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Emine Dursun – Screenwriter
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Stage 32 and Steiny
New York USA
The first person in Turkey to have received an international screenplay award for a script.
• Award-winning, creative scriptwriter, also experienced in script consulting of dramatic structure and script development.
• Founder/Owner of the MAE Media House, LLC.
• Founder and the Managing Director of the New York Screenplay Awards (NYISA) http://www.nyisa.com
New York International Screenplay Awards, aims to bring together the producers and all the scenery writers, whether amateur, or professional from all over the world. Those scripts chosen will have chance to meet producers in New York. Along with this they will get money and various kinds of rewards.
‘The Terrible Turk’:
The Los Angeles Movie Awards – Best Screenplay (First place), May 2012, Los Angeles, California
Houston International Film Festival – Best Screenplay (Bronze REMI award), April 2011, Houston, Texas
Williamsburg International Film Festival – Honorable Mention, September 2011, New York
Illinois International Film Festival – Best Achievement, November 2011, Chicago, Illinois
California Film Awards – Best Screenplay (Silver Award), January 2012, San Diego, California
Oregon Film Awards – Best Screenplay (First place), November 2012, Oregon
Bloody Hero International Film Festival – Official Selection, February 2013, Arizona
Los Angeles Cinema Festival – Merit award, March 2014, Los Angeles
Creative writing, script analysis, dramatic structure, feature movie scripts, strong structure and story, script consulting, novel adaptation, film critique, independent movies, character development, finding a story from the true stories, Final Draft, Celtix, Word.
Script writing, Story, Structure American Collegiate Institute, April 2013, Izmir, Turkey
International Film Festivals and Screenplay Contests (International area) Sadri Alisik Cultural Centre, April 2012, May 2013, October 2013, Istanbul, Turkey
International Film Festivals and Screenplay Contests (International area) ScriptWriters Association, April 2014, Istanbul
International Film Festivals and Screenplay Contests (International area) Bahcesehir University, April 2013, Istanbul
Sundance Film Festival, Screenwriters Lab (Istanbul winner) May 2013. Advisors Paul Federbush, Naomi Foner and Katherine Dieckmann of the Sundance Screenwiters Lab are currently assisting in the development of ‘’ Fifty Kilograms Of Hatred’’ project.
‘Fifty Kilograms of Hatred’ 2012-2014
Script/dialog writer and developer of a feature drama movie based on the 2011 best-selling Turkish novel “AZ”.
Supported by the Sundance Film Festival and Sundance Screenwriters Lab (unproduced).
‘Monsieur V.’ 2011-2012
Script/dialog writer and developer of a feature movie script. Biographical, historical drama. Based on a true story.
‘Hayirdir İnsallah’ 2014
Script consultant and story developer for a comedy feature movie.
Script/dialog writer and developer for fantasy-drama TV movie, inspired by a true story.
‘Scorpion Hunt’ 2011
2nd Script/dialog writer for a Romanian drama TV serial (10 episodes).
‘The Terrible Turk’ 2009-2011
Script/dialog writer and developer for a feature drama movie, based on a true story (unproduced). Has achieved 8 script awards.
Script/dialog writer and developer for a drama feature movie (unproduced).
2007 – Finance Executive, Mayr Melnhof Graphia, Izmir, Turkey; 2006 – Education Department TurkDex (Turkish Derivative Exchange), Izmir; 2005 – Researching Assistant, Dokuz Eylul University, Econometry Department, Izmir; 2004 – Finance News Reporter, NTV Television Company, Izmir; 2003 – Dealer, Global Securities, Izmir.
Digital Film Academy, Certificate: Script Writing 2009, Istanbul, Turkey
Dokuz Eylul University, M.D.: Finance 2005, Izmir
Ege University, Bachelor of Science: Statistics 2002, Izmir
2013 The Great American Screenwriting Conference & PitchFest – Sean Covel, Chris Wyatt, Lisa Alden, Craig Sabin,
Mark Travis, Los Angeles
Sundance Screenwriting Lab – Paul Federbush, Naomi Foner, Kathrene Dieckmann, Howard Rodman, Istanbul
New York Film Festival, HBO Directors Dialogues – Paul Greengrass, Frederick Wiseman, Richard Curtis, New York
Asian American Film Lab Programs, Unfinished Works New York
2011 Screenwriting Expo, Creative Screenwriting classes, Los Angeles:
Loglines, Query Letters and One-Sheets – Daniel Manus
Three Essential Principles for Creating Worthy Characters – Richard Walter
Masterclass with Randall Kleiserr, master directing class workshop, Houston, Texas
2010 Writing Studio, Certificate program, ‘Script Writing for TV’ – Ilker Baris, Istanbul
Screenwriting Expo, Los Angeles:
How to Write Studio Quality Action Lines and Dialogue – Michael Ferris
2009 Screenwriting Expo, Creative Screenwriting classes, Los Angeles:
Loglines/Treatments/Pitches – James Delassandro
Finding the ‘Story’ in True Stories – Erik Bork (Advanced)
The Craft of Animation Writing – Robert Skir
Your Concept at the Emotional Level – Karl Iglesias (Advanced)
Crafting Fascinating Scenes – Karl Iglesias (Advanced)
Tools of Plotting; Sequence of Story – Linda Cowgill (Advanced)
Structuring Scenes & Scenes Sequence – Linda Seger (Advanced)
Creating, Developing Comedy Screenplays – Steve Kaplan (Advanced)
Writing the Multiple Storyline Screenplay – David Bartlett (Professional)
Deeping & Layering Your Characters – Linda Seger (Advanced)
Digital Film Academy, Script Writing Classes (Certificate Program) – Dervis Zaim, İstanbul
2008 MiM Art Center, Creative Writing Studio (Certificate Program) – Mario Levi, İstanbul
Writers Guild Of America, New York, 2014
American Turkish Society, New York, 2014
Scriptwriters Union, Istanbul, 2014
Amnesty International, Istanbul, 2009