UFVA 2013, part 3

UFVA 2013 - attendees

Yep, I’m in there somewhere… (Not too far from the center, actually, donning a Written By baseball cap.)

What I Did On My Summer “Vacation”

Nearly everyone has the illusion that professors have the summer “off.” Endless fruity drinks with little umbrellas and accompanying cevíche on a Mexican beach…

More accurately, the summer is a slight downshift, but with plenty going on. So what did I do on my summer “vacation”?

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UFVA 2013, part 2

Marion Knott Studios Dodge College UFVA 2013
UFVA 2013 @ Marion Knott Studios

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.

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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.)

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”