October 24, 2006 Justin Chin

Screenwriting Expo 5

Lots of things happening; got a new camera; outlining my Fuel & Fire graphic novel, and I just got back from 3 days of the Screenwriting Expo.

I have gone to Expo 3 and found it a pretty fun event. This year Pixar had a full day of speaking, and it was amazing. A list of what of talks I attended:

  • Creating Worlds, Not Just Stories – Rockne S. O’Bannon
  • Lunch Speaker – David Rambo
  • Marketing Yourself and Your Script – Philippa Burgess
  • Writing Horror – Dan O’Bannon
  • Guest of Honor – Oliver Stone
  • Beyond the Hero’s Journey – Pamela Jaye Smith
  • Pixar Storytelling – Andrew Stanton
  • Endings: The Good, The Bad, & The Insanely Great – Michael Arndt
  • The Writer/Director Relationship at Pixar – Stanton, Gerson, Reynolds, Unkrich, Arndt, Chapman, Mecchi, Murray, Rydstrom.
  • Trust the Process – Andrews, Capobianco, Del Carmen, Katz
  • Creating the Incredibles – Brad Bird, Mark Andrews
  • Picture the Deal – Philippa Burgess
  • Personal, Passionate Pitch – Coleman, Murray
  • Saleable & Commercial Scripts – Victoria Wisdom

Except for a few items all of the talks were a amazing. I managed to avoid all the speakers that had a book to sell and only use the event to say, “It’s all in my book, buy it and find out.” My primary focus was to find the speakers that had done the work of writing, not just writing books, and were not script consultants. No offense to the consultants, they can provide a valuable service, but I wanted to hear from the front lines. I picked some great ones. Worth every penny.

I didn’t do any pitches this year; that’s something I plan on next year.

Okay, that’s all I’m going to write since I should do more writing; rather than writing about writing.