Alberta Storytellers on Screen

The Alberta Media Production Industry Association (AMPIA), the Writers Guild of Canada and the Book Publishers Association of Alberta (BPAA) hosted a coming together of Alberta television, film and digital platform producers with writers and publishers. This was a unique opportunity to further the collaboration of written content with potential screen adaptations and expand Alberta storytelling across multiple platforms.

Thank you to the participants, panelists, and partners who attended the workshop over the weekend.

When: March 23 & 24, 2013
WhereStartup Edmonton (3rd floor, 10359 – 104 Street), Edmonton

Presented by:

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Schedule Information

Saturday March 23

9:30am – 9:45am Intro & Overview BPAA & AMPIA
9:45am – 11:00am Writing for Television Blackstone creator and head writer Ron E. Scott will discuss his creative process as a writer working in television, along with Edmonton novelist, playwright and screenwriter Conni Massing, who will also discuss making the move from ‘traditional’ writing to film and television.
11:15am – 12:45pm Pitch Session with Jan Miller World renowned Pitch specialist Jan Miller (Lowenbe Holdings) will bring her award-winning ‘Pitcher Perfect’ Workshop to Edmonton. For writers, producers and content creators of all stripes and sizes! Five lucky participants (Application Details) will have the opportunity to work one-on-one with Jan following this session, and will present their pitches to a panel of experts on Sunday (Pitch Fest/New Title Showcase).
12:45pm – 1:30pm Lunch
1:30pm – 2:30pm Where Should My Story Live? Representatives from the BPAA, WGC, film and TV Producers and internet strategists evaluate story ideas and discuss how they would adapt them to their own media (Books, Magazines, TV series, Feature films, websites, etc). Moderator: Michael Jorgensen (Myth Merchant Films) Panelists:

One-on-ones with Jan Miller (until 5:00pm) The five finalists (Application Details) will learn how to identify key components, research, develop script, adapt and communicate, set achievable meeting goals, follow-up, and more!
2:45pm – 4:15pm Story 2.0 – Everything you need to know about writing for Interactive platforms. What is an interactive film/media/story? How is the creative process different? What other members are involved in the creative process of an interactive project? How and when to release creative control to the audience? Social engagement and audience validation, and more! Participants: Camille Beaudoin (Mosaic Entertainment) and Galen Scorer
4:30pm – 5:30pm Networking Reception at Mercer Tavern (10363 -104 Street)

Sunday March 24

9:30am – 10:45am Master Class with Andrew Wreggitt How do you make a living as a writer in Film and Television? What is the role of the show-runner on a dramatic series? What is different about writing a TV movie or Feature vs. a series? Which is easier: drama or comedy? Award-winning screenwriter Andrew Wreggitt has done it all!  Moderator: Scot Morison (A Company of Writers)
11:00am – 12:15pm Show me the Money A panel session designed to answer the nagging question asked by writers everywhere – how do I make money doing this? Our panel will guide you through the red tape and hidden mine fields of their respective funding programs. Moderator: Joe Novak (Bow Valley Productions/Robots & Pencils TV)
Panelists:

  • Francesca Accinelli, Director, English Market CMF Program Administrator, Telefilm Canada
  • Jeff Brinton, Alberta Film Commissioner, Alberta Film
  • John Galway, President – The Harold Greenberg Fund, Astral Media
12:15pm – 1:00pm Lunch
1:00pm – 3:00pm Pitch Fest/New Title Showcase Titles from FIVE (5) writers (Application Details) will be presented/pitched to a panel of writers, funders and producers. Each successful applicant will have 5 minutes each to ‘pitch’, followed by 10 minutes of question and answer from the experts. Applicants are chosen in advance by AMPIA and the BPAA.  Facilitator: Jan Miller
Experts:

3:00pm – 4:00pm Next Steps where do we go from here? Joe Novak (AMPIA) and Lyn Cadence will give attendees and overview of the session and discuss possible follow up.
4:00pm Wrap!

Registration/ Applications

Space is limited, to register please fill out this formTo apply for the Pitch Fest/New Title Showcase (includes One-on-one sessions with Jan Miller), please send the following to ccheung@ampia.org along with the registration form by March 20, 2013 noon (extended):

  1. A short project synopsis
  2. Project status (e.g. in development, treatment, first draft etc.)
  3. What the applicant is looking for (e.g. a broadcaster, an executive producer, a producer etc.)
  4. The resume of the individual applying

Speakers