TV Drama Writing Panel Debrief

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.

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Moderating TV Drama Writing Panel Sat., Dec.5

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 santa-fe-film-festivalShirt 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.)

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Midterm Report: Teaching at Santa Fe University

(Screenwriter Melinda Snodgrass visiting Terry Borst’s Advanced Screenwriting class)

More than half the semester now under our belts in The Film School at Santa Fe University of Art and Design (where I teach undergraduate screenwriting), and it’s worth looking at a few highlights from this Fall:

  • Fellow professional screenwriters Melinda Snodgrass (Star Trek: The Next Generation and Profiler) and Kirk Ellis (John Adams) each visited my Advanced Screenwriting class to lend their expertise to students.
  • Santa Fe University has been cited as one of America’s Best Kept College Secrets and The Film School has been acknowledged by Backstage as one of the 5 top college film programs in the country (outside of L.A.).
  • The Film School is launching a new BFA in Film beginning in Fall 2013.
  • I’m currently mentoring script development and pre-production for a new initiative we’ve begun: Shoot the Stars! — where name talent comes in to topline student-written, student-produced and student-edited films. Luke Kirby (Sarah Polley’s Take This Waltz and the upcoming Sundance Channel series Rectify) and Wes Studi (Last of the Mohicans, Geronimo, Avatar) are our first name actors, and we’re excited about having them join us the first week in December.
(Screenwriter Kirk Ellis visiting Terry Borst’s Advanced Screenwriting class)