Taking notes is like taking a beating. It's a matter of pride, of pain, of survival. But doing it well—that is, being adept at receiving, rejecting, and responding to notes from producers, agents, managers, and investors—is one of the single most valuable skills a screenwriter can learn. At stake may be the future of a project, of a professional relationship, of a career.
On Wednesday, June 27th, screenwriter and producer (and IFP Chicago board member) Amelia Dellos will lead a conversation on the delicate art of taking notes. Drawing on personal experiences, Amelia will go over the types of notes a writer can expect and will discuss the strategies involved in "taking" and/or "passing" on a note.
Then, to provide a counterpoint to the writer's perspective, producer Sonny Mallhi will join Amelia for a discussion on script notes from the producer's perspective. An audience Q&A will follow and the evening will end with a light reception and time to network.
When & where: 6:30pm on Wednesday, June 27th at Stage 18 Chicago. This event is open to the public and is free to IFP Chicago members. Ticket information and RSVP here.
Amelia Estelle Dellos won a 2017 Watty for her novel, Delilah Recovered which was selected from 200,000 entries on the global online platform Wattpad. Her film Oriole Park was a finalist for the 2017 International Sundance Screenwriters Lab and was the winner of the 2015 Chicago International Film Festival's inaugural pitch competition. Her film Other Plans, a romcom starring Jamie Kennedy was released on VOD in 2016. Love Under Fire: The Story of Bertha and Potter Palmer, the documentary she produced, directed, and wrote was an official selection of the 2014 Women's International Film Festival.
Amelia is the co-founder of Corn Bred Films, a Chicago based production company. She also serves on the board of IFP Chicago (Independent Film Project) and is the founder of Women.Who.Write, a collective committed to empowering women writers. Finally, Amelia works as a storyteller and brand strategist for ODEA, a boutique marketing firm in Chicago.
Sonny Mallhi is a producer, writer, and director best known for producing the films The Lake House, starring Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock, House at the End of the Street, starring Jennifer Lawrence, and the 2008 horror phenom The Strangers.
Sonny is also the writer of the 2011 thriller The Roommate, and Anguish, his debut as a writer/director, was released in 2015. His follow-up, Family Blood, was released in early 2018 on Netflix.