“Working With Unions” on Saturday, 8/20, in Albuquerque

Just a reminder that I’ll be on a panel along with members of the DGA, IATSE and SAG to speak about “Working With Unions”, this Saturday, September 20, 9:30-10:30am at the Albuquerque Hyatt Regency, as part of the Albuquerque Film Festival. The panel discussion is open to the public, and if you’re attending the Film Fest, I hope you’ll stop on by.

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Speaking at ABQ Film Fest in late August

Albuquerque Film Festival logoI’ll be speaking on a panel about entertainment unions at the Albuquerque Film Festival on Saturday, August 20 (9:30am at the downtown Hyatt Regency). Members from the DGA, IATSE, and SAG will join me as I represent the WGA, and together we’ll discuss how working with guilds and unions … well, works.

This will be my first time at the Albuquerque Film Festival, which this year is premiering legendary writer/director John Sayles’ newest work. And as the film and television biz in New Mexico has reached a significant economic crossroads, it should be an interesting panel.

If you happen to be near Albuquerque or Santa Fe on that date, I’d be delighted if you dropped by for the panel discussion and said hello.

Hunkering Down as a Writer

When they’ve got a project they’re paid to write, professional writers tend to hunker down and vanish … only to emerge “above ground” when the project is done.

In the world of “always-on” Internet presence, it may seem like something dreadful has happened if there are no posts on a professional site for awhile.  But a lot is actually happening, and everything is fine … so more details coming soon …

In the meantime, I’m finishing up a book … so I’ll be hunkered down awhile longer…

Screenwriting and Entrepreneurialism

Attending the jointly sponsored Writers Guild of America and Mobile Entertainment Forum series of panels on Content Creation for Mobile Devices this past Saturday, I was reminded again how critical entrepreneurialism is to the 21st-century screenwriter.  The idea that screenwriters could just rely on their agents to do the selling was never really true:  but today’s effective screenwriter needs marketing and management skills like never before.