Attention People of New York City!
At the request of many in the greater Manhattan and five boroughs areas, I will be coming your way the last weekend of this month to hold a special two-day workshop on August 12 & 13.
The topic: the coming spec sale avalanche!
This fall promises to boost the spec market and many of the NY writers I have been working with via email have requested more info on how to structure, write, and prepare their scripts for sale this fall. And there is no better way than me in a room with you, in person, getting right to the heart of the matter.
This promises to be an extremely creative, New York style confab of the kickass kind. And I for one can hardly wait.
I don’t usually use this blog space to advertise upcoming appearances; I figure those who know will find us. But with Hollywood doing such boom business (a 5% increase in ticket sales and climbing), this summer is looking like Summer of ’89, and that fall had a remarkable number of first-time sales. Why? More money in the studio till for purchases, higher hopes, new blood, and a general sense that the business was back.
It’s back again. And the studios want what they have always wanted: high concept, well-executed and structured original screenplays with that extra something special that they can’t say “no” to.
Let’s meet in NYC.
For information locally contact Amy Biven at [email protected], or to sign up immediately write [email protected]
Big, hot summer = Bigger, hotter fall!
Let’s go, New York!
- Bryn Dalton
Word to that!
I’ve been grumbling about Blake not coming to Tdot for months now. I think he’s afraid that it’s still winter here . . .
Speaking of which; Blake, I’d like to hear what you have to say about the recent change in US legislation that cuts the big chunk of money the studios would save by shooting in Canada (then just importing it back as part of NAFTA). I still see plenty of movies, and just as much TV, shot in Canada that it seems to me this hasn’t detered a lot of location managers from looking beyond their own backyard.
Ironically enough, most of our television is American produced, shot in Canada, and broadcast worldwide. But the way some of our laws are set up, it’s actually cheaper in many cases (especially for smaller, hometown broadcasters) to buy American made television than Canadian!
You should see what it takes to get a domestic film distributed here! Since most .ca companies don’t have the same deep pockets as their American counterparts, they can’t compete with Jim Carrey and Keanu Reeves in smaller theatres.
Isn’t it ironic?
Don’t ya think?
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I would love to attend this conference!
But I live in Toronto and I’m not sure I want to spend $500 in gas to drive down.
Any chance this conference can be taped and offered for sale on DVD?
Since this is a new topic that’s not covered in STC! I think there’ll be enough of a demand to warrant the effort.