Two MIDPOINT Programs held this autumn in Prague


Prague hosted the first out of two workshops of the program MIDPOINT Shorts aimed at teams consisting of writer/producer/director with a short film in development. The creative teams of four projects (Poland, Estonia, Serbia, Greece) took part in the workshop organized during September 23-28, 2019 at FAMU and DAMU.

Eight participants altogether worked closely under the leadership pf Czech script consultant and acclaimed director Pavel Marek and Lithuanian producer and short film expert Marija Razgute.

As a part of the program, an open masterclass by Juanjo Gimenez and the screening of his very successful short film TIMECODE was organized.

The participants will meet again at Workshop 2 in January 2020 in Trieste, Italy, within the WEMW Coproduction Forum.
To find out more about the participants and lectures, visit the program website.

MIDPOINT Writers’ Room

Another of MIDPOINT’s programs, the very first edition of a TV-focused MIDPOINT Writers’ Room, will start on November 4 and finish on November 9, 2019.
Ten participants from 9 countries have been selected to experience the simulation of the creative atmosphere of a writers’ room, theoretical lectures and tutoring by Gabor Krigler (HU) and Maggie Murphy (US).

Moreover, three of the lectures are open to public, offering a unique chance to learn from those world-renowned TV professionals:

Gabor Krigler: Writing a Great Pilot
Gabor Krigler, the founder of Joyrider TV and former Creative Executive and Producer at HBO Hungary, will explain why the pilot episode must serve many different needs. He will be looking at the various elements that need to be introduced in a pilot to hook the audience and make them want more of your stories.

Maggie Murphy: Pilots - The Alpha and the Omega
With more than 25 years of experience in the television business, Maggie Murphy (Ally McBeal, Chicago Hope, Veronica Mars, Malcolm in the Middle and many more) will discuss the highlights of the most powerful and critical parts of a pilot script: the beginning and the end. In the television market, where there are hundreds of shows to watch, it is critical to hook the audience within the first 10 or 15 pages.
As a part of the lecture, an assortment of iconic pilot openings will be screened and analyzed. There will also be discussion on the ending of the pilot and how it must be equally strong to bring the audience back for more. 

Maggie Murphy & Gabor Krigler: A Writers’ Room Inside Out
Unwrapping the mystery of organizing a writers’ room, its purpose, hierarchy and the roles of the writers in it, Maggie Murphy and Gabor Krigler will talk about their extensive experience with this powerful “tool”, shedding a light on how a European writers’ room might differ from the American one or if it works differently when writing a procedural and serialized show.

NOTE: the capacity of the lecture room is limited, watch closely MIDPOINT’s social networks for the RSVP form.

To find out more about the participants and lectures, visit the program website.

21. October 2019