Monday, July 16, 2012

Comic-Con: Creating / Pitching / Writing

Three panels on Saturday were of the how-to variety.

Creating Animated TV Series

This was a very excellent panel featuring members of the Writers Guild of America's Animation Writers Caucus, true veterans of the industry. Writers Alan Burnett, Peter Gal, Henry Gilroy, Craig Miller, Andrew Robinson and developer David Corbett discussed the difference between writing and developing, working with a brand versus working with an original idea, and what you, personally, need to bring to the table to sell an animated series. (Basically, storytelling trumps art, although art is a great initial hook.)

Proper Pitching and Promoting Yourself

He didn't want his hair to look like Justin Bieber's, he told us

The very popular Bryan Tillman, of the Art Institute of Washington, gave a detailed five-part process for presenting yourself and your ideas to the proper company or client. The recurring theme of Tillman's presentation was time: being able to concisely convey your ideas; the elevator pitch; knowing when to let a project go.

The Art of Writing with Gregg Hurwitz

Gregg Hurwitz is a sickeningly prolific writer of novels, short stories, comics and television. In this one-on-one panel with Scott Brick, Hurwitz discussed his process, stressing research in particular.  He also discussed surviving the dregs - keeping perspective on the fact that the tough scene or chapter that you spent days or weeks torturing yourself over is going to fly right by for the reader.

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