Welcome to the Screen Writers Workshop

November 25 – 27, 2018, San Francisco

To foster and sustain new generations of film producers and filmmakers.

The Screenwriters’ Workshop and the New Producers’ Alliance

The Screenwriters’ Workshop and the New Producers’ Alliance are committed to developing outstanding scripts and producing great films and TV.

About Screen Writers Community:

To this end, we have joined forces to give writers, directors, and producers a programme through which they can develop new and marketable scripts.
The Autumn Screenwriting Programme is designed for: experienced writers, directors and producers working on a new project; those new to screenwriting; and individuals and teams needing mentoring on their current project.

Featured Talks & Speakers

A linked Feedback service helps writers through drafts of their outlines and scripts.
Writers completing scripts during the programme will have the opportunity to be selected to pitch them to NPA producers at regular events.
And don’t forget, if you’re a member, you get SERIOUS DISCOUNTS ……. and better biscuits

Oct. 13 — 11:12 PM

Victoria Mithal

Short Circuit Movie club

Oct. 12 — 12:15 AM

Ronaldo Robert

Parallex Pictures

Oct. 14 — 07:45 AM

News and Information

Tips To Help You Use Your New Paper Cutter Properly

Tips To Help You Use Your New Paper Cutter Properly

What type of paper cutter do you have? There are certainly different types and models. You want to use one of these devices safely, and you want to get the most out of it as well. There are all kinds of things you need to know. Here are some important tips that can help you get the most out of your paper cutting sessions.

Not only are there different types of these devices, but there are also various types of paper. You want to know the different cut patterns that apply to the type of paper involved. It’s all about getting the most pieces based on your needs. And you don’t want rough edges either, which means that any folds should not be running ‘against the grain’ of the paper being cut.

Paper can be subject to both shrinkage and expansion. That being said, the experts say that you might at times find that any printed cut lines on the paper might not be ideal to use. What about narrow strips? You need to watch your clamp guides in those circumstances because failure to use place lifts can actually cause unnecessary wear and tear. As you can tell, there is so much to know when it comes to using paper cutting machines properly.

Remember that a dull blade can cause accuracy issues, and that’s not something you want to have to deal with. Also, you need to know that clamping pressure isn’t always going to be the same. It needs to be addressed according to the type of paper, and of course, the right amount of pressure is important.

Do you know what happens when there is too much pressure applied? Pile distortion is one of the complications that can arise, and of course, inaccurate cuts can be another possible consequence. You don’t want to be dealing with either one of those issues, but at the same time, there are consequences to inadequate pressure as well. That paper needs to be secured properly.

Let’s say that you have a guillotine paper cutterr. One tip you would want to know is that you need to cut 10 sheets or less at a time. Not only do you want the right cuts made, but you don’t want to negatively impact the blade. Trying to overwork the cutter is going to dull the blade.

While paper trimmers make these jobs easier, you still have to take your time. One of the most common mistakes made is overloading the paper cutter all at once. Remember that you can recycle those paper scraps, too.

The guillotine paper cutter is said to be one of the best. It’s just one of your choices, however, when it comes to choosing the right device for your projects.

Be aware of the safety features that are part of your machine. You might want to also test out scrap paper prior to beginning any particular project. Good luck and contact us if you have any questions.

What Does a Producer Do?

What Does a Producer Do?

A film producer is responsible for overseeing the entire operations of a film. Some producers work independently or hired by the production company, and they plan and harmonise the different aspects of production including picking the script, as well as synchronising the various aspects of film production such as writing, editing and directing.

In theory, film producers have more control over a film as they have the power to choose the director and should be able to carry out a little of every aspect or at least know the basic process of every element in making a film.

More often than not, the producer would come up with the idea of the film. It might be due to the lack of confidence or talent in oneself, but the idea is shared with capable screenwriters in order to develop it into a full-fledged movie experience.

If a book or any other piece of media needs to be made into a film, producers buy the “option” to turn the said material into a movie.

An example for this would be when Kirk Douglas, father of Michael Douglas, bought the rights to turn the famous novel “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” into a play. But years later, Michael Douglas, instead of producing a play, brought in an experienced producer to work alongside him in order to create a feature-length movie. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest then went on to win numerous awards.

In the early stages of production, a producer is handed the task of developing the material to make it ready for production. After development, the film producer will then need to hire a director who should be able to understand the vision of the project.

During this time, the producer will also have to hire movie stars or actors. A big movie star will fetch enough money for production. With enough cash in hand, the producer will have to allocate a budget for each department. They’ll also have to supervise the use of said budget in these departments.

With the budget, stars and the director in place, the film producer will have to oversee the shooting process. But the producer’s role doesn’t end there.

After the movie is done being shot, the producer will need to stick to the project to oversee the post-production phase. These usually include processes such as editing, VFX, background music and audio.

With the film production done and dusted, the movie now needs to be well marketed to make the general audience rush into the cinemas.

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