Archives for July 2012

Screenwriting/novel adaptation

SFU’s Praxis Centre for Screenwriters is a terrific resource.

They have just announced a workshop that might be of interest to some of you. Here’s the info:

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West Coast Screenwriting principals, Keith Digby (Young Alexander,

Time Exposures) and Brian Paisley (Lies Like Truth, The Great Night of Shiva) are holding ‘Weekend Blitz’ personalized workshops in Victoria andVancouver for aspiring screenwriters and adaptors.


In five sessions of high-octane teaching, Brian and Keith will take participants through hands-on sessions in screenwriting structure, character development, creating visual action scenes, and building sequences that grip the audience.


For new and emerging screenwriters, bring your idea/concept, outline or unfinished screenplay. Novel and short-story writers, who might be thinking of adapting one of their works, bring a one-page outline and watch its progress toward the big screen


VICTORIA | Sponsored by the Greater Victoria Film Commission

Location: T.B.A. (Victoria, BC)

Dates: August 10th (evening) to 12th (late afternoon)

Cost: $275 (Participants) $150 (Gallery)

* Group Rate for 5 or more ‘Gallery’ Auditors: $100 each


VANCOUVER | Hosted by the Canadian Media Production Association

Location: CMPA offices: 600 – 736 Granville Street, Vancouver

Dates: August 17th (evening) to 19th (late afternoon)

Cost: $275 (Participants) $150 (Gallery)

* Group Rate for 5 or more ‘Gallery’ Auditors: $100 each


Special Offer! Praxis subscribers receive a $25 discount off the registration fee. For more information or to redeem this offer, email Keith Digby at


For curriculum details, ‘Participant’ vs. ‘Gallery’ status, and any other information, please visit the West Coast Screenwriting website.

Safe Mexico

I got back from Mexico City on Friday. Despite dire warnings from nearly every Canadian I talked to, I am still alive and I had a fantastic trip. The people are warm, the museums are unbelievable and EcoBici, the city bike system, is liberation itself. My pal Luis and I even went on a road trip to Patzcuaro (colonial city) and Ixtapa (the beach). The states we drove through are dangerous and you have to be careful, but Luis is Mexican, which I found reassuring, and we drove on toll roads during the day. The journey never felt scary and the rewards were huge: think colonial city at twilight and surf that treats you like a rough lover.
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