You’ve got an idea and want to write a movie — now what? The first step to becoming a professional screenwriter is understanding how the business works. And one place to get started is by attending the 2019 Script-Com Screenwriting Symposium, says Bob Giordano, one of the speakers at the June 22 event at Lipscomb University’s Shamblin Theater.
Giordano is the Nashville-based writer and director of The Odds, which was released June 4. He will share the Script-Com panel session with Tom Steinmann (Uproar Pictures), who served as one of the movie’s executive producers along with Kelly Frey (Music City Films).
“Script-Com is a great event for people to get a variety of insights and expansive information about screenwriting. The speakers there talk about the nuts and bolts of screenwriting, but there’s also people that talk about the business,” Giordano said. “If you really want to become a professional screenwriter, then you need to know how the business works, and it’s a tricky path even when you’re in Hollywood or New York. So when you’re not stationed at either one of those places, it’s good to get as much current information as possible about what’s going on in the business, about what you should prepare for, what to expect once you’ve written a script. And these are things that you can learn about at Script-Com.”
Screenwriter James V. Hart will headline Script-Com, which is hosted by the Tennessee Screenwriting Association. Events kick off Friday with Hart at a screening and discussion of his Bram Stoker’s Dracula script at Full Moon Cineplex in Hermitage. Then on Saturday, Hart will headline Script-Com, discussing both his movies and the HartChart app and Toolkit he developed to help writers map stories and characters.
Besides 1992’s Dracula, Hart’s credits include Hook (1991), Bram Stoker’s Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (1994), Muppet Treasure Island (1996), Contact (1997), Jack and the Beanstalk: The Real Story (2001), Tuck Everlasting (2002), Lara Croft: Tomb Raider—The Cradle of Life (2003), Sahara (2005), August Rush (2007), Epic (2013), the 2014 TV series Crossbones, and 2019’s The Hot Zone min-series on National Geographic.
Script-Com admission is $50 and includes the Friday night screening and Saturday’s symposium, plus a one-year membership in the TSA. Current members pay just $40. To register, go to https://tennscreen.com. To attend the buffet/mix and mingle, cost is $15 at the door.
Script-Com caps a week of Film-Com and related events, which run June 15-23.
2019 Script-Com Schedule
Friday, June 21
At Full Moon Cineplex, 3445 Lebanon Pike, Hermitage
6 p.m. – Buffet dinner/mix and mingle with screenwriter James V. Hart. Admission: $15 at door.
7 p.m. – Screening of Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Admission included with Script-Com purchase.
Saturday, June 22
At Lipscomb University’s Shamblin Theater, 1 University Park Drive, Nashville.
Script-Com Screenwriters Symposium
10 a.m. – Samantha Starr, manager
11 a.m. – Mitchell Galin, producer
12 p.m. – Bob Giordano, writer, and Tom Steinmann, producer
2:15 p.m. – James V. Hart Master Class