Writing a Producible Script: with Howard Allen
Seminar September 17th, 2011: Write what you have access to. Writing the next "Avatar" is great, if you have the resources like James Cameron to make it. We Indie filmmakers need to be much more mindful of our choices if we ever hope to have our films actually produced.
Learn from professional Howard Allen, aka The Script Doctor and producer at CoyoteMoon Films, how to write quality film scripts that are also producible. Match your resources to your screenplay. This seminar will look at successful movies with low budgets and indie film audience potential. What can an excellent movie use instead of explosions, CGI effects and casts of thousands?
What Will Be Covered:
- What every good script needs, my "patented tools"
- How producers look at your screenplay
- An in-depth study of the films: Wendy & Lucy (with Michelle Williams), The Graves (Phoenix own Mischief Makers Studio)
- Other important Indie storytelling lessons from films Greenberg, and Winter's Bone
- How to really embrace the short film format, and give it punch
- Bring your toughest questions
Collins College Students
Collins College students with a current IFP Phoenix membership can attend this workshop for FREE. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your seat. On the day of the event, simply show your Collins College student ID and IFP Phoenix Membership card during check-in.
About Howard Allen
Howard has worked for many years as a professional actor, playwright, director, screenwriter and literary manager/dramaturg as well as a reporter, reviewer and editor in his journalistic career.
Latest news: Mr. Allen has been a Star Speaker at the L.A. Screenwriters Expos because of his skills atScriptDoctor.com (rated No. 1 Cream Of The Crop in a 2010 national survey by Creative Screenwritingmagazine) and he recently started CoyoteMoon Films, a production company aiming to honor the storyteller by producing great stories. Two short films have been produced, Se Habla Espanol and this summer, The 3 O'Clock, a comedy by Phoenix writer Michael Grady.
As a member of Actor's Equity and the Screen Actor's Guild, Mr. Allen has performed in LORT B theatres and in movies directed by Michael Landon and others.
Mr. Allen has
won Arizona Press Club awards for Investigative Reporting, Features, and a 1st for Reviewing/Criticism among all papers of any size in the state while at the Tucson Weekly
directed Robert Picardo of Star Trek and Broadway fame as Erik Satie in the Chamber Music PLUS productions "A Beautiful Deception" plus "Pardon My English" about Ira Gershwin and "Copland And Me" with Star Trek star Armin Shimerman
won a scholarship to attend the Critics Institute at the prestigious O'Neill Theatre Conference.
has benefited from workshops with August Wilson, Eric Overmyer, Horton Foote, Edit Villareal and others.
directed professional theatre productions ranging from "Humble Boy" to "I Hate Hamlet"
received a Jeff Nomination in Chicago for the lead in "A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum"
Mr. Allen has a MFA in Playwriting and Screenwriting and teaches college level courses in Writing for Film and Television, Film Acting, Art Of Cinema, Theatre History and Humanities.
His adaptation of "Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde" was given a professional theatre production in Tucson, Arizona.
Mr. Allen's Credits include:
co-writer on the screenplays "Renaissance" (top 10% at Heart of Austin Film Festival) and "Line In the Sand," which has been optioned
Script Consultant and actor in the 2007 Arizona Western "The Decoy"
featured actor in the 2008 film noir "Red 71"
Script Consultant for the Phoenix production and Lions Gate Release, "The Graves"
a chapter in the 2011 Penguin book "Now Write! Screenwriting"
Contact Howard Allen
Collins College 14th Street Studios (View)
1425 W 14th Street
Tempe, AZ 85281
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|