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BFMC Workshop Series Offering Industry Insider Expertise

26 May 2021 1:20 PM | Sophia Ciampaglia (Administrator)

Berkshire Film and Media Collaborative (BFMC) Offers Online Workshops Led by Hollywood Producer and Agent Marilyn R. Atlas!

Marilyn Atlas is a Hollywood talent agent, literary manager, and producer with a longstanding commitment to diversity and the portrayal of strong female protagonists. She’s the producer of the HBO Sundance winning film Real Women Have Curves (now in development as a Broadway show) and The Choking Game on Lifetime, among other films. Atlas has also produced several plays, and she’s currently developing multiple film and television projects.  Atlas is a sought-after speaker at writers’ conferences; she’s co-author of the  relationship-based, screenwriting guide, Dating Your Character (Stairway Press).

Diane Pearlman, Berkshire Film and Media Collaborative executive director and WIFVNE Member, says she’s pleased to bring Marilyn back to lead these workshops:

“Marilyn provides the inside-Hollywood perspective that gives writers, directors and producers a clear advantage in getting their projects onto the page and into production. We had tremendously positive feedback from her January classes, and we’re thrilled we can leverage her expertise to take members of our community to the next level.” 

Check out three workshops coming up in June: 


Course #1 

What’s Hot in Hollywood: The Current State of the Film and Television Marketplace

Thursday, June 3, 6:00–8:00 pm EDT

Get familiar with what studios and producers are buying right now. In this two-hour workshop, you’ll learn what type of projects are being "green lit" by film and television studios and how to get your project "seen." You’ll discover the most effective ways to reach out to managers and assistants at production companies, and you'll learn best practices to keep your script from sinking to the bottom of the pile.

In this class you’ll explore crucial topics such as

  • The pros and cons of talent attachments 

  • Gaining access through IMDB Pro

  • What to do if you're not in LA or New York

  • The ins and outs of NDAs

  • The growing role of YouTube

  • How streaming companies have altered the landscape

  • The best ways to get representation

  • The importance of film contests

Advance preparation:  To make the most of this workshop, write up questions on these topics ahead of time; they'll be forwarded to Marilyn in advance so she can address your questions during the course.

Cost: $45; student price $30 (limited)



Course #2

Perfect Pitch: Creating a Powerful Treatment and Pitch Deck/Look Book

Thursday, June 10, 6:00 – 8:00 pm EDT

A treatment and a pitch deck (aka look book) are two critical tools you need to get potential buyers and talent interested in your project. In this hands-on, interactive workshop, you’ll learn what goes into a successful pitch deck and what elements should be included in your treatment. You’ll review and discuss examples of treatments provided by Marilyn, and you’ll learn the optimal way to present yourself as the best person for your project. This workshop includes the rare opportunity to sharpen your tools and presentation skills by actually pitching to a Hollywood pro. 

Advance preparation:  Come to class with a logline (a two-sentence summary of your project) that you’ll use to pitch to Marilyn in the workshop.

Class size is limited to 20 participants to ensure participants get a quality learning experience, including plenty of time for interaction and Q&A with Marilyn.

Cost: $65; student price $45 (limited)



Course #3

Navigating Character Arcs: Hone Your Script by Deepening Your Character 

Thursday, June 24, 6:00 – 8:00 pm (EDT)

Knowing your character inside and out will give your script an authenticity that draws people in; it allows you to tailor plot points to your character’s emotional and spiritual progress. By delving into why your characters go about things the way they do, why they sometimes feel alone, why they don't have more support, and what’s stopping them, you’ll be, in effect, refining your theme. Focusing on your narrative POV (which includes your character’s POV) as you navigate the various emotions your character experiences is a powerful way to strengthen your script and make your mark as a storyteller.

In this workshop you’ll gain insight on how to

  • Deepen your character’s arc.

  • Ensure you don’t just have conflict, but that you have meaningful conflict stemming from diverse POVs

  • Get into your character’s head and feel the pulse of a scene. 

  • Make a scene unfold and expand so it feels like a real-time, but still interesting, development.

Advance preparation:  To participate fully in this workshop, please watch or rewatch the films Moonlight and Get Out, the pilot episodes of Breaking Bad and Fleabag, and the second season premiere of Fleabag. Be prepared to discuss how the characters develop and change.

Class size is limited to 20 participants to ensure you get a quality learning experience, including plenty of time for interaction and Q&A with Marilyn.

Cost: $65; student price $45 (limited)



 More INFO: Berkshire Film 

The Berkshire Film and Media Collaborative (BFMC) is a creative economic engine that supports production and workforce development in Western Massachusetts. BFMC develops educational and workforce enrichment courses, offers networking events for industry professionals, acts as a resource for visiting productions, creates jobs within our communities in the film industry and provides an online production guide and locations database as a resource for filmmakers. BFMC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. For details: www.berkshirefilm.org.

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