This Week in Toronto – Part 3

Written by Priya Rao
 
It was a day of inspiration and aspiration at the Toronto Screenwriting Conference. Ottawa-born Dean Deblois gave an in-depth breakdown of his writing process which brought  us How To Train Your Dragon. This guy’s been to the Skywalker Ranch and has Spielberg as a boss! How cool is that?! He gives us an exclusive chat on what he feels is the biggest misconception of animation writing and more here:
 
 
Did you know that Oscar-nominated writer, David Shamoon lived in Mumbai for 10 years? His family escaped persecution and fled to India from Iraq. We chatted about that and then I got him on camera to talk about his whirlwind year:
 
 
Before Graham Yost wrote Speed and Justified he grew up in my hood–Rexdale. He shares his story of the bus that went straight from Rexdale to Hollywood with me here:
 
 
One of the more theoretical, philosophical sessions was by script consultant Dara Marks. She spoke about how all stories can be traced back to mythology and discussed her concept of the ‘transformational arc’:
 
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A really thought-provoking talk indeed!
 
You’ve read the comments by our twitter winner, Mike Pontbriand, now hear what he had to say about his experience at the Conference:
 
 
What an amazing weekend, we expect to see lots of incredible scripts directly because of all the knowledge gained here. Thanks Toronto Screenwriting Conference for a truly fabulous weekend!

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