of his clients include Barry Jenkins, Matt Aldrich, David H. Steinberg, and Brad Buecker.
 

Cathryn Humphris is a producer and WGA Award-winning writer known for her work on Mad Men, Elementary, NCIS: New Orleans, Under The Dome, and Supernatural.

Writing team Amanda Silver & Rick Jaffa have been responsible for some of the most successful reinvigorations of iconic franchises. Their credits include Jurassic World, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, and Disney’s live action Mulan.
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Registration is FREE! Join us for this incredible event – all from the comfort of your living room.  All you need is a computer and internet connection – and a curiosity to learn from some of Hollywood’s leading producers, executives, managers and award-winning screenwriters!

 

 

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FRIDAY NIGHT SOCIAL – SEPTEMBER 1, 2017

by on Aug.09, 2017, under events, Featured

Friday Night Social ~ September 1, 2017 ~ Double

Take Restaurant and Lounge

Event Date: Friday, September 1, 2017 || Starts at 6:30 pm  || Co-sponsoring with Jennifer Grisanti and Supporting Sponsor Final Draft.

Friday Night Social is a networking group that meets the first Friday of every month. It started as a way for TV and

feature writers to meet one another and has evolved into so much more. This is a great way to “Network”. Plan

on meeting people from different areas and levels in the entertainment industry.  

IMPORTANT:

Please REGISTER before 10:00 pm on Thursday, August 31, 2017,

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This month’s Friday Night Social is being held at The Palomar Hotel’s Double Take Restaurant and Lounge area.   Please join Final DraftJennifer Grisanti and SWN at this location for this month’s
Friday Night Social “Networking” event.

 

Double Take is all about the energy of the west Los Angeles modern bar scene that effortlessly compliments an a

vant-garde approach to classic comfort cuisine. With an edgy aesthetic that pays homage to the local independent

filmmakers who took part in making Los Angeles what it is today.

Double Take, A New Beverly Hills Restaurant – Situated in the midst of Wilshire Blvd, between Beverly Hills and

UCLA, Double Take at Hotel Palomar Beverly Hills is a dining hotspot inspired by a Hollywood backlot. Chef Bryan

Podgorski’s serves up unfussy, market-inspired snacks, salads and entrées that shine with Southern California

ingredients. Grab coffee and house-baked pastries on your way out in the morning or linger over breakfast

while working in the lounge. After work, let Sarah Mengoni’s updated takes on classic cocktails mellow you

into the evening.

Join us at The Palomar Hotel’s Double Take Restaurant and Lounge:

Below: Photos from previous events:

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Event starts at 6:30 pm – Ends at 9:30 pm

 

LOCATION:

10740 Wilshire Blvd #101, Los Angeles, CA 90024

Phone # 310.475.8711

Toll-free: (800) 472-8556

Palomar Hotel

DIRECTIONS:

Directions from the south and Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

  • From the airport, take W. Century Way east for 1.8 miles.
  • Merge slightly right onto I-405 North. Go 9.3 miles.
  • Exit onto Wilshire Blvd. Go 1.1 miles.
  • Kimpton Hotel Palomar Los Angeles Beverly Hills is located at 10740 Wilshire Boulevard at Selby Avenue.

Directions from the north and the San Diego Freeway.

  • From I-405 South / San Diego Freeway, take the Wilshire Blvd. exit. Go 0.2 miles.
  • Turn right at Wilshire Blvd. Go 1 mile.
  • Kimpton Hotel Palomar Los Angeles Beverly Hills is located at 10740 Wilshire Boulevard at Selby Avenue.

PARKING:

Valet parking is $10.00 – with validation at the bar.

Admission:

FREE to attend.  Pay for your own food, cocktails & parking.

**Check in with us at the entrance to receive your name tags for networking.

 Happy Networking!

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Pitch Document Formula For Pilots

by on Jul.26, 2017, under Featured, Motivation

TV PILOT PITCH FORMULA
 

  • INSPIRATION

Start your pitch off with passion. Tell them what inspired your story. If there is a link with a personal story that you have that connects to the concept and establishes that you are the perfect writer for this pitch, use it here.

 

  • WORLD

What is the world of your concept? What is the time period? Is there a wish fulfillment element? Bring it all to life here.

 

  • SERIES LOG LINE

Use the formula set up of who (create empathy) dilemma, action, goal with a twist of irony.

 

*The purpose of sharing your series log line is to give your audience a general idea of what your show is.

 

  • PILOT LOG LINE

Give a log line for the A story. This tells your audience how you are going to enter the world through the central character in your A story.

 

  • CENTRAL CHARACTER

Give a few lines about your central character. Tell us about your character through showing his/her personality in a situation.

 

  • TEASER OR CLIMAX

Tell your story in a way that your audience can visualize your powerful opening or a compelling climax. If you pitch your Teaser, give a strong sense of your opening dilemma. What is the thematic question going out of your opening? How is your series an answer to this question?

 

 

 

 

SUPPORTING CHARACATERS/CHARACTER DYNAMICS

 

If there are 2-3 other central characters, give one or two lines about them. You just want to define their characters. Do not give a paragraph/paragraphs on each of your characters; you will lose your audience. Give a strong sense of your character dynamics.

 

Think about my exercise Log Line For Your Life and write one for each of your characters.  Remember to think, what is the wound that is driving my central character? What is the flaw that gets in the way? How does the pursuit heal the wound?

 

  • THEME

What are some of the themes that you plan to use in your pilot and your series?

In this section, you want to give your audience a universal sense of your concept.

 

  • SERIES

            What we will see week to week in your series? Make it clear that you have a             strong engine for story.

 

  • CLOSING

Loop back around to what inspired your show, why you think now is a good time for it and any last tidbits that will excite them about your concept and make them feel your passion

 

 

Copyright© 2016 – Jen Grisanti Consultancy, Inc. This material is for the sole purpose of the Storywise© Teleseminar. Please do not forward, copy or distribute this material.

 

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THURSDAY AUGUST 3, 2017 – FUTURE OF STORY PANEL w/ MWP & Stage 32

by on Jul.21, 2017, under events, Featured

Stage 32 & Michael Wiese Productions Present: The Future of Story – Los Angeles

On Thursday, August 3rd in LA, Stage 32 and Michael Wiese Productions are thrilled to bring you an intimate and educational evening with some of the industry’s top writers, coaches and teachers working today.

Join Jen Grisanti, Steve Kaplan, Christopher Vogler, Alvaro Rodriguez and Richard Botto for a timely panel on the craft and business of screenwriting in 2017 . Our esteemed panelists will be covering a wide range of topics including the current state of the industry, what’s hot in television and features, where most writers struggle with their craft and much more. We’ll also be taking questions from the audience and may even critique a pitch or two!

But we did say this would be an intimate evening as well. So, after the panel, join us for an extended cocktail hour and networking event sponsored by Tito’s Handmade Vodka, the official vodka of Stage 32. Meet your fellow scribes and get up and close with not only the panelists, but a dozen more Michael Wiese authors!

 

Stage 32 & Michael Wiese Productions Present: The Future of Story – Los Angeles

Date: Thursday, August 3, 2017

Time: 7:00pm – 10:00pm (doors open at 6:30pm)

Location: WeWork La Brea Terrace, 925 N La Brea Ave, 4th Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90038 (map)

Parking: Parking available on 2 levels of the WeWork parking garage for $15, and FREE parking is available at the Target and Sprouts parking structure down the block
Drinks: provided by Tito’s Handmade Vodka, the official vodka of Stage 32
Light Snacks: provided by WeWork
Michael Wiese Productions books will be sold at a 40% discount exclusively at this event. Buy a book and get it signed by your favorite MWP Author.
RSVP: here

Space is limited, so please reserve your place early before all spots sell out!

 

Stage 32 and Michael Wiese Productions Present The Future of Story Los Angeles

Reserve your spot now!

About The Evening

Panel Discussion: Screenwriting & the Marketplace: 2017

7:00pm – 8:30pm

Our esteemed group of panelists will be discussing the state of the screenwriting industry today, writing trends they are seeing and offer tips & advice for screenwriters to navigate the business. We will be discussing the craft, including trends we are seeing in film and TV scripts right now including successful case studies. We will also be discussing the barriers of entry for both first time screenwriters as well as those established writers trying to navigate today’s ever shifting landscape. We’ll discuss the bending and meshing of genre and how Netflix and Amazon have not only influenced the marketplace, but the craft as well. You will receive tips on how to navigate the new paradigm of studio, cable and streaming and what that means for your career. Best of all, you’ll be able to ask questions during our extended Q&A session.

This is sure to be the most informative panel you’ll attend this year. Please remember to book early!

 

Networking Mixer / Meet the Authors!

8:30pm – 10:00pm

After the panel, we’ll let our hair down a bit with a relaxed networking mixer. You’ll not only be able to mingle with your fellow scribes and make new connections and friends, but you’ll be able to meet and speak with the panelists and more than two dozen additional Michael Wiese authors. This is an incredible opportunity to mingle, learn and build meaningful relationships. Oh, and the entire hour and a half is sponsored by Tito’s Handmade Vodka, the official vodka of Stage 32!

Other MWP Authors in Attendance
25 additional MWP authors with expertise in Scriptwriting, TV, Film, and Production will be on hand to network and meet with you. You will be able to meet and exchange business cards with top professionals in the business.

 


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FRIDAY JULY 28TH – MIXKNOWLEDGY EVENT MIXER AND PANELS

by on Jul.21, 2017, under events, Featured

July 28

The Film Empire LA

Event Information

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MixKnowledgy continues its series of Hollywood panel and mixer events with an evening of networking to celebrate the launch of sister company, The Film Empire. The Film Empire’s ongoing film and screenwriting contests are platforms to find the next big filmmaker. Event consists of red carpet and media, panels, live DJ, and party! Join us Friday, July 28th at The Reserve nightclub in Downtown LA at 6pm! Event for all ages. 21+ can stick around for club hours after event. Parking structures located nearby.

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Rising Stars:

-Ellie Araiza, actress, “Legion”

-Hannah Zeile, actress, “This Is Us”

-Aniela Gumbs, “Grey’s Anatomy”

Screenwriters & Literary Representation:

-Moises Zamora, writer, Lee Daniels’ “Star,” “American Crime”

-Zack Stentz, screenwriter, “Thor,” “The Flash,” “X-Men: First Class,” “Fringe”

-Cindy Ambers, partner/manager, Art/Work Ent. (company reps Arrival’s Eric Heisserer)

-Danny Alexander, TV literary coordinator, Agency of the Performing Arts

-Evette Vargas

-Jen Grisanti, Jen Grisanti Consulancy

Talent Representation:

-E. Brian Dobbins, manager, Principato-Young Entertainment

-Heather Weiss, publicist, E2W Collective

-Tara Jones, talent agent, United Talent Agency

-Garrett Lindsay, manager, The ESI Network

-Nelson Park, manager, The ESI Network

The Film Empire Grand Prize Winner:

-Daniel Mentz, writer-director, “Slipaway”

Casting:

-Venus Kanani, casting director

-Amanda Doyle, casting director (Casting Society of America)

-Rich Mento, casting director (Casting Society of America)

-Brad Gilmore, casting director

-Brandon Henry Rodriguez, casting director

Women Directors:

-Julie Anne Robinson, television director, “Grey’s Anatomy,” “The Catch,” “Scandal,” “Orange is the New Black,” “The Middle”

-Stacy Title, director, “The Bye Bye Man”

-Deborah Chow, television director, “Fear the Walking Dead,” “Reign,” “Mr. Robot”

-Rachel Feldman

Finance & Production:

-Dominic Mitchell supervising producer, “Westworld”

-Diego Garzon, associate producer, “Stranger Things,” “Veep”

-Regina Hicks, writer/producer, “Insecure”

-Loucas George, executive producer, “Empire”

-Kimberly Boyd, co-producer, “Into the Badlands,” “The Shannara Chronicles”

-Matthew Helderman, Buffalo 8/BondIt Media Capital

-Kate Krantz, CCO of Crypt TV

-Liza Glucoft, Awesomeness TV

& more TBA!

The Film Empire celebrates the grand prize winner of its first Hollywood filmmaking mentorship contest, Daniel Mentz. Daniel wins mentorship meetings with:

Bekah Brunstetter (producer & writer, This Is Us)
Tobias Schliessler (cinematographer, Beauty and the Beast, Hancock)
Scott Steindorff (producer, Chef, The Lincoln Lawyer)
Maia Glikman (Sony Pictures Television)
Daniel Levin (executive producer, Lion)
Dana Ledoux Miller (writer and producer, Designated Survivor, Narcos, The Newsroom)
Siddharta Khosla (film and television composer, This is Us)
Lesley Barber (film and television composer, Manchester by the Sea)
Constance Tillotson of LA Management (reps an Academy Award-nominated writer/producer)
Ben Davis (cinematographer, Doctor Strange, Guardians of the Galaxy)
Peter Schink (screenwriter, Legion)
Michael Shawver (editor, Marvel’s Black Panther, Creed, Fruitvale Station)
Joseph Garner (producer, War Dogs, executive at Bradley Cooper’s Joint Effort)
Amal Baggar (co-producer, Concussion)
Joshua Butler (TV director, The Vampire Diaries, Pretty Little Liars, The Magicians)
Alex Barnes (Trigger Street Productions)
Dan Liu (editor, The Walking Dead)
Alex Czuleger (manager/CEO, Green Room Mgmt)
Dan Scheinkman (Variety’s Top New Leaders in Film 2016)
Kameron Tarlow (development, Hazy Mills Productions)
Talia Cohen (First Look Media)
Lauren Selig (executive producer of Hacksaw Ridge)
Kate Lilly (Film/TV coordinator at Funny or Die)
David Baggelaar (creative executive, Good Fear Film + Management)
Matt Birch (SVP, co-head, physical production | APA)

Allison Irvin, agent, William Morris Endeavor

Date and Time

Fri, July 28, 2017

6:00 PM – 10:00 PM PDT

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Location

The Reserve

650 S Spring Street

Los Angeles, CA 90014

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Refund Policy

Refunds up to 7 days before event

Friends Attending

Organizer: MixKnowledgy

Organizer of The Film Empire LA

MixKnowledgy Hollywood event series launches sister company, The Film Empire, for filmmaking and screenwriting mentorships.

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FRIDAY NIGHT SOCIAL – FRIDAY AUGUST 4TH AT THE PALOMAR HOTEL STARTING AT 6:30 P.M.

by on Jul.21, 2017, under events, Featured

Friday Night Social ~ August 4, 2017 ~ Double Take Restaurant and Lounge

Event Date: Friday, August 4, 2017 || Starts at 6:30 pm  || Co-sponsoring with Jennifer Grisanti

Friday Night Social is a networking group that meets the first Friday of every month. It started as a way for TV and feature writers to meet one another and has evolved into so much more. This is a great way to “Network”. Plan on meeting people from different areas and levels in the entertainment industry.  

 

IMPORTANT:

Please REGISTER before 10:00 pm on Thursday, August 3, 2017.

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FRIDAY NIGHT SOCIAL – JUNE 2, 2017 AT 6:30 P.M. AT THE PALOMAR HOTEL

by on May.15, 2017, under events, Featured

Friday Night Social ~ June 2, 2017 ~ Double Take Restaurant and Lounge

Event Date: Friday, June 2, 2017 || Starts at 6:30 pm || Co-sponsoring with Jennifer Grisanti

Friday Night Social is a networking group that meets the first Friday of every month. It started as a way for TV and feature writers to meet one another and has evolved into so much more. This is a great way to “Network”. Plan on meeting people from different areas and levels in the entertainment industry.

IMPORTANT:

Please REGISTER before 10:00 pm on Thursday, June 1, 2017.
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This month’s Friday Night Social is being held at The Palomar Hotel’s Double Take Restaurant and Lounge area. Please join Jennifer Grisanti and SWN at this location for this month’s Friday Night Social “Networking” event.

Double Take is all about the energy of the west Los Angeles modern bar scene that effortlessly compliments an avant-garde approach to classic comfort cuisine. With an edgy aesthetic that pays homage to the local independent filmmakers who took part in making Los Angeles what it is today.

Double Take, A New Beverly Hills Restaurant – Situated in the midst of Wilshire Blvd, between Beverly Hills and UCLA, Double Take at Hotel Palomar Beverly Hills is a dining hotspot inspired by a Hollywood backlot. Chef Bryan Podgorski’s serves up unfussy, market-inspired snacks, salads and entrées that shine with Southern California ingredients. Grab coffee and house-baked pastries on your way out in the morning or linger over breakfast while working in the lounge. After work, let Sarah Mengoni’s updated takes on classic cocktails mellow you into evening.

Join us at The Palomar Hotel’s Double Take Restaurant and Lounge:

Event starts at 6:30 pm – Ends at 9:30 pm

LOCATION:

The Palomar Hotel’s Double Take Restaurant and Lounge

10740 Wilshire Blvd #101, Los Angeles, CA 90024

Phone # 310.475.8711

Toll-free: (800) 472-8556

Palomar Hotel

DIRECTIONS:

Directions from the south and Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

From the airport, take W. Century Way east for 1.8 miles.
Merge slightly right onto I-405 North. Go 9.3 miles.
Exit onto Wilshire Blvd. Go 1.1 miles.
Kimpton Hotel Palomar Los Angeles Beverly Hills is located at 10740 Wilshire Boulevard at Selby Avenue.

Directions from the north and the San Diego Freeway.

From I-405 South / San Diego Freeway, take the Wilshire Blvd. exit. Go 0.2 miles.
Turn right at Wilshire Blvd. Go 1 mile.
Kimpton Hotel Palomar Los Angeles Beverly Hills is located at 10740 Wilshire Boulevard at Selby Avenue.

PARKING:

Valet parking is $10.00 – with validation at the bar.

Admission:

FREE to attend. Pay for your own food, cocktails & parking.

**Check in with us at the entrance to receive your name tags for networking.
Happy Networking!

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Friday Night Social – Friday May 5th at the Palomar Hotel’s Double Take Restaurant and Lounge

by on Apr.18, 2017, under events, Featured

Friday Night Social ~ May 5, 2017 ~ Double Take Restaurant and Lounge

April 5, 2017

Event Date: Friday, May 5, 2017 || Starts at 6:30 pm || Co-sponsoring with Jennifer Grisanti

Friday Night Social is a networking group that meets the first Friday of every month. It started as a way for TV and feature writers to meet one another and has evolved into so much more. This is a great way to “Network”. Plan on meeting people from different areas and levels in the entertainment industry.

IMPORTANT:

Please REGISTER before 10:00 pm on Thursday, May 4, 2017.
register_button
This month’s Friday Night Social is being held at The Palomar Hotel’s Double Take Restaurant and Lounge area. Please join Jennifer Grisanti and SWN at this location for this month’s Friday Night Social “Networking” event.

Double Take is all about the energy of the west Los Angeles modern bar scene that effortlessly compliments an avant-garde approach to classic comfort cuisine. With an edgy aesthetic that pays homage to the local independent filmmakers who took part in making Los Angeles what it is today.

Double Take, A New Beverly Hills Restaurant – Situated in the midst of Wilshire Blvd, between Beverly Hills and UCLA, Double Take at Hotel Palomar Beverly Hills is a dining hotspot inspired by a Hollywood backlot. Chef Bryan Podgorski’s serves up unfussy, market-inspired snacks, salads and entrées that shine with Southern California ingredients. Grab coffee and house-baked pastries on your way out in the morning or linger over breakfast while working in the lounge. After work, let Sarah Mengoni’s updated takes on classic cocktails mellow you into evening.

Join us at The Palomar Hotel’s Double Take Restaurant and Lounge:

Below: Photos from previous events:
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Event starts at 6:30 pm – Ends at 9:30 pm

LOCATION:

The Palomar Hotel’s Double Take Restaurant and Lounge

10740 Wilshire Blvd #101, Los Angeles, CA 90024

Phone # 310.475.8711

Toll-free: (800) 472-8556

Palomar Hotel

DIRECTIONS:

Directions from the south and Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

From the airport, take W. Century Way east for 1.8 miles.
Merge slightly right onto I-405 North. Go 9.3 miles.
Exit onto Wilshire Blvd. Go 1.1 miles.
Kimpton Hotel Palomar Los Angeles Beverly Hills is located at 10740 Wilshire Boulevard at Selby Avenue.

Directions from the north and the San Diego Freeway.

From I-405 South / San Diego Freeway, take the Wilshire Blvd. exit. Go 0.2 miles.
Turn right at Wilshire Blvd. Go 1 mile.
Kimpton Hotel Palomar Los Angeles Beverly Hills is located at 10740 Wilshire Boulevard at Selby Avenue.

PARKING:

Valet parking is $10.00 – with validation at the bar.

Admission:

FREE to attend. Pay for your own food, cocktails & parking.

**Check in with us at the entrance to receive your name tags for networking.
Happy Networking!

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STORY: CREATING TRANSFORMATION THROUGH UNDERSTANDING THE VOID

by on Apr.10, 2017, under Featured, Personal tips

When we understand how to heal the wound and fill the void, true transformation can begin. In story as in life, our wounds create a void. The void stops us from moving forward with our journey in a productive way. The void often creates a negative narrative that gets in our way of success. The negative narrative produces a flaw. The flaw is our way of coping with the void. Our flaw could be what we do to distract ourselves from processing the wound so that we can move forward. The gift of story is that we can watch the transformation that happens to the hero with the wound from the beginning through the achievement of the goal. If the storyteller understands how to fill the void caused by the wound, the hero will find resolution on an internal and an external level.

Our present wounds are often caused by the splitting open of a prior wound. We have a memory of something in our past that created a void. So, when something happens in the present to split this open, we need to take the action to fill the void. In story, I tell the writers that I work with to think about the prior wound. In TV pilots, how does the series trigger and dilemma split open this wound? In features, how does the inciting incident split open the earlier wound? Creatively, when you link the prior wound to the present wound, you have a greater depth to deal with in the understanding of the wound and how to fill the void through conscious action and connection. When you have the prior wound linked to the present wound, you have the fertile ground in between to utilize when it comes to the telling of your story.

In the movie, LION, we see the prior wound happen at the beginning of the story. We are in the wound. We know what it is. We are in the heat of it. We FEEL the void. Then, when there is a time jump, we still have a clear understanding of the goal. He is lost. He wants to find home. Finding home goes to a whole new level of meaning because of how his story evolves. He has a new home. Love is there. However, the void is never truly filled until the answer is found. He has to move through the negative narrative and the obstacle of the wound happening when he was a young boy. The journey to find home never stops after the time jump. It is always there. Then, a new beginning for intimacy and connection appears. A problem arises when he discovers that true intimate connection cannot be truly realized until he finds home. This leads him back to his journey.

This type of story is very reflective of the writers’ journey in my worldview. For the writer to truly be able to express her/himself, she must do the emotional work to “find home” so that she can access the wound, fill the void and move forward in a way that will allow her to truly connect with her audience on a deeper level of meaning. When the void is present and the negative narrative wins, the truth cannot be fully found. So, this is where the emotional work begins.

On Netflix, there is a phenomenal show called RIVER that really takes us through the healing and processing of the wound. In RIVER, there is a twist at the start that you don’t see coming that involves the wound. It is very clever and very creative. When you understand the wound and how it stops River from moving forward, it connects with the audience in a very universal way. One of River’s flaws is his sense of denial and refusal to face the truth. In TV, the way that this is often dealt with is that there is a thematic link between the pilot arc and the season arc. The pilot arc is often one step toward healing the wound. In River, through the solving of the first case, we see how he gets answers to his own emotional void through his connection with the mom who lost her daughter and the boyfriend who confesses to killing her. River knows from the evidence that the boyfriend didn’t murder her. In working to understand the boy and what really happened, he is able to move deeper into his own process of healing. It is his digging into his own pain that leads to the answer of what happened with the boy and the girl.

When story is mastered at a level like these two stories, we all benefit. We see in process what the journey is in finding the answer to fill the void. When we learn to fill the void in story and in life, we pave a path to move forward and connect on a level that brings us true resolution.

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