Monday, August 11, 2008


Join us for Act One’s first ALL-INCLUSIVE Weekend Seminar at the spectacular Glen Eyrie Castle. Nestled in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, just minutes from downtown Colorado Springs, CO, sits a Christian conference and retreat center unlike any other. With over 800 acres of stately pines and whispering aspen, lush lawns, sparkling waterfalls and majestic sandstone rock faces combined with the tutelage of true Hollywood professionals, you don’t want to miss this one!

Conference Details

January 30, 2009 ~ 1:00-10:00 pm; January 31, 2009 ~ 10:00 am-6:00 pm

Location: Glen Eyrie Castle and Conference Center, 3820 N. 30th St., Colorado Springs, CO 80904

$265 - includes study materials, meals (Fri. dinner, Sat. breakfast, lunch & dinner) and Hollywood Insider Event
$415 - includes study materials, meals (Fri. dinner, Sat. breakfast, lunch & dinner, Sun. breakfast), 2 nights stay (Fri. & Sat.) and Hollywood Insider Event
$10 for Hollywood Insider Event only. To register, go to, or call (323) 464-0815.

***Limited rooms are available - sign up today.***

Prices after December 22 - $285 & $435

Speakers: Dr. Thom Parham (writer JAG, screenwriting professor, Azusa Pacific University); other speakers TBD

Registration open: NOW!


Conference Content

Our conferences were launched in response to requests from churches and individuals that we bring the content of our summer programs to people who could not travel to Hollywood. Consequently, they are designed to provide an overview of our summer writing and executive curriculum. You can visit our website for a more detailed account of course content; however, the basic conference schedule is as follows:

Main Sessions

*Finding Your Story - Choosing the right stories, understanding genre, the difference between a story and a character or premise, and what makes your story stand out from the others.

*The Big Structure Lecture - An overview of basic 3-act structure, illustrated through a breakdown of an epic motion picture.

*Pitching Workshop - Students learn pitching tips, work in small groups to complete a development assignment, and then participate in a pitching session with evaluation from Hollywood pros.

*Haunting Moments: Truth In Film - The Act One hallmark! An intense look at storytelling from a biblical perspective, the parable approach, wrestling with good and evil on the page, the writer's responsibility to the audience, and time-tested principles for using the power of film to communicate "capital-T" Truth to the audience. Students learn by example from thought-provoking film clips, and the works of great Christian artists including Madeleine L'Engle, CS Lewis, Flannery O'Connor, JRR Tolkien - and history's greatest Storyteller, Jesus Christ. This is the cornerstone of our program.

*Breaking Into The Business - A frank dialogue between workshop participants and our faculty and staff members about the business of show business, what it takes to make it as a professional and as a Christian in Hollywood, and next steps for those who believe God is calling them to an entertainment industry career - plus, opportunities in other regions and markets, indie production, and media ministry.

Skill-based Breakouts
**Choose from one of the two breakout tracks**

Writing Track:

*Formatting: The Basics - Industry standard script formatting, a discussion about scriptwriting software, submission do's and don’ts.

*Before Fade In: Loglines, Treatments, Beat Sheets, Outlines - An insider's look at the development process, and tips and tools for refining basic story ideas BEFORE starting to write.

*Character and Dialogue - Instruction and inspiration for creating unforgettable characters and putting realistic, engaging words in their mouths.

Executive Track:

*The Producer’s Business Class. An introduction to the process and principals common within the small core of the film industry’s most consistently successful production companies.

*Introduction to the Marketplace & Commercial Creativity - An overview of the current Hollywood marketplace, what ideas are selling and how to make your material more commercially attractive.

*Optioning a Winning Script or Other Source Material - An introduction to option and purchase agreements, non-exclusive attachment memos and other intellectual property contracts.

Insider Event - Friday, January 30, 7:00-10:00 pm (Open to the public)

The Insider Event varies slightly in content based on current industry trends and the selection of our keynote speaker. However, audiences can anticipate the following -

*Greetings from the Church In Hollywood - A multi-media presentation about the Hollywood mission field, an introduction to various Hollywood ministries, and the surprising ways Christians can team with them to make a difference in their families, their communities, and the culture at large.

*A keynote address from a high profile Hollywood professional about the Truth in entertainment, redemptive storytelling, and the call to all Christians to positively influence popular culture.

*The Hollywood Insider Panel - a provocative, no-holds-barred, unrehearsed, "ask us anything, and we mean ANYTHING" Q&A panel about life and work on the world's most influential mission field featuring the Act One faculty and staff.

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