The annual Toronto Screenwriting Conference is coming up next weekend (April 5 & 6), and I have to tell you, I am getting very excited for it.
Last year was the first time Sue Maynard and I had been to the event, and were intent on covering as much of it as we could, and through it learned a number of things to improve our own writing. We met, and heard some amazing people, and it was a simply, mind-boggling two days.
Well, looks like we’re going back again next weekend.
And I find myself getting very excited about who we’re going to see, what we’re going to learn, and the contacts we’re goig to make…
The two speakers I am most looking forward to are Michael Arndt, who is talking about Pixar, and has had his hand in the writing of Toy Story 3, Hunger Games: Catching Fire,Little Miss Sunshine and Oblivion. He has two talks that I am eager to cover, one is entitled TOY STORY 3: MISTAKES MADE, LESSONS LEARNED, and the other is called ENDINGS: THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE INSANELY GREAT.
The Toy Story 3 talk will go through early story reels, talk about the story breakdown, and how plot issues were resolved and worked through.
The Endings talk explores film closures, and how they impact the audience, and what makes them so good, bad, or great.
I also can’t wait to hear what David Webb Peoples has to say during his In Conversation with presentation. This is a screenwriter who has worked on and with the greats! He did a rewrite for Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner, and wrote Unforgiven, Ladyhawke and Twelve Monkeys! I’m looking forward to this one in a big way!
Joseph Raso, the series creator and showrunner for Seed will be on hand for a chat as well, I’m looking forward to meeting him, as we’ve interviewed practically everyone else on his show, I’d love to say hi in person!
Finally, I’m eager to sit in on Cameron Porsandeh’s talk, Writing For Sci-Fi, something he knows about now with his first television series, Helix!
Leonard Dick will be there, talking about breaking down the one hour drama, something he has a lot of knowledge about considering his work on Lost, House, and The Good Wife.
And that is only the tip of the iceberg!
In fact we just found out that Lost Girl’s showrunner, Emily Andras will be on hand for a talk as well!!
I cannot wait to see the whole schedule listed so that I can get really excited!!!
You can check out the website and buy your tickets here!