Most will agree that the mere act of attending classes or earning a filmmaking degree doesn’t make you a filmmaker. Certainly that’s true of prior generations of filmmakers—Orson Welles and Alfred Hitchcock, for example, never completed undergrad film projects since film schools didn’t exist…assuming they would have attended one in the first place. Marty Scorsese remains one of NYU’s most storied film school grads, but Steven Soderbergh and Quentin Tarantino picked up all they needed elsewhere.
But MovieMaker Magazine, via its training arm MovieMaker Institute, plans to convince those who hope to write successful screenplays of the value of concentrating for two days on some of the specifics with the likes of Spike Lee, Brad Anderson and Alexandre Rockwell.
To be held this June 11th and 12th at Hunter College, the encouragingly named Screenwriters Success Weekend includes a further discount for the “first 50 people who sign up today”—that’s today as in Friday, April 29th—and who use the promo code MM50. Do this today and you’ll bypass the conference’s full cost ($299) and pay $149.
Again, this is screenplay specific. That oft cited group of “industry professionals” will be in attendance to teach students how to “write a screenplays that sell”, how to ID and find some use for various industry trends, tell you just what must be in your kit bag in order to be your own producer and finally, how to land that “once-elusive” distribution deal, which, unless I’m mistaken, is still pretty elusive for most.
You can find out more about the conference, and how to sign up, by clicking here.