The 2010 Scottsdale Screenwriting Conference with: Keno Rotcop (Author of the best-selling book The Perfect Pitch). Learn from the leading , most highly respected pitchman in the industry!

Details & Agenda

The Perfect Pitch

Make your script an industry must-read! Join Ken Rotcop and Richard Walter for this one-day conference!

Ken Rotcop, former creative head of four film studios (Embassy Pictures, Hanna-Barbera, Trans-World Productions, and Canon Films), winner of the Writer’s Guild Award and the Neil Simon Award, founder of Pitchmart (as featured on Oprah), and author of the best-selling The Perfect Pitch, is one of Hollywood’s most successful screenwriters, screenwriting teachers, and the master at teaching writers how to pitch. He has supervised production on such celebrated films as The Graduate, Lion in Winter, Carnal Knowledge, and Charlotte’s Web.

Richard Walter is a celebrated storytelling guru, movie industry expert, and longtime chairman and professor of UCLA’s legendary graduate program in screenwriting. A screenwriter and published novelist, his latest book is Essentials of Screenwriting. Students from Richard’s screenwriting program at UCLA have written more than ten projects for Steven Spielberg alone, plus dozens of other Hollywood blockbusters and prestigious indie productions, including two recent Oscar winners for best screenplay: Milk and Sideways. Professor Walter lectures throughout the world and serves as a court authorized expert in intellectual property litigation.

THE CONFERENCE AGENDA WILL COVER THE BASIC TOOLS EVERY WRITER MUST HAVE IN ORDER TO WRITE AND PITCH A SCRIPT THAT SELLS TO HOLLYWOOD

Richard Walter will delve into:

  • Do’s and don’ts of scripting a story for film
  • Coveted lessons and screenwriting principals
  • Manipulating narrative choices to craft the best screenplay possible
  • How to write dialogue that can be spoken
  • The art of revision, revision, revision
  • How to take your idea to polished draft to lucrative studio deal
  • The art, craft, and business of screenwriting

And, Richard Walter will analyze up close the beginning pages of screenplays submitted by a select number of writers attending the conference. He will look at them cold –the way readers do who read for executives and agents, replicating the real experience.

Ken Rotcop will reveal:

  • The benefits/drawbacks of writing an episode for television or a screenplay for a feature film
  • Why the first ten pages of the script can kill ya!
  • What happens to your screenplay AFTER it has been accepted
  • Who runs Hollywood and how to get to them
  • How to get the rights to a story
  • Do you need an agent, manager, and/or an attorney? What’s the difference between each?
  • How to get –and what to do with – an agent once you have one
  • The art of the pitch: the tools and techniques you need to get a script sold

Finally, you will be able to practice your pitch with Rotcop. By utilizing several of the students in the seminar, Ken will show you how to perfect the two-minute or less pitch.

Barry Perelman will Share:

  • How to secure a good agent
  • What an agent can do for you

Registration And Fees:

To register for the Scottsdale Screenwriting Conference click here.

Early-bird Registration:
Register by September 30, 2010 and receive a discounted ticket price of $149 for conference (includes lunch)
After September 30, 2010, ticket price is $175 (includes lunch)

IFP Member Discount: Ticket price is $149 (includes lunch)
Student Discount: Ticket price is $149 (includes lunch)

Ken Rotcop’s Pitchmart in Los Angeles is open to anyone who attends the two-day Scottsdale Screenwriting Conference. Writers from Ken’s workshops are guaranteed the opportunity to sit one-on-one with 25 literary agents, studio executives, and producers at Pitchmart to pitch their own material.

SCREENWRITERS ATTENDING THIS CONFERENCE WILL HAVE THE CHANCE TO WIN A FREE TICKET TO KEN ROTCOP'S PITCHMART™ IN LOS ANGELES.



When & Where

Conference Details:

Schedule:

Saturday, November 6, 2010
Registration: 8:00 am – 9:00 am
Conference: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Social Cocktail Hour: 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm (There will be a cash bar.)

Travel & Lodging:

The Gainey Suites Hotel is the host hotel for the conference. Rooms are limited. Book early. As a registrant for the conference you will receive a special rate of $139+tax/night for a studio king suite and $149+tax/night for a one bedroom suite. This is based on availability. Rates will be honored for guests extending their stay pre- or post event date.

General Information:

Conference Location:

Gainey Suites Hotel
7300 East Gainey Suites Drive
Scottsdale, AZ 85258
(480) 922-6969
www.gaineysuiteshotel.com

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Richard Walter Biography

Essentials of Screenwriting

Richard Walter is a celebrated storytelling guru, movie industry expert, and longtime chairman of UCLA’s legendary graduate program in screenwriting. A screenwriter and published novelist, his latest book, Essentials of Screenwriting, is available in stores now. He has written numerous feature assignments for the major studios and has sold material to all three networks. He has also written many informational, educational and corporate films. Richard lectures on screenwriting and storytelling throughout the world and serves as a court authorized expert in intellectual property litigation.

Students from Richard’s screenwriting program at UCLA have written more than ten projects for Steven Spielberg alone, plus dozens of other Hollywood blockbusters and prestigious indie productions, including two recent Oscar winners for best screenplay: Milk and Sideways.

Richard is a widely viewed pop culture critic and media pundit who has appeared multiple times on The Today Show, The O’Reilly Factor, Hardball, ABC Primetime, Scarborough Country, CBS News Nightwatch, NPR, KABC-Talk Radio and numerous independent television and radio stations. More than a hundred newspaper and magazine articles have described his work and the program he directs at UCLA.

www.richardwalter.com

Ken Rotcop Biography


Ken Rotcop

Ken Rotcop, the acknowledged Grand Master of Pitching, is the creator and owner of PitchMart, an internationally recognized pitch festival for writers and development executives. He was the first to establish the bridge between unknown aspiring screenwriters and Hollywood. As a former Creative Head of four Hollywood studios including Embassy Pictures, Cannon TV, Trans World Productions and Hanna-Barbera, Ken supervised The Lion in Winter, Carnal Knowledge, The Graduate, and Charlotte’s Web. As a screenwriter, Rotcop’s most prestigious production (which he both wrote and produced) was For Us, the Living: The Story of Medgar Evers, which starred Laurence Fishburne. Among his many honors, he is the winner of the Writer’s Guild Award, the Image Award, and the Neil Simon Award. Rotcop is the subject of an award-winning feature-length documentary titled Talk Fast. His first musical, Mama Cass, is scheduled to open 2010. His latest book, The Perfect Pitch - 2nd Edition, was released in 2009 along with his latest DVDs, Let’s Sell Your Script! and Secrets of Animation.

http://www.pitchmart.com/

"Mr. Rotcop was the single most influential person I'd met in the early years of my career. He gave me the courage to go after my dream. He is an industry legend."

- Andrea Leigh Wolf, author, Sell Your Screenplay: Your Guide to the Independent Film and Television Producer

"The art of pitching it seems, is one part idea, one part delivery, and about ten parts chutzpah. Ken Rotcop coaches his students on how to make prospective producers fall in love."

- Patricia Ward Biederman, Los Angeles Times

Barry Perelman Biography

A leader in the field of Literary Agency Representation, Barry Perelman has been involved in the development and sale of scores of television and feature screenplays and has played a singular role in building and maintaining the careers of countless Writers, Directors and Producers. Barry's early career was spent in the intensely competitive world of the major agencies and since then, for over two decades, Barry has owned and operated the Barry Perelman Agency (Hollywood, CA), active in all areas of film and television.



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“Before you can get someone to read your screenplay you have to know how to pitch them on the idea. Ken Rotcop is the master at teaching writers how to pitch. Remember, it’s all in the pitch!”

- Oprah Winfrey, The Oprah Winfrey Show

“Two-thirds of the earth’s surface is covered with water and the other third is covered with people who have fabulous ideas for shows if only a producer would give them an opportunity. Ken Rotcop, an award-winning writer and producer, provides a guiding light to this group.”

- Robert Siegel, All Things Considered, NPR

“Ken Rotcop is the guru when it comes to teaching writing.”

- Starz’ Entertainment Tonight

“Forget about snappy dialogue, characterization and plot. It’s the pitch that gets a script read and a movie deal done. If it were not for Ken Rotcop, most new writers would be out of the loop.”

- John Lippman, Wall Street Journal

“This (Richard Walter’s) inspiring and comprehensive book teaches the nuts and bolts of screenwriting with clarity, wisdom and humor.”

- Alexander Payne, Oscar-winning writer/director of Sideways

“In the gold rush atmosphere of screenwriting, Richard Walter is a wise guide.”

- Wall Street Journal

“Richard Walter is the best screenwriting teacher in the business.”

- David Koepp, writer of Jurassic Park, Carlito’s Way, and Spider-Man