Character/Dialogue Intensive for Film and TV - with Pilar Alessandra!

  • November 25, 2012 · 10:00 AM
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I'm very excited to announce that Pilar Alessandra, author of "The Coffee Break Screenwriter" and host of the On The Page podcast, is coming to Vancouver!

Pilar has been at the top of my guest lecturer list since I took over as organizer. Her podcast is a tremendous (FREE!) resource for me personally, and her book is every bit as valuable, especially for those of us trying to break into screenwriting while holding down a full-time job. She has an astounding amount of experience and insight, and her many Los Angeles-based classes are consistently sold out. I'm tickled that she's agreed to squeeze this class into her very busy schedule!

We all know character and dialogue are incredibly important for any screenplay, yet I see  members struggling in this area every Script Reading session. So how do you take what you've written and jazz it up into something memorable? What makes a character unique? What makes for bad dialogue? How do you write in subtext? Come to this intensive class to have these questions and more answered.

The official details are below. Due to the limited seating, registration is ONLY available through the On The Page website, we cannot accept cash at the door. Pilar is working on setting up a link for the class, I'll announce it as soon as it's available. In the meantime, save the date!

I'll open up a waiting list so you can express your interest, but once the link becomes active it's first-come-first-served. The waiting list will not guarantee entry. Let me know when you receive your registration confirmation and I'll add you as a participant.

See you there!

Create strong characters, heightened emotional moments, memorable lines of dialogue, and engaging screen patter!

Los Angeles screenwriting instructor Pilar Alessandra, author of "The Coffee Break Screenwriter," and host of the On the Page Podcast brings a Character and Dialogue Intensive to Vancouver!

Through film clips and writing tools, we’ll …

  • Build Story From Character
  • Create Multi-dimensional Characters
  • Invent a Language and Voice for Your Character
  • Build Conflict Through Dialogue
  • Craft and Edit Dialogue-driven Scenes
  • Manage Exposition and Monologue


WHAT: Character / Dialogue Intensive

WHERE: Roundhouse Community Arts Centre (Multimedia Room)

WHEN: Sunday, November 25 from 10:00 - 4:00pm (one hour break for lunch).

COST: US$90.00

SIGN-UP:   To register go to http://www.onthepage.tv/2012/?wpsc-product=vancouver-character-dialogue-workshop

 

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR: Pilar Alessandra is the director of the Los Angeles writers’ studio On the Page, Inc ® and the host of the “On the Page” podcast.  Pilar has read and analyzed thousands of scripts for studios and production companies such as DreamWorks, ImageMovers, Radar Pictures and the Robert Evans Company.  Her students and clients have written forLost, Prison Break, Nip Tuck and Family Guy. They’ve sold features and pitches to Warner Bros, DreamWorks, Disney and Sony and have won the Nicholl Fellowship and Austin Screenwriting Competition.  Pilar was named "Cream of the Crop" in Creative Screenwriting Magazine's script consultant guide and was one of LA Weekly's top 100 people. Her book, "The Coffee Break Screenwriter" can be found on Amazon and major bookstores. For more on Pilar go to www.onthepage.tv

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  • Bruce van S.

    Solid, energetic, professional. I wasn't astonished by anything I heard there and at times it seemed basic and formulaic - but then making the most with the basics is a good place to start. It made me think that really mastering the basics might be quite important...

    November 26, 2012

  • Mark B.

    Ok here it goes... I 'll try not to monologue. Pilar was informative, knowledgeable and funny. The only thing I regret was my methodical writing getting in the way of the writing quizzes. I envy those of you who can bang off ten lines in a minute. Kudos. Great Job Rene.

    November 25, 2012

  • Carina C.

    I really enjoyed today's workshop with Pilar - thanks for organizing it Rene!

    November 25, 2012

  • Rene C.

    Still spots left, go to the OnThePage website to register.

    November 24, 2012

  • Paul

    Thanks for the repeating emails announcing this great event which with 31 people already on the waiting list I have no hope of attending! (On the plus side, I couldn't have made it anyway and I've now got $90 more to spend on xmas gifts for my kids.) ;-)

    November 24, 2012

  • Rene C.

    As of last week 25 have registered. Only 5 spots remaining!

    November 19, 2012

  • Rene C.

    There are now 23 people signed up for this workshop. The ones I know about are the attendees, plus one other who isn't yet a member.

    November 6, 2012

    • Carina C.

      Hi Rene, I registered a while back so I'm in...

      November 17, 2012

  • Mark B.

    Rene, I've just registered as well. Been listening to her podcasts... great stuff.

    October 25, 2012

  • Paul A.

    I've just registered online, via PayPal. All good. See you there!

    October 15, 2012

  • Rene C.

    This event will be announced in the Praxis newsletter in two weeks. I expect it to fill up quickly after that, so register before then to secure your spot.

    October 15, 2012

  • Rene C.

    For those who want me to register for them, you can either send me a cheque (e-mail me and I'll give you my mailing address) or, if you want it done quickly, meet me downtown to give me the money. E-mail when you can meet me, Pacific Centre area during the day or Yaletown during the evening.

    October 15, 2012

  • Michael S.

    Rene, the credit card thing was holding me up. So, yes, if you can register me, then I can give you a certified check or money order or cash along with details.

    October 12, 2012

  • Rene C.

    If anyone wants to attend but can't pay online, you can pay me and I'll register on your behalf. I'll need your full contact details as well, for the registration.

    October 12, 2012

    • Deborah F.

      Hey Renee - I am on the wait list but you say there are spots?

      October 12, 2012

  • Tim A.

    I would love to go to this as I listen to her podcast quite regularly. But I guess since you have to register online with a credit card there's no way I can go :( You that are going consider yourself lucky, Pilar's highly respected in the industry.

    September 18, 2012

    • Rene C.

      If you want to attend, you can pay me and I'll register on your behalf. I'll need your full contact details as well, for the registration.

      October 12, 2012

    • Tim A.

      How exactly would that work? Just pay on the day or get it to you somehow beforehand?

      October 12, 2012

  • Bruce van S.

    Hey, what's with all the folks on the waiting list? Only 5 registered? Do you know who this is?! Please don't force me to get a second mortgage to buy up the rest of the seats just to get her to come. Besides, I was looking forward to meeting some of you, too.

    October 7, 2012

    • Rene C.

      Jeff, you didn't let me know you'd signed up for this. I don't get a list of attendees from Pilar, I need everyone to let me know once they're registered. So far only 12 people have signed up and not all of them are from this group.

      October 9, 2012

  • Rene C.

    You need to complete all the required fields on the checkout page before it takes you to the secure purchase page.

    For those who don't have a credit card, you can pay by PayPal as well.

    Oh, and the price is US$90 so there will be a conversion, but it will still be less than the $95 I advertised at the current exchange rate.

    September 18, 2012

  • Rene C.

    The link will be available shortly. Pilar's had issues with her website, her webmaster's working on it now. I'll send the link directly to everyone on the wait list as soon as it's available.

    September 17, 2012

  • Paul A.

    Do we have a link for registering?

    September 14, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Went to a mini seminar of hers in LA and she was a little powerhouse!

    August 22, 2012

  • Rene C.

    Michael, it isn't sold out yet. Pilar is setting up the link on her website, I'll let everyone know when it's available so you can register.

    August 21, 2012

    • Michael S.

      I saw on the meet-up there is a waiting list. I was wondering why don't you get a larger room. I will look for the link to her website. thanks

      August 21, 2012

  • Michael S.

    Rene....this is first mail I got about Pilar...and it's already sold out!!!! I can see why. She's amazing.

    August 21, 2012

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