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Thursday, June 17, 2010

If you are a young or youngish Quebec-based screenwriter, whether you write in English or French, check out SODEC's "Cours Apr├Ęs Ton Court" aka "Sprint for Your Script." It's a program for writers 18-35 who are "pursuing a professional writing career," that is, no currently enrolled students. There's mentorship, and nifty prizes. Deadline is August 9. Check it out at the official SODEC site.

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What should I do, if I'am not a Quebec, but a young Russian screenwriter? How could I move to Hollywood or Canada at least? My screenwriting skills are sharp, but I can write only in Russian (I read McKee, Pamela Douglas, Ezsterhaz, Egri and shit)

By OpenID nomina-obscura, at 12:08 AM  

I know everything about classic dramatic structure of tv or movie screensplay (spent about $1K on books from amazon, wrote (or written or whatever, never been good in English) two short films and one Tv-series, I can read classes about claasic hollywood screenwriting. How do you think, can I move from Russia (where HBO is cutting-edge cabel channel from the future and most of the TV-series are like stuck in 80's) to the american TV-industry, hiring a translator and selling my knowledge of the classic dramatic structure, of should I shut the fuck up and write Tv-series for the 50 y.o. russian female white thrash till the day I die? (I have one short-film screeplay translated to English). Can you be from the Third world with mediocre English (and beautiful Russian, really beautiful) and still write high-claas screenplays in California? Or Russian screen-boy is 100% loser in English-speaking world? (besides universal Dramatic theory)

By OpenID nomina-obscura, at 12:28 AM  

You know, here, in Russia, we have School TV-series (it's like early HBO, series about schoolboy's problems without any glamourizing, in realistic-like perspective), which caused MAJOR scandal, including official statements from our prime-minister Putin ("Leave "The School" alone", lol) and hot public debates. I cant imagine, what will happen if someone will shoot Russian version of "Sopranos" or "The Wire" - perhaps, there will be massive riot and shooting in Moscow. So that's why I want to abandon drunk snowy Russia and move to USA - to write about what is really interesting and cool, not about what FBS (Feberal Bureau of Security) has allowed.

By OpenID nomina-obscura, at 12:39 AM  

Magnificent post! I do have the same opinion. script writing can be a jam-packed job, if we are not careful.

By Blogger Brendon, at 5:20 AM  

nomina-obscura ! I would love to speak with you. I am a young writer director born to Russian immigrants, and work in the industry in Los angeles and have always been looking for russian writers to collaborate with, or possibly translate into English. lets talk. Please email me at sendermonica@yahoo.com

By OpenID monicasender, at 6:06 PM  

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