Union Table Read of my drama pilot “Hamburg”

Union Table Read of my drama pilot “Hamburg”

Last Saturday, the SAG-AFTRA L.A. Conservatory produced a table read of my drama pilot HAMBURG. It’s a relatively new partner program with the Writers Guild, and I didn’t know what to expect, except that there would be actors reading my writing. When I got to AFI, where the reading took place, I was blown away by the super production they were setting up. There was not only an amazing buffet, most important to keep people happy on such an occasion, but the producing team had created a slide show that set the mood of Hamburg in 1892 and presented the actors and characters. They had brought in props and even a skeleton that got wrapped in toilet paper to double for a mummy that’s part of the story. Insanely talented actors brought not only the characters of “Hamburg” to life, but also the 1890s world they inhabit. Everyone gifted constructive feedback afterward. Thank you so much to the producers Shaan Sharma and Laura Taylor, to their wonderful team, the truly amazing actresses and actors, the superb recording team, and my two guests. You all made this an immensely valuable and unforgettable experience!

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My time with the FBI

I finally have an answer to the resurfacing, insomnia-causing question: Does she draw her gun or not? OK, the insomnia is an exaggeration. But there are tons of police work details that can cause sleepless hours. Writing crime more often than not involves police detectives or even the FBI. As a writer, you can copy behavior and procedures you have seen in other TV shows or in other movies. But you never know if that’s really the real deal? After 7 weeks at the FBI Citizen Academy in Los Angeles, one night per week, I’m no special agent, but I have acquired a lot of knowledge about the FBI as an institution, their values, regulations, as well as insight when it comes to the real people behind the badge, their attitude, motivations, their idiosyncrasies… We heard case studies about homegrown terrorism, cybersecurity, the spectacular sheriff Lee Baca case and his role in a scheme to obstruct an FBI investigation of abuses in LA county jails, and so much more. We collected evidence, went through a shooting simulation, and even fired some real guns at the shooting range. It was a lot of fun. Now, I’ve got the time to lose my sleep over other screenplay-related questions, for example, how to construct a great joke đŸ˜‰

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Juror at SEEfest

I’m so excited and honored to be a part of the jury at SEEfest 2018 for the Award for Best Short Documentary Film.

There are six films in competition including productions from Romania, Italy, Turkey, Macedonia, France, and the United States. I can’t wait to sit down and watch them. The program looks truly unique and intriguing.

Thank you to SEEfest LA to invite me to be a part of this adventure!

 

 

 

 

 

Semi Finalist for DreamAgo Ruffieux residency

The WGA-West together with DreamAgo had put out a call to apply for a six-weeks residency in a beautiful Swiss castle. My screenplay in development TURKISH DELIGHT was selected as a semi finalist. Which meant that I got to meet with the DreamAgo team at the residence of the consul general of Switzerland in Los Angeles and pitch my project to them. Every pitch is always a challenge – because of the nerves đŸ˜‰ – but it was also great fun, and TURKISH DELIGHT received very positive feedback. At the luncheon the next day at the consul’s residence the two (!) winning projects were announced. Of course, I was a little disappointed that I didn’t get to go to Switzerland. But it was a great pleasure and honor for me to be part of the pitching, and to learn about the wonderful work DramAgo does with and for writers. And I look forward to collaborating with them in the future.

THE RUFFIEUX RESIDENCY