Last Sunday the OutSet fellows spent their day in a directing workshop with filmmaker Jamie Babbit to learn the art of transforming their scripts to screen. Babbit lifted scenes right out of the fellows scripts and together they created a shot list, went through a mock casting session and learned how to rehearse with actors.
Her best advice for the aspiring filmmakers?
You have to approach every job with a great attitude… even getting the right Kleenex box for a director, and people will remember that and want to work with you again.
Pictured below (from left) Ki McLeod, Frank Sanchez, Jamie Babbit and Damone Williams.
The 16 fellows arrived to class on Tuesday with nervous anticipation; they were about to receive notes from professional screenwriters, producers and development executives on a short script they have been developing for the last month. It’s week 4 of OutSet and each fellow started the program with a pitch for a story they wanted to tell that would eventually be translated onto the screen. In a setting right out of a pitch expo, the fellows sat at tables in The Village gallery and had a 20-minute one-on-one notes session with 3 different mentors. They will then spend this next week writing a second draft in which a committee will select and announce the 5 scripts that will be produced in February 2014. If their script doesn’t get picked? They choose the script they want to work on and take on the role of director, producer, camera intern or production designer.
- Shari Greicar, Outfest Forward Coordinator
“I was nervous about the workshop in the beginning because I had never written any type of script before but once we got started, it was so exciting. It was really great to get 3 different perspectives on my idea and they (OutSet writing mentors) all had advice and ideas that I hadn’t even taken into consideration. It was extremely eye opening and I enjoyed it a lot!”