Feature Writing Workshop: What’s Next For Your Script?

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Screenwriters with completed scripts looking to polish to go into the market

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Class hosted by: Tyler Ruggeri

Writer/Story Consultant

Tyler Ruggeri is a screenwriter and story consultant with over a decade of experience on both sides of the entertainment industry. His biopic script The Making of Rock Hudson sold to veteran producers Celine Rattray and Trudie Styler of Maven Pictures. He also adapted the acclaimed non-fiction book Trapped Under the Sea, which led to a series of writing assignments on both original projects and rewrites. He is currently working on a feature for a major studio and developing a limited series. Tyler began his career as a manager at Exile Entertainment, where he represented screenwriters and directors in addition to developing the company’s film/TV slate – among his clients were Academy Award winner Damien Chazelle (La La Land, Whiplash). Other projects he developed with clients sold to A-list producers/financiers and were awarded by the Black List and Nicholl Fellowships.  Tyler also works as a consultant for independent shorts and features, with a focus on shaping both the material and the filmmaker's individual voice. He serves as a mentor for film students at his alma mater, Emerson College, and is a member of the WGA.   Full Bio »

 

 "Tyler's range of film industry shows to great advantage. His explanations were perceptive and clear. Thanks for a good learning experience!" - York Davis

 

One of the hardest dilemmas for creatives to face is determining when the work is ready. There’s no “one size fits all” approach, and every project is a different puzzle: when is it best to approach potential reps, producers, financial partners, or actors? Is another draft necessary before taking the next step?

This workshop is designed for writers who have written one or more drafts of a feature screenplay and are looking for an overall assessment of their scripts.

Each class will unfold in a conversational but instructive environment in which writers will learn how to critique their own work and whether it is ready for consideration. By the end of the workshop, writers will have the tools to plan for the next phase of their script’s development.

In four weekly sessions, I’ll speak on the topic, take questions/lead discussions, and help writers break down their scripts. All scripts should be submitted before Week 1, and writers are strongly encouraged to share their scripts with others in the workshop. 


Summary:

 

Week 1: Introduction & Concept/Theme – Every script begins with an idea. I’ll give an intro to the workshop process and discuss the basics of crafting a script with a strong central premise.

Week 2: Character – Great scripts revolve around great characters. In this session, we’ll explore how to create compelling, three-dimensional characters that jump off the page and attract talent.

Week 3: Plot/Structure – Plotting and structure are among the most difficult elements for any writer to master. We’ll dive into examples and determine how it’s best to craft a strong (but not necessarily conventional) storyline.

Week 4: Dialogue & Where to Go From Here – Truthful and natural-sounding dialogue is the secret weapon of any screenplay. We’ll end the workshop by discussing the subtle ways dialogue can improve any script, and writers will determine their plans moving forward.

In addition to the scheduled topics, I’ll also speak on general dos and don’ts in the industry, advice on getting representation, and other issues creatives commonly face. Writers are encouraged to participate and ask any questions that would be helpful for their projects or overall career goals.

 


Schedule:

Week 1 - 11/20 - 4pm - 5:30pm PST

Week 2 - 11/27 - 4pm - 5:30pm PST

Week 3 - 12/4 - 4pm - 5:30pm PST

Week 4 - 12/11 - 4pm - 5:30pm PST


About Your Instructor:

Tyler Ruggeri is a screenwriter and story consultant with over a decade of experience on both sides of the entertainment industry.

His biopic script The Making of Rock Hudson sold to veteran producers Celine Rattray and Trudie Styler of Maven Pictures. He also adapted the acclaimed non-fiction book Trapped Under the Sea, which led to a series of writing assignments on both original projects and rewrites. He is currently working on a feature for a major studio and developing a limited series.

Tyler began his career as a manager at Exile Entertainment, where he represented screenwriters and directors in addition to developing the company’s film/TV slate – among his clients were Academy Award winner Damien Chazelle (La La Land, Whiplash). Other projects he developed with clients sold to A-list producers/financiers and were awarded by the Black List and Nicholl Fellowships. 

Tyler also works as a consultant for independent shorts and features, with a focus on shaping both the material and the filmmaker's individual voice. He serves as a mentor for film students at his alma mater, Emerson College, and is a member of the WGA.

 


Testimonials:

 

Tyler was clear, concise and practical. He dropped nuggets of information that were solid gold. I used some of his tips almost immediately. Thanks Stage32 Team -- you rock!! - Lesa Babb

I took pages and pages of notes, thank you! Very well delivered, the lecturer had clearly a vast knowledge of the subject. I really enjoyed it! - 

 

 
Extremely articulate presenter. It really helped to have such specific information about how a character can be multi-dimensional. - 
 
Top notch webinar! To the point and very clear. Wide range covered. A++! - 
 
Tyler's range of film industry shows to great advantage hosting the True Stories, Biopics and Adaptations webinar. His explanations were perceptive and clear. Thanks for a good learning experience, Tyler. - 

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