Meet the Insiders: Screenwriting
New for 2013, Meet the Insiders is an opportunity to participate in vital discussions on the innovations and developments in the world of film across varying topics. Moderators will start by introducing and getting to know the Insider for the first 10 minutes, but the next 20 are an open forum where the audience is able to ask questions, discuss trends, connect with the film community, and gain insight and understanding of the industry from the insiders at the forefront of their respective fields.
This session, screenwriting, offers the inside track on screenwriting for film. First with Dante Harper, writer/director from Cult Status films and second with creator of the Blacklist, Franklin Leonard. Moderated by John Hilary Shepherd from Cross Creek pictures, learn firsthand about the process of writing a script, the best ways to get it noticed and importantly, how to get it made.
Founder of the Black List, the yearly publication highlighting Hollywood’s most popular unproduced screenplays and the startup birthed to continue its mission. Franklin has worked in development at Universal Pictures and the production companies of Will Smith, Sydney Pollack and Anthony Minghella, Leonardo DiCaprio, and John Goldwyn. Before Los Angeles and all things film related, Franklin was - at different times - a business analyst at McKinsey & Co., a weekly columnist for the Trinidad Guardian in Port-au-Spain, Trinidad, and the communications director for John Cranley's 2000 campaign for the U.S. House of Representatives in Ohio's first district. Since 2010, he has been named one of Hollywood Reporter’s 35 Under 35, Black Enterprise magazine’s “40 Emerging Leaders for Our Future,” AOL Black Voices “30 Black Hollywood Game Changers” and Fast Company’s “100 Most Creative People in Business.”
Dante W Harper started out directing the cult indie classic "The Delicate Art of the Rifle," and worked as an independent producer and editor before his second CLC Films project "Dreamland," a film based on the life of Tim McVeigh, was accepted to the Sundance Screenwriter's and Director's lab. Since becoming a full time screenwriter in 2006 Dante has worked as a studio feature writer, including "The Immortalist" for Bennett Miller, Isaac Asimov's "Foundation" for Roland Emmerich, and the graphic novel adaptation "Black Hole" for David Fincher, while still developing several independent and spec projects.
His most recent spec, "All You Need is Kill," sold to Warner Brothers in one of the largest sales of 2010, was the top ranked action script on "The Black List", and is currently in pre-production with Doug Liman directing. He is currently working on Ridley Scott's "Forever War," and on an adaptation of Jacques Becker's "Touchez Pas Au Grisbi."