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Monday, August 18, 2008

Stuff I Love and A Clarification

Imagine my delight when I saw that The Assistant Files had been picked up and reprinted by several websites! Imagine my consternation when I saw that the post(s) were attributed to me, Julie Gray. To clarify: I do not have the time, moxy and character to be an assistant. The Assistant Files are written by three anonymous studio assistants out of the kindness of their hearts.

Here's why you should be really careful and keep your trap shut until you know better: You go to a major screenwriting event. You pull aside some lady who looks like a helper-volunteer. You complain about something in an unedited way. You later realize she is the editor-in-chief of the major magazine sponsoring the event. You feel stupid. You can't figure out how to redact or reframe a conversation. You worry about it but eventually decide you're human and shit happens.

For my fellow word freaks, Wordspy is a super fun website that I discovered over the weekend. Wordspy " devoted to lexpionage, the sleuthing of new words and phrases."

I am newly obsessed with Fade In magazine. Yeah, okay, that editor. Please forgive me, Audrey! In all honesty - this is a GREAT publication! I get free screenwriting publications in the mail all the time and I try to read them - I do. But Fade In is really top drawer; I am quite impressed. Although don't you hate it when magazines identify themselves by volume and issue rather than date? It leaves one saying - the one with Robert Downey, Jr. on the cover!

Other magazines I lurve: Entertainment Weekly, The New Yorker, The Utne Reader, Vanity Fair, People Magazine. Yeah - that's right - People. I admit it. But I only read it for the human interest stories, honest.

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Curious George said...

So, you've been to both: rate Fade In Pitch Fest vs. The Great American Pitch Fest. Weaknesses vs. Strength. etc.

I'm curious how they stack up against one another

Julie Gray said...

Fade In Pitch Fest: bigger players in bigger companies. No classes or workshops, disorganized methodology, long lines and waits.

GAPF: free classes and workshops, quite organized, no waiting. Smaller shops there but overall a more fun and effective event.

Full disclosure: My company is a co-sponor of the GAPF so I may have some bias. But actually my comparisons above are pretty accurate.

Curious George said...

Should've asked tis the first time around, but how would you rate the "success" rate of the attendees?

And, if you can, separate yourself from the bias (a natural offshoot of your connections to GAPF), if you had to go to only one event, which one and why?

Julie Gray said...

I think the GAPF is a much more pleasant, social and smooth experience. I actually went through the pitching process with a friend as he pitched his work so I experienced first hand the ease of the event.

Each event claims some success for participants but you'd best find out those rates and percentages through their respective websites.

Pete said...

One of these days, I can explain the reason for the volume/issue thing, but it probably won't make you feel any better about it.