Crafting Scene Descriptions: Make Your Prose Leap Off the Page!

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Steve Desmond

Webinar hosted by: Steve Desmond

Professional Screenwriter

Steve Desmond is a Chicago native, a graduate of the USC School of Cinematic Arts, and a working screenwriter living in Los Angeles. He was voted for inclusion on The Tracking Board’s Top Up and Coming Screenwriters list, as chosen by agents, managers, producers, and executives. His thriller screenplay, On Your Doorstep, sold to Treehouse Pictures (Arbitrage, All is Lost) in a co-financing situation with Lost City (Juno). His most recent horror screenplay, Twisted Avenue, made the 2015 Hit List honoring the best spec screenplays of the year, and has Steve attached to direct. The project is currently being shopped alongside his short film Monsters, which he made as a proof of concept. Monsters has since been accepted into over forty film festivals, including winning the Comic-Con International Film Festival for Best Horror/Suspense Film and Best Overall Film. Currently, Steve has a new sci-fi thriller with Davis Entertainment (Chronicle, The Blacklist), inspired by actual events. His screenplays have appeared on the 2011, 2013, and 2015 Hit List, honoring the best spec screenplays of the year, and the 2013 Blood List, honoring the best genre screenplays of the year. Steve is represented by APA, The Gotham Group, and Eclipse Law Firm. Full Bio »

Writing is rewriting but that doesn’t just mean dialogue. Scene description is a crucial part of screenwriting, but far too often, it’s not given the attention that it deserves. The reality is, many screenplays are marred by static, wooden scene description. But powerful scene description can help your story to leap off the page and give your screenplay the “pop” it needs. Your scene description is where your writer’s “voice” comes in… And the way you write this prose can make or break your script. 

In this Stage 32 Next Level Webinar, professional screenwriter Steve Desmond will help you to elevate your descriptive writing to a professional level. He’ll help you to develop the tone of your story right on the page, long before it hits the screen. And he’ll dispel myths and go over how not to write scene description. Whether you’re working on an existing script or getting ready to start a new one, this webinar will help you to unleash your potential in prose writing and make the most out of every word in your screenplay.

Your host Steve's latest script, Orb, was recently voted by industry executives as the #1 entry on the annual 2016 BloodList, honoring the top horror/thriller/sci-fi scripts of the year.


What You'll Learn:

  • The Do’s and Don’ts
    • What can you do with scene description? And what are the red flags to stay away from?
  • Guiding Your Reader
    • Scene description serves as your guide through the story. We’ll explore how to take your readers on a more exciting ride.
  • Setting your Tone
    • Using scene description to make your script funnier, creepier, or more suspenseful. Someone shouldn’t just read your script. They should feel it.
  • Crafting Character Intros
    • Making a great first impression with every major character before they utter a single word.
  • Directing on the Page
    • The visual style of the movie begins with the writing. We’ll explore how to frame your camera angles, without ever using the word “camera.”
  • Rewriting Scene Description
    • We’ll discuss tips on how to improve your descriptive writing with each new draft.
  • The Importance of Reading Scripts
    • We’ll examine great scenes and how their prose writing sets them apart.
  • Writing Exercises
    • I’ll leave you with some ideas to help jumpstart your own prose writing.
  • Live Q & A with Steve!

About Your Instructor:

Steve Desmond is a Chicago native, a graduate of the USC School of Cinematic Arts, and a working screenwriter living in Los Angeles. He was voted for inclusion on The Tracking Board’s Top Up and Coming Screenwriters list, as chosen by agents, managers, producers, and executives. His thriller screenplay, On Your Doorstep, sold to Treehouse Pictures (Arbitrage, All is Lost) in a co-financing situation with Lost City (Juno). His most recent horror screenplay, Twisted Avenue, made the 2015 Hit List honoring the best spec screenplays of the year, and has Steve attached to direct. The project is currently being shopped alongside his short film Monsters, which he made as a proof of concept. Monsters has since been accepted into over forty film festivals, including winning the Comic-Con International Film Festival for Best Horror/Suspense Film and Best Overall Film.

Currently, Steve has a new sci-fi thriller with Davis Entertainment (Chronicle, The Blacklist), inspired by actual events. His screenplays have appeared on the 2011, 2013, and 2015 Hit List, honoring the best spec screenplays of the year, and the 2013 Blood List, honoring the best genre screenplays of the year.

Steve is represented by APA, The Gotham Group, and Eclipse Law Firm.


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