University Film and Video Association (UFVA) 2013 Conference

UFVA logoI’m off to my first ever attendance at the annual University Film and Video Association (UFVA) Conference, being held this year at Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts just outside of Los Angeles — one of the premiere film schools in the U.S.

This year’s conference theme is “Story First,” and of course, it’s never been a better time to discuss what it means to be a cinematic storyteller in the 21st century, and what contemporary audiences actually seek in terms of a good film story. Continue reading “University Film and Video Association (UFVA) 2013 Conference”

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Traveling to Savannah and Talking Art and Media

posthaus2Professors do a lot of things (beyond teaching classes, which is a substantial enough commitment on its own). This past week I presented a paper at the biennial Foundations in Art: Theory and Education (FATE) conference held in Savannah, Georgia.

The title of the topic was: Outdoor Vision Fest: A New Approach to Innovating Interdisciplinary Collaborations. You can check out the accompanying slideshow for the presentation here.

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Working With Unions at ABQ Film Festival

Coolest part of participating in the panel discussion on “Working With Unions” at the Albuquerque Film Festival this Saturday morning was having legendary cinematographer Haskell Wexler introduce himself to me after the panel and follow up on a point I’d made during the hour-long session. Haskell Wexler, ladies and gentlemen!

“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.

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.

‘Mastering Celtx’ on Twitter

My new book Mastering Celtx will soon be published, and in the meantime, you can follow the Mastering Celtx Twitter feed — for the latest book news and Celtx news.

SCSFe on hiatus

Sadly, the Screenwriting Conference at Santa Fe, where I’ve served as faculty mentor since 2003, has gone on hiatus for 2011.  They promise to be back in 2012, however, and with any luck I’ll be asked back on the faculty then.