Stage 32 Screenwriting Lab: Write Your Feature Screenplay in 12 Weeks with Expert Guidance from a Global Executive

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Class hosted by: Thomas Pemberton

Development Executive at Mind's Eye Entertainment (UK-based)

Thomas Pemberton is the Development Executive at the global production company Mind's Eye Entertainment, which has produced over 60 feature film and television projects. The company has been instrumental in establishing the Canadian film and television industry with exceptional, exportable projects that have sold to over 200 territories around the world. The company has produced over $400 million in production and has garnered over 50 national and international awards. Thomas is currently in post-production on Mel Gibson and Famke Janssen's latest action-thriller, DANGEROUS and previously worked on RECALL with Wesley Snipes, HUMANITY BUREAU with Oscar-winner Nicholas Cage, DISTORTED with Christina Ricci and John Cusack, DAUGHTER OF THE WOLF with Oscar-winner Richard Dreyfus, SCORE TO SETTLE again with Nicholas Cage, and a YA series based on the best selling books called AVALON. Full Bio »

Summary

**Extra Session Opened Due to Popular Demand - 1 Spot Left**

 

Write and complete your feature screenplay before the year ends—all under the mentorship of global executive Thomas Pemberton of Mind’s Eye Entertainment, who has already discovered four writers through Stage 32 and has their projects under option!

For less than $100 a week you can finally get your passion project written and out there!

 

Plus! Comes with a Free 6 hour On Demand Screenwriting Class

 

Writing a screenplay is a HUGE undertaking that can often be overwhelming and isolating. But it doesn’t have to be. Finding your community to offer support, expert guidance and, perhaps most important of all, accountability to actually finish your script can make all the difference. Completing your screenplay is the first and often most daunting hurdle you need to face to get your work out there and create a name and career for yourself, but now is the time to do it. Let’s make sure you have the resources and expertise you need to face this challenge head on and finally get your passion project on paper.

Thomas Pemberton is the Development Executive at the global production company Mind's Eye Entertainment, which has produced over 60 feature film and television projects. The company has been instrumental in establishing the Canadian film and television industry with exceptional, exportable projects that have sold to over 200 territories around the world. The company has produced over $400 million in production and has garnered over 50 national and international awards. Thomas is currently in post-production on Mel Gibson and Famke Janssen's latest action-thriller, DANGEROUS and previously worked on RECALL with Wesley Snipes, HUMANITY BUREAU with Oscar-winner Nicholas Cage, DISTORTED with Christina Ricci and John Cusack, DAUGHTER OF THE WOLF with Oscar-winner Richard Dreyfus, SCORE TO SETTLE again with Nicholas Cage, and a YA series based on the best selling books called AVALON.

Thomas has a keen eye for great material and is quick to champion material he believes in. He discovered four writers through Stage 32 who now have their projects under option with Mind’s Eye Entertainment! You can read more here.

Over 12 intensive weeks, Thomas will work closely with you and a small group of writers in outlining, writing, and actually completing your feature film screenplay. Each week, Thomas will lead an intimate group session where he will offer notes and guidance on specific portions of each writer’s screenplay or planning documents, incrementally and methodically working towards a complete and polished product. You will additionally have the benefit of getting support, feedback and perspective from the other members of the lab, as well as the opportunity to offer your own for their projects.

 

Take control of your dream and creative career and give yourself the accountability and guidance you need to clear this obstacle and write something you can be proud of and that will get you noticed.

 

Plus! Purchasing this exclusive lab also gives you free access to our popular 4-part on demand class on perfecting the basics of screenwriting, a $400 value!

What You'll Learn

Each week, Thomas will delve into a specific planning document or sequence of each student’s script, offer feedback, and assign a new document or sequence to be written for the next session. Thomas will conclude the lab with a one-on-one final evaluation with each student where he gives feedback on the screenplay draft as a whole and ideas on how to move forward

 

Session 1 – One Page Synopsis

 

Session 2- Two Page Synopsis

 

Session 3- Five Page Synopsis

 

Session 4 – Sequence 1 (first ~10 pages of the script)

 

Session 5 – Sequence 2

 

Session 6 – Sequence 3

 

Session 7 – Sequence 4

 

Session 8 – Sequence 5

 

Session 9 – Sequence 6

 

Session 10 – Sequence 7

 

Session 11 - Sequence 8 (full screenplay!)

 

Session 12 – Final Evaluation with Thomas (one-on-one consultations - no online class)

 


WHAT TO EXPECT

  • By the end of this 12-week writing lab, you will have a feature film screenplay ready to be shown to reps, development execs and other executives and professionals.
  • Sessions will consist of weekly 2-hour group settings led by Thomas. You will be held accountable to take the lessons from each week and move your work forward.
  • Plus, to keep you motivated and inspired, you will have access to a private, dedicated Stage 32 Lounge where you can communicate with your fellow classmates throughout the writing process.
  • To see the full writing lab schedule, see below under "What You Will Learn".

 

PLEASE NOTE: This exclusive Stage 32 lab is limited to 10 writers and will be booked on a first come, first served basis. The opportunity to work this closely and for this long with an accomplished development executive and an expert in the field is an incredibly unique and valuable opportunity. If you are interested, please book quickly. Once the spots are gone, they’re gone for good.

  • Payment plans are available - please contact Harrison at h.glaser@stage32.com for more information
  • This lab is limited to 10 people - 1 Spot Left
  • This lab is designed for beginner, intermediate, and expert screenwriters looking to build a feature screenplay from scratch or expand on an existing idea or polish an existing script.

About Your Instructor

Thomas Pemberton is the Development Executive at the global production company Mind's Eye Entertainment, which has produced over 60 feature film and television projects. The company has been instrumental in establishing the Canadian film and television industry with exceptional, exportable projects that have sold to over 200 territories around the world. The company has produced over $400 million in production and has garnered over 50 national and international awards. Thomas is currently in post-production on Mel Gibson and Famke Janssen's latest action-thriller, DANGEROUS and previously worked on RECALL with Wesley Snipes, HUMANITY BUREAU with Oscar-winner Nicholas Cage, DISTORTED with Christina Ricci and John Cusack, DAUGHTER OF THE WOLF with Oscar-winner Richard Dreyfus, SCORE TO SETTLE again with Nicholas Cage, and a YA series based on the best selling books called AVALON.

Schedule

Session 1 – One Page Synopsis - Saturday 9/25/21 - 11:30am-1:30pm PDT

 

Session 2- Two Page Synopsis - Saturday 10/2/21 - 11:30am-1:30pm PDT

 

Session 3- Five Page Synopsis - Saturday 10/9/21 - 11:30am-1:30pm PDT

 

Session 4 – Sequence 1 - Saturday 10/16/21 - 11:30am-1:30pm PDT

 

Session 5 – Sequence 2 - Saturday 10/23/21 - 11:30am-1:30pm PDT

 

Session 6 – Sequence 3 - Saturday 10/30/21 - 11:30am-1:30pm PDT

 

Session 7 – Sequence 4 - Saturday 11/6/21 - 11:30am-1:30pm PDT

 

Session 8 – Sequence 5 - Saturday 11/13/21 - 11:30am-1:30pm PDT

 

Session 9 – Sequence 6 - Saturday 11/20/21 - 11:30am-1:30pm PDT

 

Session 10 – Sequence 7 - Saturday 12/4/21 - 11:30am-1:30pm PDT

 

Session 11 - Sequence 8 - Saturday 12/11/21 - 11:30am-1:30pm PDT

 

Session 12 – Final Evaluation - Saturday 12/18/21 - 11:30am-1:30pm PDT

 

FAQs

Q: What is the format of a lab?
A: Stage 32 Next Level Classes are typically 90-minute broadcasts that take place online using a designated software program from Stage 32.

Q: Do I 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 webinar, 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 webinar 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 lab class?
A: If you attend a live online class, you will be able to communicate directly with your instructor during the class. If you cannot attend a live class, you will have access to the entire recorded broadcast, including the Q&A. Plus, your instructor will be available via email throughout the lab.

Q: Will I have access to the lab afterward to rewatch?
A: Yes! After the purchase of the lab, you will have on-demand access to the video recording, which you can view as many times as you'd like!

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