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Friday, October 25 • 10:45am - 12:00pm
The Screenwriters Toolbox: Character

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Characters are the emotional anchor for all great stories. No matter how intricate your plot design, well-developed characters are integral for engaging your audience and encouraging them to invest in your story’s journey. This panel will explore the tools for writing effective characters and why character building is so vital to the success of a screenplay.

Must have an AFF Producers or Conference Badge to attend.

Moderators
avatar for Greg Garrett

Greg Garrett

moderator; author; Professor, Baylor University

Speakers
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Carly Wray

writer/producer Westworld, The Leftovers, Mindhunter, Mad Men
Carly Wray is an award-winning television writer, producer, and screenwriter. A graduate of Reed College and USC's School of Cinematic Arts, Wray got her start on MAD MEN, where she began as the writers’ assistant and ultimately won a Writers Guild Award for the show's final season... Read More →
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Ben Cory Jones

writer/creator Boomerang; writer Insecure, Underground; producer Step Sisters
Ben Cory Jones currently serves as the showrunner/executive producer of the BET comedyseries, BOOMERANG, loosely based on the iconic 90’s-era film, starring Eddie Murphy andHalle Berry. Lena Waithe and Halle Berry also serve as executive producers.Most recently and prior to Boomerang... Read More →
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James V. Hart

creator/executive producer The Hot Zone; writer Hook, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Contact, Tuck Everlasting, Muppet Treasure Island, August Rush, Epic, Crossbones; Creator, HartChart
JAMES V. HART (J.V.) was born in Shreveport, Louisiana and grew up in Ft. Worth Texas on Drive-In Movies and Saturday Matinees.His writing/producing credits include; Hook, directed by Steven Spielberg based on an idea by Hart’s then 6 year old son, Jake, Bram Stoker’s Dracula... Read More →
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Erika L. Johnson

writer/ producer The Good Lord Bird, The Village, Queen Sugar, Shades of Blue; writer Being Mary Jane, Ugly Betty
Erika L. Johnson is Co-Executive Producer of the upcoming Showtime limited series, THE GOOD LORD BIRD, starring Ethan Hawke, based on the National Book Award winning novel by James McBride. She was also a Co-Executive Producer on NBC’s THE VILLAGE. Prior to that, Erika was a Supervising... Read More →


Friday October 25, 2019 10:45am - 12:00pm CDT
St. David’s Episcopal Church, Historic Sanctuary 301 E 8th St, Austin, TX 78701