First Time In San Francisco!
William C. Martell's
CHARACTER FIRST! *
* Formerly Naked Screenwriting - Lew Hunter has a book coming out called Naked Screenwriting.
SCRIPT SECRETS: CHARACTER FIRST! - The big 2 day class is totally revamped for 2012. In past years we started by finding that great script idea, this year we start by creating a compelling character and then find the story idea that will best explores that character Movies are about people, so creating interesting characters is one of the most important elements of writing a screenplay.
The new class will take you step-by-step from blank page to fully formed character, then show you how to find the story within that character. How to find theme within the character. How to find the character's unique voice and create the supporting characters who best bring out the character of your protagonist. You'll learn how to show character through actions, decisions and interactions with environment. This is a different and unique approach to screenwriting that places character first.Now with The Thematic - the most powerful screenwriting tool I've ever created! Start with a story idea or a character, and it will take you step-by-step, finding the perfect supporting characters, amazing dramatic scenes, dialogue that works on more than one level, actions that show emotional conflict, and more. Thematic uses your story's theme to generate the other elements of the story, creating the template for a tightly focused character and theme based screenplay. This is not a machine or a formula, but a unique way to look at writing your screenplay.
This year we'll be using the romantic adventure film ROMANCING THE STONE as our primary example, as well as films like THE INCREDIBLES and MULHOLLAND DRIVE and AIRPLANE.
Car chases don't go to the movies, PEOPLE do - so let's focus on the people part of stories!
TBA - San Francisco Bay Area.
SCRIPT SECRETS: CHARACTER FIRST! is an INTENSIVE two day course - screenwriting stripped of the theoretical nonsense! Beginning by creating a compelling character, we'll spend all day Saturday and Sunday learning techniques that will improve your dialogue, description, story and screenwriting abilities! Creative ways to solve script problems through character. Plus a section on selling your script and managing your screenwriting career! Class includes a 120 page workbook with exercises, assignments (homework), forms and additional materials.
"Better than Robert McKee's class (and much less expensive) - more information and less pontification."- J. Bartlow
This course strips away all of the silly theories to focus on the bare essentials of screenwriting: finding the right idea, improving your story, structure, dialogue, description, visuals and characters. Using your imagination to solve problems and create scripts that Hollywood wants. A screenplay should be as exciting to read as the movie will be to view, and that requires writing designed to involve the reader and audience. Using proven techniques, the class will guide you from idea to screenplay to selling the script. Script Secrets is designed so that both beginners and professionals will come away with techniques they can use to improve their scripts.
This is the same course I've taught in London for about $550 - but the Los Angeles class will be less than *half* that price! $199 for two full days - more information than you can write down... and about *a third* of the price of McKee's class!
At $199 this class will fill up fast!
PAYING BY CREDIT CARD? - that information is on the PAY BY PAYPAL page.
WHAT WILL YOU LEARN IN THE CLASS? - that information is on the CLASS SCHEDULE page.
William C. Martell has written nineteen produced films including three HBO Premiere movies: Steel Sharks with Gary Busey and Billy Warlock; Crash Dive with Frederic Forrest and Grid Runners with Michael Dorn. He currently is working on several projects for Hollywood Studios. "William C Martell is the Robert Towne of made for cable movies." David Nuttycombe, Washington Post.
I really enjoyed the class. It was well-paced and the information presented well. Even
though I just got the bug to try my hand at screenwriting a few months ago,
I never felt like the material was over my head. I think you can be
confident that your class appeals to writers of all skill levels.
- J. Major
Wanted to again let you know how much I enjoyed your seminar. You were so right when you said we'd get the nuts and bolts - I actually learned something - a lot of somethings!
- L. Wilkens
Taken the class before? E-mail me for the Repeater Rate! Repeater rate or paper registration form.
* - Swag Bag Contents Are Subject To Change Without Notice... but there will be good stuff!
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