The start of every great movie is the script.
Every movie is going to involve multiple agreements with writers, so everyone needs to understand this process and have a working knowledge of the various contracts that are used for story development. This class will cover the most common situations encountered by independent filmmakers. What contracts are necessary for optioning an existing screenplay or novel? What contracts and deal points are needed when hiring a writer for a polish, rewrite, adaptation, or complete original script? Learn all of this and more, and leave with sample contracts.
Who should attend: Writers, Producers, Directors, Filmmakers
Requirements: Something to take notes
By the end of this class, you'll know how to:
- Understand a standard option & purchase agreement with standards for fees, option periods, and purchase prices
- Understand the basics of a contract to hire a writer
- Avoid the mistakes that will sabotage your movie project in the future with distributors and studios.
Instructor: Shun Lee is an actor, writer, attorney, and the CEO & Creative Principal of Genuine Productions, LLC. He graduated summa cum laude from Creighton University with a degree in journalism & mass communications. After obtaining a Juris Doctorate at the University of Iowa, he practiced law for five years in the Midwest, focusing on civil litigation, corporate transactions, intellectual property, and media law. He also taught Mass Media Law for three years at Creighton University, and he currently is a professor of entertainment & media law at John Paul the Great Catholic University in San Diego, Regent University in Virginia Beach, and Lipscomb University in Nashville. A member of SAG-AFTRA, he has appeared in a number of film, stage, commercial, and print productions. He has written a number of works, and his first book, The Saints & The Poets, will be published early this year.
Are there ID requirements to enter the event?
The good folks at the CBS Security Gate will need to see a government-issued photo ID to match with your name on the list we give them, so make sure you register here and bring your driver's license or passport with you.
What are my parking options getting to the event?
The security personnel will instruct you on where to park when you arrive. This will be based on what other things are happening on the lot that day, so make sure you arrive early enough to walk from where they have you park to MPR-6, the room we will be in that morning. You can ask the security personnel for a map of the lot when you arrive so you can find the building easily.