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ABOUT WRITING FOR FILM AND TELEVISION
Novels and memoirs are often described as cinematic, but the truth is that writing for film and television is quite different than writing prose.
This panel discussion will focus on how screenplays and scripts are written: How they begin, what makes them work, how to know when they're finished, and how they become stories you watch on the screen, big or small.
The event will feature three distinguished panelists:Jill Chamberlain, Joe Gross and Maya Perez
ABOUT JILL CHAMBERLAIN
Jill Chamberlain is the Founding Director of THE SCREENPLAY WORKSHOP. Chamberlain’s Nutshell Technique for screenplay story structure has been praised throughout Hollywood and is the basis for Jill’s book from the University of Texas Press, The Nutshell Technique: Crack the Secret of Successful Screenwriting. It’s on the syllabus for courses at University of Houston, University of Notre Dame, and the world renowned screenwriting program at Columbia University. Chamberlain is an award-winning screenwriter and screenwriter-for-hire whose work has been seen in theaters across the U.S. and on three continents. She is on the adjunct faculty of Maryland Institute College of Art’s graduate filmmaking program and University of Houston’s Jack Valenti School of Communications.
ABOUT JOE GROSS
Joe Gross writes about movies, books, music and popular culture for the Austin American-Statesman. He's worked for the American-Statesman since 2002 and has contributed to Rolling Stone, Spin and other publications. He lives in Austin with his family.
ABOUT MAYA PEREZ
Maya Perez is a screenwriter and fiction writer. She is a producer on the Emmy Award-winning television series On Story, which just wrapped up its sixth season on PBS, and co-editor of the books On Story: Screenwriters and Their Craft (University of Texas Press, October 2013) and On Story II: Screenwriters and Filmmakers on Their Iconic Films (University of Texas Press, October 2016). Perez is a former Michener Fellow, Sundance Screenwriters Intensive Fellow, and New York Stage & Film Emerging Filmmaker. Perez holds a BA from Vassar College and an MFA from The University of Texas at Austin. Her stories have appeared in The Masters Review and Electric Literature.
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