Posts tagged ‘Jeanne Veillette Bowerman’

June 7, 2012

Film School: Is It Worth It?

Jeanne Veillette Bowerman has written a new article for Script Magazine regarding the pros and cons of film school. Take a look at what she has to say before deciding whether or not film school is worth it:

If you enjoy debate, not many questions ignite more argument than whether or not an aspiring filmmaker should attend film school. I’ve observed the film school question from a number of angles; I was a film student at Florida State University, I’ve taught film at Quinnipiac University, and I’ve worked with filmmakers who are both film school and non-film school grads. I know the benefits of attending film school, but I also see how the film business is changing. There’s a few different tracks for future filmmakers now, and you might be surprised how accessible they are.

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November 10, 2011

Having Hope and Faith as a Writer

Jeanne Veillette Bowerman wrote this great article about having both faith and hope when it comes to your writing career. She writes:

As we all know, a writer needs an abundance of hope as well as faith in order to survive this industry. As similar as those two terms may seem, they are vastly different.

Let’s check Webster’s for clarification:

Hope: To cherish a desire with anticipation. To expect with confidence.

Faith: Something that is believed especially with strong conviction, without question.

Simply put, hope involves expectations, but faith is a constant, unwavering belief that something exists or will happen.

The problem with hope is it’s ever-changing and often depends on other people’s actions – actions you can’t control, but hope will happen.

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October 3, 2011

Making the Most of the “Pass”

Jeanne Veillette Bowerman recently shared an article about the terrible waiting game all screenwriters must play. She also provides some constructive advice for what to do if after all that waiting, you get the dreaded “pass.” Bowerman writes:

Your email inbox pings, and it’s a “pass.” Now what?

I always ask if they have notes to share. That keeps a dialogue going; plus, they’ll see I take feedback well. In fact, I’m a bit of critique-loving junkie.
If they say they love my writing, I ask to be considered for future in-house writing assignments.
Since everyone knows everyone in L.A., I inquire if they’re aware of another company looking for a premise like mine. You’d be surprised how many referrals I’ve gotten that way.
Pitch a new idea you came up with while you were waiting to hear from them.

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April 26, 2011

Shut Up and Write

This great article by Jeanne Veillette Bowerman talks about her personal experience with balancing having the necessary patience to carefully peice together your story and the productivity to start writing the damn thing already. It’s a tricky balance even for experienced writers, as Jeanne shows us:

Last week, I declared patience is paramount when it comes to both getting a project produced and learning your writing partner’s habits. But patience can also be the killer of a project – a slow infectious cancer that will suck the energy out of your work and your soul.

Sometimes you have to put up or shut up.

After a year of outlining our adaptation of Slavery by Another Name, we were dancing dangerously on the talk-is-cheap line. People kept saying, “So, how’s that adaptation coming?” Gulp.

In writing, and in life, you have to carefully walk a line between patience and productivity. My writing partner, Douglas A. Blackmon, and I were struggling getting this script written. We lived in different states yet functioned best in person. This was quite a dilemma.

I took a good hard look at what drove both of us. Then it hit me. Doug is a newspaper guy – he needed a deadline. I’m a competitive freak – I needed a contest.

Bingo! Sundance Screenwriters Lab.

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