Tuesday, September 07, 2004

What the Next Batman Did Before Donning His Cape


UCLA Professor Hal Ackerman and Screenwriter Scott Kosar Talk Shop at the Video Store this October 17

LOS ANGELES, CA (PRWEB) September 7, 2004 - On October 17 at 5 p.m., UCLA Screenwriting instructor Hal Ackerman and former student Scott Kosar, writer of the upcoming THE MACHINIST, will chat about the craft and realities of screenwriting at Vidiots video store in Santa Monica.

Kosar's film script, directed by Brad Anderson (SESSION 9) and starring Christian Bale (BATMAN: YEAR ONE), premiered at Sundance this winter. It's a thriller about a machinist whose insomnia-induced exhaustion may have lead to the injury of a co-worker. When peers blame him for the accident, his resultant paranoia leads to a startling physical and mental deterioration as he loses the ability to tell reality from fantasy. The film has received advanced buzz in part because of the shocking amount of weight Bale lost for the role.

Ackerman, an eighteen-year member of the UCLA faculty, is a playwright and screenwriter who has optioned and sold material to several networks and major studios. Over the last decade, a dozen screenplays written in his class have been sold and six have become films, including the recent Spielberg/Hanks project THE TERMINAL.

His new book, “Write Screenplays That Sell: The Ackerman Way” (ISBN # 1-931290-52-0, Tallfellow Press), combines the basic rules of storytelling and structure with creative writing exercises designed to act as a “writers' gym.” It has been adopted as a new classic text by university film studies departments around the country and has been called “exceptional” by Scr(i)pt Magazine.

Vidiots, voted Best Video Store in L.A. by Los Angeles Magazine and called “one of America's best-kept secrets” by Entertainment Weekly, is located at 302 Pico Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA. For more information about this and other in-store events, call (310) 392-8508 or go to their web page, www.vidiotsvideo.com.

For additional information about the book or its author, contact Claudia Sloan at Tallfellow Press, (310) 203-3837.

Tallfellow Press is an eclectic publisher located in Los Angeles. Its predecessor, Price Stern Sloan, is best known for publishing the popular word game “Mad Libs,” the ever-true “Murphy's Law” and the melodious “Wee Sing” Series.

Claudia Sloan
Tallfellow Press
(310) 203-3837
(310) 203-3893 fax



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Scott Kosar has got to be the worst writer in Hollywood today. This is totally sad...

11:56 AM  

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