For those interesting in bettering their story skills, I highly recommend attending the upcoming Toronto Screenwriting Conference. I went last year and learned SO much about craft & structure. I also spotted a handful of animation writers who shall remain unnamed. It’s no surprise that some of their scripts are pretty dang solid. So, if you deal with story as part of your day job, and if you want to know how to cleave to the heart of any story that crosses your desktop, I urge you to go.
It’s not namby-pamby ‘follow your dreams’ advice they were doling out in 2010. A lot of it was pretty solid guidance for when something gets stuck. Personally, I really liked Sheldon Bull’s breakdown of how a sitcom functions between commercials and methods for dealing with up to five act breaks that the networks have been calling for. One of the showrunners for The Simpsons for over a decade, Tim Long’s illustration of how they ran that show revealed what was broken with the Canadian method of cartoon production. I was secretly hoping that every animation producer in Toronto was in the crowd on that one. Tim won five Emmy awards and earned thirteen nominations. He has also been nominated for a Golden Globe, and been awarded an “Annie Award” for outstanding writing for animation – so I think we was worth listening to.
Don’t take my word for it, though. Check out their list of speakers and YOU decide:
From their Facebook Group Page:
“Academy Award-nominated screenwriter, producer, director and author Pen Densham (ROBIN HOOD: PRINCE OF THIEVES, THE OUTER LIMITS, Author: Riding the Alligator: Strategies for a Career in Screenplay Writing )
Emmy Award-nominated screenwriter and author Sheldon Bull (COACH, A DIFFERENT WORLD, Author: Elephant Bucks, An Inside Guide to Writing for TV Sitcoms )
Leading industry consultant Dara Marks who is consistently rated one of the top script consultants in the film industry by Creative Screenwriter Magazine. (Author: Inside Story: The Power of the Transformational Arc )
Chris Vogler, one of Hollywood’s leading script consultants. (Author of the much dog-eared and revered screenwriting book The Writer’s Journey: Mythic Structure For Writers)
Video game scribe and story designer Kevin Shortt whose writing credits include James Cameron’s AVATAR: THE GAME and LOST – THE VIDEO GAME
Comedy writer Christine Zander, Co-Executive Producer of RAISING HOPE, who’s writing and producing credits include 7 seasons of SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE, the award-winning 3rd ROCK FROM THE SUN,and Showtime’s NURSE JACKIE.
And more! We’ll be announcing more top tier speakers through February. But don’t wait to register! Register now to receive the lowest registration rate available.”