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Screenwriting Workshop by Peter Vickers

... and of course general networking. Feb 28th, 8pm, Kitty OSheas.

Peter Vickers, who runs another meetup group [parisdrama] among many other things, has offered to do an evening workshop, which is structured as a group writing event.... Peter's description follows after. So if you are a beginner, and want a little brainstorm and structure help, or are experienced, and want to see how Peter thinks,  warming your brain while networking with possible collaborators.... show up. Simple as that.

Here's the pitch:


Tonight we’re going to write a screenplay!

OK, not exactly, but we can get the structure in place. We’ll do this together. You suggest the title, genre, characters and “plot points” and together we’ll create the model of a story.

We often have great ideas, but lack the techniques to get them written. We have a beginning but no end, a middle but no beginning etc. Or perhaps we mistake a premise for a story?

Before you create a first draft, it’s useful to work out whether you have a story to tell. By following principals of structure you can start to understand what you have and what you still need.

I hope this race through the basics of screenwriting structure will provide ideas and insights for writers, film-makers and actors alike.

The night will be hosted by Peter Vickers, an English resident of Paris and Paris Film Crew member.

Peter’s had two scripts produced by the BBC in the UK: “FRENCH SEX AT THE WILMSLOW REX” and “THE NQ48.” Plus he’s also written and produced two films, “A DROP OF THE PURE” (2009) plus “THE LOVE THAT LASTS FOREVER” - currently in post-production.

He completed the BBC SPARKS RADIO course – the BBC’s in house training for new writers and was invited into the ROYAL NATIONAL THEATRE in London to attend thier professional training after they received his stage play, GONZO.

He’s represented by The Micheline Steinberg Literary Agency in London.

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  • Matt Z.

    Peter's presentation was a fantastic primer. In my limited experience, the "craft" of screenwriting is like an onion. Peter could run 25 workshops and we'd still be peeling at the next level. If you're interested in peeling back another (but certainly not the last) layer of the onion, please join us at Screenwriters in Paris meetup group. Our next/first meeting is Thursday March 21. Tentative meeting place is Pain Quotidien on Rue de Varenne in the 7th, but that might change if the group grows. I'll keep you posted. I'd be thrilled if Peter could offer additional insight at our meeting. Please keep in mind our meetup (on top of Peter's) is just another small step in a wonderfully-consuming process.

    March 1, 2013

  • Lou

    Last night was my first meeting with Paris Film Crew and I really enjoyed it, I thought Peter who did the talk about Screenwritting was really good. And I felt like it was more than just a meet up as I learned so much about screewritting. So thank you Peter and David for sharing your time and skills with us.

    March 1, 2013

  • Barbara

    "La critique est facile mais l'art est difficile!"
    Thank you David and Peter for a most enjoyable evening.

    March 1, 2013

  • David

    I have to tag this on to the previous...

    There is another, new screenwriting meetup, if that is of interest, from Matt Ziol, and that might be useful to know. That is peer to peer. For focused discussion with an instructor, Peter did prove last night that he could handle it very well.

    March 1, 2013

  • David

    Now, I have to agree with Jamie, this was an intro. For me, the bouncing between the two storylines was one of the better parts of the talk's structure... as Peter mentioned, he was teaching a formula. Formulas are arbitrary, but then so are screw drivers, and other tools, and in the end it was as always what you build or fix with it... and you can build some very nice things indeed, as people do everyday. Doesn't change the fact that it is arbitrary. Now, didn't I mention that this was in a bar, that the acoustics were bad, and that it was difficult for Peter to warm up and concentrate with such a large audience at hand. And, difficult to warm up the audience as well. Note that he did a lot of it, as an actor would, barely glancing at his written lines. It would have been great if you had come, Bill, but I do have to agree with Jamie that one can't agree with a review of something that one hasn't seen.

    March 1, 2013

  • Jamie

    Thanks for last night, Peter and David! I found the talk very informative and it did cover a lot in the time but it was well pitched as an introduction, easy to follow and was applicable to any story. Above all the talk was rich with little tips, amasses by an experienced writer that would help anyone. I can't wait to attend one of Peter's screenwriting workshops in the future.
    And Bill, how could you possibly know if Thomas' review was good if you did not attend?

    March 1, 2013

  • Bill G.

    Sorry but I had a last minute empechement. Good review by Thomas Gatus so I don't feel so bad missing it. Also I didn't realize the orientation of the workshop was going to be a full length format. Most of my needs center on producing 3 to 15 minute Youtube/Vimeo shorts, one of which I am working on and was prepared to discuss.

    March 1, 2013

  • Thomas W. G.

    Mr. Vickers is an energetic and fun guy. However, he gave us two projects to work on at the same time: a rom-com and a thriller. One would have been sufficient for the first seminar. Attendees were often confused about which story we were developing. And at some points, it appeared he too was uncertain which story he was referring to. His words were in need of modulation, as he would talk loudly enough for everyone in the room to hear, but then trail off - to be heard by just a few people around him. As the session took about three hours, I believe he had too much material to cover for a first class. It would have helped if he brought a pre-printed form for the discusssion of a three act format with inciting incident, plot point 1, mid-point, plot point 2 and climax clearly defined. People tried to scribble these down without knowing how much space they needed - resulting in very distorted/disorganized take-aways. Finally, he allows for two hour movies. 110 pages - tops, never 120.

    March 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry to cancel late, school holidays to blame

    February 28, 2013

  • Laura H

    Sorry I am getting sicker and sicker by the hour. I feel very frustrated not to be able to come. Have a great workshop!

    February 28, 2013

  • Linda

    I would have loved to go but somethings come up last minute. Enjoy, until next time.

    February 28, 2013

  • Rhiann

    Something's come up this time but I think screenwriting workshops are a great idea and I hope there will be more in the future.

    February 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Unfortunately have some stronger commitments!

    February 25, 2013

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