By Darla Shelden
City Sentinel Reporter
On Saturday, November 19, in partnership with Oklahoma City University and the Oklahoma Film + Music Office, deadCenter Film will host a screenwriting seminar led by writer, photographer Matt Payne.
The seminar will take place from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., at StarSpace46, 141 W Sheridan Avenue in downtown Oklahoma City, just west of Film Row. The screenplay discussion is free and open to writers of all ages and experience levels.
An Oklahoma native, Payne worked in Hollywood for fifteen years, starting in production on Fox’s massive television hit 24.
After moving into talent management at William Morris Endeavor, Payne worked for show runners on the CBS hit Without a Trace, and later, writing television episodes for The Defenders, Vegas, and Memphis Beat.
Payne currently runs The Point Writer’s Workshop in Oklahoma City and serves as an adjunct professor of writing and film at OCU.
Oklahoma filmmakers Casey Twenter and Jeff Robison will present a keynote address together at the seminar.
Twenter and Robison wrote and produced the popular Sundance film Rudderless starring William H. Macy, The Jogger, The Scent of Rain and Lightening, and the recent Verizon television series, In the Rough.
“It is an honor to continue our partnership with deadCenter Film as they launch their screenwriting seminar and intensive workshop this fall,” said OF+MO Director Tava Maloy Sofsky.
“Continued training and mentoring opportunities like these for our local writers and industry members make for a collectively stronger infrastructure which is essential for a sustainable film industry.”
In addition to the public portion of the seminar, deadCenter will offer a private group writing session for twelve working screenwriters that afternoon from 12:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Twelve writers will be determined based on their submitted screenplays to take part in the private writing seminar. The writers selected will be required to read other writers’ screenplays, provide feedback, and participate in an ongoing writing group.
“It’s easy to know if you have a good idea. Knowing what to do with that idea is hard.” Payne says on his website. “Write what you know. Write what you love. Write the story that resonates with you.”
A 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, deadCenter Film provides year-round events and education programs to support its mission to promote, encourage and celebrate the independent film arts.
“All great movies start with a great story,” said deadCenter Artistic Director Lance McDaniel. “Our goal with this free screenwriting seminar is to help writers working in Oklahoma improve their craft and establish working relationships with other local writers.”
Each June, deadCenter Film hosts Oklahoma’s largest film festival attracting 30,000 people to downtown Oklahoma City. The festival reaches 3,000 high school and technology students each fall through its statewide education program.
For more information about the public screenwriting seminar or how to apply for the private writing session, visit www.deadCenterfilm.org.