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New Meetup: Part II: Screenwriting Workshop (12:00 pm - 3:30 pm)

From: Luna
Sent on: Saturday, November 27, 2010 3:58 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for The ORORA Filmmakers!

What: Part II: Screenwriting Workshop (12:00 pm - 3:30 pm)

When: Saturday, December 11,[masked]:00 PM

Where: Rochester Hills Public Library
500 Olde Towne Rd
Rochester, MI 48307

Part II: The ORORA Filmmakers Two-Part Screenwriting 101 Workshop

Saturday, December 11, 2010, 12 noon to 3:30pm
by Andrew Vogler and Yashmyn Jackson

Please arrive 15 minutes prior to the starting of the workshop
Before the Dec. 11th Workshop

Participants should do the following four (4) sets of things before Dec. 11th:

  • On Dec. 4th, you identified a premise around which to write the 5- to 10-page screenplay that you might workshop on Dec. 11th. Now write the screenplay!

  • For at least two of the three feature-length screenplays listed near the top of the next page, which are approx. 120 pages each and very fast reads, do the following:
    a. Read the screenplay
    b. Using the information provided in the Dec. 4th workshop, identify the:
    i. Inciting incident,
    ii. End of Act I/beginning of Act II, or the 1st turning point,
    iii. Midpoint of the screenplay/movie,
    iv. End of Act II/beginning of Act III, or the 2nd turning point, or the Crisis point,
    v. Climax,
    vi. Resolution,

  • Protagonist's inner need and his/her dramatic need (outer object of desire), and
    viii. Controlling Idea or Premise
    - Silverado, Lawrence Kasdan and Mark Kasdan (1985 western),
    - Good Will Hunting, Matt Damon and Ben Affleck (1997 drama), and
    - Slumdog Millionaire, Simon Beaufoy, based on the novel by Vikas Swarup (2008 drama/romance).

    All three of these screenplays will be provided by the ORORA Filmmakers.

  • Reminder, if you haven't already done so and if it's not too late: Sign up now for the Free Rewrite Teleconference that's scheduled for Saturday, December 18, 5pm EST (2pm PST), at

  • Be sure to bring to the Dec. 11th workshop:
    a. your copy of this syllabus on which to continue taking notes, and
    b. writing materials (pen & paper, or a laptop) with which to write your screenplay.

"Structure" (12 noon ? 1 pm)

Objective: Review selected screenplay elements; learn additional ones.

  • Review of the screenplay's various structural points described on December 4th.
  • Screenplay: "A pattern of human change told in scenes for the screen."
    - Show, don't tell.
  • The importance of conflict.
  • Plot and subplot(s).
  • To the extent possible, each scene and the dialogue in it should do double-duty ? both carrying forward the surface action and supporting the screenplay's premise (the premise provides the conviction that the screenplay needs).
    - Basically, put layers of meaning into every scene. This helps to explain The Sixth Sense's success.
    - Surface meaning and subtext.

  • Loglines don't just help you pitch your screenplay to filmmakers; they're also reminders and guides, as you're writing your screenplay, of what you intend for it to be about.
  • Other items.

"Individual Writing" (1pm ? 2:15pm)
Objective: Participants will have a partial or complete first draft of a short 3-act screenplay.
Activities: Complete/continue writing/begin a first draft of a 5- to 10-page screenplay.

" Workshoping" (2:15pm-3:30 pm)

"The first draft of anything is shit."
-Ernest Hemingway

"Writing is rewriting."

Objective: Participants will gain tools to help them effectively rewrite their screenplays..
Activities: Three or four participants' screenplays will be printed up (if accessible electronically; 4 copies of each screenplay). These screenplays will be table-read/performed, with approx. 10 minutes allotted for comments on each screenplay, so that those members can go home and rewrite.

A few of the resources that are commonly used by new and advanced screenwriters include:

  • Creative Screenwriting magazine, which can also alert writers to numerous other resources
  • Crafting Short Screenplays that Connect, Claudia Hunter Johnson ? includes 7 short screenplays and a DVD containing the resulting produced short movies
  • Story, Robert McKee
  • (a popular workshopping site and discussion board for screenwriters and other artists, affiliated with Francis Ford Coppola)

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