The December 5 panel about TV Drama Writing at the Santa Fe Film Festival had a nearly full house at the Jean Cocteau Cinema. Great stories shared about how our panelists got into the business of writing for dramatic television; great insights into why television has truly become the dominant storytelling medium of our time; and interesting walkthroughs of the development process for both limited event series and weekly episodic series.
I’ll be moderating possibly the most high-powered panel about professional screenwriting in the history of Santa Fe, and certainly at the Santa Fe Film Festival — this Saturday, December 5, from 2:30-4pm at the Jean Cocteau Cinema. (You can hear me speak about the panel on KSFR-FM‘s “Cinema Scope” broadcast this Friday, 6:30pm MST. Stream it here.)
The panel is under the banner of Black Shirt Reads, an organization that has undertaken a series of unproduced screenplay table readings here in Santa Fe, employing some of the City Different’s best local talent. (They undertake their latest, Enchantment, at 1pm at the Cocteau — just prior to the panel.)
A reminder about the inaugural Cinevision event — a panel I’ll be appearing on hosted by New Mexico Lawyers for the Arts, called: Experiments in Light and Space. 4pm, Thursday, May 1, at The Screen in Santa Fe. Immersive dome artist and consultant Ethan Bach has been added to the panel. Come out if you can! We’ll try to make it super-interesting and informative …
On Thursday, May 1 at 4pm, I’ll be guesting on a panel entitled Experiments in Space and Light: a Conversation on Emergent and New Media Projects … in New Mexico. The panel is being presented by New Mexico Lawyers for the Arts as part of the inaugural Cinevision Festival, which is being hosted by The Screen from May 1-4.
Scheduled guests include Currents New Media‘s co-principal Frank Ragano, Creative Santa Fe’s program director Katelyn Peer, and Lumenscapes Illumination Media‘s principal Joe Dean. One of the topics, will, of course, be Santa Fe University‘s Outdoor Vision Fest™ (OVF), which I co-founded and continue to pilot. But what’s interesting is how much OVF has beomce part of a much larger tapestry, as we grow and evolve 21st-century media making here in Northern New Mexico. Can collaborative efforts accelerate both creative and economic development in this arena? This panel hopes to find out!
Yep, I’m in there somewhere… (Not too far from the center, actually, donning a Written By baseball cap.)
So, my first attendance at the University Film and Video Association (UFVA) conference and it was a privilege, of course, interacting with my professional colleagues (many of whom, like myself, have 2-3 decades of experience as screenwriters in the entertainment industry — and a good number of whom were fellow UCLA Film School graduates), and quite illuminating touring the state-of-the-art Marion Knott Studios, the home of Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts (7th best film school in the country, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
A full write-up on my glimpse of the Final Draft 9 beta (at the just-concluded University of Film and Video Association Conference held at Chapman University’s Marion Knott Studios) in Santa Ana, California — as well as an opportunity to check out alt.screenwriters, in case you never have before. (It’s never too late.)