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Old 10-03-2016, 10:43 PM   #11
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Default Re: DDealers who are going to Austin?

and make sure to check out some films... they have some great theatres and films too!
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Old 10-04-2016, 08:51 AM   #12
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I'll be there.

I'm currently trying to figure out how to get the schedule on my phone. I might just pick up a hard copy at sign in and just apply a highlighter. Old school style! (I mostly use my phone for photos and Lyfts, anyway.)
Hi! RML here. This is my favorite time of the year.

6th time at AFF (and did like 7-8 Creative Screenwriting Expos before that). If this helps:

Right now, I think Uber and Lyft are gone from Austin. On the AFF website or App store you can get "Fasten." I asked a local friend and he said "Fasten is the best (or least bad) option we have. With "Fare" being the 2nd. The rest are crap." There are also pedicabs and traditional crappy taxis. Uber had a dispute with the city government and left.

I have an iPhone 6S and am using the "schedule app." Love it.

I do NOT like the "calendar" version which populates a normal Outlook calendar with everything; it's very clumsy. The "app" with the schedule is easy on the eyes.

Hope that helps!
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Old 10-04-2016, 08:53 AM   #13
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***The old way totally works. I've done it.

But for the past 2 years, I've found making my schedule on the website (log in with Facebook or create a profile) is easier for me visually. You can populate your schedule from a traditional laptop or on the AFF scheduling website, which then syncs with the app on your phone.


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Hi! RML here. This is my favorite time of the year.

6th time at AFF (and did like 7-8 Creative Screenwriting Expos before that). If this helps:

Right now, I think Uber and Lyft are gone from Austin. On the AFF website or App store you can get "Fasten." I asked a local friend and he said "Fasten is the best (or least bad) option we have. With "Fare" being the 2nd. The rest are crap." There are also pedicabs and traditional crappy taxis. Uber had a dispute with the city government and left.

I have an iPhone 6S and am using the "schedule app." Love it.

I do NOT like the "calendar" version which populates a normal Outlook calendar with everything; it's very clumsy. The "app" with the schedule is easy on the eyes.

Hope that helps!
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Old 10-04-2016, 09:53 AM   #14
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Hi. Crazy busy so I apologize for not reading the other responses. If you have more questions PM me. Hope I can be helpful.

I don't consider myself a "Done Dealer" but you will meet PLENTY of people (more on that later).

I've attended AFF 5 times so far and did 7-8 years with the Creative Screenwriting Mag Expo (Conference) in L.A. I'm opinionated, and you said this is your first writing/film festival, so this might get long.

1) Casual. Jeans. Tee shirts. Comfortable. If you are someone who gets "cold" a lot in the air conditioning, bring a sweater. Most people are hung over, most people need the a.c. on in those conference rooms, and the smaller rooms can get packed...so bring something. If you get hot (like me), jeans and t-shirt are fine. Shorts are pretty common since it's always blazing f*** hot in Austin, but mostly jeans. You're sitting a lot. At night...there will be times when you just roll on through in the same clothes. Usually, I like to take a break and dress up my jeans & boots with a nicer button shirt. I'm from the East Coast. So, no ... in the past 5 years I have never thought to myself at night "Oh, it's cool out." Never. It was either hot or I'm inside.

2) Parking. No suggestions here but that sucks. If people present alternatives for you, I'd listen. Drinking -- It's about your habits. Also, it's about your home base. I can run up a $100 bar tab with ease in a night at the Driskill. To offset that, I generally keep alcohol in my room, drink pretty much 24/7 to stay lubed, and look for happy hour specials. However, since you have a Producer's Badge, I'd take advantage of the open bars. Producer's Badge = FREE DRINKS AT PARTIES. It will help you pace yourself between parties and save money. The Driskill is the main bar, but it does get crowded. They have a nice happy hour drink special (varies) and decent happy hour food. But, across the street you can take advantage of the SFA's happy hours and food for a price break. It's underutilized. Around that area, there are a good selection of small shops for sandwiches, burritos, etc. that are reasonable -- and yes, that food truck on 7th is good. I usually throw a couple power bars in my bag because magic happens and you don't want to miss something because you're walking 4 blocks away to eat.

3) Sign up for 2 round tables at a time at the little table 2nd floor Driskill. Those are for everyone and held at the church. If you sign up for your max and want more, just show up at the church as spill over...if there are spots open right before it begins they usually let you in. *I don't know if the "Producer's Round Tables" are new or I missed them in years past. But the Producer Round Tables will be held at the Driskill.

4) I've made a lot of business contacts and friends there over the years. If you've been waiting to upgrade your phone, do it before hand. You'll be grabbing phone numbers and email addresses like crazy. I still carry business cards because when you're on the run, it's pretty easy to exchange cards and then catch up later via text. Also, AFF throws in some announcements on Twitter, but I find Twitter annoying in the midst of such a party!

5) Pitching there. Wow, it's intense. Very impressive. Every year. People are serious. A lot of good writers. Good pitching sessions.

Overall, here is my advice for your first time!

AFF is the "film festival for the writer." I usually make goals for myself: Personal, Professional-Craft, and Professional-Business. I plan out my schedule with 1 main choice for each time slot. Then I add 2 backups. I also map out "nap" time or "running time." Starting Wed night, I usually need a nappy time break by mid-Friday or a good run to sweat out the gallon of Tito's in my body. You may find yourself at 3 AM getting food truck tacos. Usually, those next mornings are brutal! And I noticed this year that Sat and Sun are LOADED with panels I want to see, so I need to be fresh. After all of that, I'll add a few films to my schedule, but I don't go for the films. Other people do and really love mixing the two schedules. That's your preference.

Be open. Be polite. Smile. Be prepared to meet, greet, and move on if you're going to maximize the Producer's Badge. You'll run into people over and over again.

When you meet someone or a group that you like, open up. Get to know them. I've watched and developed amazing friendships while there. Some talented, amazing, encouraging, nice people. Plenty of weird. Only a handful of jag*ffs (pretty rare).

The professionals there (especially the big named writers) tend to be open, friendly, and supportive. I try to treat them with respect, but also like regular people. Most of the ones I've become friends with, don't want to talk about themselves until they hear what you're working on, what you're struggling with, what you're doing...which is a real gift - IMO.

Hydrate. Naps. Take notes but don't ignore the magic in the room. Plan a schedule, be open to improvising.

Hope that helps! Enjoy!

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Hi everyone, Austin is getting close. I was wondering how many of us Done Dealers are going to be attending?

Perhaps we should meet up?

I have never been to AFF, or any festival, can someone give me some basic info.

1) Attire?

2) Do I need a massive amount of money for food and drink?
(I ask because parking is OUTRAGEOUS)

3) How early does one need to be to get into panels/roundtables?
(I do have a producers badge)

4) Can someone tell me exactly what my one pager should include?

5) Last Q, any advise on pitching?

Hopefully, we can meet...Good Luck Everyone
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Old 10-06-2016, 04:37 PM   #15
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Thanks for the tips everybody. Look forward to possibly meeting some of you folks. I'd like to say I am the 'hot blonde in a mini skirt' but closer to the truth is the short haired brunette with a serious limp.
Cross your fingers for me that I don't fall flat on my face pitching. ha ha ha Public speaking (I should say Public anything) really isn't my thing.
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Old 10-09-2016, 05:08 PM   #16
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One thing I haven't seen -

Sessions and panels can and do change. Make your basic schedule through the app or Sched, but bookmark the website and check the daily one sheets on the tables at the Driskill - they'll have the most current information.

2 years ago I was pitching my animation spec and they added a Sunday morning panel with Mary Coleman of Pixar and Lindsey Doran. I missed it. Still kick myself.
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