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CineStory Fellowship: Exclusive Interview With Director Bryan Dick

 

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April 14, 2016 0 comments
CineStory

The deadline for CineStory’s 2016 writers’ retreat passed on April 5th, BUT Bryan Dick the company’s director has kindly offered to still accept entries until April 21st from any writers who mention Script Reader Pro in their submission. 

In this interview with Bryan you can read all about CineStory and this great opportunity to win yourself a one-on-one professional mentor.

Let’s start with the basics — can you tell our readers what CineStory does?/What’s your mission statement?

The CineStory Foundation is a national non-profit dedicated to nurturing emerging screenwriters through mentorship programs at our two yearly Retreats, one for Feature and one for TV/Digital.

Tell us a little bit of background about CineStory — how and when it started, who founded it, how long it’s been running, etc.

We just celebrated our 20th anniversary last year! When she was living in Chicago, Pam Pierce founded CineStory as a way to pair “young” screenwriters with industry mentors as a way to elevate the writers’ skills to a professional level and become a working writer.

Can you tell us about your Writer’s Retreat?

The CineStory Retreats will take place over four days in the beautiful mountains of Idyllwild, California. Attendees will receive three one-on-one, one and a half hour sessions with CineStory mentors during which they can discuss everything from the project they submitted for feedback to jump starting their writing careers.

When not in their one-on-one sessions, writers sit down for Informal Sessions where Mentors discuss a variety of industry topics.

Another great aspect of our Retreat is the fact Writers get to meet other writers from around the world. Last year alone, we had writers from the UK, Australia, and Japan.

Currently, we’re accepting submission for our Feature Retreat which will be held in mid-October. Our Extended Late Deadline runs until April 5th.

And Fellowship?

The Grand Prize of our annual submission process is the CineStory Fellowship, a 12-month mentorship program. After attending the Retreat, the CineStory Fellow gets paired with 2 Mentors from the Retreat and these hand-picked professionals work with that writer to advance his/her craft and career over the next year.

Who are the mentors on both of these?

Our mentors are all committed industry professionals who work with alumni to raise the level of their craft and enhance the marketability of their projects.

CineStory mentors include key creative personnel behind such films as INSIDE OUT, COWBOYS AND ALIENS, IRON MAN, THE CHILDREN OF MEN, FRACTURE, MAD MONEY, THE DANGEROUS LIVES OF ALTAR BOYS, FIREWALL, FINDING NEVERLAND, BAND OF BROTHERS, THE PACIFIC, WIT, NINE LIVES, PETER PAN, EVENT HORIZON, FINAL DESTINATION and many others.

Tell us about some of the successes writers have had from CineStory.

Patrick Tobin: Patrick, the 2013 CineStory Fellow, had his winning script CAKE produced in the Spring of 2014 and it premiered at the 2014 Toronto Film Festival. The script also won Best Screenplay at the Shanghai Film Festival.

Cake was directed by Daniel Barnz, a past CineStory Fellowship winner, who discovered the script when he was reading as a judge.

Mark Fergus & Hawk Ostby: Mark & Hawk, 1999 CineStory winners, received a 2006 Academy Award nomination for CHILDREN OF MEN. They have since worked on films such asIRON MAN (2008) and COWBOYS AND ALIENS (2011).

Their CineStory winning script, FIRST SNOW, was released in 2007. Fergus directed the film, which starred Guy Pearce.
Daniel Barnz: In 1996 CSA, Daniel the grand prize with his script PHOEBE IN WONDERLAND, which he went on to direct in 2008. The cast included Bill Pullman, Felicity Huffman and Elle Fanning. Most recently Daniel directed BEASTLY (2011).

What sets CineStory apart from other writers’ programs?

Through our Retreats, as well as giving writers the proper tools to grow as a writer, we are trying to develop a community of creatives, so when they leave they’ve hopefully made some lifelong bonds.

What crucial piece(s) of advice would you give to a writer submitting their screenplay to CineStory?

SPELCHECK! GRAMMAR ARE A MUST! PROPER PUNCUATION, See how distracting that can be? If that’s not your strength, please, please, please, find someone who has that skill and have she or he give your project a read before submitting.

What are some of the best films you’ve seen in the past 12 months?

Best movie going experience for me in the last 12 months was MAD MAX: FURY ROAD! It knew exactly what it was, what it was going to be, and was unapologetic about it.

How can people find out more about CineStory and/or follow you on social media?

For more information about us, you can visit our website: www.cinestory.org as well as Like us on Facebook and/or follow us on Twitter @CineStory

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So get your entry in — there’s still time — and don’t forget to mention Script Reader Pro! Good luck.

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