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Allen James Roughton is the Stage 32 Script Services Coordinator, a screenwriter, reader and development researcher who has consulted on over 100 projects, scripts, books, comics and films and conducted research on life stories, exposés, professions and locations for development at major production companies. Full Bio »
Can you use long dialogue blocks effectively? Sure you can! We'll break down the rousing sales rally in THE WOLF OF WALL STREET, the chilling call in TAKEN, the desperate video message in "Breaking Bad", and the moving speech from HIDDEN FIGURES.
If you hang a gun on the wall in the first act, it better go off. In this webast, we took a look at the "Chekhov's guns" in the Winchester of Shaun of the Dead, the rock hammer in Shawshank, the coins in In Bruge, and more!
We're back in the Writers' Room for the The Breakdown Webcast: Breaking Down "The Queen's Gambit" Pilot Script. "The Queen's Gambit" was watched by a staggering 62 million households in the first 28 days of release and won 15 awards, including the Golden Globe for Best Television Limited Series. During the webcast we break down the first episode of the series using excerpts of the book and the teleplay, as well as clips from the episode. Download Episode One of "The Queen's Gambit" by clicking here. During the webcast we discuss: The introduction and setup of the main and secondary characters The structure of Episode 1 and why it works perfectly to establish the foundation for the series How tone and theme are captured in Episode 1 Why THE QUEEN'S GAMBIT may be based on a novel, but the structure can be applied to any fiction pilot How to apply these principles to your own writing
Isn't it ironic? In this Breakdown Webcast we discuss Dramatic Irony - when the audience knows more information about the circumstances the characters find themselves in than the characters do themselves. There are actually several different types of "irony" in storytelling and we will be looking at most of them during this packed hour. We will pay special attention to Dramatic Irony which can be used for dramatic, comedic, suspenseful or tragic effect. During this webcast we'll discuss different ways of utilizing dramatic irony and how it effects the emotional connection we have with our characters and the heightened tension and stakes it creates.
We're back in the Writers Room this afternoon for a special Breakdown Webcast: "Well This is Awkward..."! We all know those incredibly cringeworthy scenes in film and television when moments between characters get very awkward. Whether played for Comedy or Drama, we will examine moments in film & TV when characters just can't seem to get out the right words.
Remember that every line of dialogue matters, every image has a purpose, and there are no wasted bullets in the gun! We're kicking off another month of a packed Writers' Room schedule with the Breakdown Webcast: Exposition as Ammunition! Many writers struggle with how to get out critical information and backstory to the audience in an organic way. So during this webcast, we discuss how to get the audience the information they need without a lecture they don't want. During this webcast we'll discuss different ways of getting out information in a way that feels organic to the narrative and the characters. We examine some of the best - and worst - examples from film and television!
We're back in the Writers Room this afternoon for a special The Breakdown Webcast: Writing Adaptations with Special Guest, Writers' Room Member Stephen Potts! Stephen Potts is a screenwriter specializing in adaptations with one feature film produced (a Philip Pullman adaptation), four others optioned. Also author of children's adventure fiction (seven books published) and writer for stage and radio.