The day will involve covering:
Format: How is a screenplay broken down? How many acts? What does inciting incident mean and when should it occur in the script? And many other elements that go into crafting a solid feature.
Story: Even though we have good ideas, not all of them make for a good story. How do you decipher what is noteworthy and what isn’t? How do you take a nugget of an idea and expand on it so that it makes for a multi-dimensional story?
Character Development: Characters are the most important element to making your story believable and rich. Are they multi-layered? Do they take risks? Have we seen them before? What is their point of view on life?
Type of screenplay: Do you want to write a comedy or a drama? Thriller or horror? Coming of age? These are all different kinds of genres that plays directly into the type of story you want to tell. We will get specific and discuss which category your idea falls into.
Beginning your script: The first few pages of any script are the most important. If they don’t pop, if the idea doesn’t jump off of the page then people will stop reading. How do you create those first few pages that will leave the reader wanting more? We will turn so so pages into exciting, stimulating ones.
The Marketplace: Everyone always wants to know what the market is buying and truth be told, no one ever knows. However, there are some things to employ in a script that make it easier for the marketplace to say yes to.
Your idea: Lastly we will go around the room and discuss any ideas that you may have for a screenplay. Participants are encouraged to pitch their idea and will receive professional feedback and insight. Please note that this will be entirely up to you, if you want to share.