Day started at 8:00 and it is now 9:00. Full day. Again, sometimes it just instinct that pulled me to these sessions. Sometimes it worked, sometimes I wor Since I am not here to learn how to "make it" as a writer, I feel out of place if the presenter assumes that as a focus. I guess most people are here for that reason. Why am I here? I want to write. From my heart and soul. So the last session of the day (Joe Eszterhas) brought me back to that. And made it all better.
Transmedia: Creating Epic Storyworlds by Alison Norrington. I wanted to now what this was as it seemed cutting edge. Don't know if it's for me: Lord of the Ringds, Lost, Game of Thrones, Hunger Games, story worlds outside of the movie itself.
The Art of Visual Storytelling by Carl Potts. Charming, soft-spoken man. I bought his book. I think I'm being drawn to graphic novels (comics). I need an artist to collaborate with.
10 Story Tips every writer should know by John Truby. This guy has the writing process down to a science, it seems. Very much aimed to the business aspect of screenwriting. Tremendous interest in the myth genre right now and the marketable future.
Story for Novelists by Truby and Leslie Lehr (a real novelist). I never thought I wanted to write a novel. This conference is planting seeds. Writing a novel seems a lot more doable than making a movie and it is a good first step. Lots of good examples, lots of books on my to-read list.
Writing for Animation: A Crash Course by Craig Miller. Mostly a Q and A session as the presenter admitted the subject was too broad for 90 minutes. Take-away: Getting a feature animation picked up from someone on the outside is not likely. Instead, put your idea in another form (book, graphic novel) and there is a slight chance it will get noticed.
Keynote: Evening with prolific screenwriter Joe Eszerterhas (Flashdance, Basic Instinct, Showgirls, Music Box). A very inspiring session as he spoke conversationally with the moderator, and then as he answered questions from the audience. Main pieces of sage advice: Just write from your heart and guts. Don't let them kill your mojo. Don't give up. Don't pitch - write. Have a completed script and then just get it out there. If it's good, someone will see it. Have faith.