From March 31 to April 1, the Ted Rogers School of Management (Yonge and Dundas) in Toronto is the place to be for professionals working in screen-based media. As always, the annual Toronto Screenwriting Conference packs a busy schedule over two days with an impressive list of industry speakers including high-profile showrunners and screenwriters. Speakers include Robin Gurney, Lee Aronsohn, Dean DeBlois, Sarah Fowlie, Michael Hirst, Sheldon Bucks, Abi Morgan and David F. Shamoon just to name a few.
New for this year’s conference will be the British Invasion session featuring notable talent from the UK via 30 minute Skype interviews. See Abi Morgan, writer of Shame and Academy Award winner The Iron Lady, discuss her techniques for working on multiple writing projects at a time. Michael Hirst, writer of Academy Award nominated Elizabeth and highly successful television dramas The Tudors, The Borgias and Camelot, discusses the process of using history as the basis for your script. In a session called Bringing Light to In Darkness, screenwriter David F. Shamoon shows how he took inspiration from something in the newspaper to create the screenplay for In Darkness.
Other highlights include The Executive Interview with Robin Gurney of Imagine Television. Get Gurney’s expert advice on what makes a great pitch, what makes a writer stand out, her development and production processes and much more. Robin Gurney has developed and produced several successful shows including, Friday Night Lights and Arrested Development.
The Notes on Pilot X session will feature a panel of industry professionals analysing a script from a veteran LA writer whose identity will only be revealed at the end of the session. Also new this year is a Twitter contest called “Coffee with “ that will give a few delegates a chance to have a coffee with a one of TSC 2012′s marquee speakers. Simply follow them on Twitter @torscreenconf and tell them why you should be selected. Also don’t miss The Golden Affair a networking event which is complimentary for TSC delegates and just $10 for non-delegates.
The deadline to register for Toronto Screenwriting Conference 2012 is March 29 at 5:00 pm. For more information and to register please visit the TSC.
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