Insight New York Lecture and Screening: David N Weiss (16.39)
Hollywood screenwriter David N Weiss (The Smurfs, Shrek 2, All Dogs Go to Heaven) gave the Keynote Talk at our Insight Festival New York Screenings event at the Skirball Auditorium of the New York University in March 2012.
David, who was also a member of the judging panels for our 2011 and 2013 awards, gave an entertaining and challenging overview of his life story – including his journey from the Jewish faith, through to the Christian faith and back to his Jewish faith again, taking in his experiences of film school and writing for Hollywood.
1st Insight Festival Lecture: Frank Cottrell Boyce (41.11)
This lecture was delivered at the 3rd Insight Festival on 3 December 2011 in Manchester, UK by acclaimed screenwriter, Frank Cottrell Boyce, who chose to speak under the title: ‘Special Effect: The joy and pain of having a counter-cultural set of beliefs’.
Speaking as a practising Roman Catholic, and from his years of work in the UK media scene, Frank gave a filmmaker’s insight into the highs and lows of the screenwriter’s creative cycle. He explored the connections between inspiration and his ‘counter-cultural set of beliefs’.
Frank’s prolific career has embraced writing for established UK soap operas Brookside and Coronation Street in the late 1980s. He has worked with directors including Danny Boyle, Alex Cox, Julien Temple and Michael Winterbottom: with the latter, he had made seven films, including 24 Hour Party People, A Cock and Bull Story and Welcome to Sarajevo. He has been called ‘One of the few truly inventive modern-day screenwriters’.
Frank also wrote the opening ceremony for the London 2012 Olympic Games, linking up once again with director Danny Boyle.