Thursday, October 9, 2014

Screenwriter SIG Springs Into Action!

At long last, we are ready to roll out our special Screenwriter's SIG (special interest group) for the general public!  The group--Screen-SIG for short--will be a local resource for writers and filmmakers to workshop the scripts for short films, tweak those pesky scenes that plague your screenplay, and even just offer the opportunity to hone your craft.

Screen-SIG will meet bi-weekly (first meeting to be announced in the next few days) on Sundays at 3pm and run till approximately 5-6pm.  At each meeting, EVERY attendee can bring ten pages of a script--be it a scene from a full length screenplay, an entire short script, or simply a work-in-progress that you want feedback for.  And we will read those scenes, give feedback, and offer constructive suggestions.

In addition to the writers/filmmakers who are present with their scripts, Screen-SIG meetings will also include local luminaries--producers, writers, directors--who will be present to offer some insight about your work, as well as offers suggestions for improving it, etc. 

So, rather than doing a screenwriter meetup that involves reading ONE full-length script from a screenwriter who will probably disappear from the meetings once his/her script has been read, Screen-SIG will give everyone a chance to read from their work at EVERY meeting.  And you will want to come to every meeting--even if you aren't bringing any pages that week--and here's why...

Screen-SIG will also offer incentives to the members who attend and contribute to the meetings.  After attending five meetings of Screen-SIG, members will get access to a unique online forum for screenwriters to share their work, get input, and even collaborate on projects at any time.  It's a great way for those who are serious about the craft of screenwriting to constantly give/receive feedback--even when Screen-SIG isn't meeting!

In addition to this, regular attendees of Screen-SIG will also get meetup/luncheon opportunities.  We will be offering intimate (5 attendees max) opportunities for folks to sit down and have lunch with people who are actually making movies and who are always actively looking for great scripts/ideas.  Lunch may also be with a successful screenwriter who has sold work and can offer great advice for those aspiring to make screenwriting their career.

So, to sum up:  Meetings with EVERYONE reading their scripts, film luminaries at the meetings to provide input, unique online forum for regular members, and networking opportunities in a casual but intimate lunch setting.  What could be better?

Stay tuned for the first Screen-SIG meeting date TBA via the Memphis Film Society Facebook page very soon!