Participant profile: Lars Boom

We leave Greece temporarily to travel to the Netherlands to meet Lars Boom.

Lars Boom

Lars Boom

Lars Boom has been writing since 1990 for television, film and theatre.

In theatre he has written musical plays like the award-winning In the shadow of Brel (about Jacques Brel through the eyes of his driver and friend Jojo) and two libretti for opera: Van Gilse and Slauerhoff, the Dutch poet.

Lars has also written about 100 episodes for comedy serials such as: Zeg ‘ns Aaa, Oppassen, Victorie, Sam Sam, Flodder, Bradaz and Sprint; drama and police serials Westenwind, DOK 12 en Baantjer; and a variety of drama formats for companies like Eyeworks and Endemol.

His feature film screenplays include Frans, a man with mental damage who runs away with his favourite pig because of the swine flu, and Rikshawboy, a romantic comedy about a Rikshawboy from India who becomes a cyclist in The Netherlands.

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Day one: overview

SGC–SGIDay one of the conference is now over. It’s been a long day, with lively debates about the state of the film and television industries, the advent of new media, and prognostications about their future(s).

At times people became passionate about the subject, which is a good reaction, because this is something in which we are invested: artistically for some, and commercially for others. And, as always, the clash happens when the two worlds of creativity and finance collide.

Hopefully, tomorrow we can engage further on the topics and explore solutions.

The conference twitter hashtag is #wcos and the twitter stream can be followed here live. Several of the participants have been posting their thoughts on the panels, and you can expect more tomorrow.

Participant profile: Marcílio Moraes

We’re just in time to meet with Brazilian writer Marcílio Moraes.

Marcilio Moraes

Marcilio Moraes

Marcílio was born in Petrópolis, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and writes short stories, novels and screenplays for television.

He has written for famous Brazilian soap operas (known as telenovels) like Roque Santeiro, Noivas de Copabacana, Mandala, and Roda de Fogo among others.

Recently he has written for the television series Vidas Opostas (2006 – 2007) and the sixteen-episode crime drama Lei e o Crime (2009).

He is also the President of the Associação dos Roteiristas (Screen Writers Guild).

Participant profile: Stefano Rulli

We jaunt over to Italy, to say ciao to Stefano Rulli.

Stefano Rulli

Stefano Rulli

Stefano was born in Rome, and after graduating in Literature with a thesis on ‘Neorealism and the Cinema Critic’ in 1974, he organised the conference on Neorealism at the Mostra del Nuovo Cinema in Pesaro.  He wrote the book Polanski and began to contribute to the magazines Ombre rosse, Scena, Quaderni Piacentini, Essai, and Cinemasessanta, with articles about emerging cinematographies: Schlondorff and the New German Cinema; Bacso and the Hungarian Cinema;  Wajda and the third Polish generation.

With the essay ‘Perrault: alla ricerca del paese perduto’ on Canadian Direct Cinema he developed a theoretical reflection which lead him to direct documentaries.

He has worked as a script developer at the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia and for European MEDIA programs.

Stefano has written many movies, among them: Meri per sempre, Il Portaborse, Muro di Gomma. Ladro di bambini, Arriva la bufera, Il toro, La scuola, Pasolini: un delitto italiano, La tregua,  I piccoli maestri, La meglio gioventù, Romanzo Criminale, and Mio fratello è figlio unico.

For television, he has written the series La piovra (seasons 3, 4, 5, 6), Don Milani, La vita che verràCome l’America, Perlasca, and Cefalonia.

He has directed a number of documentaries, including Matti da slegare, La macchina cinema, Il pane e le mele, Settecamini a Roma, Lunario d’inverno, and Un silenzio particolare.

Participant profile: Sebastian Andrae

It’s over to German screenwriter Sebastian Andrae.

Sebastian Andrae

Sebastian Andrae

Sebastian was born in Hamburg, and studied history, German studies and law in Göttingen. From 1992 on he studied at the HFF (University of Television and Film) in Munich, Germany.

While studying he worked as a freelancer for a German newspaper and as a comedian and gag writer for formats like RTL Samstag Nacht, SketchUp und the PRO 7 Comedy Factory.

He was the head writer for the series Mit Herz und Handschellen, was part of the developing team and writer for SOKO Leipzig, and wrote for SOKO 5113 (ZDF) as well as many other series and television movies. His latest projects include a 26-part dramedy-series for children (SWR / ARD) and the comedy Sicilian Vacation for RTL.

Since August 2007 he has been a member of the board  of the Verband Deutscher Drehbuchautoren (the Screenwriters’ Guild of Germany). He lives with his wife and his two daughters near Hamburg in Northern Germany.

Participant profile: Jochen Greve

In Germany, we meet screenwriter Jochen Greve.

Jochen Greve

Jochen Greve

Jochen was born in Bielefeld, Germany, and studied Communication Studies, Theatre Studies and History at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich (MA). He worked as an assistant director, cameraman, editor, location manager as well as a production manager and producer for various academic films and television movies.

Since the mid 1980s he worked as an advertisement writer. At the 36th International Advertising Film Festival in Cannes he was awarded the Silver Lion for his TV spot ‘Electricity’. Since the early 1990s he has concentrated on writing just for television and cinema. He received three German TV awards for Trickser.

He has written several popular and critically-acclaimed television movies as well as television series. His specialities are psychological and crime thrillers as well as intimate plays.

Since 2008 he’s been a member of the Administrative Board of the collecting society VG Wort, and since 2009 he’s been a member of the Board of the Verband Deutscher Drehbuchautoren (Screenwriters’ Guild of Germany).

Participant profile: Philipp Weinges

We arrive back in Germany to meet screenwriter and producer Philipp Weinges.

Philipp Weinges

Philipp Weinges

In the late 80s Philipp Weinges started writing German-dubbed versions of American sitcoms. After attending Robert McKee’s seminar ‘Story structure’ he sold his first script Alone among women (1991), which became a major German box office hit.

In the 90s, together with Günter Knarr, he created scripts for film and television. In 2000 they decided to produce their scripts by themselves and founded ‘rome-film’. The company produced four television movies (including Crazy Race and Crazy Race 2) and one sitcom pilot.

In 2004 Weinges and Knarr left rome and, together with Andreas Richter, they founded a new company called ‘Crazy Film’. They have now produced five television films, and are in production for their first movie for the big screen.