Meet ONLINE from 7:00-10:00 PM Pacific Time on April 10th for an in-depth analysis and discussion of the screenplay AIR.
LOGLINE: A shoe salesman hustles to sign rookie basketball player Michael Jordan to a deal that ultimately results in the most popular line of sneakers in history.
ABOUT THE WRITER: Air is the first produced screenwriting credit for ALEX CONVERY. Growing up in suburban Illinois, Convery first became interested in screenwriting as a teenager when his father gave him a collected volume of Coen Brothers screenplays for Christmas. After graduating from USC, Convery wrote spec biopic scripts on Stephen King and Stan Lee. The latter reached the second round in the Austin Film Festival screenplay competition, where he networked with panelists who gave him advice that helped him pick more marketable material to write about. Inspired by Tony Gilroy’s Michael Clayton, Convery wrote Bag Man, about a college football “fixer,” which got him a manager and landed on the 2018 Black List. He hit the Black List two more times with Excelsior! (his Stan Lee biopic) in 2020, and finally with Air in 2021. Director Ben Affleck did some revisions to the script with co-stars Matt Damon and Chris Tucker, and input from his wife, Jennifer Lopez, but says they didn’t ask for writing credit. Affleck and Damon shared an Academy Award for their first screenplay together, 1997’s Good Will Hunting.
(registration deadline: Friday, April 7)
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Air premiered at South by Southwest in March and will open in theaters on April 5. The film was produced and directed by Ben Affleck (Argo), who stars as Nike founder Phil Knight alongside Matt Damon (The Martian), Jason Bateman (Ozark), Marlon Wayans (Scary Movie), Chris Messina (The Mindy Project), Chris Tucker (Rush Hour), and Viola Davis (How to Get Away with Murder). If you plan to see the movie, it is highly recommended that you read the screenplay first so that your initial impression is from the writing on the page.
Rated R. 103 pages. 112 minutes. Drama. Sports. Biopic.
Donna Michelle Anderson, will provide in-depth analysis and lead our discussion. “DMA,” as she is professionally known, is a story analyst, development executive, and the author of Write It, Pitch It, Sell Your Screenplay: A Hollywood Buyer’s Insider Guide to Getting Your Script Past the Gatekeepers, an update of her 1-3-5 Story Structure Made Simple System: The Nine Essential Elements of a Sellable Screenplay, which was the first story structure system integrated into Final Draft. She has helmed top-rated programming for CBS, Bravo, BET, A&E, TLC and more. Visit her at PlanetDMA.com.