F129. Screenwriting: Introducing Your Protagonist

Room 16, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor
Friday, March 9, 2018
9:00 am to 10:15 am


One of the most important moments in any screenplay is the introduction of the protagonist. On this panel, we show examples of great character introductions in films as well as examine how those moments relate to plot, theme, and character arc. Screenwriters and instructors leave with a new arsenal of examples to help them improve their own work and the work of others.


Leslie Kreiner Wilson, PhD, is a produced screenwriter and directs the MFA Program in Writing for Screen and Television at Pepperdine University. Her recent publications include fiction as well as essays on screenwriters Frances Marion and Anita Loos in several academic journals.

Andrés Orozco is the writer/director of various award-winning films, including Yo Soy Tu Niña, God Speaks Spanish, and 16 Summers. He is currently an assistant professor at Weber State University, where he teaches digital media courses and oversees film production. He is also a SAG actor.

Tom Provost wrote Under Suspicion starring Oscar winners Morgan Freeman and Gene Hackman. It was nominated for an Edgar Award. He wrote and directed The Presence starring Oscar winner Mira Sorvino. The film won numerous Best Picture and Best Director awards. He is an honors graduate from UT Austin.


March 7–10, 2018
Tampa, FL

Tampa Convention Center & Marriott Tampa Waterside