The creative and professional journey of independent and freelance screenwriters is challenging, whether you work in the "underfunded" southern African industry or in the more thriving commercial centres of Europe or the USA. Our Guest speakers and Panellists will debate the following issues. He attended the University of Southern California, where he received a BFA from the School of Cinema. After serving as a freelance story analyst to multiple productions companies, Tyger tried his hand at screenwriting.

Three screenplays later, “Menace II Society” was the result. The script, bought and produced by New Line Cinema, proved to be both commercially and critically successful, gaining acceptance to the Cannes film festival Director’s fortnight. Tyger has since developed numerous screenplays and television pilots for all of the major studios/networks and has worked with such directors as the Hughes Brothers, John Singleton and William Friedkin.

Also, he is scripting a video game, to be quickly turned into a film project. Tyger resides in the Los Angeles suburbs with his wife and daughters. It is administered by an elected council of Full and Affiliate members who contribute their time and expertise on a voluntary basis, and a part-time secretary.

SASWA's e-newsletter is published every two weeks, while a bi-monthly print newsletter is published bi-monhly for members without Internet access (complimentary copies are also distributed throughout the television, film, video and theatre industries). To provide training for scriptwriters by upgrading the skills of working scriptwriters and providing skills training for aspirant scriptwriters. To negotiate better working conditions for scriptwriters, e.g., rates of pay, copyright agreements, residuals, etc. To promote the production of a diversity of locally written scripts on television, radio, theatre, film and video in the film and broadcasting environment of a democratic South Africa.

To promote the participation of historically disadvantaged scriptwriters in the film and broadcast industry as well as corrective action programmes for scriptwriters. To promote the value of South African film, television, theatre, radio and video amongst South African audiences. To encourage dialogue and the sharing of resources with other organisations with similar aims. To promote the role of local film, television, radio, video and theatre production in support of democracy, education and development, the empowerment and entertainment of South Africans.

To promote freedom of expression, the combating of racism, sexism and all forms of discrimination in South Africa. To disseminate information on training opportunities and initiatives to aspirant and working scriptwriters and other community-based Arts and Cultural organisations. The job creation scheme now in existence for over 3 years, utilizes the medium of film and video for income generation, through the sale of videos and exhibition of film. For the current year we have recruited 20 (twenty) new operators drawn from Gauteng through a public process of promotion the project to youth.

The successful candidates were put through their paces in an exciting 2 day training and orientation session that took place at the SAB breweries. The selected agents were overally impressed by the quality and pertinence of the topics engaged and had this to say about the event: some comments. Being part of an association that protects, promotes and advances the rights of its members, the same way that a trade union lobbies and negotiations on behalf of its members. Being informed of all training initiatives that SASWA offers, or is a co-partner in.

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