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Feb 13 FREE Spoken Word Storytelling Workshop ALL Novice & Experienced Writers/Performers WELCOME

Love The Moth? Addicted to Story Core?
Come to our workshop on the Spoken word.

SPEAK EASY (working title), a New Spoken Word Storytelling group, is forming in St. Louis. Script Mechanics is proud to partner with SPEAK EASY founders Deborah Barylski, Nancy Lewis, and Sandra Olmsted to offer a FREE workshop on first-person, narrative storytelling. We’ll cover tips on performing a story, how to prepare stories for a spoken-word performance, and how to produce a performance.

Those who are interested in sharing a stories, getting tips on presentation, and/or being a performance producer are welcome to our
FREE Storytelling Workshop
at the
Buder Library
on
February 13 at 1-6pm
NOVICE & EXPERIENCED WRITERS & PERFORMERS ARE ALL WELCOME

In order to demonstrate the process, we invite you to bring a first draft of a 500-word (or-less) story based on either of these prompts: “anniversary” or “release.” Please don’t revise your stories because polishing and shaping the stories is part of the workshop’s process. These prompts have multiple meanings and storytellers are encouraged to use the which ever meaning appeals to them.  Your story—which could be funny, ironic or poignant—should be a personal-narrative, real-life experience told in first person. Be as honest as possible!  The story for this exercise will be only about 1-2 minutes long when you read it aloud. Please bring 10 copies of the story.

YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BRING A STORY TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS WORKSHOP, BUT WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO DO SO!

Spoken word performances celebrate storytelling, an ancient art wired in our DNA. Just as storytelling sessions around the campfire of paleolithic to post-modern mankind have build community and help people share insight into the human condition, the Spoken Word Movement embraces the same values. SPEAK EASY will offer an opportunity for novice and professional storytellers to tell their stories in a welcoming and safe environment.

Bios:
Deborah Barylski is an Emmy Award-winning casting director (for ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT); other credits include THE MIDDLE, JUST SHOOT ME, and HOME IMPROVEMENT.  She has worked with the spoken word movement in Los Angeles at “Rant ’n Rave,” “Spark Off Rose,” and “Secret Rose Theatre” as well as watching many other story telling venues.  She is also a teacher, theatre director and St. Louis native.
Nancy Lewis is a local actress and Kundalini Yoga and Meditation Teacher in St. Louis.  She read about Oral Fixation, a story-telling venue in Dallas, Texas and was interested in bringing this type of venue to St. Louis.  Stories, storytelling, sharing our experiences can be empowering and life-changing.
Sandra Olmsted has shaped writers’ scripts through Script Mechanics screenwriting workshops and CinemaSpoke screenwriting contest with her keen sense of story. She is a television producer, an award winning filmmaker, and a PhD candidate at Saint Louis University.

STORYTELLING TIPS:
http://www.wikihow.com/Tell-a-Great-Story
http://themoth.org/tell-a-story/storytelling-tips
http://www.ted.com/playlists/62/how_to_tell_a_story

SCRIPT READING; A BIRTHDAY PARTY; AND INDIE GOGO NEWS

SCRIPT READING
Hi, Script Mechanics folks.  On Saturday, July 11, we’ll read a feature comedy by Rick Majzun, titled STEALATHON.
Here’s Rick’s logline:  At his ten-year college reunion, a former party animal turned workaholic veterinarian battles his college nemesis in Stealathon, an all-night, over-the-top, winner-take-all stealing competition.  Tonally close to SUPERBAD and HANGOVER, with more heart
The reading will take place in the Buder Library downstairs meeting room, 1 p.m.  The library is on Hampton just south of Chippewa.
A BIRTHDAY PARTY
Also, Script Mechanics regular, actress Carol Sjelin is having a big birthday this week, and to celebrate we’re going to meet at Denny’s, 1515 S Hampton Ave., St. Louis, MO 63139 (just north of Manchester) at 11:30 a.m. before Script Mechanics.  Here’s a map, if you aren’t sure where that is.
DennysMap
If you can make it to both Denny’s and Buder, that’d be great.  Otherwise, just get to one or the other.
INDY GOGO NEWS
Many of you know Vanessa Roman and her work, and she’s got an Indie GoGo campaign underway to fund her next film.
Dear Sandy and Script Mechanics,
I want to tell you about my Indie GoGo campaign to raise money for the feature film The Importance of Doubting Tom.  I would love for you to take this journey with me and commit to making a donation.  Your support is crucial.  This project is putting local actors and crew to work and bringing attention to the wonderful community of dart league in the St. Louis area.
Here is what you need to know-
This screenplay was inspired by none other than Oscar Wilde and is a modern update of his incredible play, The Importance of Being Earnest. I’ve set it on a backdrop at dart league at Blueberry Hill in our own U City Loop.
This screwball comedy has won several screenwriting contests and has been steadily gaining support in the last few years.  Now, all that hard work is finally coming to fruition. Private equity investors have brought me this far in the process and now I need your help taking it all the way.
There are several exciting perks that I want YOU to pick from.  We are set to start shooting in late July and I want you to be involved.  Would you like to be an extra in the movie?  There’s a perk for that!  Would you like a signed picture?  A digital download of the finished movie? And many more…
And please, share with your friends.
Help me hit the bullseye with this campaign.  You can help all these dreams come true as we take this film from start to finish.
Donating is so easy.
Step One: Click on the link below
Step Two: Click on the CONTRIBUTE NOW link
Step Three: Choose your perk and enter your information!
You’re done!
Thanks so much for all of your support!
Vanessa
SCRIPT READING
Every voice is welcome, and fewer roles than most films, but each has meat!
Script Mechanics’ monthly screenwriting workshop and script reading this Saturday, and we also discuss the writing life and the art of screenwriting.
Actors — Practice your Audition skills by participating in the COLD READING at Script Mechanics’ table reads!
WRITERS — We are currently looking for scripts to read this summer at Script Mechanics. If you have script that you would like coverage on, please contact Sandra Olmsted or Mary Schirmer.
Script Mechanics aims to assist screenwriters in polishing their scripts by having actors read the scripts aloud. The writer hears their dialogue and get fresh insights into their character from the actors’ take on the script. The actors and other writers in the organization offer suggestions and comments at the end of the reading.  The cold read provides the actors with the opportunity to practice an important auditioning skill.
Script Mechanics meets the second Saturday of the month at the Buder Library. The library is just south of the Chippewa and Hampton intersection; the address is 4401 Hampton Ave, 63109. It’s the brick building with turquoise and glass trim. We have a meeting room downstairs from 1:00 – 5:45; however, the reading may not take quite that long. Parking is available behind and south of the building and in the lot in front of the bank across the side street to the north.
The table read of an entire screenplay by one screenwriter or several scenes by different writers is followed by discussion of the script and the questions that the writer has or writers have about the readers’ interpretations and audience’s response to the script, story, and characters.  We assign roles at the reading, which provides an opportunity for actors to practice cold reading, which is an important audition skill.
If you have a script to read, we request have two requests: 1) that you make arrangements in advance and provide a logline and a brief break down of characters at least one week in advance of the reading so that the reading can be publicized and 2) that the script be properly formatted as a spec script and that complete scripts not exceed 125 pages, because it is difficult to read more than that and provide adequate coverage.  You will need to bring a minimum of 6 copies for an average size cast.  If the number of roles is large, you will need more copies of the script. You will also need a break down of which scenes each the character appears and which characters can be read by the same actor so that readers can be assigned multiple roles and get a chance to read a meaningful number of lines.
We also often get something to eat afterward, and anyone can join us.
Please contact Sandy Olmsted, at wryteralways@earthlink.net for more information, however, there is NO NEED to RSVP or to send head sheets.
Please DO NOT email headsheets or Resumes!

Script Mechanics Screenwriting Workshop

Script Mechanics Screenwriting Workshop Sat May 9, 1-6 pm

Script Mechanics FREE Screenplay Workshop and Table Read — Actors Needed, Writers Wanted!
May 9, 1-6 pm

When: Sat May 9, 1-6 pm

Where: Buder Library 4401 Hampton Ave, 63109

What: Screenplay Table Reading and Workshop

This month we will read Jamie’s Koogler’s “The Perfect Price,” a family film designed for low budget, high quality production. When Mr. Price unearths an odd silver object in their yard, the family quickly discovers that it has the power to make everything turn out perfectly, but only for the one person who has it in his or her possession.

Jamie Koogler is a ex-pat of St. Louis who now lives in LA. Koogler, who has some acting credits, also makes films and has had several films in the St. Louis Showcase over the years. She won’t be present for the reading, but notes and maybe a recording will be done for her.

Every voice is welcome, and fewer roles than most films, but each has meat!

Script Mechanics’ monthly screenwriting workshop and script reading this Saturday, and we also discuss the writing life and the art of screenwriting.

ACTORS — Practice your Audition skills by participating in the COLD READING at Script Mechanics’ table reads!

WRITERS — We are currently looking for scripts to read this summer at Script Mechanics. If you have script that you would like coverage on, please contact Sandra Olmsted or Mary Schirmer.