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Story Maps with Daniel Calvisi

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What do 95% of great movies have in common? They all follow the STORY MAP. Daniel Calvisi—accomplished script consultant, screenwriter, and author of Story Maps: How to Write a GREAT Screenplay—has defined this proven structure down to the page. The Story Map is not a formula—it is a story structure that is followed by almost every popular Hollywood film. It does not dictate your choices or tell you what to write, it only provides a framework to hold your choices. This is not "cookie-cutter" filmmaking, unless you consider Sideways, Up, Transformers, The Hangover and Pretty Woman to be cut from the same mold, because they all utilize the Story Map!

What Is A Story MAP?

A Story Map is a method for structuring a screenplay by creating a simple yet powerful outline that contains the building blocks of your concept, characters and plot; the main dramatic elements and dramatic beats of the narrative and the order and desired page range of those beats, no matter the genre.

Join us Feb 15th from 11am to 2pm as Daniel explains how to apply the story maps to our own projects. Stop struggling with the blank page and make every sentence count by utilizing the techniques from the book and class. This will be a packed session so bring plenty of paper and be ready to learn. Q&A will follow the lecture.

As a bonus, those who attend the event will receive an exclusive Story Maps worksheet by email (which includes a sample Story Map of the Pixar movie "Up") and have a chance to have their loglines read and critiqued by Dan and three will be chosen to be submitted to Dan's manager in Los Angeles. [Please be prepared to say your logline to the group.]

About Daniel Calvisi

Daniel P. Calvisi is a screenplay consultant, screenwriter and former Story Analyst for major studios like Twentieth Century Fox and Miramax Films. He is the author of Story Maps: How to Write a GREAT Screenplay and co-creator of the Story Maps Screenwriting Podcast. Daniel has coached hundreds of private writers to better understand the principles of great screenwriting and to improve their craft on the written page. Daniel has been published in Script magazine and is also a contributor to Now Write! Screenwriting

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