Become Oscar-worthy In A Day; Screenplay Class at Film Fest

Become Oscar-worthy In A Day; Screenplay Class at Film Fest

Move over Matt and Ben… How’s turning $40 in to a multi-million dollar picture deal and a little gold statue for your mantle (named “Oscar”) sound? Pretty good? You betcha it does. On Saturday, May 16, you can head over to the Waikoloa Beach Resort and share your screenplay with three top writers that ink films for the likes of DreamWorks, New Line Cinema, 20th Century Fox and Disney. And not only will they refrain from tossing your hard-worked script to the cutting room floor, they’ll help you hone and sell it.

Held during the annual Big Island Film Festival, this full-day seminar was created in conjunction with the Hawaii County Film Commissioner’s Office and the Hawaii County Deptartment of Research & Development. Students, who will attend the 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. seminar, will learn the fundamentals of writing for the silver screen, including: Character development, completion of scenes, how to produce a sellable business plan, how to pitch your script to studios and networks, and even what to avoid when in the final throes of “a deal”.

“If you come with an idea, an open mind and determination, you can literally take home the better part of a screenplay in a day,” said Leo Sears, Big Island Film Festival founder and executive director.

The attending writers include: Gregg Rossen and Brian Sawyer, a comedy writing team who are currently developing a Jamie Kennedy television project entitled “Model Family”; David C. Garrett co-wrote “Duece Bigalow: European Gigolo” (starring Rob Schneider, produced by Adam Sandler). He has written episodes of “Living with Fran” and “Malcolm and Eddie”, and is currently working on a reality TV project for MTV.

The Big Island Film Festival takes place from May 14—17, 2009, at the Waikoloa Beach Resort. It celebrates narrative filmmakers (international and local), featuring shorts, feature-length films, discussion panels, awards ceremonies and plenty of opportunity for networking.

For ticketing, sign-up to the screenwriter’s class and more on the festival, go to www.BigIslandFilmFestival.com or call 808 883-0394

“If you come with an idea, an open mind and determination, you can literally take home the better part of a screenplay in a day.”