10 Essential Elements to Incorporate Into Writing Your Rom Com

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Who Should Attend:

  • Screenwriters
  • Authors
  • Playwrights
  • Producers looking to understand the elements of a successful rom com
  • Directors understanding how to shoot rom coms
  • Executives who want to make sure that their scripts fall in line to be successful
  • Actors looking to understand what it takes to provide a successful rom com performance
  • Rom com lovers

This Next Level Education class has a 91% user satisfaction rate.

Class hosted by: Amanda Johnson-Zetterstrom

Executive at Full Fathom Five

Amanda is an writer based in Brooklyn. She most recently re-wrote Daniel Arsham’s directorial debut FUTURE RELIC. This indie sci-fi film imagines a world where tides have risen so high that cities are drowning, forcing the powers at be to take drastic measures to save mankind. The movie stars Juliette Lewis, James Franco, and Mahershala Ali. James Frey at Full Fathom Five has also hired Amanda to work on film and television treatments. Before venturing out to work on her own projects, the bulk of her career was spent working in development and production. She helped to found Animal Kingdom – and there, she co-produced Destin Daniel Cretton’s SHORT TERM 12, which won both the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award at SXSW 2013. She was also an incremental part of seeing films like David Robert Mitchell's IT FOLLOWS, Justin Tipping's KICKS, and Joachim Trier's LOUDER THAN BOMBS move into production - and optioned David Carr’s THE NIGHT OF THE GUN. Full Bio »

Learn directly from Amanda Johnson-Zetterstrom (Short Term 12, It Follows, Friends With Kids)!

We’ve all been there… scrolling on Netflix and HBO Go (and heck, even Hulu Plus) searching madly for a great rom com that we haven’t seen before, because let’s face it: what else do you want to watch when you’re on your couch eating cheese doodles and artisanal ice cream (thank god it’s organic) and wishing to god you weren’t single, or that your husband, well… maybe wasn’t your husband. And, realizing that nothing good has been made in the past ten years (other than About Time), you settle on watching The Wedding Planner or Runaway Bride for the umpteenth time.

I kid, I kid. But, seriously! There aren’t enough good rom coms. You should be writing them!

In this 2 week intensive Stage 32 online course, your host Amanda Johnson-Zetterstrom will outline the 10 essential elements no rom com can survive without, helping you realize how to turn that bad date into legendary Hollywood fodder! (Because everyone knows that Pretty Woman is totally plausible and actually really happened!)

Under the direct guidance of Amanda, during the 2 weeks you will learn:

  • What makes existing romantic comedies work – and how to steal from them.
  • How to make your script stand out from the pack. (Hint: the simplest solution is often the best one.)
  • The crucial elements to write a good rom com!
  • What differentiates a good rom com from a bad one
  • How to hone your own voice
  • How to originate a great idea/hook

The objective of this course is:

  • To give you the tools you need to write a funny, heartfelt, PRODUCIBLE romantic comedy – so that you can see your name in lights (and let’s be real… get paid!)
  • To learn how to identify your voice and perspective as a writer – and realize what differentiates you (in a good way). And to have a succinct answer to the ever-elusive question of: what is your brand?
  • Learning how to write a great script that turns into a great movie – and what the pitfalls are along the way.

Summary:

Part 1 – THE SET UP ELEMENTS

  • A strong lead
    • Our girl!
    • Creating a compelling, three-dimensional character we want to spend two hours with.
  • The love interest.
    • Someone adorable and smart and hot – and perfect (but only for our leading lady – or lass).
  • The best friend.
    • A cooky, quirky, amazing foil (for an amazing character actress).
  • A great hook.
    • Coming up with an amazing logline, title, and concept
  • Inherent conflict
    • What’s the driving force of the story?
    • How to come up with conflict so good that scenes write themselves?

Part 2 – THE PLOT ELEMENTS and THE CRUCIAL ELEMENT

  • The cute "meet".
    • How to craft a perfect moment.
  • The “Benny and the Jets” Moment.
    • Stolen from 27 DRESSES, that moment when we see our leads bond.
    • The moment after which there’s no turning back.
  • The break apart
    • Anxiety, tears, snot. Will they end up together or won’t they? How to make this moment feel real and earned?
  • The epic moment
    • The big kiss. The wedding. The perfect moment.
  • A FRESH VOICE
    • The crucial element. How to discover your own voice – and then use it!

About Your Instructor:

Amanda is an writer based in Brooklyn. She most recently re-wrote Daniel Arsham’s directorial debut FUTURE RELIC. This indie sci-fi film imagines a world where tides have risen so high that cities are drowning, forcing the powers at be to take drastic measures to save mankind. The movie stars Juliette Lewis, James Franco, and Mahershala Ali. James Frey at Full Fathom Five has also hired Amanda to work on film and television treatments.

Before venturing out to work on her own projects, the bulk of her career was spent working in development and production. She helped to found Animal Kingdom – and there, she co-produced Destin Daniel Cretton’s SHORT TERM 12, which won both the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award at SXSW 2013. She was also an incremental part of seeing films like David Robert Mitchell's IT FOLLOWS, Justin Tipping's KICKS, and Joachim Trier's LOUDER THAN BOMBS move into production - and optioned David Carr’s THE NIGHT OF THE GUN.


Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: What is the format of a class?
A: Stage 32 Next Level Classes are typically 2 to 4 week ongoing broadcasts that take place online using a designated software program from Stage 32.

Q: Do I have to have to be located in a specific location?
A: No, you can participate from the comfort of your own home using your personal computer! If you attend a live online class, you will be able to communicate directly with your instructor during the class.

Q: What are the system requirements?
A: You will need to meet the following system requirements in order to run the class software: Windows 7 or later Mac OS X 10.9 (Mavericks) or later.
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Q: What if I cannot attend the live class?
A: If you cannot attend a live class and purchase an On-Demand class, you will have access to the entire recorded broadcast, including the Q&A.

Q: Will I have access to the class afterward to rewatch?
A: Yes! After the purchase of a live or On-Demand class, you will have on-demand access to the audio recording, which you can view as many times as you'd like for a whole year!

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