ScreenPlayLab Industry Mixer in Beverly Hills
Thursday, June 17th, 2010, 7pm to 10pm
Industry mixer and co-president Gabrielle Pantera's birthday
Come join the fun at ScreenPlayLab's monthly film and television
It's been called the most fun and engaging of all the Hollywood
industry networking events. Mingle with industry players
in all aspects of the business...writers, producers, actors,
managers, cinematographers, composers, more. ScreenPlayLab is
the most positive outgoing group in Hollywood.
L.A. Food Show
252 N. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills, California
L.A. Food Show offers burgers (including veggie), pizza
and fusion dishes in a quiet, friendly atmosphere. Full bar with
reasonably priced wine lest. Casual dinner in the center of Beverly
Hills. Portions are large and prices moderate.
PARKING: Parking is free at most meters
after 7pm. Parking in Beverly Hills City Garage costs $5.
Smoking is not permitted at any ScreenPlayLab event.
The ScreenPlayLab Process
- ScreenPlayLab is an open forum for the stimulating exchange
of ideas. Audience members sign a release
- We're an association of upbeat writers, actors, producers,
directors, executives, agents, managers, composers, and so on...not
just for writers.
- ScreenPlayLab hosts audience Q&A sessions with VIPs,
workshops, mixers and screenings.
- We send event announcements and good news to our email list
a few times a week. We cover our own events (typically free)
and many other interesting happenings in Hollywood (free and
- Our speakers are some of the most exciting people in the
film and television industry. You have an opportunity to get
your question answered personally during our event Q&A. Speakers
often stay afterwards to chat. How to contact
- Our workshops are fantastic because our feedback is upbeat
and productive. We're a very positive and proactive group of
artists, not a clique of bitter critics.
- All of our events provide opportunities for networking. ScreenPlayLab
is an opportunity to practice being "good in the room".
- We started workshopping scripts with actors in front of live
audiences since 2005. Due to other demands on our time, we discontinued
readings in December 2008. Other groups that do readings are
on our Links page.
Funny Is Money Again for 2007 Top 50 Box Office
Of the top 50 grossing movies of 2007, 22 are comedies, 14
are action, 10 are dramas, and 4 are horror. As a sub-genre,
5 are animated, 2 are musicals, 1 is a thriller and 1 is a Western.
As usual, comedies dominate the top 50.
Of the top 10 grossing movies of 2007,, 7 are action (Spider-Man
3, Transformers, Pirates 3, Harry Potter 5, Bourne 3, 300, I
am Legend) and 3 are comedies (Shrek 3, Ratatouille, The
Simpsons Movie). As usual, franchise action movies and comedies
dominated the top 10.
The Best Picture Academy Award winner No Country for Old
Men ranked #36 at the box office. Miramax's No Country
for Old Men did less box office than Norbit or Evan
Almighty and came in just ahead of Fred Claus.
Data source: Box Office Mojo
We video tape most of our events in anticipation of some day
producing a documentary about ScreenPlayLab. We do not offer
tapes of our speakers' presentations (unless the speaker would
wish it). Video of screenplay workshops may be made available
to the screenwriters or the actors for their personal review
(with the consent of the writers). We'd like to put some short
clips up on the web (with permission of course), but so far haven't
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Articles & Resources
Queries and Pitching
The Alliance of Motion Picture & Television Producers
is the collective bargaining association of over 350 motion picture
and television producers for negotiating industry-wide contracts,
including AFM, AFTRA, DGA, IATSE, IBEW, Laborers Local 724; SAG,
Teamsters Local 399, and WGA.
Online database of film ratings. It costs about $2,500 to
get your film rated. Films that aren't rated have trouble getting
distribution because without a rating a movie is presumed to
be porn. Interestingly, unrated versions of a film may be much
more popular in video rentals...but only if there's a rated version.
The Producers Guild of America is more than 3,500 working
motion picture, television and new media producers worldwide.
Of 120,000 members, the average income from
acting is less than $5k (Bureau
of Labor) and fewer than 25% of SAG members in Hollywood
have agents (Hollywood Reporter)
- SAG Franchised Agents
- SAG Indie
Workshops for producers on using SAG actors
- SAG Foundation
Seminars for actors
- Talent Managers Association
Unlike agents who are state licensed, bonded,
and may be franchised by unions, talent managers are unregulated
Below the Line Crew
A way for actors to gain familiarity with working on the set.
Pay is about $50 for up to an eight-hour day, $100+ if you're
union. You call in the morning to hear if they need your type.
There are thousands of screenwriting contests. Three really
matter. Win one of these and agents call you and doors open.
Note that the best contests offer something better than a cash
prize, which does nothing for your career.