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Bill Boyle - Visual Mindscape of the Screenplay

San Francisco Screenwriters is co-presenting this event with Bill Boyle, LA based screenwriting teacher and film professional at Borderlands Cafe, Friday evening, April 12.  Copies of Bill's book, "The Visual Mindscape of the Screenplay", will be available for sale.

There is no charge for this event.


San Francisco Screenwriters Group


“The Visual Mindscape of the Screenplay”

With Screenwriter/Producer and Author of “The Visual Mindscape of the Screenplay”

Bill Boyle

"If film is first and foremost a visual medium then shouldn't the screenplay which is the heart, soul and spine also be a visual experience"

Friday, April 12, 6:30 pm

Borderland Books

866 Valencia St San Francisco, (415)[masked]

FREE and open to everyone!

Bill Boyle is an award winning screenwriter who has been involved in the film industry in both Canada and the U.S. for over 25 years as a writer, director, agent, producer, story editor and mentor.

He has become one of the most popular script consultants in the industry and has consulted on nearly 1,000 screenplays. Creative Screenwriting Magazine rated him among the top 10% of screenwriting consultants.

He presently teaches screenwriting at UCLA Extensions as well as lecturing at various universities and film schools throughout Canada and the United States. He also writes a bi- monthly column called “The Visual Mindscape” for

Mr. Boyle differs from most of the other screenwriting gurus in that he also maintains a successful screenwriting career. Films based on his screenplays have received multiple awards and recognition including;

Palm Springs Film Festival “Critics Choice” • Atlantic City Film Festival “Audience Choice” • Toronto Reel World Festival “Best Canadian Feature” • ACTRA nomination for Best Dramatic Writer • Canadian Film Awards Finalist • Recipient of the Harold Greenberg Fund • Chicago Film Festival Special Jury Nomination.

He is also the lead proponent of a visual style of screenwriting called “The Visual Mindscape of the Screenplay”. His textbook of the same name was released in early 2013.

The bases of the Visual Mindscape is based on the fact the film is first and foremost a visual medium so does it not make sense that the screenplay which is the spine, heart and soul of a film also be a visual experience

A fully realized screenplay exhibits its story primarily through images: a "visual mindscape" told within the dramatic structure. This is why I believe that screenwriting is matchless as a form of storytelling. If done properly, the reader not only imagines the 'other world' you created, but becomes viscerally connected to it. By being able to actively participate in the unfolding of the story, the overall experience for the reader becomes a more visceral and luminous experience.

More information on Bill Boyle can be found at or




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  • Melanie

    that was really excellent- thanks to Bill & Howard! And people made a couple of good points that got me to thinking. thanks all!

    1 · April 15, 2013

  • Leo M.

    That was the second time I've been through his workshop. Needless to say, I've become a big fan of Anchors and Triggers.

    1 · April 14, 2013

  • Melanie

    I was there to get Bill's take on the screenplay writing process and was glad to know he did not agree with several of what we generally her about writing scripts. The talk was helpful and inforamtive for me.

    1 · April 14, 2013

    • Amaroq de Q.

      Yes, a very rewarding experience!!

      April 14, 2013

    • Melanie

      Oops.. sorry for the typos. Early morning hours does that.

      April 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I look forward to seeing everyone on Friday at my lecture and book Signing at Borderlands. I am prepared to answer any and all questions you may have about the Visual MIndscape and any other aspect of Screenwriting.

    April 10, 2013

  • Melanie

    Perhaps one guest.

    March 21, 2013

  • Daniel S.

    Looking forward.

    March 20, 2013

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