May 2010 meeting - Diana Botsford on Screenplay Writing and Other Visual Venues

What fabulous talents we have living here in the Ozarks!

Diana Botsford's degrees include Screenwriting & Producing from Boston University, and Master of Arts in Creative Writing from Seton Hill University. Prior to joining Missouri State University's Department of Media, Journalism and Film, she spent 12 years in Los Angeles in the television and film industry, followed by 5 years developing streaming media content and community-driven websites for Microsoft.

Her production credits are available in her IMDB profile by clicking here. Her work includes writing, producing, and directing for a wide variety of series and films. Her screenwriting credits include Star Trek: The Next Generation, Spiral Zone, and a variety of children’s series for CBS, NBC and independent networks. As a visual effects director Botsford has enjoyed the opportunity to play techno junkie while telling people like George Clooney how to stand in front of a bluescreen.

She has produced multiple series for television such as the CBS series Harts of the West and Nightgames. Her theatrical credits include visual effects directing and supervision for a wide variety of films including Nightmare of Elm Street VI, Tank Girl, From Dusk Til Dawn, Terminator 2 and many independent films.

As Associate Producer for D.I.C. Enterprises and then later as VP of Family Programming for Kushner-Locke, she produced over 1,000 hours of animation for shows that included Inspector Gadget, Heathcliff, M*A*S*K Force, Spiral Zone, and the Columbia/Tristar film Pound Puppies & the Legend of Big Paw. Most recently, Botsford served as Executive Producer on the Missouri State University Electronic Arts SF short Apollo which was a recent selection at the Athens, Greece International Science Fiction Film Festival.

Her primary writing focus is on science fiction for a variety of mediums including books, film, television, theatre and comics. In addition to Botsford's Stargate: SG-1 novel The Four Dragons (set for release in June 2010), her recently completed written work includes the SF novel Critical Past and the comic book series The Fracture. Botsford is oftentimes a speaker or workshop leader at various writers conferences and science fiction conventions.

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Join us in the Frisco Room at The Library Station in Springfield, MO! Critique group begins at 10:30 Central Time, we break for lunch at Panera next door just in time to beat the noon rush, and we return to the Frisco Room at 1:00 for our guest speaker.