EUGENE, Ore.– Nationally acclaimed screenwriter Alan McElroy will talk about his successful 30-year career in film, television and animation and conduct a writing workshop in two virtual presentations at Lane Community College on April 13 and 14.
In a presentation on Tuesday, April 13, from 2:30-4 p.m., McElroy will describe his experiences breaking into the television and movie industry, writing scripts for sci-fi and horror, and his journey to success in a highly competitive industry. To view the presentation, “Alan McElroy Word to Screen Part 1,” register here.
In a workshop the following day on Wednesday, April 14, from 2:30-4 p.m., McElroy will discuss the construction of a scene and the difference in story structure between film and television. He will also explain the importance of writing a strong spec script as a calling card for both film and television. To join the workshop, “Alan McElroy, Word to Screen Part II” register here.
Both events are open to students, LCC employees, and the public.
“Alan is one of the very few African American sci-fi and horror genre writers,” said Greg Evans, Associate Vice President for Equity and Inclusion at LCC, and a friend of McElroy’s since their childhoods in Cleveland, Ohio.
Educated at Boston University, and Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and Luxembourg, McElroy taught himself to write screenplays by reading an article in Writer's Digest magazine. He then moved to Los Angeles with his wife, Kymm, and was one of 30 writers admitted to the Columbia Pictures Writing Program. His career took off from there.
A few of McElroy’s screenwriting credits include “Spawn,” “Halloween 4,” “The Marine,” “Wrong Turn,” “Rapid Fire, “The Perfect Guy, ”and “Fractured.” He has written dramatic series pilots for NBC, Fox, and the Syfy Channel, and has worked on “The Vampire Diaries,” “The Night Shift,” “Sacred Lies,” and “Jack Ryan.” He currently writes and co-produces the “Star Trek: Discovery” series.
The events are sponsored by the LCC Office of Equity and Inclusion.
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