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Screenwriters and Filmmakers of Knoxville

8 Members

Ron Brassfield Ron Brassfield Organizer
Tobias E. Queen Tobias E. Queen
host/presenter, sound editor, sound mixer, voice artist
Cameron Allen Chaney Cameron Allen Chaney
actor, crew, voice artist
Ester Lopez Ester Lopez
author, screenwriter
Sandra Webb Smith Sandra Webb Smith
Josh Mancuso Josh Mancuso
actor, assistant director, camera operator, cinematographer, comedian, director, director of photography, editor, filmmaker, marketing/pr, producer, screenwriter, videographer
Joyce Leo Joyce Leo
author, editor, playwright, screenwriter
Paulette Harris Paulette Harris
author, researcher, screenwriter
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Screenwriters and Filmmakers of Knoxville

Ron Brassfield

At our fourth Meetup, August 29, we discussed adaptation to screenplay form for the sake of Maryville resident Ben Boyd's proposed translation of one of his series of sci-fi adventure novels into a script. Topics included basics of how money is raised for film, and essential components of a logline and pitch. Ester Lopez informs us via Stage 32 messaging she is now enrolled in Stephanie Palmer's professional course, which I think is a smart move for any aspiring screenwriter. Joyce Leo from Lenoir City attended one of our Meetups for the first time; she is awaiting word from a producer of some Civil War movies who asked to read her period script about the Underground Railroad. Sandra Webb Smith has been in phone consultations with lawyers, and said she received some good basic advice on her recent family drama option offer from famed entertainment attorney, Mark Litwak. Like myself, currently, Marcus Ward said that he is pinned down under a lot of j-o-b work lately. I am, however, continuing on weekends to teach myself several varieties of web coding, in hopes that I will free myself of all that one day by unleashing a vast, prompt-filled program on the web designed to help subscribing writers plan the scripts they are going to write. I know from painful experience that it is too tempting to launch into screenwriting with a half-baked plan, or none at all, which leads to spending far, far too long on one script, as in many months, or several years. Professional screenwriters, however, need to be able to produce a feature script from concept to finished draft in about 4-6 weeks, or a 1-hour drama in far less time. Once a writer puts considerable, but still far less time than those several flailing months or years typical of beginners, into working out the story in advance, however, the writing itself becomes a swift and pure pleasure. That's the hard lesson I've learned, and it's one of the next things I hope to share with the world of writers out there. My personal goal, when I am writing a script? I want to crank out fifteen good pages per day. That is something I find I have been able to do when I'm between jobs in my current phase of life as a "perma-temp," the role life has seemingly cast me in, these past several years. I wrote my first one-hour pilot drama in nine days while working full-time, and that script became a finalist in the Happy Writers TV Writing Competition this past year. Another took me four days when I was without a full-time job, but working part-time as a contractor; that script I wrote for some producers with an ambition to break into series scripted TV, and they pitched it at last year's NYTVF. That's what you can do, too, when you know your story and you have put in the writing practice.

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