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I arrived at the studio early, so that I could park and find the theatre. Parking is permitted on the lot for a small fee, but on this particular Sunday, I found ample parking on Melrose. Upon check-in, I received an ID badge that displayed my name and title. The badge facilitated pre-event mingling and networking. I took advantage of this the opportunity to socialize, learn about other members, and exchange business cards. The meeting began promptly at the scheduled time.
Prior to the meeting, scripts are submitted for inclusion in the workshop. Industry actors rehearse the selected script before the meeting, and then the script workshop lasts about a half-hour. At the end of the performance, the audience shares supportive comments regarding the script while the screenwriter makes notes. This script analysis focuses on what to keep and how to improve the script.
Following the script analysis, an executive from a major studio makes a presentation regarding the industry, and then entertains an open question and answer session. Typical events last about three hours.
Both Robin and Gabrielle are professional, amazing personalities that make ScreenplayLab a superior and effective organization. Actors and many writers have signed with agents as a result of participation in these events.
If you're in the LA area, check it out! What have you got to loose?
Barbara Bordenave is a freelance magazine writer and a script supervisor for independent films. Her passion is screenwriting, and she's working on the next Rush Hour. Her goal is to speak to the reader in every scripted word. firstname.lastname@example.org
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