October 2020

French Castle

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October 2020

October 3rd-8th, 2020
Marouatte Castle,
The Dordogne,
France

Have you dreamed of writing a screenplay and seeing it come to life on the silver screen?

Or maybe you’ve published a book and are wondering about how to turn it into a film script?

Seems impossible, right?

Well, the answer, is, NO! Nothing is impossible, and on this one-of-a-kind writers’ retreat, at the beautiful 14th century Marouatte Castle in the Dordogne, Southwestern France, we’ll show you just how your words, your vision—let’s face it, your baby—can make it all the way to the big screen!

Special Rocaberti Retreat

This Special Rocaberti Retreat will focus on How do I go from writing my script to getting it made?

In addition to the usual networking and getting your script into tip-top shape, the emphasis will be on how to secure representation and market your project, with the ultimate goal of seeing it up there on the silver screen!

By application only. Please email [email protected] for further information.

Mentors

  • Joey Tuccio

    Joey Tuccio is the CEO of Roadmap Writers and started in the industry at Bold Films (DRIVE, NIGHTCRAWLER, WHIPLASH). He has read for Hugh Jackman's company, George Clooney's company, and Night and Day Pictures, to name a few.

    Roadmap Writers has helped over 90 writers get signed, optioned, staffed and produced in just 3 years.

    The only thing Joey is more passionate about other than helping writers, is rescuing dogs.

    Joey currently has 4 spots left for the October 2020 retreat.

    Reserve my spot with Joey
  • Luci Lenox

    Luci Lenox is a Casting Director who has worked in the film industry for the last fifteen years between Barcelona, Spain and the UK. Her specialties are international productions shooting in Spain and European co-productions, and one of her great passions is working with budding filmmakers and rising stars.

    She has cast over 100 productions either as lead casting director or as Spanish or European casting director for international co-productions. Films she has cast have won over 200 awards at International Film Festivals.

    Luci has worked on both critically-acclaimed and box office successes, including VICTORIA by Sebastian Schipper, VICKY CRISTINA BARCELONA directed by Woody Allen, J.A. Bayona´s A MONSTER CALLS, Mabrouk El Mechri's THE COLD LIGHT OF DAY and PERFUME directed by Tom Tykwer, among others.

    As well as numerous Spanish independent producers, her clients include Netflix, Fox, ABC, Disney, NBC, MediaPro and Paramount Pictures.

    Luci has served on the board of CSA Europe for two years and headed the Diversity and Inclusion Committee in Europe.

    Prior to her casting career, she worked in production and script development, where she coordinated the European Creative Media script development programme “Four Corners” and considers herself a very pro-active casting director with an excellent understanding of the development process.

    Luci currently has 3 spots left for the October 2020 retreat.

    Reserve my spot with Luci
  • Chris Deckard

    Prior to co-founding the management/production company Fictional Entity in January 2017, Chris Deckard spent over seven years working with and representing talent at major agencies such as ICM Partners and WME. He has worked closely with traditional and new media buyers to find and develop content for domestic and international audiences. In addition to helping cast and package numerous features and series, he has evaluated thousands of scripts for actors and directors. Chris graduated from Cornell University and earned his J.D. from Notre Dame Law School.

    Fictional Entity’s clients have been named to The Black List, The Hit List, The Young & Hungry List, The Blood List and been lauded by the PAGE Awards, the International Emmys’ Peter Ustinov Award for exceptional international television writing and placed as finalists in The Heath Ledger Scholarship and the Academy Nicholl Fellowship The Academy Nicholl Screenwriting Awards, the AWG, ADG, SPA, and AACTA. Clients have written, directed, starred, and produced in numerous formats, including features, TV, virtual reality, and podcasts, independently and for companies like Netflix, NBCUniversal, Legendary, Marvel, Fremantle, SyFy, the CW, Warner Bros., Amazon, Blumhouse, Comedy Central, the ABC Australia, Foxtel, TruTV, Super Deluxe, Hallmark, CBS, Facebook, E!, and MSNBC.

    Chris has advised clients through multiple successful series pilot and pitch sales. In 2019, Fictional Entity clients have: staffed on Netflix and Amazon series; directed features and high-budget shorts; entered option and shopping agreements with high-profile producers; and have premiered feature films and shorts at festivals around the world.

    Chris currently has 2 spots left for the October 2020 retreat.

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Special Guests

  • Krystin Ver Linden

    Krystin Ver Linden is currently set to direct ALICE based on her script with Stampede and Steel Springs Pictures producing. Her script RIDE sold to Lionsgate with Erin Westerman overseeing the project with Jill Solloway attached to direct, and was featured on the 2018 Black List. Her script ASHE, a biopic focusing on the life of tennis legend Arthur Ashe, is set up at TriStar with David Goyer producing. Krystin previously worked with Quentin Tarantino for 7 years, working on projects such as DJANGO UNCHAINED and INGLORIOUS BASTERDS. She wrote the ANNE LOWE STORY for Lifetime, which is based on the true story of the first African-American fashion designer and the vision behind Jackie Kennedy’s wedding dress, and she is also writing a CLEOPATRA PROJECT for Greg Silverman at Stampede.

The Retreat includes...

You’ll meet daily with your mentor* in small groups of 4 writers, to discuss your project. This is your chance to receive their undivided attention and ask questions about anything related to your writing—from the arc of your story to gaining traction in your writing career to crafting the perfect pitch for an agent or producer.

*Please note: in order to have the mentor of your choice, it’s imperative to book early, as places in the mentoring groups are allocated on a strictly first-come, first-served basis.

Each morning, after a presentation from one of our industry experts, you’ll meet with your mentor and the other three writers in your small group, in sessions of three hours, going in-depth into the topics which matter most to you, including:

  • Story development.
  • Honing your craft.
  • The art of revision.
  • How to turn an existing book into a screenplay.
  • How to write/finish a book with your eye on the silver screen.
  • Marketing your manuscript/screenplay.
  • Learning the business side of writing (an often overlooked but vital step), from securing the best literary agent to selling your script and working with film directors and producers on rewrites.
  • Lunchtime ASK ME A QUESTION sessions, where a different mentor each day will take Q & A on any aspect of the business you’d like to know about.
  • Afternoon ‘Pitch to the Expert’ sessions with specific feedback on your project!
  • Free time to just relax, write, take a dip in the pool, or take a stroll in the idyllic surrounding countryside with your new friends.
  • After-dinner Q & A with a different mentor each day, on a film which they’ve been involved with.
  • And so much more..!

From dinner on arrival to breakfast on departure, all your meals will be prepared by a private chef using fresh, locally-sourced ingredients. We’ll be serving vegetarian and gluten-free options along with a variety of traditional local cuisine.

As befits a castle, all the bedrooms are unique and range greatly in size, furnishings and views, and so will be allocated on a strictly first-come, first-served basis.

*At the Italian castle, the lodging is for seven nights.

To make your travel easy and stress-free, we’re providing a private driver to and from Barcelona airport (for the Spanish Retreat) and Angoulême train station (for the French retreat) for all our guests. Once your place has been secured on the retreat, we’ll be in touch with details and recommendations with regards to your flight arrangements.

*Please note that due to the Italian Retreat being on an island off an island, we are unable to provide private transportation, but do promise to give you detailed travel advice and hold your hand every step of the way!

Where else could you sit down to breakfast with an Academy award-winning writer? Sip Bordeaux in the salon with a major movie producer? Go for a leisurely stroll through the castle grounds with a director who’s worked on one of the most critically-acclaimed box office hits of recent years?!

With a faculty/participant ratio of 1:4, the Rocaberti mentors will be available to you for impromptu conversations throughout the retreat, sharing the lessons and tips they’ve learned—and the joys of the creative process—with you every step of the way.

So come along and enjoy the most exclusive (and fun!) literary vacation of the year. In a castle.

A typical day’s program is as follows:

8.00am – 8.30am: Morning meditation (optional), focused on opening our minds and calming our hearts, in order to get the creative juices flowing and focused on our stories.

8.30am – 9.30am: A leisurely breakfast, followed by:

9.30am – 10.30am: Presentation and Q&A discussions with our mentors.

10.30am – 11am: Coffee break.

11am – 1pm: In small groups of 4, you’ll meet with your mentor for two hours, to discuss your project. This is your chance to receive their undivided attention and ask questions about anything related to your writing—from the arc of your story to gaining traction in your writing career to crafting the perfect pitch for an agent or producer.

1pm – 2.30pm: A delicious lunch, al fresco, on the castle’s beautiful terrace, prepared with fresh, local ingredients by the Retreat’s chef.

2pm – 2.30pm: ASK ME A QUESTION: Each day, a different mentor will take your questions on any aspect of the film or writing business.

2.30pm – 3.30pm: Individual sessions with your mentor/free writing time.

3.30pm – 4.30pm: Free writing time.

4.30pm – 5.30pm: ‘Pitch to the Expert’: each day a small group of writers will take their turn pitching their project to the mentors, receiving valuable feedback on this stage of the process.

5.30pm – 7.30pm: Uninterrupted free time in the afternoon to go for a walk in the castle grounds, take a dip in the pool or simply write, take a siesta or chat with fellow mentors and writers.

Then, we’ll meet for dinner prepared by our private chef, followed by a talk and then Q & A with a different mentor each day on a film or TV project which they’ve been involved with. We’ll also be tasting some of the delicious local wines!

By application only. Please email [email protected] for further information.

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