David Levy Book Signing A Rousing Success

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Well I’ve returned from Dave’s book signing and I must say that I was thoroughly impressed.
Not only has David written an excellent book – Your Career in Animation: How to Survive and Thrive – but he also had on hand five terrific panelists who discussed in depth their involvement in the field of animation. They were:

Linda Simensky – Senior Director of Children’s Programming for PBS
Mr. Warburton – Creator of Cartoon Network’s Codename: Kids Next Door
Jackson Publick – Creator of adult swim’s The Venture Brothers
Bill Plymption – Independent animator and creator of Guard Dog and The Fan and the Flower
Elanna Allen – Independent animator and creator of Pass the Pinha

They discussed how they got involved in the industry, the art of pitching and creating your own show, and even what to do in your off-time (i.e. between jobs and trying to get your next big break).

The overall theme was this: there is no ONE way to succeed in animation. Everyone must carve their own path. And often, carving that path involves getting to know as many people in the industry as possible, honing your skills and conveying your enthusiasm so that people will want to work with you.

Excellent advice indeed.

American Screenwriters Association 10th Annual Screenplay Competition

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Hey folks!

The ASA in conjunction with Gotham Writer’s Workshop is once again sponsoring their 10th Annual Screenplay Competition. This contest is way cool in that the winner gets a trip to Hollywood to talk to bigwigs about their project.

The deadline is November 30th, so you have plenty of time to create the next Great American Movie.

What are you waiting for? Go to it!

http://www.asascreenwriters.com/2006competition.shtml#rules

Disney Fellowship – Complete!

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Hey folks!

I officially completed my spec script yesterday for the Disney Writing Fellowship.
Woohoo! Very excited. I will find out in December if I have been accepted into the program.

Also, through the Fellowship I learned about the Writers Guild of America, East, where you can REGISTER your script and thus have legal protection against anyone who tries to steal your work. Script registration costs $22, is instantaneous and lasts for 10 years.

To register your script, go to http://www.wgaeast.org/