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Mansi Desai worked in Mumbai as an assistant director on Bollywood films such as Prem Ratan Than Payo and Indu Sarkar and as a Producer's Assistant in Dubai before moving to Los Angeles. She assisted in putting together BloodListX in 2018 and now is a Coordinator at Cold Iron Pictures.
Cold Iron Pictures is a production/financing company based in Los Angeles. The company produced SWISS ARMY MAN (starring Daniel Radcliffe and Paul Dano) directed by Daniels as well as Marielle Heller’s directorial debut THE DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL (starring Bel Powley, Kristen Wiig, and Alexander Skarsgård) both of which premiered at Sundance. Previous Cold Iron releases include Joseph Cedar’s political drama NORMAN starring Richard Gere which was released by Sony Pictures Classic; Mike Birbiglia’s DON’T THINK TWICE; and Lake Bell’s second film I DO…UNTIL I DON’T. Most recently, Cold Iron Pictures produced the 2018 SXSW selection BEING FRANK directed by Miranda Bailey and set to be released in 2019.They also produced the 2019 Sundance hit UNTITLED AMAZING JOHNATHAN DOCUMENTARY which premiered in the US Documentary Competition section and is available on Hulu. They are currently in production on the Thandie Newton starring thriller GOD’S Country.
Limited to only 5 writers, in this special Group Mentorship you won't just receive feedback on your script, but also individual coaching on your pitch, your marketing strategy, and your next steps as you take your screenwriting career to the next level!
You will have the opportunity to share your material with your classmates so that each writer will learn from their own feedback and the feedback given to their peers. You'll also be able to email the host during the week so you are fully guided for the entire month.
MEETING #1 - INTRODUCTION & SCRIPT REVIEW #1
Your mentor will read your full script prior to the first session and will give each writer 20-30 min. of notes. Get personalized feedback on your pages and ask your mentor any questions about your script and the industry!
MEETING #2 - WRITERS’ CHALLENGE + PITCH ROUNDTABLE
Your mentor will assign a writing prompt of their own design to see how you adapt to a "writing assignment"-like scenario. Following feedback & discussion of the Challenge submissions, you'll have the opportunity to test out the verbal pitch for one of your projects with your mentor and peers.
MEETING #3 - SCRIPT REVIEW #2
Your mentor will read another full script prior to the session - it's your choice to get a second round of notes on your script to really make it shine or work on an entirely different script altogether!
MEETING #4 - NEXT STEPS CLINIC + PITCH ROUNDTABLE
Your mentor will review a one-pager of your bio, loglines, any traction, and questions about where you're at and what you should focus on next when it comes to your screenwriting career. Get actionable career advice on what your next steps should be, plus you'll have the opportunity to get final thoughts on your reworked verbal pitch!