8 Different Tips for Screenwriters

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Those who read about screenwriting often bump up against the same group of tips/rules time and time again. This time around, as we wrap up phase 2 of our NSI Features First program, I’ve punched out a new draft of Synapse and I’d like to share some things I’ve learned that AREN’T those same old boring (but of course important!) rules. Read More →

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NSI Features First – Scott’s Phase 1 Summary

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After many long days and short nights, our first phase of the 2014 Features First program is over. Phase 1 was a week-long boot camp in Toronto, with all four teams coming together for intense sessions of feedback and mind-blowing conversations with industry pros, from Broadcasters and Distributors to Producers, Indie Filmmakers and Agents.

Check out our full list of posts here.

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NSI Features First – Chilling with Producer Martin Katz

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Take cover ’cause I’m droppin’ knowledge bombs.

We had a mind blowing discussion today with Canadian Producer Martin Katz from Prospero Pictures. Katz (pronounced Kaits) is most known for his Producing work with David Cronenberg. He’s also been a long-time advocate of new media content and has his fingers firmly on the pulse of the industry, in Canada and around the world. Our chat focused on the state of the film production industry in Canada and what the landscape is like for new and emerging filmmakers.
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NSI Features First – Ninjas and Unicorns

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Very happy to report Features First is already exceeding expectations.

Enough fluff, let’s get right into it.

The day started much like this post. A brief moment of introduction and pleasantries and we rolled up the sleeves and dove in. Day 1 consisted of a table read of 2 of the 4 projects, with all Producers and Writers sitting around a table, joined by Read More →

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NSI Features First Index

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Matt and Scott have embarked on their 10-month journey through the National Screen Institute’s Features First program on the road to producing Synapse. Their first phase was an intensive week-long session in Toronto, where they were deep into story editing and discussions with agents, distributors, executive producers and more! Phase 2 was another week in Toronto for Matt, and a mindblowing script consulting session for Scott.

Now, they’re off to Toronto to pitch their feature at TIFF.

They continue to blog and share their stories through the process. If you’d like to follow along and learn as they do, bookmark this post and they’ll update it throughout the program.

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Full Swing accepted to NSI Features First Program

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We’re very pleased to announce that we’ve been selected as one of four teams for the NSI Features First program, described as a development training launch pad for Canadian Producers and Screenwriters.

Our application with Scott’s feature screenplay Synapse marks the first time in 16 years a Calgary team has been selected, and the second Calgary team ever in the program, since our friend and mentor Jason Long participated with his feature film Turning Paige.

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