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I recently traveled to Texas for the Austin film festival. My plan was to meet online friends from twitter and also pitch the script I have been rewriting. I brought a weekend pass, which allows you to see films all week, but only attend conference panels and sessions on Saturday and Sunday. The producer badge is the better buy if you plan to be in Austin before Friday afternoon. The producer badge gets you access to a barbecue and some other special events which are perfect for networking. This year many attendees of the barbecue were able to review and give feedback on the writer emergency pack ( that John August is creating.

Although many of the panels had information that you can find in online blogs or YouTube videos, there were occasional gems of wisdom and the ability to ask questions.

When attending the Austin Film Festival be prepared to meet people. Friday and Saturday I attended three hosted parties in three different bars. If you don’t drink alcohol that’s fine, but be prepared to hang out and meet people. During the day in between panels and at night after the parties, the Driskill bar is the place to be, it is almost always crowded with plenty of people chatting and connecting.

As for me I was able to meet with some twitter friends as well as meet some new people from around the country. I learned I can handle drinking most of the weekend and still function. But most importantly, I learned to pay attention to how you wash your hands, are your thumbs out? Do they get scrubbed like your fingers?

Think about it.


Austin Film Festival Checklist:

  1. Arrive with a good attitude, smile, be friendly.
  2. Do not stop people in the street (unless you already know them), approach them at parties or meet and greets. (I failed at this with someone, don’t repeat my mistake).
  3. After getting your packet take some time to look over the films, go see one. (They had Big Hero 6 and Dear White People this year).
  4. You can plan the panels you want to attend ahead of time on the Austin website. – DO THIS.
  5. If you can set up times and places to meet twitter or other friends do it, or at least get contact info so you can meet up when you get into Austin.
  6. Bring one pair of nice khakis and a polo shirt, just in case.


Copyright © 2014  J. Power


It’s true.

I don’t know a damn thing. I’ve taken writing courses, and each one makes me realize I still have too much to learn. It’s overwhelming, my lack of knowledge. How the hell did I get this far in life being so damned stupid???

I once wrote a paper in 10th grade that was supposed to use adverbs, adjectives, prepubescent pronouns (that’s not a thing, is it?), and a bunch of other things. Somehow all that shit got into my paper, I still don’t know how that happened. I got a perfect A++. I was the MAN! I knew it all. At some point between 10th grade and today, I lost it.

Keyboard and Little, Brown Handbook

I blame screenwriting. Screenwriting is complicated, it’s structured, it must conform to a particular format, it’s hard to get correct. Lot’s of people are trying it, they are all over LA and on twitter, I’m one of them (on twitter). The question is how many of us are doing it correctly?  Who has enough knowledge of story, theme, character, dramatic need,  conflict and whatever else I missed? Not me.

I suck at this, but I still try, maybe one day I will understand, and the light will shine down on my keyboard and I won’t be able to stop writing.  I’ll finish the perfect A++ screenplay, someone will buy and produce it, I’ll win an Oscar, though it will have been nice just to be nominated (what a load of crap, I want to win).  I’ll be the writer du jour!

Even after all of that, there will still be people out there who know more than I do, and  who write better than I do. Hopefully they will teach me something, because I don’t know crap about writing. 

Some places you can take screenwriting classes:

Screenwriting Master Class

Screenwriters University