"I liked it, didn't love it." It's the most often heard line in Hollywood. And you'll hear it when studio honchos pass on your screenplays or projects. Join Edwards & Skerbelis as they pull the covers back for an up close look inside the Hollywood system. What happens to a screenplay when it's submitted to a studio? Who are the studio players? What's the difference between an agent and a manager? What exactly does a creative development exec do? How does the writer and producer work within the studio development process? Are you ready for Hollywood? Get the answers from industry Pros, Rona Edwards & Monika Skerbelis. Through personal experiences and examples they'll teach you what it takes to make it in Hollywood as a development executive, producer, writer or director. Chapters also include exercises that will help readers find new ideas and develop them into cinematic stories as well as offer tips in pitching your projects. Edwards worked as a production company development executive and has been a producer for fifteen years while Skerbelis has worked as a studio development executive. Between them, they've developed and sold countless screenplays. They teach feature film development classes at UCLA and Screenwriting Fundamentals at Chapman University's Dodge College of Film & Media Arts. Co-founders of ESE Film Workshops Online, they offer film classes worldwide. Both live in Los Angeles.About the Author:
RONA EDWARDS graduated California Institute of the Arts. A VP of Creative Affairs for Emmy-winner John Larroquette (Night Court), Academy-Award winner Michael Phillips (Close Encounters Of The Third Kind) and Emmy-winner Fern Field (Monk), Edwards produced One Special Victory, The Companion, I Know What You Did, Out Of Sync (VH1's Movies that Rock), Blind Trust, Der Morder Meiner Mutter (Sat.1) and documentaries, Selling Sex in Heaven and Unforgettable. For Warner Bros, she developed the feature Matchmakers. Recently, Edwards produced 2 movies for LMN based on Ellen Byerrum’s books, Killer Hair and Hostile Makeover. A contributing writer to The Los Feliz Ledger, Produced By (the official magazine of the Producers Guild of America), her column, Rona's Reel Take, appears in the Neworld Review. With Monika Skerbelis, she co-founded ESE Film Workshops Online, wrote the critically acclaimed book, I Liked It, Didn’t Love It and The Complete Filmmaker’s Guide to Film Festivals. ?MONIKA SKERBELIS started her career as an assistant in the story department for Paramount Pictures, moved over to 20th Century-Fox as an assistant story editor, and later was promoted to story editor. At the same time, Universal Pictures offered her the opportunity to run their story department where she worked for ten years and was promoted from an executive story editor to vice president. She is co-founder of ESE Film Workshops Online, providing online film classes in “Maneuvering Film Festivals, “Creating A Production Company” and “Finding & Developing New Ideas.” She is also the programming director for the Big Bear Lake International Film Festival and the American Pavilion’s Emerging Filmmaker Showcase at the Cannes Film Festival. Her second book, co-written with Rona Edwards, The Complete Filmmaker’s Guide to Film Festivals: Your All Access Pass to Launching Your Film on the Festival circuit is available on Amazon.
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