Welcome to the June newsletter for Jen Grisanti Consultancy Inc.
ART INSPIRING ART ON THE BIG ISLAND
It is amazing how art inspires art, in particular when you attend a film festival, take in each artist's perspective, and you see what works and why it works. The experience awakens something inside of you that can help you further define your own art. This was an invaluable part of my experience at The Big Island Film Festival this past Memorial Day weekend. Whether I was watching a short film or feature length film, I could see the heart of each artist was out in the open, ready to be absorbed by those who were open to receiving the message behind the art. One of the incredibly talented filmmakers I met while there was Korrina Sehringer. Her feature length film, "Shouting Secrets" received The Audience Feature Choice Award. The film revolves around a gathering of an Indian family due to the illness of their mother. The Audience Short Choice Award went to the short film "Hi Honey" by Peter A.M. Henderson and Kelly Winsa; it's a comedy that centers around a woman turning 40 who reflects on a romantic life of waiting and asking permission for what she needs. Both films were my favorites of the festival. It was inspiring seeing the films and the filmmakers gathered there to celebrate their accomplishments with one another.
For more, go to my BLOG.
HAPPINESS: REVERSING THE FORMULA (This is one of my most viewed blogs to date)
My Past Blogs for The Huffington Post
UPCOMING SUBMISSION DEADLINES FOR WRITING PROGRAMS AND COMPETITIONS
FOX WRITERS INTENSIVE - Accepting submissions Fall of 2012
FOX NYTVF INDEPENDENT PILOT COMPETITION- Submissions due 6/29/12
NBC WRITERS ON THE VERGE - Accepting submissions 5/29/12 - 6/29/12 (at 3:00 p.m.)
NHMC LATIN WRITER'S PROGRAM - Accepting submissions in Fall of 2012
NICKELODEON WRITING PROGRAM
INDEPENDENT FILM WEEK(IFP) - is now accepting submissions.
PREMIUM STORY SUBSCRIPTION
I am offering a new Premium Story Subscription. What if you could get feedback on your ideas ever month? This subscription was designed to get you into a daily writing practice. It is $22.95 a month.
- Monthly, One 15-minute story pitch -or- review of a 1-2 page pitch document.
- Monthly, Up to 5 story questions.
- Weekly writing tips
- Monthly, review 2-3 log lines.
- Weekly writing exercises to keep you in a daily practice.
- Monthly top podcast tips on writing
- 10% off all products, 10% off all Jen Grisanti Consultancy Inc. privately produced events
- "A Day In The Life Of A Consultant" password-protected area within blog, updated weekly. These entries will reflect story and business tips.
UPCOMING SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS/CLASSES
WRITING AND REVISING YOUR TV PILOT SCRIPT
August 20, August 27 at 7:00 p.m. PST (on the phone and the web)
As a result of having so many requests for another Storywise Pilot Teleseminar, I am going to do a 2-week teleseminar on writing and revising your TV pilot script.
We will go over the information about writing a TV Pilot, review the scripts of the writers participating at Level 3 and then we work on pitch documents for those participating at Level 2.
There will be four levels for this teleseminar as well. Press here for information.
If you have taken my Storywise Pilot Teleseminar in the past, you will get a 10% discount.
TV WRITERS' SUMMIT - LONDON (Date TBD)
The TV Writers' Summit brings together the four top speakers in the world on the art and craft of television writing - Chad Gervich, Ellen Sandler, Troy DeVolld and Jen Grisanti.
Over two intense days, these four master teachers will provide you an unmatched depth and understanding of writing, story and producing all genres of TV (whether you're writing a Comedy, Drama or working on a Reality idea) that is ideal for TV writers, producers and creative executives.
CHICAGO SCREENWRITERS NETWORK
August 5, 2012 (I will be at the UFVA so I will be in Chicago from 8/4 - 8/12)
TV CONFERENCE - AUSTRALIA (more information TBD)
September 15-17, September 22-25 (Melbourne & Sydney)
BIG ISLAND FILM FESTIVALARTICLE - WEST HAWAII TODAY- "Film Fest Honors Former TV Exec, Well Known Story Consultant"
BLOG - BY DAMON TUCKER (This is an interview I did while I was at the film festival.)
Hit this link to see the new brochure for my company. You can forward this brochure to anyone that is interested in working with me and they will get 10% off their first consult.
NEW VIDEO BLOG SERIES ON YOUTUBE - "A Day In The Life Of A Story Consultant"
Video Blog #1 - This blog is about the "B" side of the "A" story
Video Blog #2- This blog is about external stakes as it connects to some of the Oscar nominated films.
Video Blog #3 - In this blog I talk about moving from ego to spirit to the philosophical part of story.
Video Blog #4(Part I) In this video, I discuss how to write a "Log Line For Your Life".
Video Blog #4 (Part II) In this video, I discuss how to write a pitch document.
Video Blog #5 - In this video, I give more information on how my Storywise Teleseminar works.
Wishes Fulfilled: Mastering the Art of Manifesting
by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer by Hay House
Hardcover ~ Release Date: 2012-02-28
List Price: $24.95
Our Price: $13.84
by Steven Pressfield by Black Irish Books
Kindle Edition ~ Release Date: 2012-05-30
I highly recommend both books. They are both about the idea of transcending to a higher level of being.
STORY LINE: FINDING GOLD IN YOUR LIFE STORY
by Jennifer Grisanti by Michael Wiese Productions
Recent Review - "I read every screenwriting book I come across and can say without a doubt that Jennifer's is one of the best. I'm a produced tv and feature writer and wish I had had the wisdom contained in "Story Line" to use in my early projects...."
REVIEWS POSTED ON AMAZON.COM STORY LINE is now available on Kindle.
TV WRITING TOOL KIT: HOW TO WRITE A SCRIPT THAT SELLS
TV WRITING TOOL KIT: HOW TO WRITE A SCRIPT THAT SELLS
by Jen Grisanti
Kindle Edition ~ Release Date: 2011-02-28
List Price: $9.99
"This workbook is the perfect companion to any writer seeking to improve their craft. Whether just beginning or trying to move to the next level. Her book is packed with information to help you mold the story you're trying to tell. She lays everything out in an easy to follow roadmap. You simply need to put in the work."
Storywise: Story Tools - Promo on YouTube
They are now available at The Writers Store as downloads and hard copies.
All my products are available at The Writers Store as downloads and hard copies.
FRIDAY NIGHT DRINKS
I will be co-hosting Friday Night Drinks now with Melessa Sargeant and Scriptwriters Network.
The next one is on Friday, July 6th. I will be out of town for the July Friday Night Drinks. Melessa from Scriptwriters Network will be hosting it at SADIE at 1638 N. Las Palmas Ave., LA 90028 from 7:00 p.m. -10:00 p.m.
My new podcasts include;
My new podcasts include; Liz Friedman (House) and Wes Nickerson (House of LIes, Entourage) Vanessa Taylor (Game of Thrones, Great Hope Springs - upcoming feature), Katherine Fugate (New Year's Eve, Valentine's Day, Army Wives) and Lawrence Meyers (Crossing Jordan, author - "Inside the TV Writer's Room)
Upcoming podcast with Nikki Toscano (REVENGE)
You can listen to all my podcasts on my website or iTunes.
EVENTS AROUND TOWN
The Writers Guild Foundation(Schedule of events)
Writers Guild Events, West (Schedule)
ARTICLESThe 22 Rules Of Storytelling, According to Pixar
Oscar Nominated Scripts
Stories Without Borders
BLACK MARKET LIQUOR BAR
11915 Ventura Blvd., Studio City
This is a GREAT new spot. I highly recommend the mussels, cauliflower, potato chips, chicken sausage and desserts. Antonia from TOP CHEF is one of the chefs there. You will love it!
Story = Dilemma (establishment of wound) = external goal that stems from dilemma = first action taken in pursuit of the goal = first obstacle (external & Internal) = escalation of stakes (external & internal) = second action taken = second obstacle (external & or internal) = escalation of stakes (external & or internal) = third action taken = "all is lost" moment = escalation of stakes (external & internal) = action taken = resolution.
If you are interested in knowing how I work with writers, check out my new PROPOSALS.
If you have an interest in how my business works, you will want to watch this promo video produced by Superneato Productions.
WRITERS FROM WRITERS ON THE VERGE
Ryan Harris - For getting staffed on CHICAGO FIRE
Dennis Saldua - For getting staffed on INFAMOUS
Debby Wolfe - For getting staffed on WHITNEY
Isaac Gonzalez - For getting staffed on COMMUNITY
Peter Vanderwall - For the theatrical release of his film HIDE AWAY