Whether you’ve never read a screenplay, never written a screenplay, or have won awards for your screenplays, you’ll find useful (and occasionally funny) tips and advice on the art and craft of screenwriting. ScreenwritingNOW! is a seminar great for beginning or experienced screenwriters, filmmakers, or anyone who loves movies. This workshop offers great and concise insight about screenwriting. It will help you understand the four simple parts of a screenplay, learn about screenplay format and visual storytelling, and encourage anyone with a great idea for a movie to get motivated and just sit down and start writing it.
JT O'Neal has taught screenwriting classes at Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts and at Kansas University. He is the author of the book, The KISASS* Guide to Screenwriting (*Keep It Short And Simple, Stupid). He received an MFA in screenwriting from UCLA (top screenwriting program in the country) where he won the prestigious UCLA Screenwriting Showcase with his script, Black Diamond, about jazz and the Kansas City Monarchs Negro League baseball team. He also won the Alfred P. Sloan award (the highest-endowed screenwriting award at UCLA) for best use of science with his screenplay, Panther Lake. O'Neal also has an MD from Kansas, and an MPH (masters of public health) from Harvard, and is residency trained and board certified in Occupational and Environmental Medicine. An accomplished photographer, his photos are included in major museum collections around the country, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York City and the Library of Congress in Washington, DC. An award-winning filmmaker, his films have played at over 80 festivals around the world.
O'Neal's current feature film, Au Pair, Kansas, which he wrote and directed, is playing at the Waterfront Film Festival. Au Pair, Kansas recently won the Best Low Budget Feature Film Award at the Cannes Independent Film Festival.