ANATOMY OF A MOVIE
What was the screenwriter thinking? ~ a unique way to learn a unique craft

“Gags” & Aha! Moments
Most of the screenwriting process takes place away from a keyboard and desk. The story, the situations, character introductions, subplots, story points, setups & payoffs, “gags,” transitions, edits, “slug lines”, etc. are all thought about long before the writer downloads screenwriting software onto their computer. Many times—if not most—the ending is known before the beginning is.
There are numerous things a writer of a screenplay must think about when building their story. “Gags” and Aha! Moments are just two of them.
We will be using technology to show you a video with clips from well known—and some not-so-well known—movies to give examples of Gags and Aha! Moments. (A gag doesn’t need to be humorous—but adds greatly to our “friendship” with a character.)
This is the second Anatomy of a Movie presentation using Zoom. It’s not the future—it’s the “now.”
There is nothing harder to write than a motion picture screenplay. The writer can’t use the First Person or the Third Person to explain what is going on. There is a limited range for the length. It is a format unique to itself.
But if you can “train your brain” to think the way a screenwriter (actually any writer) must, there will be ancillary benefits to your professional and personal lives, and you may be able to write books, articles, business plans, love letters, etc.

No charge. Discounts given to “Fade In” screenwriting software and the “Write Your Script” class.

DATE: SUNDAY JUNE 7TH
TIME: 12 NOON UNTIL 1PM SHARP
VENUE: YOUR LIVING ROOM, DEN, BASEMENT, KITCHEN, PATIO…

(“Ctrl & Click the link below to register. Registration is required.)
REGISTER HERE!!

Submitted by: Ken Kaszak

Pittsburgh Area University Film Students:

The Pittsburgh Film Office, Chatham University, Carnegie Mellon University, CCAC, Duquesne University, La Roche University, Point Park University, Robert Morris University, and the University of Pittsburgh are inviting you to participate in Pitch-Burgh: The Virtual Screening! Two minutes of your work will be showcased in this virtual event.

Everyone is invited to participate, but priority will be given to those that shared their projects with us live at the January Pitch-Burgh event.

To submit your project, please fill out this Google form:  https://forms.gle/ShUrCwbYVp5LLtT9A

An unlisted YouTube video upload will be required.

The deadline for submissions is June 29

The final selection of work will be curated by a group of fellow students in an anonymous format.

 

If you have any questions about submissions or Pitch-Burgh: The Virtual Screening, please email Katie Fahringer at [email protected].

ANATOMY OF A MOVIE
“What was the screenwriter thinking?” a unique way to learn a unique craft
SPECIAL EDITION!!
SETUPS & PAYOFFS

Most of the screenwriting process takes place away from a keyboard and desk. The story, the situations, character introductions, subplots, story points, setups & payoffs, “gags,” transitions, edits, “slug lines”, etc. are all thought about long before the writer downloads screenwriting software onto their computer. Many times—if not most—the ending is known before the beginning is.

There are numerous things a writer of a screenplay must think about when building their story. Setups and Payoffs are one of the most important (think of an out-of-shape Rocky struggling up the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art (the Setup) and then flying up those steps later in fighting shape (the Payoff) .

We will be using technology to show you a video with clips from well known—and some not-so-well known—movies to give examples of Setups and Payoffs.

This is the first Anatomy of a Movie presentation using Zoom. It’s not the future—it’s the “now.”

There is nothing harder to write than a motion picture screenplay. The writer can’t use the First Person or the Third Person to explain what is going on. There is a limited range for the length. It is a format unique to itself.

But if you can “train your brain” to think the way a screenwriter (actually any writer) must, there will be ancillary benefits to your professional and personal lives, and you may be able to write books, articles, business plans, love letters, etc.

No charge. Discounts given to “Fade In” screenwriting software and the “Write Your Script” class.

DATE: SUNDAY MAY 3RD
TIME: HIGH NOON (also the title of a great movie)
VENUE: YOUR LIVING ROOM, DEN, BASEMENT, KITCHEN, PORCH…
(“Ctrl & Click the link below to register. Registration is limited)

https://us04web.zoom.us/meeting/register/upAvcu6uqTIvHNQYARLjV3MQ5T44U0T7sfMM

(shared by Ken Kaszak)

School is back in session! The Motion Picture Association invites you to join the first virtual Film School Friday

Heroes, Villains, and Everything In-Between: Behind the Scenes of Hit Film and TV Shows, will feature creative industry leaders who have worked on shows including Star Trek, Game of Thrones, Watchmen etc.

 

Please see the below details for more information. We hope you’ll be able to tune in!

Friday, April 24, 2020

2:00 p.m. ET (11:00 a.m. PT)

To RSVP: Visit the Motion Picture Association’s Facebook Event Page

Join the Conversation: #FilmSchoolFriday | @MotionPictures on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

“Viral: Antisemitism in Four Mutations”
a documentary partially filmed in Pittsburgh


Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Andrew Goldberg explores antisemitism’s infectious behavior in his film “Viral: Antisemitism in Four Mutations.” Andrew looked at four ‘mutations’ of antisemitism, including the American far-right having incited such acts as the mass shooting at the Tree of Life.

The film leads with the story of October 27, and includes interviews with survivors of the shooting including Tree of Life Rabbi Hazzan Jeffrey Myers and New Light Congregation Rabbi Jonathan Perlman. The documentary explores an international pattern of antisemitism, which by virtually every yardstick is rising and worsening in the US and Europe in ways not seen since the 1930s.


It premieres this Friday, March 6, at the AMC Waterfront 22.
It runs for one week through Thursday, March 12.
Link to showtimes: AMC Showtimes

You can watch the trailer here: https://youtu.be/XgLoFLTzae4


Directed and Written by:

Andrew Goldberg

Produced and Edited by:
Diana Robinson

Featuring:
Bill Clinton
Tony Blair
Fareed Zakaria
George Will
Deborah Lipstadt
Rabbi Hazzan Jeffrey Myers
Rabbi Elisar Admon

OPEN CASTING CALL:

SHOWTIME TELEVISION NETWORK: Extras Casting is seeking paid background actors for the
series “RUST” Starring JEFF DANIELS in the Greater Pittsburgh Region and surrounding areas!

**Looking for kids, teens, adults, and senior citizens of all ethnicities! Extras will portray, SMALL TOWN
LOCALS, COPS, RESTAURANT PATRONS, BUSINESS AND BLUE COLLAR TYPES, HIGH SCHOOL/
COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYERS, BAR PATRONS, WEDDING GUESTS, SHOPPERS, PEDESTRIANS
WITH CARS & more fictional characters of all types! Thousands will be employed over the course of
filming with opportunities to work multiple days!

We are committed to inclusive, diverse casting. Please submit without regard to age, sex, ethnicity,
disability, race, color, national origin, sexual orientation or gender identity or any other basis protected by
law unless otherwise specifically indicated.

Filming takes place mid March through June, 2020.
NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY

WHEN: SUNDAY, MARCH 1, 2020
FROM: 9AM-4PM

LOCATION:
DAVID L. LAWRENCE CONVENTION CENTER
1000 Fort Duquesne Blvd Pittsburgh, PA 15222

*Please do not call the venue directly for any information.
For more information please visit: www.movieextraspittsburgh.com
or FOLLOW FACEBOOK: MOVIE CASTING PGH

“What was the screenwriter thinking?”
a unique way to learn a unique craft

Most of the screenwriting process takes place away from a keyboard and desk. The story, the situations, character
introductions, subplots, story points, set-ups, “gags”, transitions, edits, scene descriptions, etc. are all thought
about long before the writer downloads screenwriting software onto their computer. Many times—if not most—the
ending is known before the beginning.

In this presentation, we are going to show one of the “great movies you’ve never heard of,” and dissect it during a
showing to determine (the best way we can) what the screenwriter was thinking during the story structure and
the outline process.

THE MOVIE: “Once” (2007)
Cool award-winning Irish movie with
unique love story, great music (and
one of the best scenes ever!)

DATE: SUNDAY FEBRUARY 2, 2020
TIME: 12:30p to 2:00p
SITE: Carnegie Library
South Side Branch
2205 E. Carson Street
COST: FREE! (attendees entitled to 20% discount on “Fade In” screenwriting
software and the “Write Your Script” class)

THE PRESENTER
Ken Kaszak is the developer of the “Write
Your Script” class. This class features the
“Thinking Like a Screenwriter” method,
which enables students to write a script
while maintaining work and family
commitments and to take advantage of
the “ancillary” benefits of writing.

Information on Ken and the class is
available via email at:
[email protected]

Come Celebrate 16 Days of Cinema With Us!
Pittsburgh Center for Arts & Media announces:
FRIDAY NOVEMBER 8th through SATURDAY NOVEMBER 23rd
Regent Square Theater, 1035 South Braddock Avenue 15218

 Pittsburgh Center for Arts & Media Announces Three Rivers Film Festival 

Pittsburgh Center for Arts & Media is pleased to announce the 37th edition of the long-running Three Rivers Film Festival, taking place November 8 – 23. This eagerly awaited event, drawing an average of 8,000 patrons locally and around the Tri-State area, promises a return to the original autumn schedule, plus a diverse line-up of independent, foreign, local, and experimental film offerings curated by Pittsburgh Center for Art & Media staff and a team of talented programmers.

“The Three Rivers Film Festival is a true celebration of worldwide and regional filmmaking, right here in Pittsburgh.” said Joseph Morrison, Cinema Programming Director at Pittsburgh Center for Arts & Media. Morrsion added, “There’s nothing like the shared experience of watching a film in the dark and quiet with a group of people. There’s something in the air that you just cannot put into words.” New and returning moviegoers can expect such highlights as “after-hour parties, silent films with live musical accompaniment by the Alloy Orchestra, filmmakers visiting from afar, and special events at the Carnegie Science Center Giant Rangos Cinema and our own theaters.”

Several screenings kick off the opening weekend, beginning Friday, November 8, with in-person presentations by directors. Canadian filmmaker Guy Maddin (Brand Upon the Brain! and My Winnipeg) presents his found-footage Vertigo remake—The Green Fog—at Regent Square Theater. The Memphis Belle: A Story of a Flying Fortress, opens at the Rangos Cinema at the Carnegie Science Center, with Catherine Wyler (daughter of William Wyler) introducing the WWII documentary. The recently restored 1982 gospel documentary, Say Amen, Somebody, screens at the Harris Theater.

UPMC is the main sponsor for this year’s festival, with a suite of in-kind sponsors including Pair Networks, Pittsburgh Steelers, Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, ASCEND Pittsburgh, Big Burrito Group, and East End Brewing.

Festival films will be presented at the Regent Square Theater (1035 S Braddock Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15218), Harris Theater (809 Liberty Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15222), Carnegie Science Center (1 Allegheny Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15212) and Point Park University’s GRW Theater (414 Wood Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15222). University of Pittsburgh’s Asian Studies Center and the Polish Cultural Council will each offer a side-bar of select screenings. Shining a light on locally created moving images, Emily Davis and Steven Haines have curated Out of The Archives, a presentation that will showcase unseen treasures and lost films from a handful of Southwestern regional institutional collections and private collectors..

“Our city is lucky to have a full-fledged festival such as this. We’re excited to be showcasing such a diverse and engaging line-up of films,” said Dorinda Sankey, Chief Administrative Officer, Pittsburgh Center for Arts & Media. “There’s a real sense of community, a feeling like you are contributing to Pittsburgh’s cultural scene.”

Patrons can purchase event tickets at the Regent and Harris Theaters individually or in a cost-saving six-pack. Tickets will be accessible on the Three Rivers Film Festival website with a program booklet released before the opening weekend. The 2019 Three Rivers Film Festival is part of the ongoing effort by Pittsburgh Center for Arts & Media (formerly PF/PCA) to bring cutting-edge exhibitions, education, and artist facilities to the region. The festival promises “something for everyone,” including children, adults, and seniors. In the words of guest curator Ben Ogrodnik, audiences should expect “films you can’t see anywhere else!”

Harris Theater, 809 Liberty Avenue 15222
Copyright © *2019* *Pittsburgh Center for Arts & Media*, All rights reserved.

Mailing address:
*6300 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15232*

MoonDocs® 2019 – The 3rd Annual Documentary Filmmakers’ Open House

Robert Morris University, 6001 University Boulevard, Moon Township, PA 15108

Friday, November 1, 2019 12:00 pm – 6:00

Saturday, November 2, 2019 9:30 am – 4:00 pm

 

2019 Keynote Filmmaker: Fall 2019 Visiting Documentary Filmmaker at RMU – Eva Weber, award-winning London-based German filmmaker

 

Registration:  $40 in advance, $50 on site

Students with valid ID (checked on site): $10 in advance, $15 on site

Register at:

http://intranet.rmu.edu/center-for-documentary-production-and-study/events/moondocs-2019-program-and-housing

 

MoonDocs® 2019 Program

Friday, November 1, 2019 12:00 pm-6:00 pm

  • Production Sound Workshop: Capturing Quality Production Sound on Shoots
  • Inside Indie Filmmaking
  • Exploring Financial Options for Film Projects
  • Lighting and Camera Workshop: Setting Up a Documentary Interview
  • The Three Rivers Film Festival: Exhibiting Cultural Diversity and Cinematic Innovation in Southwestern PA – Exhibitions Director at PCA&M Joe Morrison and 3RFF Guest Curator Benjamin Ogrodnik

 

Saturday, November 2, 2019 9:30 am-4:00 pm

  • A Masterclass with RMU Fall 2019 Visiting Documentary Filmmaker Eva Weber:

“Building Your Career as a Filmmaker and How to Use Festivals to Make Your Name”

  • 4×4 Film Challenge: Show 4 minutes of your project and pitch the next production steps for 4 minutes. Submit projects to Documentary Film Strategist Nadine Patterson at [email protected]
  • Current and Future Trends: From Streaming to Virtual Reality (VR)
  • Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality Workshop
  • Plans for MoonDocs 2020

 

Event location:

Robert Morris University (http://rmu.edu/ ), Wheatley Center

6001 University Boulevard, Moon Township, PA 15108

Driving directions: http://publicsafety.rmu.edu/university-map-and-directions

 

MoonDocs® is an open networking and learning event for experienced and aspiring filmmakers, artists, educators, students, cultural workers, and others interested in filmmaking, production, socially conscious arts, diversity, and learning about how to get one’s work to audiences. MoonDocs® is organized by the Center for Documentary Production & Study and Media Arts Department at Robert Morris University.

RMU Media Art Department is a community partner of Pittsburgh Shorts Film Festival.