Per class: $65 non-members / $50 ATLFF members
CLASS 5: Polishing your draft and working in the television industry
Class 5: In this fifth and final class, students will learn how to improve and polish their scripts. Remember writing is rewriting. Learn how to tackle your rewrite and assemble submission materials like a logline, synopsis and television treatment. The discussion will end on the television industry and how to improve your chances of breaking into the business.
Instructor Bio: Kevin Collins is an Ivy League graduate with nearly two decades of entertainment industry experience. He has worked for several large studios including Paramount Pictures, Warner Bros. and most recently DreamWorks. After years of writing as hobby, Kevin took a draft of his screenplay, “Talk Show,” and used it to gain entrance into the Bill Cosby Screenwriting Fellowship Program located on USC’s film school campus. Even though features were his primary focus, in 2000, Kevin joined the production staff of the Showtime series “Soul Food.” In series television, he learned invaluable knowledge about the production process from writing to post-production. Fascinated by the world of television, Kevin wrote his first television spec of the then popular series, “Buffy The Vampire Slayer,” which advanced to finalist status in Disney’s Writing Fellowship Program and gained him “consider” status in Fox’s Diversity Writing Program. Two seasons later, Kevin received his first produced credit when he wrote a free-lance episode of Soul Food: the series. The following year, he was hired on as a staff writer in the show’s final season.
Kevin’s passion for storytelling centers on thrillers and sci-fi fantasies in the vein of “Silence of the Lambs,” “Fatal Attraction,” “Blade Runner” and “The Lord of The Rings.” In 2004, he wrote and produced his first short, a thriller entitled, “Headliners” about two competing serial killers. In 2009, he relocated from Los Angeles to Atlanta where he is now a professor of screenwriting at two local art schools, which include the Atlanta campus of The Savannah College of Art and Design and The Creative Circus. Kevin’s most recent work includes a feature-length, fantasy-action screenplay entitled “Mitlandia.” He has lived in Africa and Europe and is fluent in French. His memberships include Cornellians in Entertainment and two independent writers’ groups.