RTF Students Learn Screenwriting from Jonathan Estrin

FullSizeRender-3Keith Brand

On March 6-7, RTF students participated in a workshop led by Jonathan Estrin.  Mr. Estrin is a noted screenwriter and producer in Hollywood.  In addition to serving as Executive Producer on a number of notable television series in the 1980’s and 1990’s, his writing credits include Jasper Texas, a 2003 Showtime film about the true story of a black man chained to the back of a pickup truck and dragged ​to his death.

The workshop, titled “From Facts to Feature” focused on the process of bringing true stories to the screen.  Beginning with a screening of Jasper Texas, Mr. Estrin led students through the process of acquiring the rights to a true story and writing the screenplay.  Each student then pitched an idea for a screenplay based on a true story to Mr. Estrin, who discussed in depth with each student the viability of their ideas.

RTF Professor Sheri Chinen Biesen releases new book

Dr. Sheri Chinen Biesen, a radio, television & film professor at Rowan University, has released her second book Music in the Shadows: Noir Musical Films. In her second published book, Biesen uncovers the underlying messages in noir musical films, with a particular interest in films made during the 1950s.

Learn more about the book here at the Music in the Shadows blog.

Buy the book here at Amazon.com.

Music in the Shadows: Noir musical films. Photo courtesy of musicintheshadows.blogspot.com

Music in the Shadows: Noir musical films. Photo courtesy of musicintheshadows.blogspot.com