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Sunday, April 15

9:00am PDT

My Favorite Screen Writing Class Assignment
Teachers elaborate on writing exercises they have used that are especially exciting, inspirational, unconventional, or engaging. Moderator: Dennis Conway, Valdosta State University
Panelists: Marie Elliott, Valdosta State University
Dennis Conway, Valdosta State University
Frank Rybicki, Valdosta State University

Sunday April 15, 2012 9:00am - 10:15am PDT
Conference Room 2

12:00pm PDT

Development and Delivery of the Perfect Pitch

Whether it's a Hollywood movie, a start-up website, a network sitcom, or a feature news story, the skill to craft and deliver a story pitch is vital in today's ultra-fast media world. This panel, consisting of Hollywood insiders and working media academics, will discuss the tactics, techniques, and time limits of creating and delivering the perfect story pitch.
Moderator: Micheal McAlexander, Frostburg State University
Panelists: Geoff Silverman, Rain Management Group
Matthew Horwitz, Artist International
Carole Kirschner, author, Hollywood Game Plan: How to Land a Job in Film, TV or Digital Entertainment
Eric Edson, California State University, Northridge

Sunday April 15, 2012 12:00pm - 1:15pm PDT
Pavilion 10

1:30pm PDT

Faculty and Student Scriptwriting Awards and Exhibition

This session honors the winners of the Faculty and Student Festival of Media Arts Scriptwriting Competitions. Selected works of this year’s award recipients will be exhibited.
Faculty Competition Chair: Micheal McAlexander, Frostburg State University
Student Competition Chair: Fred Jones, Southeast Missouri State University

Faculty Scriptwriting Competition
Short Subject (15-35 pages)
Award of Excellence:      Kevin J. Reynolds, James Madison University; Our Lady of Holyoke

Award of Excellence:      Kyle W. Bergersen, University of Oklahoma; Welcome To My World of Compromise

Award of Excellence:      Fred Jones, Southeast Missouri State University; All the Trees of the Field Will Clap Their Hands

Feature (90-120 pages)
Best of Competition:      Rich Swingley, Matthew Mullins, Dan Finnen & Bruce Snyder, Ball State University; Nerdvana

Student Scriptwriting Competition

Short Subject (15 - 35 pages)
1st Place:              Stephen Mucci, Florida State University; Intensive Care

2nd Place:             Daphna Shull, Florida State University; Shabbat Shalom, Qi-Shi Da

3rd Place:              Joseph Hoerst, Xavier University; Help Wanted

Feature (90 – 120 pages)
1st Place:              Roger W. Standridge, California State University, Northridge; Samurai Arena

2nd Place:             Nancy Hendrickson, California State University, Northridge; Our House

3rd Place:              Thomas Clayton, University of North Carolina at Greensboro; The Passion of the Heretic

Honorable Mentions:
Dillon Swingle, University of North Texas; Hold On

Nathan Sorensen, University of Georgia; Club Trouble

Original TV Series Pilot (hour or 1/2 hour long)
1st Place:              Nicholas Luce, Missouri State University; Mystic Dick

2nd Place:             Marena Domingo-Young, San Jose State University; Help Wanted

3rd Place:              Travis Northup, San Francisco State University; The Directors

TV Spec Category (hour or 1/2 hour long)
1st Place:              Greg Hawkins Jr., Missouri State University; The Walking Dead - On the Road Again

2nd Place:             Timothy Klassa, University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh ; Family Guy - – Griffintervention

3rd Place:              Tony Bushner, University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh; 30 Rock - March Madness

Honorable Mentions:
Trevor Reid Forbis, California State University, Northridge; Modern Family  - CarniFall

Summer Brooks, Missouri State University; Parenthood - Future Presidents

Sunday April 15, 2012 1:30pm - 2:45pm PDT
Pavilion 10

3:00pm PDT

The PITCH Session: Tell Your Story Idea to an Industry Professional!
Many wonderful stories and scripts go unproduced because the author or originator has not or can not make a convincing oral summary (or "pitch") of its value, appeal, and marketability to a producer or agent. In this annual panel, we encourage student winners of the Writing Division's Scriptwriting Competition and others to "pitch" their story to industry professionals, who will evaluate the "pitch" and their script's merit in the current marketplace. Moderator: Micheal McAlexander, Frostburg State University
Panelists: Carole Kirschner, author, Hollywood Game Plan: How to Land a Job in Film, TV or Digital Entertainment
Geoff Silverman, Rain Management Group
Matthew Horwitz, Artist International

Sunday April 15, 2012 3:00pm - 4:15pm PDT
Pavilion 10
Monday, April 16

10:15am PDT

The Undergraduate Short Narrative Film: What to Teach, What to Expect
Teaching the short film format offers a number of challenges for students and faculty that begin in the idea phase and carry all the way through to distribution. Best practices for short film writing, production and screening are all examined. Moderator: Kevin Reynolds, James Madison University
Panelists: Jon Stahl, California State University @ Northridge; Writing the Calling Card Film
Michael Ogden, Central Washington University; Distribution Opportunities: Student & Program Benefits
Shaun Wright, James Madison University; Production Challenges: Best Practices for Technical Success
Kevin Reynolds, James Madison University; Writing Effective Short Film Scripts
Rustin Greene, James Madison University; Staying One Step Ahead: Learning To Direct

Monday April 16, 2012 10:15am - 11:30am PDT
Conference Room 3

11:45am PDT

Story Pitching as The Project

Panelists will discuss successful student projects that have story pitching as the focus.
Moderator: Dennis Conway, Valdosta State University
Panelists: Shelley Jenkins, California State University, Fullerton
Bob Engels, Cal State University Fullerton
Dennis Conway, Valdosta State University
Julia Peterson, Bergen Community College
Ari Posner, California State University Fullerton

Monday April 16, 2012 11:45am - 1:00pm PDT
Conference Room 5

1:15pm PDT

The Dark Side of Teaching: Whatever Happened to Classroom Civility?

When they happen, classroom civility infractions can be volatile, often resulting in stress and anxiety for everyone involved. In extreme cases, careers may be threatened, leaving a faculty member panicked and in a state of disbelief. This panel will examine civility issues, from faculty member’s perspectives, a chair’s perspective, and an attorney’s perspective, that have brought some teachers to the “tipping point”. Presentations will be brief in order to commit time for meaningful discussion.

Monday April 16, 2012 1:15pm - 2:30pm PDT
Pavilion 2

2:45pm PDT

Writing for Visual Media

This workshop/ information session will explore the question of making visual media accessible to people with visual impairments as well as the additional benefits of becoming a video describer!   The new media trends of the 21st century such as tweeter, face book and other digital networks require that writers and producers use the language in a more concise and precise manner.  Video description offers new way to exercise your creative writing skills by shifting your attention to details that are important and relevant to the visually impaired.  In a talk and demonstration conducted by the Video Description Research and Development Center (VDRDC) you will learn about the latest research, technological advancements and applications on Video description for both visually impaired and sighted individuals and how to make online video more accessible to blind and visually-impaired students and consumers.  Through hands- on exercises, Dicapta will guide you through the necessary skills to become a video describer.  Dicapta is the first company to provide Spanish-language video description in the United States, and the company has since described and captioned over 3,000 hours of educational and commercial television.
Speakers: Speakers: Dr. Joshua Miele, The Smith-Kettlewell Video Description Research and Development Center (VDRDC)
Carol Colmenares, Dicapta

Monday April 16, 2012 2:45pm - 4:00pm PDT
BEA Exhibit Hall
Tuesday, April 17

9:15am PDT

Transmedia Storytelling and Convergence: Teaching Students to Think of the Big Picture

Henry Jenkins proposed that, "Transmedia storytelling represents a process where integral elements of a fiction get dispersed systematically across multiple delivery channels for the purpose of creating a unified and coordinated entertainment experience. Ideally, each medium makes it own unique contribution to the unfolding of the story." The purpose of this panel is to begin the conversation about incorporating transmedia storytelling in our mass communication courses while exploring issues related to theory and utility.
Moderator: Robert Anthony Galvez, Rhode Island College
Panelists: Daniel Nazmi Boulos, Academy for Creative Media / University of Hawaii, Manoa; Animated Character Creation Across Multiple Delivery Channels, Teaching the Animators of Tomorrow
Scott D. Russell, Mt. Sierra College; Critical Pedagogy in an Age of Transmedia
Peter DePietro, University of Cincinnati; Tools, Narrative and Meaning: Digitizing Service Learning Stories
Robert Anthony Galvez, Rhode Island College; Conceptualizing Transmedia: Training a New Generation of Writers


Panelist: Lydia Timmins (University of Delaware) - Journalism: From Words to Images to Bytes...and Beyond.

Tuesday April 17, 2012 9:15am - 10:30am PDT
Pavilion 10

10:45am PDT

From Concept to Production; Using Discussion Boards to Develop Ideas for Successful Media Projects
One of the challenges that face students in both media writing and production courses is developing viable ideas. Typically, brainstorming is the technique used to formulate new concepts and this activity normally takes place in the classroom environment. An alternative mode is the discussion board, available on most social media and course management websites.

This presentation will exhibit best practices for utilizing this tool, drawing on substantial literature and the instructor’s own experiences. Moderator: Steve Gordon, Ithaca College/Academy of Television Arts and Sciences
Panelists: Dr. Dennis Charsky, Ithaca College
Ryoya Terao, New York City College of Technology

Tuesday April 17, 2012 10:45am - 12:00pm PDT
Pavilion 10

2:45pm PDT

The Situaton Comedy: History, Process, Writing, Impact
This panel will explore the TV genre - situation comedy - from a variety of perspectives. Included is comprehensive history of all situation comedies from the beginning of network radio up to the current day, including broadcast and cable TV. The panel will also include the a discussion of the history of a current sitcom project by its creator/producer; a look at the history of sitcom writing; and how sitcoms have impacted viewers' childhoods. Moderator: Mitchell Shapiro, University of Miami
Panelists: Dick Fisher, Award-winning filmmaker; A Case Study of the new sitcom "Stardust & the Bandit"
Rich Halke, Television Writer; A Discussion of the Writing Process for Situation Comedies
Amber Robertson, University of Miami; An Analysis of Viewers' Thoughts on Growing Up with Situation Comedies
Mitchell Shapiro, University of Miami; A History of the Situation Comedy: 1922-2010

Tuesday April 17, 2012 2:45pm - 4:00pm PDT
Conference Room 1

2:45pm PDT

Cracking Screen Story: In Search of a New Teaching Paradigm

One of the most difficult concepts to communicate effectively when teaching writing for film and television - is screen story structure. Even learning the three act construct and Joseph Campbell’s twelve mythological steps still often leaves many talented students floundering. Professor Eric Edson has developed a simpler, more plot-unifying and more easily understood screen story paradigm. In this presentation he lays out a completely new approach that’s proving very effective as a teaching tool. Moderator: Jon Stahl, California State University @ Northridge
Panelist: Eric Edson, California State University @ Northridge
Respondent: Jon Stahl, California State University @ Northridge

Tuesday April 17, 2012 2:45pm - 4:00pm PDT
Conference Room 5

4:15pm PDT

Writing Division Business Meeting

The mission of the Writing Division is to provide a forum for discussion of issues pertinent to writing for electronic and other media; to develop understanding of media writing and the teaching of writing through scholarly research to be presented at panels and in an annual competition for scholarly papers at the BEA Business Convention; to encourage student writing through an annual, national scriptwriting competition; to encourage creative writing by faculty through an annual, faculty scriptwriting competition; and to maintain a web page with a collection of media writing resources such as syllabi, scripts, grants, competitions and links to other writing resources on the web.
Writing Division Chair: Dennis Conway, Valdosta State University


Tuesday April 17, 2012 4:15pm - 5:30pm PDT
Conference Room 3
Wednesday, April 18

10:30am PDT

Movie Monsters, TV Creatures, and Internet Geeks: How Do We Teach Storytelling to Students from Three Different Artistic / Technological Cultures, with Different Values?

Today, fewer production students come from a literature, documentary, and film - oriented culture, but instead come from a TV, Internet, and Webcast - oriented culture.

When students change, should teachers change, too? How do revise our screenwriting classes to reach and inspire this new breed? Or should we make no adjustments at all?

Our panel discusses how to reach and inspire the various 21st century digital screenwriting students. Dennis Conway, Valdosta State University


Wednesday April 18, 2012 10:30am - 11:45am PDT
Conference Room 4