Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Junction Function with Corey Mandell: Why Most People Fail at Screenwriting & How To Give Yourself the Best Possible Chance at Success

Why Most People Fail at Screenwriting & How to Give Yourself the Best Possible Chance At Success
Seminar with Corey Mandell
Thursday, November 11th


must R.S.V.P. here
open to members & non-members
1001 Colorado Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90401
We certainly are not saying you're failures, and we know you are not most people, but we do want you to have the best possible chance to succeed.  So, come to this free two hour writer salon hosted by accomplished writer & UCLA professor
Corey Mandell to learn five main reasons people fail at screenwriting.  You'll come away with specific insights and hands-on tools that can help give you the best possible shot at success. Perfect for experienced screenwriters as well as beginners.  

What if most of what's being taught about screenwriting is wrong?  What if the rules, paradigms and secrets widely touted in books, seminars and classes not only don't improve your chances of making it, but could actually sabotage you?  And what if there were specific skill sets nobody talks about that could dramatically boost your chance for success?

Corey Mandell has developed a methodology to avoid those pitfalls and you have a chance to learn all about it for FREE!

About Corey Mandell:
Corey Mandell is an award-winning playwright and screenwriter who has written projects for Ridley Scott, Wolfgang Petersen, Harrison Ford, John Travolta, Warner Brothers, Universal, 20th Century Fox, Fox 2000, Fox Family, Working Title, Paramount, Live Planet, Beacon Films, Touchstone, Trilogy, Radiant and Walt Disney Pictures. 

Corey is also a distinguished instructor at UCLA, where he earned his MFA.  His students have gone on to sell or option scripts to Warner Brothers, Paramount, Sony Pictures, Disney, Fox, Fox 2000, MGM, Universal, Showtime, USA Network and Lifetime. Others have gained admission to the USC Graduate Screenwriting Program, the AFI Conservatory Screenwriting Program and Sundance Screenwriter's Lab.
From Corey's Students:
No one, and I mean no one, is teaching what Corey is teaching.  This is the best workshop I have ever attended.  There is no way to describe how beneficial it is.  I always felt close as a screenwriter, but after taking this workshop I was able to make the necessary changes in my writing and recently sold my first script to Paramount. 
~Michael Helvin, writer of The Lesser Heart.
I'd written 11 screenplays without any success. During that time I read every screenwriting book and attended all the seminars. After four weeks with Corey I FINALLY knew why my scripts didn't work, and more importantly, what to do about it. I used everything he taught me to write a script that landed me a manager and then my first script option. THANK YOU. 
~Monica Owens, writer of Timebends
Every client I sent to work with Corey has taken great leaps and bounds. His techniques are ingenious, unique and valuable for both beginners and seasoned professionals.  I can't recommend it enough. 
~Jeff Graup, Literary Manager, Graup Entertainment
Corey's instruction is ground-breakingly brilliant. I received my MFA in Filmmaking where I took dozens of screenwriting courses.  My thesis film won the Gold Medal at the Student Academy Awards.  I have representation as a writer/director.  I have written five screenplays in the last two years.  I've read every book there is on the subject.  I don't say this to brag.  I say this to make a point.  Corey's class is the biggest wake up call of my life.  I have devoted tremendous time, effort, and money to the craft of screenwriting, yet Corey's class is the best investment of them all.   I've never witnessed such drastic improvement in my writing in just a few short weeks.  
~Patrick Alexander, writer and director of Rundown 
Over the years, I've developed an impressive distaste for screenwriting courses.  Most offer little more than paint by numbers formulas and inapplicable industry advice.  But Corey's class is the exception to the rule.  It was a wake up call to me.  Corey's teaching method is so unique, so singular, and effective it made me wonder how I ever wrote without it.  It's hands down, the best class out there!
~Gary Lundy, writer of A Happening of Monumental Proportions and  Stache
Taking Corey's class was the single best thing I've done. I learned more from working with Corey than from all the other books and classes I've encountered put together. I can't sing his praises enough. 
~Lauren Ludwig, ABC's The Gates
Corey is by far the best writing teacher I've ever had and taught me techniques I had never heard of before or since.  After finishing his class I landed an agent and my first produced writing credit on the A&E show The Beast.  I sill consult the notes from Corey's class in my writing as they've been indispensable. 
~Keith Schreier
After taking Corey's seminar I had a whole new perspective on what makes a film great.  The techniques and tools he gave us applied to every client's screenplay, regardless of genre, and I'm amazed that no one has taught this approach previously. I highly recommend people take the time to hear what he has to say and absorb it. 
~Richard Demato, Literary Manager and Partner, Fuse Entertainment
I feel as if I've been liberated from Story Structure Hell.  I never could fit myself into those formulas and yet felt guilty and inadequate that I was unable to make it work according to their edicts. It always felt constricting and wrong.  Thank you for showing me a sane way out.  
~Jennifer Hoffman

The Junction

Monday, October 18, 2010

This week's NYT "Lives" column by TWJ Member Aaron Bloom!

A must-read:  this week's acrobatic "Lives" column in the New York Times Magazine by Junction member Aaron Bloom.  You can't make this stuff up.