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SEMINARS AND CONFERENCES

Over the years I have attended many seminars, screenwriting classes, and conferences. I have found some speakers to be insightful and helpful in explaining the demands of a marketable screenplay, while other panelists seem to just be spewing their standard conference speech by rote. In fact there are a few conferences that indeed seem to invite the same people year after year, and those speakers never seem to rotate their 3x5 cards. When choosing a conference to attend I make a checklist of criteria:
Is the panelists someone I have heard of? Does the panelist possess an understanding of the current market? For instance an A-list producer, a studio head, or a working agent fit in this group. Is the conference value priced? Is the travel and accomadations affordable? I attended one seminar (which was excellent) and the hotel hosting the event was over one hundred dollars a night. Many attendees opted to stay elsewhere and cab to the conference. And lastly is the conference aptly timed? One conference I attended in the past held the conference on the Jewish high holy day weekend. Needless to say, they had a hard time filling the bill and those who attended were disappointed to see so many changes in the orginial panelist group. My suggestion is that you choose wisely and according to your needs. There are many offerings all over the Country seemingly all the time. One would think the Hollywood community has nothing better to do than attend conferences--we all know that isn't true. Look for name players, people who can either get your project to the "check writers" or the Check writers themselves. I have known many people who have actually sold their scripts at screen writers seminars. You may be next.

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