What fun I had last Friday Night. This was the posting on the Prescott Film Festival website and printed material for the Workshop I led several days ago:
Hollywood or Arizona — Writing for Television
Friday, July 25, 5:00 – 6:00 pm
Presenter: Fred Finchman. Veteran TV Scriptwriter
Writing for television in the current fragmented production environment is a challenge; especially if you are a novice, don’t live in Los Angeles, or have no screen credits. But there are steps you can take that will get you started. Whether it is choosing writing and formatting software, hooking up with an agent or using the Writer’s Guild West registration service, there are positive steps toward your goal you can take.
First of all, they misspelled my name…that’s okay. The PFF rep who introduced me on Friday, apologized. I told her no problem.
The event highlights films, of course, speakers, parties, a final dinner with some winners for the festival…and a workshop schedule. About six months ago the local paper here, The Daily Courier, did a story on me and my writing career currently in progress. The Executive Director of the Prescott Film Festival picked up on that story and asked me to lead a workshop on writing for television since my entire career in network broadcasting was in that field of endeavor and for most of that time at ABC-TV in Hollywood.
In a howling and driving thunderstorm last Friday I made my way to Yavapai College here in Prescott, Arizona. You have to realize something, July and August in Arizona is Monsoon Season. That night we had a powerful thunderstorm with raging winds, lightning, thunder and straight-line deluge rain. I thought for sure that no one would want to hear me on a Friday, late afternoon in a driving rainstorm. But they came. About 25 people sat in front of me, wide-eyed and waiting to hear what it takes to write for television. What I did is took them on a journey, with specific helpful steps, on how to write and develop skills for all forms of that craft.
I took my time with preparation. I presented each workshop participant with a handout package filled with information about script structure, formatting, software, WGA registration paperwork…I wanted to touch as many buttons as possible.
I believe all in attendance enjoyed themselves. No one walked out, thankfully, and many people came up to me afterward to grab my business card listing my website address: www.frederickfichman.com.
It really is exciting to stand in front of an audience, deliver to them information or entertainment or help in a field that you know well. I think I understand why for some, not all, being a teacher can be an thrilling occupation. You are helping someone, and it may be only one person in that audience, get to where they want to go.
I had a great time, a satisfying time and from the comments I heard after my presentation I think I did help someone and point them in the right direction.
Ya see folks, this new digital revolution isn’t just all animation, still or moving images. It is content that is so important. Words. Ideas. Possibilities in text. That is what drives this entire digital machine and the blog you are reading now, the books you read or listen to. And I can only hope that you get something from my fiction and non-fiction books I write, because I write them for you, my audience of readers.
I now have 29 books up on Amazon Kindle. I am also published on BarnesandNoble Nook, KOBO Books and the Apple iBookstore. I hope you will search through my work and pick something out that interests you.
And to the participants who attended my workshop and to the wildly successful Prescott Film Festival, I say thank you. And to you the readers of my blog, thank you as well.
p.s. I recorded my presentation and will be posting it up for you to listen if you wish. I should have my Podcast up and running on iTunes in about a month. I will let you know here on my blog when it is available to you at no cost of course. tnx.