How to Write a Film Based Off an Original Idea or Comic Book Adaptation

Taught by Jordan Barel

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Class hosted by: Jordan Barel

Producer at Loaded Barrel Studios

About Your Instructor, Jordan Barel: A former Entertainment Attorney for New Line Cinema, AMC and others, Jordan Barel has optioned both screenplays and books to producers such as David Uslan (The Dark Knight Trilogy, National Treasure, Constantine). He created his own entertainment company, Loaded Barrel Studios publishing graphic novels. His work has won numerous international awards, including the Independent Publishing Book Awards (2012, 2013), The LA Book festival, the Geekie Awards ®, and many others. His studio currently tours around the country and sells their graphic novels in several languages around the world. Currently Jordan works in development for Producer/Actor Paul Scheer and Abominable Pictures in their comedy and TV department. Full Bio »

Part 1 - The Market, Comics, Story

Jordan gives an all inclusive look into the comics-to-film landscape, how they get made, and where you can find good material. Jordan covers the writing fundamentals (sequences, scenes, beats) before diving into concept: characters that sell, characters that don't.

Part 2 - The Writing Process

Jordan explores the writing process in depth, for both comic and film, covering topics such as: characters, plotholes, what can/can't be filmed, opening imagery, crisis, denouement and more.

Part 3 - Rewriting, Pitching, Sales & Sequels

Jordan explains the rewriting process (editing dialogue, keeping page counts low, tailoring for A-list stars) before discussing sequels. He continues with an in-depth look at pitching: how to put together a professional packet, what to say and what not to say. Lastly, Jordan explores sales strategies for studios, producers and managers/agents as well as conventions, trade shows and comic stores.


Summary:

To see a video sample of the class, see below!

3 part class taught by Jordan Barel, who works TV Coordinator for Verve Talent and Literary Agency! In the past four years, we have seen The Avengers, Batman Vs Superman, Deadpool, Captain America, Man of Steel, The Amazing Spider-Man, Guardians of the Galaxy, Iron Man, The X-Men, The Dark Knight and many other comics turned into major studio films that smash the box office. There is no doubt that there is a demand for super hero and comic-based stories.

Have you found a comic that you think would make a great film? Have you ever read a Marvel or DC comic and thought “how did they screw up the movie so bad?” Do you have your own comic series that you think would make a hit movie? Do you dream of being a writer but don’t yet have your angle? Or do you want to write a Major Summer Tentpole based off an original idea?

Stage 32 is excited to bring you the previously-recorded 3 part class: How to Write a Film Based Off an Original Idea or Comic Book Adaptation taught by Jordan Barel, who works in Development at Paul Scheer's company, Abominable Studios. Jordan gives you a how-to on translating comic books into film writing, and how to write a summer Tentpole based off an original idea. He covers everything from story structure and dialogue, from legal issues to pitch packets.

Here's a sample of what to expect in this exciting Stage 32 Next Level Class:

Purchasing gives you access to the previously-recorded live class.
Although Jordan is no longer reviewing the assignments, we still encourage all listeners to participate.


About Your Instructor:

About Your Instructor, Jordan Barel:

A former Entertainment Attorney for New Line Cinema, AMC and others, Jordan Barel has optioned both screenplays and books to producers such as David Uslan (The Dark Knight Trilogy, National Treasure, Constantine). He created his own entertainment company, Loaded Barrel Studios publishing graphic novels. His work has won numerous international awards, including the Independent Publishing Book Awards (2012, 2013), The LA Book festival, the Geekie Awards ®, and many others. His studio currently tours around the country and sells their graphic novels in several languages around the world.

Currently Jordan works in development for Producer/Actor Paul Scheer and Abominable Pictures in their comedy and TV department.


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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!


Testimonials:

Testimonials:

Jordan covered a lot of ground. High marks for knowledge. Communicates with enthusiasm and passion. Shot down a lot of common misconceptions. All very helpful. Thanks again! - Dan M.

Very knowledgeable and easy to follow. Great information! - Debbie O.

[He] was extremely helpful as a newbie outsider to understand the true process flow at the various networks and what should be involved with a pitch. Good job! - Matthew M.

Jordan was natural and engaging, and very informative. - Wade C.

Excellent presentation. Solid information provided in an ordered manner. - James S.

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