The workshop is a comprehensive one-day class designed for the beginning or intermediate screenwriter who may or may not have completed a few screenplays and have started on their journey toward being a professional. In a business where they stop reading after five pages or the first typo or format mistake, you need solid guidance to help navigate the choppy waters of Hollywood.
I will share my twenty years of experience to teach you the practices that helped me to build and establish a career as a working screenwriter in Hollywood. You’ll learn my techniques and disciplines that helped me write 33 feature length screenplays, one spec sale, seventeen assignments with ten produced films. You'll learn through solid examples, discussions and handouts on how to live an authentic screenwriter’s life before, during and after the first draft in this “how to” survival guide to stay in the game—at the top of your game as you slug it out in Hollywood's trenches.
(photos taken at the Rome, Italy workshop)
*** Before registering attendees will receive a copy of the form below:
The "TERMS OF ATTENDANCE and RELEASE FROM LIABILITY AND INDEMNIFICATION" is to be signed and returned on the day of the workshop before we begin.
TERMS OF ATTENDANCE and RELEASE FROM LIABILITY AND INDEMNIFICATION for WORKSHOP “So, you want to be a screenwriter? Now what?”
Please carefully read the following terms and conditions relating to your participation in Mark Sanderson’s workshop (hereinafter referred to as the “WORKSHOP”) conducted by Mark Sanderson (hereinafter referred to as the “CONSULTANT”). All Attendees will be required to print out a copy of this form after registering, AND will be required to sign and turn in a printed version of this form to Mark Sanderson on the day of the workshop before the class begins. If you have objections to the following Terms and Conditions, you should not register for and may not attend the Workshop. In consideration for Attendee’s enrollment and attendance in the Workshop, Attendee agrees to the following statements and promises:
No Professional Advice Guarantee or Promise: The information contained in or made available by Consultant in the Workshop cannot replace or substitute for the services of other trained professionals in any field, including, but not limited to actors, directors, producers, literary agents, literary managers, or attorneys.
Neither Consultant nor his sponsors, speakers, partners, contractors or any of his affiliates will be liable for any direct, indirect, consequential, special, exemplary or other damages, including economic loss, that may result from the use of, or the inability to use, the materials, information or strategies communicated through the Workshop, or any products or services provided before or after the Workshop, even if advised of the possibility of such damages.
Neither Consultant nor his assigns, sponsors, speakers, partners, contractors or any of their affiliates will be liable for any direct, indirect, consequential, special, exemplary or other damages to the Attendee or the Attendee’s business, including economic loss, that may result from participation in the Workshop or from the use of, or the inability to use, the materials, information, or strategies communicated through the Workshop or any products or services provided pursuant to the Workshop, even if advised of the possibility of such damages.
Under no circumstances, including but not limited to negligence, will Consultant be liable for any special or consequential damages that result from Workshop Participant’s participation in the Workshop. To be clear: You, the Attendee, alone are responsible and accountable for your decisions, actions and results in life, and by your participation in the Workshop, you agree not to attempt to hold Consultant, liable for any decisions, actions or results that you make or experience in business or in life due to your participation in this Workshop at any time, now or in the future, under any circumstance.
Creative Liability Waiver: Attendee understands, because of Consultant’s position in the entertainment industry, his screenplay assignments, TV movies and TV pilots, consultation services, webinars, workshops, books and teaching, he is continuously exposed to screenplays, teleplays, pilots, novels, formats, pitches, loglines, presentations, stories and the like, which may be similar to those already developed by Attendee or related parties, or to those otherwise related to Attendee (and which may be based on underlying material owned or controlled by Attendee), and often many similar ideas/stories relate to one or more common underlying themes in different projects that may already exist.
Many different story ideas, loglines, treatments and the like may be discussed freely during the Workshop that relate to Consultant’s ideas and projects or the Attendee’s ideas and projects, and Attendee shall indemnify and hold harmless Consultant, the Workshop “So, you want to be a screenwriter? Now What?”, its parents, subsidiaries and affiliates, and employees, officers, directors, agents, shareholders, partners, agents, representatives, licensees, successors and assigns from and against any and all liability, judgments, claims, costs, damages, losses and expenses (including without limitation costs and attorneys’ fees whether or not in connection with litigation) arising out of or in connection with similar creative ideas discussed during Consultant’s teaching of the Workshop.
No Recordings and Audio/Visual Release: I understand that Attendees may not record in audio, video, or still photographs in any form or for any duration, the information presented at the Workshop.
This agreement sets forth the entire agreement between the parties and may not be amended or modified except by a writing signed by all of the parties. This agreement shall be governed by the laws of the State of California without regard to the conflict of law’s provisions thereof.
Attendee has read, understands and agrees with the above Terms of Attendance and Release from Liability and Indemnification. Attendee is at least 18 years of age.
Mark Sanderson is a Los Angeles based screenwriter, script consultant, and sometimes actor blessed to be living his childhood dream of making movies with over two-dozen screenplays written in genres ranging from comedy to drama — from his sketch comedy writing and performing as a founding member of The Amazing Onionheads and writing for MTV, to his fourteen screenwriting assignments, television premieres, and worldwide distribution of his emotionally compelling films — the indie WWII feature I’ll Remember April, Lifetime Network's holiday films An Accidental Christmas and Deck the Halls, the stylish indie noir feature Stingers, and action-packed thrillers USS Poseidon: Phantom Below and SyFy Network's Sea Snakes (aka Silent Venom), LMN's thriller Mother of All Lies, and Lifetime's Mommy's Little Girl. Mark's films have premiered at film festivals and on Lifetime, LMN, Fox, SyFy, HereTV, NBC Universal, and distributed globally.
Mark’s long association with award winning Hollywood filmmakers dates back to his first produced screenplay and has since worked with Academy Award® winning producers Paul Colichman (Academy Award® winner Gods & Monsters) and Mark R. Harris (Academy Award® winner Crash) — veteran directors Brian Trenchard-Smith, George Mendeluk, Fred Olen Ray, and the late Bob Clark — and has written/consulted on films starring Academy Award® acting nominees Seymour Cassel, the late Pat Morita, Haley Joel Osment, Tom Berenger, and Terence Stamp, Emmy® acting nominees Mark Harmon, James Hong and Emmy® winner Barry Pepper.
Spend a day learning what it takes to survive on your long marathon journey to success. The lecture room has a refreshment area, refrigerator, microwave, toaster, water and wireless internet access.
There will be a short morning break, an hour break for lunch, and a short afternoon break. Bring your lunch or buy lunch from the many restaurants in the neighborhood. There is ample street parking.
Before you register for the workshop read the release at bottom of page below and then contact me using the form on the SCREENPLAY CONSULTATION page of this website. I'll get back to you how to make the payment to my PayPal account.
After payment is received, you'll receive confirmation, the address, building information, and the release form to sign and bring on the day. Not eligible for refunds unless a verified emergency.
"SO YOU WANT TO BE A SCREENWRITER? NOW WHAT?"