American Film Institute announces screenwriting workshop for scientists and engineers

05/06/05

WASHINGTON The American Film Institute is accepting applications from scientists and engineers to participate in a workshop to learn about writing for movies. Focusing on storytelling and screenwriting, "Catalyst Workshop: Communicating Science and Engineering" will be held Aug. 1 - 5, 2005 at the American Film Institute in Los Angeles.

The workshop aims to help scientists and engineers become more knowledgeable about motion picture projects, and to encourage them to write and submit scripts. Scientists and engineers are often needed as consultants for movies and television shows to help produce pictures and programs with "better science."

At the first AFI catalyst workshop held last year, 15 participants not only learned more about the business and craft of writing movies they also had the opportunity to submit a draft of a screenplay and receive feedback from a professional reader.

Applications for this year's workshop are due May 23, 2005. Up to 15 applicants will be selected. For application procedures and requirements, visit http://www.afi.com/education/catalyst/default.aspx, or call AFI at 323-856-7600.

The workshop is funded by the U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research. The National Academies support accurate portrayal of science and engineering in television and film, and encourages interested scientists and engineers to participate in the workshop.

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