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Highlights From “Writing Disabled Characters” Panel (VIDEO)

The Writers Guild of America, East. in partnership with the Alliance for Inclusion in the Arts, presented a panel on “Writing Disabled Characters” on June 10. 

The panel was hosted by Tom Fontana (OZ, HOMICIDE: LIFE ON THE STREET) and moderated by Howard Sherman, acting executive director of Alliance for Inclusion in the Arts. Panelists included George Gallego (Founder and CEO, Wheels of Progress), Alexandria Wailes (actor, NURSE JACKIE), Susan Kim (Writer, WONDER PETS!, ARTHUR), Kristen Lange (Writer, THE MICHAEL J. FOX SHOW) and Marygrace O’Shea (Writer, LAW & ORDER).

Below are four highlight video clips from the event.

George Gallego (Founder and CEO of Wheels of Progress)

Susan Kim (WONDER PETS!, ARTHUR, DRAGON TALES)

Marygrace O’Shea (LAW & ORDER) and Alexandria Wailes (NURSE JACKIE)

Kristen Lange (MICHAEL J. FOX SHOW) and Marygrace O’Shea (LAW & ORDER)

Call For Submissions: TV Pilots Resurrected

The Writers Guild of America, East’s popular TV Pilots Resurrected competition is back! On July 22, we will feature readings of one comedy and one drama, each a previously unproduced television pilot.

The readings will be cast, directed and performed by experienced industry professionals at the Elinor Bunin Monroe Film Center amphitheater at Lincoln Center. WGAE President Michael Winship will conduct a Q&A with the writer after each reading. A reception will follow.

To enter, submit your script as a PDF or MS Word file attachment to scriptreading@wgaeast.org (Entries should either be half-hour comedies or 20 minute excerpts from an hour-long drama). Include a one paragraph bio in the body of your email along with your name and contact information, a logline and any comments.

Do NOT include your name or other identifying information on the title page. This is a blind entry process. Only the title should appear on the cover page. The competition is open only to WGAE members. Only one submission per member will be accepted, and submissions from members who have won a WGAE screenplay or pilot reading competition in the past two years will not be considered.

The deadline for submissions is 12am on Monday, April 21.

SAVE THE DATE

WGAE SCREENPLAY READING

Tuesday, May 20,7pm

Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center at Lincoln Center, 144 West 65th Street, NYC

Join us for staged readings of excerpts from two new scripts, SOMETIMES LIFE IS HARD by Robbie Chafitz and WEATHER OR NOT by Suzanne Johnson.

Interview: Joe Mefford on Final Draft 9, April 2 Training Session

final-draft-9-box-writers-store_mediumOn Wednesday, April 2, the Writers Guild of America, East  will hold a training session for the recently released Final Draft 9 with Joe Mefford, Final Draft’s Vice President of Ecommerce. At the training, Joe will be demonstrating the all-new Final Draft 9 for Mac and Windows along with the Final Draft Writer for iPad and the Final Draft Reader for iPhone.

Members can RSVP to the April 2 training session here.

The WGAE Write On Blog spoke with Final Draft’s Vice Presidnet of Ecommerce, Joe Mefford, about Final Draft Version 9 and what members can expect to learn at our upcoming training session.

Why would someone who already has, and is happy with, Final Draft want to upgrade to Final Draft Version 9? Can you tell us what’s been updated and what’s new in it?

There are three reasons why someone should upgrade to Final Draft 9.

First, we have a whole new suite of Navigator tools – ScriptNotes, Scene, and Character – that make it easy to outline and develop a script at anytime in the writing process.

Second, FD 9 has been upgraded to work natively with the latest versions of Windows and Mac OS.

Third, new production tools such as color coding pages and revision tools have been updated to make Final Draft easier to use on location.

Let’s say I’m new to screenwriting and don’t quite know all the lingo, would you recommend I use FDV9 and what would be the best way to learn how to put together a professional script?

A vast majority of our users are new to screenwriting and we always design Final Draft with the new screenwriter in mind. Having said that, a beginning screenwriter should seek out all the free and inexpensive resources to learn how to write and format a screenplay. These include the book The Screenwriter’s Bible, online classes, and many online blogs and resources.

What can people expect to walk away with learning if they attend the Final Draft Version 9 Training on April 2nd?

People should walk away with an understanding of how to really use the more advanced writing features in Final Draft 9 such as the Navigator tools and some of the newer outlining features.  We’ll also spend some time examining the iOs apps such as the Reader and the Writer.

Can you tell me a simple trick that can enhance users experiences on Final Draft that most people don’t seem to know about?

A simple trick that many people don’t use is the Split Panel option. We’ll examine this in the workshop.

Are there plans for Final Draft to incorporate cloud computing features, online collaboration, or the ability to sync with mobile device?

Yes. We are looking at ways to incorporate with Dropbox and other cloud solutions. We are also looking at allowing users to run Final Draft from the cloud. That is in the future.

If you could personally could write a scene for any fictional television or film character throughout history, who would it be?

I would like to write for the characters in the No Texting announcements and I would insist that anyone texting in a movie is immediately vaporized.

Video Highlights From WGAE’s Panel On Portraying Obamacare in TV & Film

Hollywood, Health & Society collaborated with the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE), in presenting “The Affordable Care Act: Comedy, Drama & Reality,” a panel on portraying Obamacare in TV and film, at the WGAE headquarters in New York.

Panel members were Julie Green Bataille, director of the Office of Communications, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS); Wendell Potter, former head of communications for the giant health insurance company CIGNA and author of Deadly Spin: An Insurance Company Insider Speaks Out on How Corporate PR Is Killing Health Care and Deceiving Americans; and Trudy Lieberman, a veteran journalist who has written extensively about health and health-care coverage.

Marty Kaplan, director of The Norman Lear Center, and Michael Winship, president of the WGAE, served as co-moderators.

Hollywood, Health & Society is a program of the USC Annenberg Lear Center that connects TV writers/producers and filmmakers with health and climate change experts on questions dealing with storylines in scripts. HH&S’ resources and services are free.

Here are some video highlights from the event:

Julie Green Bataille, director of the Office of Communications for the CMS, discusses the importance of getting the right information to people about the Affordable Care Act.

Wendell Potter and Trudy Lieberman discuss the use of language in promoting and disparage the Affordable Care Act.

Wendell Potter discusses why he left CIGNA to become an outspoken critic of the health insurance industry.

Journalist Trudy Lieberman talks about widespread hunger among the elderly in America.