2018 Carmel Film Forum: Focus On Filmmaking! Overview

The 2018 Carmel Film Forum: Focus of Filmmaking! will feature a screenwriting workshop designed to develop screenwriting skills for writers at any skill level. The workshop will be held at the Carmel Clay Public Library. It will take place over the course of two weekends, allowing ample time for writers to learn format, receive and complete a simple assignment, receive feedback  and polish the assignment for performance.

The first session will take place on Saturday, August 4, 2018, from 1pm to 5PM. The workshop will be led by James Moriarty, Producer/Director of Moriarty Media and Nathan Bechtold, President of the Indiana Filmmakers Network. Each participant will receive an Academy-approved screenplay format guide to refer to throughout the class. The participants will be guided through proper formatting for screenplays before being introduced to the tried-and-true three act formula for storytelling. They will be shown examples from several films that exemplify a well-written scene and will be given the opportunity to dissect the scene and discuss what made it so memorable. Participants will be given their assignments: a dramatic scene, no longer than 5 pages, with no more than 4 actors. Each participant will email their work and will receive feedback via email during the week.

On the evening of August 4 from 6PM to 9PM there will be a screening of Indy produced short films featuring a music video produced in conjunction with the Carmel Clay Public Library Digital Media Lab.

The second screenwriting workshop session will take place on Saturday, August 11, 2018, from 1PM to 5PM. Participants can submit their scripts to be performed by professional actors. At the beginning of the session, the scripts will be numbered. Four scripts will be drawn at random to be performed by four actors for this table read: a man a woman, a teenage boy and a teenage girl. The 4 selected screenwriters will have the opportunity to direct the talent and gain feedback from the audience.

From 6 to 9PM, Larry Lannan of Hamilton County Goes To The Movies will interview professional writer/director, Paul Shoulberg. Mr. Shoulberg will talk about the writing of his Indiana produced feature film, The Good Catholic. A screening of the film will follow. After the screening, the producer of the film, John Robert Armstrong of Pigasus Pictures, will hold a discussion about funding feature films in Indiana. He will tell about the involvement of Pigasus Pictures in the development of the Indy Film Fund and efforts to create more feature productions in Indiana.

Participants will be invited to relocate to the SoHo Café and Gallery at 9 p.m. to network, enjoy filmmaker inspired drinks and hear live music performed by Renée Michelle Merrifield.

The 2018 Carmel Film Forum is sponsored by The City of Carmel, Moriarty Media, Carmel
Clay Public Library, Indy Film Fest, Indiana Filmmakers Network, SoHo Café, and T. Gregorek AV Consulting