Kriozere mentioned that the double sized season finale features a costumed superheroine named Libra and that he got Bob Layton (or Iron Man “Demon in a Bottle” and Valiant fame) to draw it. It airs on 8/12/2012. We also got to see a sizzle real for the show. You can watch it below.
- Someone asked if it was essential for a want-to-be screenwriter to live in LA. Kriozere replied that it certainly isn’t necessary if you want to write feature films, but is pretty necessary if you want to write for television.
- Someone asked the best way to break in. Kriozere responded that you should write a pilot episode. Then, you should rewrite it again, because it probably is really bad. (He also said that you have to decide if you want to focus on half hour or hour shows.) Then when your script is done, you should start looking for an agent and there are lots of places online to find agents that are accepting clients.
- Someone asked about using real people’s names. Kriozere said it was okay of there was more than one, but if there is only one person with that name, you have to change it. He told the story about how he named a character after his friend, but there was only one—so they made him change it.
- I asked him to recommend a book or two on mechanics and to help someone become a better writer (I used McKee’s Story as an example, which he agreed with.) He responded that Adventures in the Screen Trade by William Goldman is a great book. He also recommended the Twilight Zone Companion. He stated that he certainly would not recommend “how to” books or going to film school.
- Someone asked what the most important skill is that a writer needs. He responded that it is to get the voices of the characters right. He used NCIS as the example and walked through each member of the cast.
- He ended the panel with a blooper reel from Femme Fatales. All in all an enjoyable panel.
All in all an enjoyable panel.