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Grab 'Em By The Throat: How To Write A Screenplay That Will Be Read (11 wks...

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Skriva Writing School

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Tuesdays 6.30pm to 8.30pm for eleven weeks (29 September to 5 December)

There are many skills screenwriters need to master: story concept, structure, character, dialogue and visuals. But there is an equally important area that is often neglected. Scripts, they say, are the blueprint for a film and the truth is that a screenplay serves no purpose at all unless it is turned into a story on screen.

How do you do that? Well, to go from script to screen you need to get passed the reader. We develop our stories for the viewers but we deliver it in words on the script page. How do you make 60 or 100 pages of TV or film script interesting for the reader? How do you make it exciting or funny or deeply sad? How do you really deliver the human drama at the heart of your script and write a powerful story? Most importantly of all, how do you make the reading of your script as emotional as watching the finished production on screen? In this workshop series we will look at the art and craft of seducing the reader so you deliver the best version of your screen story.

We will look at:

* Making the most of those high points and low points

* Crafting compelling characters in scenes

* How to write ‘emotional moments’ in a screenplay

* How to make sure conflict is truly real and emotional

* How to write powerful hooks that keep the reader turning pages

* Writing engaging visual story for a script reader

Who should attend? Anyone about to embark on writing your draft script and want to make it as good as it can be out of the gate. Or perhaps you already have a script in draft form and want to edit, rewrite and polish it ready for submission.

Classes will be a combination of tutor led workshop, writing exercises, reading of work, and peer critique. You must be willing to do your own writing outside of the classroom meetings.

Tutor: Douglas Dougan began his career writing for series television at BBC, Channel Five & ITV (Casualty, Family Affairs, Doctors, River City, The Bill). In 2006, he set up Fluid Eye Productions, an independent production company based in Edinburgh. Among their credits are the BAFTA award-winning Run, Tony, Run! and BBC Three Award winner Mono. He has also created the CITV series Zoe’s Point of View. Douglas works regularly as a script editor and script consultant on UK film and television productions including the multi-BAFTA award winning dramas Margaret, Small Island, Five Minutes of Heaven, Occupation, Sex ‘n’ Drugs ‘n’ Rock & Roll and '71. Douglas is currently writing his own TV series and is scripting an adaptation for BBC America.

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