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What Even is Development?

Two successful screenwriters demystify the development process to help you navigate your career.

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What Even is Development?
What Even is Development?

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19 Mar 2023, 10:00 am – 11:30 am AEDT

Zoom (Online)

About the event

Screenwriters Catherine Smyth-McMullen (The Sandman, The Other Lamb) and Gemma Crofts (Surviving Summer) team up to demystify the process and share their extensive knowledge of development in Australia and the U.S. to help you become a more savvy and successful screenwriter.

Catherine Smyth-McMullen is an award-winning film and tv screenwriter, with a focus on dark genre stories. Catherine has sold and set-up pilots with SyFy, Netflix, AMC and eOne. She was a writer on Neil Gaiman’s acclaimed The Sandman for Warner Bros / Netflix, a writer/consulting producer on Two Sentence Horror Stories for The CW/Netflix and a writer on the award-winning Australian drama series Bloom. More about Catherine here.

Gemma Crofts has over eight years experience as a development executive and three as a freelance script editor. She has assessed and developed scripts for Mushroom Pictures, Dynamic Television (Los Angeles), Working Title Films (Sydney) and Werner Film Productions. She has worked with writers such as Liz Doran, Matt Cameron, Giula Sandler, Megan Simpson-Huberman, Steve McGregor, Vicki Madden, Stuart Page, Michael Lucas, Melina Marchetta and Daina Reid, and worked on productions such as The Newsreader, The Gloaming, Molly and Boys in the Trees. She attended the feature script development course at Binger Film Lab in Amsterdam and is a proponent of the Solace 23 school of script development. Gemma is also a working screenwriter with an interest in genre and YA projects. She has won and been nominated for both Australian and international awards, and has projects in development with companies in the US, UK and Australia. More about Gemma here

Bring your questions about development to this rare session with not one, but two incredible creative minds. 

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