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Saturday, November 15, 2008

Expo Update

Good morning, Wavers! It's day three of the CS Expo and The Script Department is having a blast, despite complaints about the loop of musicals playing at the booth from some of the boy volunteers (and you know who you are!) We have met friends, new and old - I recognize a lot of writers from last year, and we even had Diane Stredicke stop by, the winner of the 3rd place at the Silver Screenwriting Competition. Karl Iglesias came by the booth and gave me a hug and of course, life would not be complete without a little squeeze from Dov Siemens.

I went to a Master Screenwriting panel, with my good friend Steve Faber (WEDDING CRASHERS), Jason Reitman, the director of JUNO and writer/director of THANK YOU FOR SMOKING, Josh Olson, writer of A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE, Aline Brosh McKenna, writer of 27 DRESSES, Simon Kinberg, writer of MR. AND MRS. SMITH, JUMPER and the upcoming SHERLOCK HOLMES and Dan Waters, writer of, among other things, HEATHERS, DEMOLITION MAN and BATMAN RETURNS. The panel was by turns hilarious, blue and hilarious.

Today will be a very busy day at the Expo, with more classes going on and more Big Names, including Tim Kring (Heroes) Adam Horowitz (Lost) and Karen Lutz and Kirsten Smith (LEGALLY BLONDE).

We have met attendees from literally all over the world - there is even an Italian Contingent who came from Rome to attend the event. I cannot stress enough that this is the premiere screenwriting event; if you couldn't come, it's well worth planning to come next year.

I received TONS of short scene submissions for the Thanksgiving, Chihuahua, Election competition and will be posting the top three on Monday when we can all vote. Have a great weekend, everyone!

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Anonymous said...

Hi Julie,

I read "History of Violence".

To my surprise, the script had very little impact with the violence.

But movie had lots of powerful violent scenes.


Come to think about it, the graphic novel(yes it is one of the most respected graphic novel in the business) had more dynamic violence than the movie and the script.

Could you ask the screenwriter this question for me -- why was the writing in the script, passive? Did he do this on purpose.

And lastly would it be possible to get him to be guest on your webpage?

And a big Cheer to you.

David Alin said...

Hi Julie-

How much fun you had, sorry I wasn't able to make it. This weekend was horrible by the fires (In Southern California) - but there is always next year.

Hopefully the EXPO will be back downtown next year. I will reserve my place and have a goal set it place not to only enjoy the panels, but visit friends and learn something valuable that I will be ready to pitch!

I'll monitor this blog from now on and keep posting.

Emeka Amakeze said...

Waoh! Am i glad to be here? I've taken a fancy to screenwriting and trying out in Nollywood. I'll keep in touch to know more about screenwrting from the masters. Thanks for this post.

PJ McIlvaine said...

Sounds like you had a blast!