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I moved from NYC to LA in October, 2003. And though I still think NYC is the greatest city in the world, I'm truly loving life here in the City of Angels. I'm a writer, reader, and occasional picture-taker.

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

scr(i)pt magazine stuff

Hey there! Wanted to mention a few scr(i)pt-related things here, and in a later article today or tomorrow.

Firstly, I have a new article up on the web only, about various screenwriting-related resources available on the web. No doubt most of you will be familiar with many of these (and I even mention and link to a few of your blogs on there), but this is only Part I. Part II (next month) may offer you some lesser-known resources. But please check out The Screenwriter's Web -- Part I: Skill Development Tools. Part II focuses on research related tools.

Secondly, following my recent post on the upcoming Scriptwriters Showcase, co-sponsored by scr(i)pt and Final Draft, there were a few questions raised in the comments that I wanted to check on and respond to.

Someone asked about the cost of the event, and the basic explanation I received and am passing on is that with the Expo, you pay $79 to get in, plus more for each seminar and/or pitch events, etc, and here it is a single fee, and all the speakers are professionals. In addition to the seminars, there are also meet-and-greets with these people included in the fee, and networking parties and the like. So I'd say it is somewhat about quality over quantity, and even the quantity isn't as much less as it might seem.

Also, regarding the question about the keynote speaker, the reason the keynote has not been announced yet is that they are checking on the scheduling. I cannot say who it is either, but it is definitely someone who is a major player, and the second choice would be equally significant. Obviously, once the announcement is made, you'll see what I mean, but I too will stand behind the promise that the keynote will be from "one of the most influential voices in the entertainment industry."

Lastly, there was the question about why the "i" in scr(i)pt magazine's name is in parentheses. Shelly (the editor) is going to send me the "official" explanation, and I'll post it on here. ;-)

Hope that answers things!

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Anonymous Eddie said...

So basically, I have to wait even longer to find out about that pesky (i)... ? I challenge all fj and scr(i)pt readers to break this story now.

12:39 AM  
Blogger Fun Joel said...

Eddie -- I did post an unofficial explanation in the comments last time!

12:44 AM  
Blogger Dave Olden said...

Thanks for the resources article, Joel. Great job, and very fair assessments. Some, such as Wordplay (where I've downloaded all the articles, and have read each twice), I've had bookmarked for a while, and a couple of others were new. :)

However, in the podcasts section, there was a glaring absence. Jeff Goldsmith's after-screening Q&A podcasts. Is it because they're sponsored by a competing magazine to scr(i)pt? I am, with a sigh, assuming so.

Otherwise, this is a great assembly. Look forward to the next month's.

Dave O.

6:23 PM  
Blogger Fun Joel said...

Thanks Dave. Re: the CS Podcast, it was partially a matter of that, but not entirely. I chose the sites on that list from a MUCH larger list, and had to make selections as to the best within each of my subcategories. All else being equal (and in this case, I believe that they are more or less, so), I did take into consideration that they were hosted by a competing magazine and left them out. This was not something that I was told to do by the scr(i)pt staff, by the way, just a decision that I made. Had I, however, felt they were much superior to the others I listed, I certainly would have included them. In this case, they were not different enough to make me highlight them.

You will notice, however, that I do include them in my sidebar links to this very blog. :-)

6:32 PM  
Blogger Dave Olden said...

Fair enough. :)

Now, to the task at hand... adding one of your podcast recommends to iTunes.

(Oh, and I forgot to wish you and yours a merry xmas. :)


Dave O.

6:52 PM  
Blogger Fun Joel said...

On that front, Dave, I'm afraid I'm rather helpless. I've never used iTunes, nor do I frequently listen to podcasts. If I do, I don't subscribe to them -- I just listen to individual ones.

And yes, Happy Holidays to all!

7:15 PM  
Blogger Warren said...

Thanks for the mention. You rock!

7:37 AM  

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