Hey everyone, the Summer Seminar is back, going to do it in October this year.
You can find it on the CASA calendar on OCTOBER 23rd and 24th.
Space will be limited so check it out.
here are some testimonials from CASA members who took the seminar last year
This was an AMAZING class. I, too, have been working on some feature screenplays over the years. But for the last few years have been working on a lot of shorts with all aspects of production; then trying to get into film festivals and getting attention for my projects.
I wanted to get back more into writing again and had a time frame goal but no direction on how to accomplish this.
I now have a goal, what I need to do to accomplish that goal, and most importantly; now what to expect once I get “in the door.”
I’m now developing projects that will help me realize that. It is no longer a mater of if, but when.
Exciting and scary times are ahead, and I’m looking forward to it with a fever and aplomb.
Thank you Haylar, looking forward to working with you in the future and being part of a production team!
You are a movie monster. I loved the weekend gathering. Your frank discussion was jaw droping. I wish I could have met you 20 years ago. You would have saved me 20 years of bumping around in the dark having no clue of how to make a succesfull first move. Finding that "core group" was a revolation to me. With your help I feel that we do have a shot at hoping on the movie bus with ya.
Thanks again Bud!
Your 303-310 workshop really helped me fine-tune my approach to LA. It was informationally driven toward a working system, and encouraging for those who are willing to travel west. A must. Thanks for sharing your experiences.
Heading in the right direction with patience and determination ....
Here in Colorado, we rarely have an opportunity to hear it straight from the trenches from someone who's in it RIGHT NOW. That's what those who didn't come out this weekend missed. There have been lots of seminars from people who've been working in the industry for years, but times have changed since those folks "broke in". Haylar's got the dirt on what it's like right now, and how it's changing and evolving, and I'm sure if he does this seminar again, he'll have even more "breaking news" to share. If he does another one, GO! I have a strong feeling that in the very near future, he's going to get WAY too busy to be doing seminars!
For me personally, I have been motivated to get back to work on my feature screenplays. Now that I know what to do with them, that's a lot easier to do!
I believe it was former Baltimore Oriole's manager Earl Weaver who said: "It's what you learn after you know it all that matters." Haylar's seminar was humbling in that I realize there is still so much for me to learn. Thanks to his seminar, I've had to rethink a few things about my own career path while also realizing that my 'big break' could come at any time and I had better be ready for it (I'm not - I thought I was, but I'm not).
Haylar reaffirmed one of my long-held beliefs that I have stubbornly held on to for many years: if you write or make something amazing, someone will notice you. Good isn't good enough. I've recommitted myself to doing just that. His seminar helped me to understand what I need to do once I've written a great screenplay (and how the creative types out there determine what constitutes 'great'). I now have a game plan!
Haylar is a very talented guy, there's no doubt about that. I suspect Haylar himself would agree that talent itself only gets you so far. The seminar forced me to come to a rather sobering conclusion: one of the biggest reasons Haylar is further along in his career than I am (and probably most of everyone else in CASA) is simple: he works harder at than the I do.
I couldn't agree more with Jim's post and yes he does have a reputation for ranting about people not taking advantage of the opportunities before them. I will gladly 'second' any rant he has on the subject. These 'opportunities' he's talking about - things like Hayalr's seminar - are things that WILL make you better at whatever it is you want to be doing. Many people (myself very much included) can only wonder how serious one is about their craft and career when they pass on such things. If I was an aspiring writer who passed on this seminar, I'd start begging Haylar to run it again.
It was more than worth it.
I came to the seminar having spent the last 3 years working diligently to learn how the system works, from concept through distribution. I have created business plans, shot trailers and teasers, had script meetings, table reads and auditions, pitched projects, talked to everyone I could find and read everything I could get my hands on about the subject of what it takes to make a project visible and successful. So much so that I field calls and e-mails all the time from people asking me for help and advice on the subject.
None of that was as important as the info Haylar shared. Just the first day, which analyzed the actual success of the methods and myths that many of us cling to, and how effective they are, was worth far more then the price of admission.
The second day Haylar broke down what has worked for him, why it worked and how all the pieces are connected. In the end I realized that studios are looking for two things that they want to know about you. And, as Haylar put it in the seminar, when you are creating something, there should be a singular goal that whoever sees it asks only one question.
I know that I have a reputation for ranting about people not taking advantage of the opportunities that are before them, choosing instead to bask in the comfort of their misconceptions and excuses. But if you are serious about making a living at this, you REALLY missed out if you didn't go.
But, that's just my opinion.
I've been meaning to add my two cents here but things have been hectic. It's good to be a busy freelancer!
As always, Haylar is a wealth of knowledge and he is always willing to take the time to help others along the way. I find his insights and understanding of things to be quite refreshing. Haylar has a way of looking at things and figuring things out, that just doesn't come naturally to everyone.
I learned a lot and I came away from the two days with a different way of looking at the whole indie film scene and where I fit into it. I can't wait to talk some more with Haylar!
I seriously doubt that anyone who attended the seminar felt like it was a waste of time. Nothing could be further from the truth. There were quite a few writers and actors in attendance who came away with some valuable insight and a ton of ideas that will help them on their way, whether they want to stay in Denver or think that "Californey is the place they oughta be!" As neither an actor nor a writer, I did wonder if it was right for me, but I am very happy that I decided to attend. It was very beneficial to anyone in the business of storytelling.