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Sunday, April 15


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
Conference Room 2
Monday, April 16


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
Conference Room 3


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
Conference Room 5


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
Pavilion 2
Tuesday, April 17


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
Pavilion 10


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
Pavilion 10


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
Conference Room 1


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
Conference Room 5
Wednesday, April 18


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
Conference Room 4