October 10-22, 2009 FADE IN:
INT. WILSHIRE GRAND LOS ANGELES - POINT MOOREA BAR - NIGHT
SCREENWRITERS converge, quaff and gab the night away.
Lloyd and I attend the Creative Screenwriting Expo each year in L.A. It's the biggest screenwriting event of the year anywhere. About 2,000+/- screenwriters, studio execs, A-list speakers and teachers convened at the Wilshire Grand Los Angeles for three and a half days of education, networking, pitching and merry making.
The nightly meet up with scribe-friends old and new:
We love you too, Rich (a.k.a. #4). Peek a boo. We see you Lloyd.
Henry (the Lionhearted), me, Den and Rich (a.k.a. #4).
INT. BALLROOM - DAY
William Goldman of "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid", "Marathon Man," and "The Princess Bride" fame honours us with his attendance each year, along with a sidekick of sorts. John Cleese occupied this year's second chair.
Shane Black, writer of the "Lethal Weapon" series, "The Long Kiss Goodnight" and "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang", graced the stage as well and contended with the worst interviewer ever--cringe worthy! Mr. Black's personality precedes him so he steamrolled that obstacle with just enough class and commentary (amply peppered with four letter words) to entertain us all.
INT. ROOM 1524 - NIGHT
Lamps glaze sleep-deprived Screenwriters in an alien-green glow.
Clearly, I didn't check my camera setting.
After all-day sessions and nightly networking parties it's a given (well, it is to us) that the networking shifts into a mode devoid of structure in some lounge or hotel room. Our room, our comrades:
Our ... orbs. Never so many in a pic...