The Story Doctor Is In: Bring a log line and shape your story

Are you stuck in your script? Can't move forward? We will
unstick you! Bring a description of your story problem (a logline, a character
problem, an action problem) and Peter and Ceci will solve it for you - while
you wait! The first hour of this three hour seminar features Peter giving you
two Tools of story to break the logjam in your story - tools you will use the
rest of your creative life. These tools will do the one thing so many creators
never master -- help you CHANGE your hero. 90 percent of the time Peter and
Cecilia passed on scripts (they were longtime top studio readers) was because
the hero didn't have a compelling change in the story. 90 percent! After Peter
gives you these tools, master story doctor Cecilia will join him and they will
solve your script or treatment or story idea problems -- for the next hour and
a half you'll have plenty of individual personal attention to YOUR story.
You'll also watch them work with other creators who have problems similar to
yours -- and finally you'll receive a full recording of this lecture with all
the tips and tools that Ceci and Peter use in their classes and in their
private consults.

In 2013 four of Ceci and Peter's students sold scripts to
major studios -- they are working pros in Hollywood today. Come learn from them
-- and get re-energized and unblocked on YOUR story. Not sure you want to stay
all three hours? Come for the first hour for the price of the Meetup and see if
Peter and Ceci are as good as they say -- then stay for the rest, and get unblocked
on your own story. Finishing your story is worth the price of three Pink Tacos
($19.95). So, bring in your 'sick' stories -- they will be cured!

PS - if you want it to remain 'confidential' we will 'mask'
the story so no one else will know what it is -- but you'll get your answer to how to fix
your story problem. Plus you can e-mail us if you have any questions, too!



Peter Russell is a master story teacher and script doctor who has helped shape film story for Brian Grazier and Ron Howard at IMAGINE "Einstein Project", Alex Schwartz and Cary Granat at WALDEN FILMS "Chronicles of Narnia", Sunta Izzicupo at CBS Television Movies of the Week, as well as PARTICIPANT MEDIA, "Ocean Warrior", VIACOM, and many others.

In 2005, Peter discovered a true passion when he began teaching film and television story at UCLA's Entertainment Division of the Extension School.

Peter's energy, entertaining style and true passion for his subject won him UCLA's Teacher of the Year in 2009.

In 2009, Peter created HOW MOVIES WORK a film school that now teaches film classes all over the world, as well as in classrooms in Venice and Beverly Hills, California. Recently HMW has begun to offer movie classes online as well, at Screenwriters who have graduated from HMW include Vladimir Nagorney and Hal Oszan,  both of whom credit HMW for helping them sell screenplays to major producers here in LA and to international studios in 2012.

Peter's book HOW MOVIES WORK, is coming out in 2013 on Focal Press.

In Peter's earlier career as a script reader he read over 5,000 scripts for the studios and developed a set of tools based on the patterns that he saw in the very best of these stories. Peter's seminars have become legendary because he teaches using these original tools -- and believes that the best way to teach them is to show how the greatest contemporary moviemakers use them. Peter's classes use many clips from recent hit movies to illustrate his points. The proof, he believes, is in the pudding -- and showing students how the patterns he's discovered actually work in movies like

DJANGO UNCHAINED and INCEPTION, in SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK and ONCE, are the best way to drive home his lessons.

In fact, there is nothing Peter loves more than showing aspiring movie story makers just how hit movies work. It's his true passion. In his classes, people tell always tell him "I finally get it!" His students take the same class two or three or four times. His lectures get read, and re-read, viewed and re-viewed, time after time. Because they work. Because the patterns he shows his students help them make original stories.

There's no higher compliment Peter could receive than that. He loves his work!

And making his students love their own work, and up their own storytelling game, is his ultimate pleasure.

Cecilia Russell is a master story doctor who has worked with
some of the most successful creators and writers in Hollywood, and whose notes
for writers like Hal Oszan and Vlad Nagorny have become legendary.

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  • Mary B.

    extremely helpful lecture and "doctoring" session! thank you!

    January 5

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looking to network and learn

    January 5

  • Venci

    I'm a film making enthusiast and planning to take a film making course... But can somebody explain to me what's the meet up all about? I don't want to sound clueless... but I have no clue really...

    December 30

  • A former member
    A former member

    In a word.........Oscar. In two word's......For Sale. In three words I invite investors. Hope I can make it there. It get's so difficult when the whole wide world finds out your the actual conceptual writer of the "Social Network. What dies one do?

    December 16

  • Delonzo C.

    Thanks for the invite!!!

    December 15

  • Karen

    This meetup is taking place at the same time and place that the action writing one is. How is that possible? The action one is suppose to be from 10:00am to 1pm and this one starts at 11am.

    November 27

    • Lissette

      Hi Karen, Yes, I had to change the date to make sure we can have the action meetup. Thank you for noticing too. :)

      1 · November 27

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