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Micro-Budget Screenwriting w/Paul Peditto

Award-winning screenwriter and consultant Paul Peditto takes us through the process of the micro-budget screenplay in this webinar.

Sunday, May 31, 2020
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM (Central Standard Time)
Film and Video

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Award-winning screenwriter and consultant Paul Peditto takes us through the process of the micro-budget screenplay in this webinar. This is for anyone, from beginner to advanced, considering writing and making a feature-film for a minimal budget.

We will take a look at the process of micro-budget screenwriting and filmmaking, from idea creation to distribution, and discover how to maximize resources by writing the script so you can shoot it economically. Additionally, we will discuss how to save money writing and producing digital micro-budget features.

This A to Z guide primer teaches useful techniques from script level all the way to strategies on making the script with multiple case study examples of movies written as micro-budgets that broke through to critical and commercial success.

ABOUT PAUL PEDITTO: Paul Peditto is an award-winning screenwriter and director. His low-budget film Jane Doe starring Calista Flockhart won Best Feature at the New York Independent Film & Video Festival. Six of his screenplays have been optioned including Crossroaders to Haft Entertainment (Emma, Dead Poets Society). He recently wrote and produced the micro-budget feature Chat, currently distributed on iTunes, VUDU, YouTube, and Dish Network by Gravitas Ventures.

Over the past decade, Mr. Peditto has consulted with over 1,000 screenwriting students around the world. He has been Featured Speaker at Chicago Screenwriters Network,, Second City, and Chicago Filmmakers. He has appeared on National Public Radio and WGN radio, and reviewed in the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, L.A. Times, and the New York Times.

Peditto is an adjunct professor of screenwriting at Columbia College. Under his guidance his students have written and produced films that have appeared in major film festivals, have semifinal placings at Nicholl Fellowship, and have won awards and screened at film festivals around the country. His new book, The D.I.Y. Filmmaker is available through Self-Counsel Press on Amazon.

CSN Members: Free
Non-CSN Members: Pay What You Can

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Screen Time is a virtual talk series sponsored by the Chicago Screenwriters Network that focuses on screenwriting, filmmaking, and all the orbiting ideas. From the comfort of your phone, tablet or computer, join CSN for discussions, workshops, and interviews with industry professionals who will share their experience, expertise, and anecdotes. Each talk will conclude with a Q&A from our guests.

Micro-Budget Screenwriting w/Paul Peditto
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