June 11 – Under the Silver Lake

(registration deadline: Friday, June 8)

Meet on the Fox Studios backlot on June 11th for an in-depth analysis and discussion of the screenplay UNDER THE SILVER LAKE.

Logline: Mysterious clues lead a man on a strange journey to find the beautiful next door neighbor who disappeared the day after they hooked up.

The Writer/Director: Originally from Michigan, DAVID ROBERT MITCHELL graduated from Florida State University with an MFA in Production. His feature debut, The Myth of the American Sleepover, won a special jury prize at SXSW for Best Ensemble Cast and was an official Critic’s Week selection at Cannes, but it was his second film that catapulted Mitchell to indie film stardom. In It Follows, a murderous entity stalks its victim until he or she either dies or passes “it” to the next victim through sex. The nightmarish, low-budget horror film debuted at Cannes and grossed $23 million worldwide. The auteur cites Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window as his favorite film of all time.

Under the Silver Lake stars Academy Award nominee Andrew Garfield (Hacksaw Ridge, The Amazing Spider-Man), with Riley Keough (Magic Mike, Mad Max: Fury Road), and Topher Grace (That 70s Show).

Producers and Production Companies: Among the 25 producers, associate producers, co-producers, and executive producers, and 11 production companies, credited on IMDb for Under the Silver Lake are Academy Award winner Adele Romanski (Moonlight) for PASTEL, former New Line and Dreamworks president Michael De Luca (Fifty Shades of Grey) for Michael De Luca Productions, Chris Bender (A History of Violence) for Good Fear Film + Management, and Rufus Parker (Wild Nights with Emily) for P2 Films.

Festivals and Release Date: Under the Silver Lake is scheduled to premiere tomorrow, May 15, 2018, at the Cannes Film Festival, with a wide U.S. release scheduled for June 22 (A24).

Rated R. 139 minutes. 149 pages. Mystery, Comedy.

LINDA COWGILL will provide in-depth analysis and lead our discussion. After completing her MFA at UCLA’s School of Film and Television, Linda landed her first TV writing job on The Incredible Hulk and sold her first feature screenplay to Orion Pictures. She continued writing scripts for Paramount, Universal, MGM, Warner Bros., and for the acclaimed series Life Goes On, until deciding to focus on teaching screenwriting. She has since taught seminars and workshops at AFI, Kennedy Center, Boston Film Institute, Loyola Marymount, IFP Miami, and NALIP and now heads the Screenwriting Department at Los Angeles Film School. She has also published three books, The Art of Plotting, Secrets of Screenplay Structure, and Writing Short Films, and has many useful screenwriting articles on her website, Plots Inc.

ALSO THIS MONTH

CASE STUDY: THE GRADUATE

Monday, June 25, 2018

With BEVERLY GRAY
author of Seduced by Mrs. Robinson:
How The Graduate became the Touchstone of a Generation

Register by noon, Friday, June 22

(click here for details)

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May 22 – The Business of Screenwriting

Meet on the Fox Studios backlot on May 22nd for a StoryBoard Special Event!
MASTER CLASS:
The Business Side of Screenwriting
– What Every Writer Should Know –
with Steve Kaire
Monday, May 22, 2017 7:30-10:00 PM

This professional seminar will cover:

  • Deal Making
  • How Much $$$ to Expect for an Idea, Treatment, or Screenplay
  • How to Read a Deal Memo
  • Should You Sign a Release Form?
  • How Options Work
  • Rewrite Assignments
  • How to Protect Your Material

The entertainment business is part entertainment and mostly business. Writers think their only job is to create the material and let someone else take care of business and legal matters.

 

“Of the eight projects
I sold or optioned,
I negotiated seven of those deals
myself without representation.”

Steve Kaire

 

At the very least, you should have a basic understanding of how the business works.

STEVE KAIRE has sold eight projects to major studios without representation and is currently co-producing Sherlock’s Secretary for Walden Media. A screenwriter for over 30 years, he holds a master’s degree in Dramatic Writing and has taught writing classes at the American Film Institute.

If you think your script is ready to sell to Hollywood, you can’t afford to miss this special StoryBoard session.

StoryBoard Members: $35 Non-Members: $45

REGISTER NOW!

Registration deadline is Friday, May 19. Good seats still available.

Log in to PayPal, click “Pay or send money,” enter StoryBoardDG@gmail.com and the correct amount, then click on “Write a note” and BE SURE TO INCLUDE ALL OF THE FOLLOWING: your name (exactly as it appears on your driver’s license), your mobile phone number AND “Business of Screenwriting Master Class.”

Or contact Scott Burnell for alternate payment method.
email: StoryBoardDG@gmail.com phone: (323) 205-0773

This Master Class is a StoryBoard Special Event. From time to time, StoryBoard Development Group presents amazing workshops and seminars apart from our outstanding regular monthly meetings.

Our next regular session is Monday, June 12, when we discuss the screenplay for Universal’s THE MUMMY reboot starring Tom Cruise.