From Blank Page to Big Screen
Two-Session Intensive for new and emerging screenwriters
Crafting your screenplay!
A great workout in two three-hour live sessions.
Ideal for a new screenwriter or for kick-starting that next project.
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Summer Workshop: Session 1 Sat June 26, Session 2 Sun June 27
10:30am West Coast of North America
1:30pm On the U.S.Eastern Seaboard
6:30pm in the U.K.
7:30pm in Western Europe.
Aussies/Kiwis welcome... drink lots of coffee
Cdn $155 buys you both sessions.
Keep them Reading
Writing the Action Line
When you submit your screenplay, somebody reads it… or at least the first five pages.
Even with a fine story and great characters, if your action lines read ‘flat’, that’s probably all they’ll read.
Let Keith show you techniques that will enable you to write action lines that engage the reader right to the final page.
Max FIVE Participants. 1 Hour 30mins $50
Next Session TBA
Less can be More
Movies are a visual medium. A screenplay typically ends up being about 1/3 dialogue. So the lines your characters speak are both less important than your images and more impactful because of their limited presence. And then there are actors...
Let Brian show you how to construct dialogue that is simple, effective and succinct.
Max THREE Participants. 1 Hour 30mins $50
Next Session TBA
Expanding on the ‘Five Pillars’ structure, which is the basis of all successful feature films, Brian and Keith will help you develop the ‘Seven Sentences’ that define your Central Character’s journey. When you can write these sentences, you can confidently set about writing the screenplay, knowing the structure will work and your Central Character will have a compelling journey. Throughout each session, you will be encouraged and helped to create, develop and refine your ‘Seven Sentences’.
Session 1 (Three Hours)
From First Scene to Midpoint
DISCUSSION: Each member of the group describes their Central Character.
ANALYSIS: The six critical questions to ask yourself before you begin writing.
From opening scene to the birth of the conflict and the start of the Central Character’s journey
ANALYSIS: Brian and Keith detail sequences from the first act of three successful movies: Set-Up, Inciting Incident and New Direction.
DISCUSSION: Each of you shares potential beginning scenes for your story, and what your story’s New Direction might be.
Session 2 (Three Hours)
From the Point of No Return to Climax and beyond...
ANALYSIS: Midpoint and Reversal. Brian and Keith detail sequences from successful movies.
DISCUSSION: All share ideas about what their Midpoints and reversals might be.
ANALYSIS: Climax and Aftermath. Brian and Keith detail sequences from successful movies.
DISCUSSION: You share what your Climax and Aftermath might look like and share your progress with the Seven Sentences of your project in the light of the workshop’s discussions and promptings.
ANALYSIS: Brian and Keith detail the practical next steps following the completion of your screenplay.
QUESTIONS: Your further questions, as time permits.