Hollywood Script Readers School You

When I was asked to organize and moderate a panel at USC, I decided to gather a handful of Hollywood script readers—you know, the gatekeepers of the entire freaking industry—so that they can yell at you. Okay, they're not really going to yell at you, but wouldn't it be exciting if they did? I mean, academic panel discussions tend to be so intellectual and polite that I sometimes want to stand up and scream, "This is an outrage!," just to incite fistfights.

Anyway, if you're in the Los Angeles area this Wednesday and interested in screenwriting, then come on down to USC. The event is free, though parking in one of the campus lots is eight bucks. (Even I have had to pay for parking every time I go out there, so deal.)

The deets:

Hollywood Script Readers Reveal Tips of the Trade
A USC/MPW Panel Discussion Moderated by Prince Gomolvilas

Whether your screenplay ends up being read at a studio, production company, or talent agency, it's likely that the first gatekeeper you must impress is a Hollywood script reader. A reader's script coverage—which concludes with a "Recommend," "Consider," or "Pass"—often determines whether or not your screenplay will move on to the next level. How can screenwriters make a good first impression? What do readers look for most when evaluating screenplays? What are all the things readers have to take into consideration beyond the writing itself? The guests on this panel will dispense insider advice, talk about how coverage is written, share how they landed their positions as script readers, and speak about the state of the marketplace.

  • Christopher Morrison, script consultant at GMI (Death Race, Bottle Shock, Open Water)
  • Jiwon Park, creative executive at CJ Entertainment America (My Sassy Girl, August Rush)
  • Elizabeth Passarelli, script consultant at Red Om Films (Kit Kittredge, Mona Lisa Smile, Maid in Manhattan)
  • Noah Pohl, former script reader at Paramount Vantage and Bold Films (Legion, Bobby)
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
7:00 p.m.

University of Southern California
Doheny Memorial Library, Intellectual Commons
3501 Trousdale Parkway
Los Angeles CA 90007

Free and open to the public

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