By lance weiler, October 3rd, 2007

This past weekend Arin Crumley of Four Eyed Monsters and myself did a panel about all things DIY called “Fast Forward – Filmmakers Seize Control.” The Vancouver International Film Festival held a special one week forum around the art and craft of filmmaking. Brian Chirls of FEM was kind of enough to man the camera – he had done a viral marketing panel earlier in the week.

Big thanks to the FEM crew for documenting the panel. I certainly hope this trend continues where people record these discussions and share them with wider audiences. If you happen to have a discussion that you’d like to share please send them our way.

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lance weiler is the founder of the WorkBook Project and also a story architect of film, tv and games. He's written and directed two feature films THE LAST BROADCAST and HEAD TRAUMA. He's currently developing a number of transmedia projects

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  • I definitely agree - especially with the second step.

    Though the cross-media is wide open with opportunity, I think it's important for aspiring crosswriters to study and grow an intimate understanding of basic screenwriting before venturing into such a large undertaking as cross-media storytelling. The obvious reason is reflected in indy film; because independent film has become so accessible, filmmakers aren't taking the time to learn how to tell a great story on the page, and therefore the sea of independent film has become watered down with mediocrity.

    Here's an amplification: Writing a feature-length screenplay as an amateur screenwriter is what designing and drafting a skyscraper more impressive than the Empire State Building is to an aspiring architect, and Writing a cross-media project as an aspiring crosswriter is what designing and drafting an entire city more impressive than New York City is to an aspiring architect.

    So it all comes down to the second step. Read up. Study screenwriting in its basic form, and grow an understanding of what makes a great story before setting out for with a cross-media project ... screenwriting, after all, is just one of the many parts that can make up a cross-media project.

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