Author, screenwriter, and San Francisco State Cinema Professor Joseph McBride (see bio) will discuss the basic elements of the screenwriting craft and how an aspiring writer can break into that field. McBride is the author of the 2012 Random House guidebook Writing in Pictures: Screenwriting Made (Mostly) Painless. His screenwriting credits include the cult classic punk rock musical Rock ‘n’ Roll High School, starring the Ramones, and five American Film Institute Life Achievement Award specials on CBS-TV. He is a winner of the Writers Guild of America Award (for the AFI tribute to the Irish American writer-director John Huston) and has two Emmy nominations and four other WGA nominations, as well as a Canadian Film Awards nomination. McBride will also take questions from the audience about their interests in breaking into screenwriting. Copies of Writing in Pictures will be available for purchase and for the author to sign.
Joseph McBride is joined by special guest, Sam Hamm, best known for writing the screenplay for Batman and Batman Returns and his other screen credits include Never Cry Wolf and Monkeybone.