If you're an aspiring or emerging TV, Web or Film writer and you happen to live in or be in the GTA this Saturday (April 24th) at 10am, you had better get off your butt and scootch on down to the Lillian H. Smith Branch of the Toronto Public Library.
Why, you ask?
Because though you may not know them, Elize Morgan (writer/CFC grad/CRUSHING IT scribe) and Karen Walton (Ginger Snaps, Queer As Folk, and the upcoming Pornographer's Poem), have gone and done you a solid.
They've teamed up to put together EXCHANGE FOR CHANGE - perhaps the most wicked concept I've heard in a long time.
Here's the summary:
"New or pro, come down & show your support for 6 talks about great storytelling, with multiple-award winning, local pro Writers, Producers & Directors of traditional film, television & digital media content ...who are donating their time for a good cause - the fight against world poverty."
That's right, it's a 'Pay-What-You-Can' ALL-DAY workshop with some amazing TV, Web and Film writers, producers and directors.
If you're not there, or hopping on a bus to come down there, then you're seriously, seriously missing out.
Here's the list of what you're getting for your donation:
SCHEDULE & OUR GENEROUS GUESTS
(we’re still adding guest-speakers so check back on the Event Page for updates!)
9:30 - 10:00
Doors Open/each session is first-come first seated each session
CROSS-PLATFORM CREATORS: TRANS/ONLINE MEDIA STORYTELLING
Scott Albert (Team Leader, Job Review with a Vampire)
Christopher Guest (Team Leader, Job Review with a Vampire)
Chris Bolton (Creator/Showrunner/Wr/Dir/Star, Rent-A-Goalie)
NEW!! Garner Haines (webisodic creator)
Recommended for everyone curious online creation as well as pro traditional film & television makers
11:15 – 12:15
SHORT-FORM PRODUCTION: WHAT IT TAKES TO MAKE IT WELL
Kerry Young (CFC Shorts & BravoFACT Producer, Chili & Cheese: A Condimental Rift, Cursing Hanley, Green)
Kelly Harms (co-wr/dir Cursing Hanley, Green, The OUtlaws of Missouri)
Judith Klassen (wr; Do Not Bend, & star/wr of Judecast!)
NEW!! Pierre Bonhomme (pr; Do Not Bend)
Recommended for aspiring creators on short-form online content, filmmakers, & film students
1:00 - 2:00
IN THE WRITERS ROOM: TV STORY COORDINATORS & STAFF WRITING
Andrew De Angelis (18 to Life)
Alex Levine (Stargate Atlantis, Stargate SG:1; Story Editor: The Border)
Filip Vukcevic (Wingin’ It)
Recommended for new & experienced writers aspiring to work in dramatic television
2:15 - 3:00
THE ART OF ADAPTATION: FROM BIO PICS TO BOOKS/Film & TV
(TV - Creator, Executive Prd, Writer; The Eleventh Hour, wr; Of Murder and Memory, wr; Being Erica, Filmmaker, performer, screenwriter; Three Stories From the End of Everything, Picture Claire - & 5 pending adapts of award-winning novels
(tv/writer; The Many Trials of One Jane Doe, Heart: The Marilyn Bell Story, film/wr: The Pornographer’s Poem, My Present Age, Ginger Snaps)
Recommended for producers, writers & directors working from existing material, in film or television
3:15 – 4:15
CREATING & RUNNING ORIGINAL TELEVISION SERIES
(wr/pdr; Rent a Goalie, wr: The Bridge, The Crazy Canucks, Lucky Girl; film/wr; Cube, Rupert’s Land)
(wr/prd Across the River to Motor City, The Border, wr; The Republic of Doyle, SGU Stargate Universe, Rent-A-Goalie, Blood Ties)
(Exec Prod/Creator/wr; Blood Ties, co-Exec Prod/wr; The Bridge, wr Mutant X, Lost Girl etc etc etc etc),
Recommended for new writers & producers, writers & directors interested in creating great television
If that doesn't whet your appetite -- especially considering the low, low price of 'whatever you can scrounge together' -- then I don't know what to tell you.
Hope to see you there!