UFVA 2013, part 1

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.)

Producing and Directing Indy Film at Santa Fe Community College

Another visit this week to the Film Program at Santa Fe Community College (SFCC) — this time to talk to Film 239, Producing and Directing the Independent Film. Great students, who were very interested in how Celtx facilitated the pre-production workflow by enabling script breakdowns and the generation of production reports. Of course, all of that is explored in great detail in my book Mastering Celtx, particularly in chapters 5, 7 and 11. More blow-by-blow here, and thanks to instructor Kelly Bahr for bringing me out.

Visit to Santa Fe Community College

Always great to visit a Film Crew class at Santa Fe Community College (SFCC) and talk a little bit about the nuts and bolts of screenwriting, as well as how screenplays are designed to aid a production crew in all kinds of ways. (Since Celtx is the scripting software of choice at SFCC, it was also a chance to demonstrate how Celtx works and mention Mastering Celtx!)

Thanks to instructor Kelly Bahr for the invitation this past Monday night.

Further Expanding Celtx as an Authoring Environment

My quick review of Celtx Shots, the new iPad app that further expands Celtx as an authoring environment for story development and screenwriting. We’re continuing to move towards a completely mobile solution for creative development: a tablet (with Bluetooth keyboard) for heavy-duty input, and iPhone or Droid for continual contact and lightweight interactivity with intellectual property.

But as pico-projection capability gets added to our handheld devices, we may find that even the tablet is an interim solution: we’ll have Bluetooth keyboards and Wacom tablets when needed, and everything else will be gestural and ambient…

Archived Radio Broadcast of KSFR ‘Cinemascope’ Interview

If you missed the live broadcast of KSFR-FM‘s Cinemascope, where I guested with faculty colleague Shelene Bridge, here’s the archived broadcast in its entirety (just under 30 minutes).

The chief topic is the Fall Film Showcase, which went very successfully on October 5. But we sneak in a mention of Mastering Celtx at the end, and also get to talk about Santa Fe University’s Moving Image Arts department. Enjoy!

Podcast – “NM Film Works”

radioYou can catch the podcast of September 10’s NM Film Works radio broadcast; I come in at the 21-minute mark with host Trish Lopez to discuss screenwriting, Mastering Celtx, and an exciting new event we’re launching in the Moving Image Arts department at Santa Fe University of Art and Design.

Back on the radio with MASTERING CELTX

I’ll be back on local radio in Northern New Mexico this weekend, discussing Mastering Celtx, along with a new annual event we’re launching at Santa Fe University of Art and Design.

The radio show is called NM Film Works, hosted by Trish Lopez of the New Mexico Film Office. Air times and stations:

  • Santa Fe and surroundings: Saturday, September 10 at 11am on 1260-AM
  • Albuquerque and surroundings: Sunday, September 11 at 12noon on 1350-AM.

Sadly, there is no live online streaming, but the show will be archived online early next week, and I’ll post the location for online playback then.

Santa Fe University Press Release

Santa Fe University of Art and Design has been kind enough to spotlight my new book in a press release.

Don’t forget that you can find out all about Mastering Celtx on the book’s dedicated blog — where you can find easy links to purchasing the book on Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

‘Mastering Celtx’ officially released

Mastering CeltxThe day of Mastering Celtx‘s official release has arrived.  Find the book on Amazon and at Barnes & Noble, or just about any other online book vendor you prefer. You can walk into a brick-and-mortar Barnes & Noble or Borders and also order the book for pickup.

Can’t get enough of Mastering Celtx? Check out the book’s blog and Twitter feed. Love to hear what you think.

‘Mastering Celtx’ blog

The Mastering Celtx blog now joins the Twitter feed. The blog is also published on my Amazon author page, and it’ll explore screenwriting and pre-production issues and how Celtx can typically offer solutions.

The blog will also convey news about the book, instructional resources, and occasional speaking appearances and radio interviews I undertake. Check it out if you’ve got an interest in screenwriting or producing media; comments can be left and if you decide to share a post via Facebook, Twitter, or other social media, I’ll be flattered indeed.