ScreenCraft just held its first seminar on screenwriting and producing outside the studio system, in conjunction with the Hero Film Initiative and the LA Film School, and we're happy to say that it was a big success.
John Rhodes moderated the seminar, which consisted of: legendary producer Cassian Elwes, who headed William Morris Independent for 22 years; Napoleon Dynamite producing team Sean Covel and Chris "Doc" Wyatt; assistant director turned producer and co-founder of Vanishing Angle Matt Miller; and The Haunting in Connecticut screenwriter Adam Simon.
All of these guys have been in the Hollywood trenches for many years, and their unique perspectives on topics such as writing, financing, packaging, film festivals and distribution were engaging and insightful. We heard many war stories and tales of struggle. It's a really tough time for spec writers trying to break in right now, but there are plenty of encouraging factors to keep in mind. Online distribution is opening up new pathways for projects while simultaneously generating a greater need for fresh content; the panelists voiced their thoughts on Youtube, Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon and Kickstarter.
Even more inspiring is this quotation from Cassian, who has been in the business the longest and has seen it all:
"I'm a firm believer that if your script is good enough, it will find its way to the right people."
For those who came and attended the event, thanks for being there with us! For those who were unable to make it, don't worry, we filmed some highlights for you which will be available on Youtube.
Stay tuned! We'll be announcing our next seminar event soon and we hope you'll join us.