You write what you want, you film what you can and you cut what you've got.
It takes some considerable skill to negotiate the tortuous path a screenplay takes from the germ of an idea to the final film. Few of us can churn out projects at a pace to keep this particular muscle in shape. The key is to practise taking this journey from page to set without a camera in sight and free from any time and budgetary pressures.
This space for reflection and experimentation brings together screenwriters and directors to analyse and rewrite their own scenes to be performed by actors in a new light.
A unique exercise to let screenwriters and directors discover how the written word takes flight from the page, and a great opportunity for acting professionals to do their stuff and meet other industry professionals.
Fernanda Rossi is a screenwriter, filmmaker, theoretical dramatist and international conference speaker. She has worked on over 500 fiction and documentary projects in the United States, Latin American and Europe, often as part of a creative team honing the writing to get the message across more effectively. In 2019, together with Camila Cienfuegos, she was awarded the Argentores Award for Best Screenplay for her work on Gory Patiño’s Muralla. She also worked on the screenplay for Leslie Iwerks’s Recycled Life and Scott Hamilton Kennedy’s The Garden, which were nominated for an Oscar for Best Documentary in 2007 and 2009, respectively.
She helped cut Lucrecia Martel’s Rey muerto and Héctor Olivera’s TV series Nueve lunas. Her co-authored book Trailer Mechanics: How to Make Your Documentary Fundraising Demo has been acclaimed by industry professionals as the demo producer’s bible.
She has written seven fiction features to date. Picture Me! was selected to take part in the Laboratorio de Guionistas Latino Americanos Sundance in Oaxaca, Mexico, and she took the same screenplay to the Directors’ Lab at ESAV, in Toulouse, where she worked alongside tutor Benoît Jacquot.
Fernanda studied directing following the Meisner technique and then went on to attend seminars in group management and conflict resolution. After directing a number of fiction short films over the course of her career, this summer she wrapped filming of her debut fiction feature, Influenced, starring María Caballero and Olivia Giordana and produced by Polar Star Films.