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Monday’s NCC Salon: Script Doctor Michael Brown
|The Doctor is in the house. You (and your unsold screenplay) will not want to miss Monday’s Salon with one of Hollywood’s top screenplay consultants, Script Doctor Michael Brown.You’ve written a wonderful screenplay. It’s your masterpiece. Your baby. And it’s ready to go out and rock the cinematic world. Or is it? Let’s look at the picture a month from now. Your script went out on a Friday to a dozen producers. You were certain that by Monday morning they’d be fighting over it in a bidding war. But the phone didn’t ring. A few days later, the letters started trickling in. One of them mentioned “structural problems.” They liked the writing, but it wasn’t for them. By now it’s painfully clear something in your screenplay doesn’t work. But what?
If only you’d shown it to a script analyst before you sent it out. If only you’d rewritten it with the help of a professional, a veteran script doctor who has worked for the studios, and who knows what producers look for. Perhaps then you could have fixed your screenplay before you burned it through those producers. Well, now you have access to just such a script consultant at Monday’s Salon.
As a veteran production executive, script analyst, writer, and director, Michael Ray Brown has developed many successful screenplays for both television and the movies. Now he can help you make your screenplay the best it can be!
While a student at the University of Nebraska, he directed six short films, several award-winners. Upon moving to Southern California, Michael began to focus on where it all begins: the screenplay. As a free-lance story analyst he synopsized and critiqued scripts, novels, and treatments for producers and literary agents. As story editor he cultivated relationships with agents, writers, and publishers to get a first look at new material. Michael subsequently became a staff story analyst for Warner Bros., Universal Pictures, Columbia Pictures, Paramount Pictures, 20th Century-Fox, MGM/UA, and Walt Disney/Touchstone Pictures. Besides reviewing submissions, he wrote development notes, and evaluated independent films for acquisition.
As founder of script analysis company, Story Sense, Michael’s reputation is unparalleled. He has recommended and/or developed the screenplays for many successful films, including Lethal Weapon, Doc Hollywood, The Last Emperor, City Slickers, Regarding Henry, Under Siege, Free Willy, While You Were Sleeping, Apollo 13, Braveheart, My Best Friend’s Wedding, Red Corner, Contact, and many others. Michael has himself written more than 50 hours of prime-time television and has been a staff writer on eight series, in addition to producing and ghost writing many television and feature projects.
At the Salon on Monday, he’ll bring you tips on how to write a screenplay that Hollywood will love, and how to get it past the gatekeepers.
The September Salon is Monday, September 8th with Script Doctor Michael Brown. Hope to see you there!
ONE-DAY VOICE-OVER INTENSIVE
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 18th 10am – 4pm
This one day workshop puts you in the studio, on the mic, with a working professional who can get you started on your VO career. The small class size means lots of mic time and one on one attention, helping you find your strengths, your range, YOUR voice.
The cost for the day (lunch included) is: $195
Mari is a Nebraska Alum and has worked in Voice-Over for over 23 years, as an actor, producer and teacher. For more info on Mari go to: www.mariweiss.com
“Mari was born to teach this stuff. You will not find a more caring, more helpful and more nurturing teacher out there. Hands down my favorite VO expert. The best investment I’ve ever made in a class. There is no aspect of the business she can’t help you with.” – Steve Lewis, Actor and Nebraskan