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Actress Deb Hiett talks about her "Big Break" in Comedy Writing

Actress Deb Hiett talks about her “Big Break” in Comedy Writing

This summer, HSSW interns were lucky enough to talk, via video conference, with an incredibly talented actress, writer, and singer Deb Hiett, about her experience breaking into the film industry. (more…)

Internship Opportunities for Winter-Spring & Summer 2018

Three Internships Are Available For Winter-Spring and Summer '18 at HSSW

Are you interested in challenging yourself in every media arena from script writing to video production to working on an international film festival?  Then Harvard Square Script Writers might be the place for you.  Projects that we (HSSW) work on include weekly script reviews (every Monday night), screenings, workshops, the TV show, Second Chance Cinema, and our film festival Different Faces, Different Voices, now entering its 2nd year.  As an intern for the organization, you will contribute to all of these efforts.  Harvard Square Script Writers is seeking passionate, flexible, and hard working interns for this summer - June - August.  Below are some of the activities you could find yourself working on during the upcoming semester.

Small Script Review Meetings

This summer there are a few small script reviews that will scheduled. As an intern, you will learn about a variety of film genres, and work with fellow award-winning writers as well as new-comers as we help authors to prepare their scripts for submission to production companies and/or contests.  You'll follow along and participate as we analyze scripts, looking at everything from story structure to character development.

[caption id="attachment_1552" align="alignleft" width="413"] Left to right: Film critic Bob Tremblay of MetroWest News prepares for a recording of Second Chance Cinema with Rich Faymonville, Genine Tillotson, and Joel Karlinsky.[/caption]

Second Chance Cinema

[caption id="attachment_1203" align="alignright" width="213"] Intern Shep Price hangs lights for our Second Chance Cinema shoot.[/caption] Second Chance Cinema is Harvard Square Script Writers' film critique program and airs on Newton’s local channel NewTV as well as streaming on their web channel. Second Chance

Second Chance Cinema is Harvard Square Script Writers' film critique program and airs on Newton’s local channel NewTV as well as streaming on their web channel. Second Chance Cinema's main objective is to revisit and promote films that were not given a proper run in the mainstream for a variety of reasons, hence its tag line, "The best films you've never seen." As an intern, you may contribute by operating a camera, helping to direct the show, selecting films for review, or even participating as one of the panelists.

Different Faces Different Voices

Different Faces Different Voices is an international film festival that was created by Harvard Square Script Writers in 2016 and made its debut in Cambridge, MA on June 29th and 30th showcasing 29 original films. The festival celebrated HSSW's 30th anniversary, the art of storytelling, and the importance of bringing often ignored voices into narrative cinema.  It included the newly conceived contest Flicks4Chicks short film contest which challenged film-making teams to create stories with women and other minorities at their core. As an intern in year II, 2018 you will help with contest expansion, marketing, fund-raising, review of film submissions, social media and general administrative duties that will take you inside the world of what makes a great fest.

[caption id="attachment_1166" align="alignright" width="417"] Interns Rose Paleologos and Jay Alba work on the Facebook page and newsletter.[/caption]

Social Media & Marketing Techniques

As an intern, you will assist in keeping HSSW’s online social platforms current,  adding content to the website, Meet-up group, Facebook page, Twitter, and email newsletters. This is a great opportunity to hone your writing skills, experiment with photography, learn about branding, layout, and publishing styles as part of communicating our image through both of festival and corporate websites and other .

Other Experiences

Interns will also have the opportunity to learn Photoshop, and to familiarize themselves with how to create visuals for Second Chance Cinema, including various graphics and compelling movie clips.  You will also learn editing basics in Final Cut Pro and Premiere.

Ideally the interns would have skills in the following areas:
  • Extensive knowledge of Photoshop and other CS Adobe products
  • Ability to edit in Final Cut Pro 7 and/or Adobe Premiere
  • Interest in the script writing and the film-making processes--how they coalesce to make a great cinematic experience
  • Experience in either Final Draft or Movie Magic scripting software
  • Enthusiasm, creativity and a willingness to work with script writers of all ages, genders, and ethnicities at our weekly meetings
  • Knowledge of how to work within a pre-built website, authored in WordPress
  • Some web and social media technical skills
  • Interest in creating media (graphics, film and stills) in support of the above
  • Interest and willingness to help HSSW develop new contests and sponsorship opportunities, including professional workshops
  • Interest in marketing of film and film contests, using various media platforms.
Interested students should contact HSSW Director Genine Tillotson at genine@hsswriters.com.
New Faces at HSSW - Meet the Interns

New Faces at HSSW – Meet the Interns

We have had some new faces join HSSW for the summer! On May 18th four hardworking, enthusiastic, Emerson College film students, majoring in screenwriting, came on board to assist in our very ambitious summer. Though they all share the same major, they have very different aspirations for their futures. (more…)
The Reality of Reality TV - Screening & Discussion With Producer Shannon Vossler

The Reality of Reality TV – Screening & Discussion With Producer Shannon Vossler

On July 6th, at the Arts at the Armory Cafe in Somerville, Shannon Vossler,  reality TV veteran, shared her experiences working with such varied networks as Animal Planet and the History Channel.  “The cable networks are the ones that are always scrambling [for new ideas],” she explained, “They are on 24/7 and need to fill slots.” So, just how does an aspiring filmmaker get his or her foot into the business? (more…)

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