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Setup for Westworld premiere, Hollywood Blvd, March 2020

Setup for a Westworld premiere, Hollywood Blvd, March 2020

The COVID-19 lockdowns may feel like they’re driving us apart from people – but they’re also bringing us together through shared online global communities. We’ve created the platform for shared creative and learning activity through our 100-Day Creative Challenge (#100DayCC) and other providers have risen to the occasion too. Here are some that have caught our eye in the coming days and weeks, which we’d strongly recommend you to consider – act quickly as many of them are happening now!

London Screenwriters Festival – daily from May 8th for four weeks, with sessions available on demand afterwards

Don’t assume this is just a UK-focused thing – the timeslots are often very US-friendly (http://www.londonscreenwritersfestival.com/whats-on/sessions/) and major international thought leaders like Robert McKee and Scott Myers are involved. I’ve attended several times and made excellent notes and connections. And with its new online pricing it’s VERY affordable at just £5 a month/ £60 per year (about $75 a year!). Here is a summary from the event organizers:

Screenwriters… Who will you be hanging out with this weekend?

There is a MASSIVE global screenwriting conference LIVE and online starting this Friday. Over 1,000 are attending, and the number is growing…

We have some of the biggest names speaking… Randall Wallace who wrote ‘Braveheart’, David S. Goyer who wrote ‘Batman Begins’, Stephany Folsom who wrote ‘Toy Story 4’…

We have the most sought after teachers… Robert McKee, Pilar Alessandra, Scott Myers, Linda Aronson…

We have BAFTA, Oscar and even Pulitzer Prize winners.

We have writers who have just found success, perhaps just a few months ahead of you. Soooo relatable.

We have bang up to date creators… ‘Extraction’, Netflix’s biggest film release ever.

We have writing programmes, creative mindfulness, energy boost sessions…

And we have you, or at least over a thousand writers so far… It’s going to be CRAZY!

It’s all LIVE, on a dedicated App and On Demand to watch later, for up to one year.

You are going get a massive injection of creative rocket fuel, a mind explosion of strategies, tips, tricks and new skills, and spend a whole month among our tribe of storytellers.

If you are a filmmaker, screenwriter or storyteller you really don’t want to miss this.

You can sign up for little more than what we used to pay (six weeks ago) for a cup of coffee. Or you can go all in and splash out £60 for the whole year and help secure the future of the London Screenwriters’ Festival.

OK links… www.ScreenwritersFestival.online/365
Speakers on the old site HERE
Schedule on the old site HERE

Make the choice, dive in, and get online on Friday for a simply smashing start to a month of screenwriting mayhem!

Chris Jones
www.ScreenwritersFestival.online/365

 

BAFTA LA and BAFTA:

Meanwhile, BAFTA are also promoting US-friendly online event scheduling and catchup. You don’t have to be a member – to register you can tick one of the other options (‘I am a member of the public’, ‘Other’). Here are upcoming events that have caught our eye from them:

BAFTA MASTERCLASS: SUCCESSION
Creator and showrunner Jesse Armstrong and director Becky Martin explore the BAFTA-winning series from script to screen.
Wednesday, May 13, 2020
9.30am Pacific

REGISTER HERE

 

(Technical Support:

CLICK HERE FOR A GUIDE ON HOW TO REGISTER FOR AN ONLINE SESSION

or Email membership@bafta.org.)

 

Normal People Q&A

Have you seen the brilliant Normal People on BBC iPlayer yet? In our online Q&A last week, Edith Bowman spoke with director Lenny Abrahamson and actors Daisy Edgar-Jones and Paul Mescal about the passion-filled first love drama that’s got the nation talking.

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CONTROLLING FREELANCE FINANCES IN UNCERTAIN TIMES
Thursday 7 May, 15.00
Led by David Thomas, this 90-minute webinar will offer support and advice in assessing your current situation, estimating future finances, and navigating the systems of government support, as well as templates to help you keep your finances under control. Register Here

In UK-specific news from BAFTA:

Emergency relief.

As charities, BAFTA and The Film and TV Charity are working together to raise funds for film and TV workers who are facing significant financial hardship due to Covid-19.

The Covid-19 Film and TV Emergency Relief Fund will provide one-off grants for those most badly affected. BAFTA is also expanding its own hardship funds to bolster support for Relief Fund applicants and this week has received donations of over £25,000, with fundraising continuing.

To find out more about the financial support on offer, or to make a donation, visit the BAFTA website.

Filming Protocols Consultation

STOP PRESS: Representatives from BAFTA have been working with the BFC and other industry bodies to create a code of practice for how scripted productions can resume filming in a safe manner, once it is appropriate to do so. We are looking for volunteers from all crafts and grades to review these protocols. In order to volunteer please e-mail sara@saraputt.co.uk stating your name and department.

Hope these are useful!

Got more we should be publicizing? Email john@writemovies.com!

 

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