International Screenwriters Lab - Give Your Script the Best Chance for Success in the U.S. and International Marketplace

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Taught by James Crawford

$799
Lab Schedule (8 sessions):
Saturday, Feb 29TH 9 - 10:30AM PST
Saturday, Mar 7TH 9 - 10:30AM PST
Saturday, Mar 14TH 9 - 10:30AM PDT
Saturday, Mar 21ST 9 - 10:30AM PDT
Saturday, Mar 28TH 9 - 10:30AM PDT
Saturday, Apr 4TH 9 - 10:30AM PDT
Saturday, Apr 11TH 9 - 10:30AM PDT
Saturday, Apr 18TH 9 - 10:30AM PDT
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Who Should Attend:

Screenwriters living outside the United States looking to break into the US market.

Screenwriters with a regionalized script looking to see how it can have a competitive global advantage with a script polish

Producers looking to find a global script and make it attractive for the worldwide market.

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Class hosted by: James Crawford

Head of Development at Fireside Pictures

James Crawford is an ink-to-screen producer and development executive working in southern California, with expertise working with international creative professionals. He is currently the Head of Development for Fireside Pictures, a full-service production company with offices in Ottawa, Canada and Los Angeles. Prior to joining Fireside Pictures, James was the Executive Director of Development at Engage Entertainment, where he developed, sold, and produced seven movies to Hallmark Channel over the three years, including The Rooftop Christmas Tree (UPTV), Sleigh Bells Ring and A December Bride (Hallmark). In addition to his feature production experience, James developed several 1-hour television series at Engage, pitching to EPiX, WGN America, Cinemax, and Universal Cable Productions. James worked as the Creative Executive at Cartel Entertainment, a television and film literary management and production company, and was responsible for identifying, developing, and pitching content for its first-look deal with Entertainment One, including the Stephen King novel The Regulators. At Cartel Entertainment, James developed pitches to Amazon, FX, Hulu, Netflix, Cinemax, UCP, and other major networks. James produced the animated short series A Brief History of Dick Moves, which won Best Web Series at the 2018 Glendale International Film Festival, and has worked as a producer on the independent documentaries Code Blue: Resuscitating Rural Surgery (2019) and You See Me (2015). In the fall of 2018, James was an adjunct faculty member at Loyola Marymount University, where he taught the undergraduate film history course 1960s and 1970s American Cinema. He has been a panelist at several pitch fests, including USC’s First Pitch and The Great American Pitchfest. For the past two years, James has taught screenwriting and project pitching at the Rocaberti Writers’ Retreat at Chateau Marouatte near Angoulême, France. James is a member of the Producer’s Guild of America and the Television Academy. Full Bio »

Summary

Limited Spots Available - Only 6 Spots Remain

 

Open to Non-U.S. Screenwriters Only

You Must Have a Completed Feature or TV Script to Apply

Payment Plans Available - Contact Amanda Toney, our Head of Education at edu@stage32.com.

 

Storytelling in film is a global language. No matter what region you live in we all experience universal themes which appear in scripts, which is why, as we like to say at Stage 32, creativity is universal. One needs to look no further than the Oscar winning feature Parasite to see a film which was written to shine a light on the class differences of a certain culture, but, because of the relatability factors for all cultures, crossed over to become an international hit, including grossing (at this point) over $40MM in the U.S.

You have a script you've written that you love. Maybe you've submitted it to a film fund or a grant and didn't get chosen. Sure, it's frustrating that there are a limited number of scripts that can receive funding each year in your country, but that doesn't mean that your story shouldn't be told. Now is your time to start thinking outside the box and consider broadening the scope of your script to appeal to the U.S. and international markets. But, where do you start? We're here to help with that.

James Crawford has worked all over the world in the US, Canada, South America, Latin America, Europe, Australia and more. In this hands-on and interactive lab, James will help you analyze your script to see what elements you can polish to make it more appealing for the US market.

The lab will consist of 10 writers. Over the course of 8 weeks at the leadership of James every script will be analyzed and workshopped to make the material more compelling and marketable for a U.S., and even a global, audience. You will have weekly online classes and enter into a private online writers' group on Stage 32. You will also have private one-on-one Skypes with James to workshop your script. This is the first ever international online writers group lab of its kind offered by Stage 32 and, to ensure the best experience, spots are limited. 

 

This lab will help you expand the scope of your script and give it a better shot of attracting U.S. interest.

 

"James Crawford is not only a master at storytelling, but in understanding the marketplace. That combination makes him a tremendous asset to all writers working outside the U.S. I can't think of anyone better suited to help international writers."

- Forrest C.

 

 

What You'll Learn

Pre-class coursework: You will submit your script to James ahead of time so he can read it to prepare for the writing lab.

Throughout the lab you will be in a writer's group reading one another's scripts, which we will workshop in each class, lead by the expertise of James. The intention is to keep an open mind about your script and see what elements you have in your script that you can rewrite or polish to make it more attractive to the US market (or international outside of your country). You will be rewriting or polishing your script based on the feedback and information you learn throughout the lab - all with one-on-one mentoring by James and support from your writer's group. 

Class 1: Overview of the US Film & TV Market

This class will be a primer about the American film and TV market. We will go over the overview of the industry ecosystem—agents, managers, creative executives, development companies, production companies, studios, etc. We will introduce those things that make a script non-regional and more friendly to a global audience or open it up for an American audience. We will discuss notes, who's giving them, what kind of notes you might be getting, how to receive them, and when to push back.

  • Introductions to each other.
  • You will be assigned two scripts to read for the next class.

Class 2: Pitching Documents

This class will discuss the necessary pitching documents you need. We will go over loglines, paragraphs, one-pagers and treatments. 

  • Group notes on scripts that were assigned from the previous week, lead and moderated by James. We will learn and narrow in on one area of the script (structure, character, tone, etc.)
  • Assign homework based on what needs the most work, anywhere from overall structure to character bios to individual scenes, act breaks, etc.

Class 3: Getting Past the Gatekeepers to Break In: Avoiding the “No” 

This class will discuss the development process for you as a writer in the US Market (and beyond). Who are creative executives? What do they do? How are they reading? What are they looking for? 

  • You will be assigned two scripts to read for the next class.
  • Group notes on scripts that were assigned from the previous week, lead and moderated by James. We will learn and narrow in on one area of the script (structure, character, tone, etc.)
  • Assign homework based on what needs the most work, anywhere from overall structure to character bios to individual scenes, act breaks, etc.

Class 4: How to Take a Meeting

This class will discuss general meetings and pitch meetings. We will go over the difference in meetings with managers, agents versus creative executives and get you prepared for when you have that opportunity..  

  • You will be assigned two scripts to read for the next class.
  • Group notes on scripts that were assigned from the previous week, lead and moderated by James. We will learn and narrow in on one area of the script (structure, character, tone, etc.)
  • Assign homework based on what needs the most work, anywhere from overall structure to character bios to individual scenes, act breaks, etc.

Mid-Way One-on-One Meetings: You will have a one-on-one Skype meeting with James to go over your script progress. 

Class 5: Learning and Perfecting Your Pitch. 

This class will go over your script pitch and why it's important for you as a writer. We will go over how to write and present a verbal pitch for TV or film (depending on your preferred genre).

  • You will be assigned two scripts to read for the next class.
  • Group notes on scripts that were assigned from the previous week, lead and moderated by James. We will learn and narrow in on one area of the script (structure, character, tone, etc.)
  • Assign homework based on what needs the most work, anywhere from overall structure to character bios to individual scenes, act breaks, etc.
  • Assignment for the final class: everyone has to come up with a 3-minute pitch for their project and present it to the group

Class 6: Live Pitches and Feedback

The entire group will pitch their projects to one another. James will give feedback and we'll discuss what we've learned from the class.  

  • Group notes on scripts that were assigned from the previous week, lead and moderated by James. We will learn and narrow in on one area of the script (structure, character, tone, etc.)
  • Assignment is to finalize the rewritten scene of your script and turn it into James. 

Final One-on-One Meetings: You will turn in your completed rewritten scene(s).You will have a one-on-one Skype meeting with James to go over the changes you made in your script.

 

Week 1: Saturday, February 29: 9am-10:30am

Week 2: Saturday, March 7: 9am – 10:30am

Week 3: Saturday, March 14: 9am – 10:30am

Week 4: Saturday, March 21: 9am – 10:30am

Week 5: Saturday, March 28: One-on-one meetings

Week 6: Saturday, April 4: 9am – 10:30am

Week 7: Saturday, April 11: 9am – 10:30am

Week 8: Saturday, April 18: One-on-one meetings

About Your Instructor

James Crawford is an ink-to-screen producer and development executive working in southern California, with expertise working with international creative professionals. He is currently the Head of Development for Fireside Pictures, a full-service production company with offices in Ottawa, Canada and Los Angeles.

Prior to joining Fireside Pictures, James was the Executive Director of Development at Engage Entertainment, where he developed, sold, and produced seven movies to Hallmark Channel over the three years, including The Rooftop Christmas Tree (UPTV), Sleigh Bells Ring and A December Bride (Hallmark). In addition to his feature production experience, James developed several 1-hour television series at Engage, pitching to EPiX, WGN America, Cinemax, and Universal Cable Productions.

James worked as the Creative Executive at Cartel Entertainment, a television and film literary management and production company, and was responsible for identifying, developing, and pitching content for its first-look deal with Entertainment One, including the Stephen King novel The Regulators. At Cartel Entertainment, James developed pitches to Amazon, FX, Hulu, Netflix, Cinemax, UCP, and other major networks.

James produced the animated short series A Brief History of Dick Moves, which won Best Web Series at the 2018 Glendale International Film Festival, and has worked as a producer on the independent documentaries Code Blue: Resuscitating Rural Surgery (2019) and You See Me (2015).

In the fall of 2018, James was an adjunct faculty member at Loyola Marymount University, where he taught the undergraduate film history course 1960s and 1970s American Cinema. He has been a panelist at several pitch fests, including USC’s First Pitch and The Great American Pitchfest. For the past two years, James has taught screenwriting and project pitching at the Rocaberti Writers’ Retreat at Chateau Marouatte near Angoulême, France. James is a member of the Producer’s Guild of America and the Television Academy.

Schedule

Saturday, February 29: 9am-10:30am

Saturday, March 7: 9am – 10:30am

Saturday, March 14: 9am – 10:30am

Saturday, March 21: 9am – 10:30am

Saturday, March 28: One-on-one meetings

Saturday, April 4: 9am – 10:30am

Saturday, April 11: 9am – 10:30am

Saturday, April 18: One-on-one meetings

FAQs

This webinar will be using Zoom conferencing. You will just need to click this link at class time and it will download the Zoom software (takes 10 seconds). You will be able to be seen on camera (unless you don't want to be) and will be able to mute and unmute yourself.

Q: What is the format of a webinar?
A: Stage 32 Next Level Webinars are typically 90-minute broadcasts that take place online using a designated software program from Stage 32.

Q: Do I have to be located in a specific location?
A: No, you can participate from the comfort of your own home using your personal computer! If you attend a live online webinar, you will be able to communicate directly with your instructor during the webinar.

Q: What are the system requirements?
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Q: What if I cannot attend the live webinar?
A: If you attend a live online webinar, you will be able to communicate directly with your instructor during the webinar. If you cannot attend a live webinar and purchase an On-Demand webinar, you will have access to the entire recorded broadcast, including the Q&A.

Q: Will I have access to the webinar afterward to rewatch?
A: Yes! After the purchase of a live or On-Demand webinar, you will have on-demand access to the audio recording, which you can view as many times as you'd like for a whole year!

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