AWD South invites you to join us for this discussion with Writer, Director, Producer, and Author Princess Monique to discuss her book, “Hood to Hollywood.”
“Hood to Hollywood” is an honest account of life, growth, and hope. Looking for inspiration to achieve your dreams and goals? Then “Hood to Hollywood: How to Stop Waiting to Be Discovered & Discover Yourself!” is that guide. Princess Monique a.k.a. Princess Monique Filmz takes you on her personal journey, from childhood in Cleveland to Los Angeles. Along the way, she shares critical self-discoveries that can motivate you to look at your life from a different point of view.
In this Book Club we talk with Author/Screenwriter/Showrunner/Co-Executive Producer Niceole Levy about her new book, The Writers’ Room Survival Guide: Don’t Screw up the lunch order and other keys to a happy Writers’ Room. In addition to discussing the experience of being a writer in the writer’s room, Niceole shares best practices for directors when collaborating on TV shows.
Author/Professor Morgan Sandler discusses his book “VISUAL STORYTELLING: How to Speak to the Audience without Saying a Word.” About the book: “Images carry emotional weight and Visual Storytelling teaches readers how to harness these emotions to maximize the emotion of the story, while minimizing the amount of dialogue necessary. What makes Visual Storytelling unique is that it not only covers the theoretical concepts of filmmaking but also the technical elements necessary to achieve the emotional outcome.”
AWD South is thrilled to host prolific director and friend of AWD Dan Attias for the April Book Club! In conversation with Tomeka M. Winborne, Mr. Attias will discuss his book DIRECTING GREAT TELEVISION: INSIDE TV’S NEW GOLDEN AGE. Don’t miss the insight from this acclaimed filmmaker.
“I’ve watched thousands of hours of television, but I can always recognize Dan’s work because it is a cut above. If you want to understand what a director does, or would like to be a director, or already are a director and would like to get better at it—then READ THIS BOOK.” – John Landgraf, Chairman of FX Networks
DGA contracts can be challenging to interpret; however, this masterclass from Danielle Green clarifies the language within these contracts, including working conditions and the benefits that are negotiable before signing your DGA deal memo. The course also examines DGA rate cards as outlined in the basic agreement, which covers DGA fees for Unit Production Managers (UPMs), 1st Assistant Directors, 2nd Assistant Directors, and 2nd 2nd Directors. This class covers the essentials that every first-time director should know. Additionally, special guest David Simmons discusses the use of artificial intelligence in storyboarding projects. He explores how AI can aid in developing your project’s story arc and enhancing your pitch deck.
Seeking more robust and expanded female-focused storytelling in your creative work? In the first half of this interactive and instructive workshop, Author Stacey Simmons, PhD helps participants bypass the outdated patriarchal storytelling model and leads them through this newly-discovered, women-driven model.
After a private AWD screening of the film, WANDER DARKLY, Writer/Director Tara Miele and Producers Sam Houseman and Monica Levinson spoke with AWD Emeritus Board member Emily Dell about the film and answered member questions.
We are excited to partner with CBS to bring you this conversation with Director Larry Teng about building and communicating visual language for television. Moderated by AWD Member Ellie Kanner, the discussion includes providing a fresh voice as an episodic director while staying in the tone of the show, collaborating with the cast, and setting the tone and visual language when directing a pilot.
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