Thursday, April 12, 2007

Act One Writers Weekend in San Jose, CA

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Each year, hundreds of aspiring screenwriters flock to Hollywood with scripts in their hands and stars in their eyes. This year, Hollywood is coming to them. Next stop? San Jose, CA.

Act One, Inc., a Los Angeles-based training program for writers and other film industry professionals, is partnering with Valley Christian Schools to present the Act One Screenwriting Weekend, a conference for professional and aspiring screenwriters. The workshop, slated for May 4-5, 2006 at the school’s Skyway Campus, is an intense, practical overview of screenwriting basics, the current film market, and the Christian’s responsibility to engage popular culture.

Participants will study the craft of screenwriting – from story development and structure to character, dialogue and screenplay format – with a group of accomplished Hollywood professionals, including television writer and producer Dean Batali (That 70’s Show, Buffy The Vampire Slayer) and screenwriter and Azusa Pacific University Associate Professor Dr. Thomas Parham (JAG, Touched By An Angel).

“San Jose’s proximity to Hollywood, and the Bay Area’s vibrant community of professional artists makes it the perfect location for our seminar,” says Conference Coordinator Lauri Evans Deason. “And we’re thrilled to join Valley Christian Schools in their quest for excellence - providing new inspiration for local writers who share our common goals of artistry, professionalism, and spirituality.”

The seminar begins at 3:30 p.m. Friday with an afternoon session for registered participants. It continues with a 7:30 p.m. screening and panel discussion with the faculty, open to anyone interested in film and its influence on popular culture. The conference concludes Saturday with a full day of instruction from 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. The registration fee, which includes study materials and breakfast and lunch on Saturday, is $195. A $20 discount is available for students and groups of ten or more. Further information and online registration is available through the Act One website at ; or by calling 323-464-0815. Space is limited, and early registration is encouraged.

Tickets for the Friday evening session only are $10 and are available at the door.

Act One, Inc. is a non-profit, interdenominational training and mentorship program designed to train people of faith for careers in mainstream film and television. The organization is endorsed by the Catholic Communications Campaign, Catholics In Media Associates, Premise, The Hollywood Prayer Network, MasterMedia International, and a large network of colleges and universities.

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