Deconstructing the Oscar-Nominated Script: Straight Outta Compton

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Patrick Raymond

Webinar hosted by: Patrick Raymond

Development Executive at Mandalay Pictures

Patrick Raymond is a Creative Executive at Mandalay Pictures where he gets to work on his passion every day: cultivating amazing stories and working with great writers. Prior to joining Mandalay, Patrick studied business and film production at the University of Southern California. He worked in the financial services industry for four years before transitioning to entertainment, where he worked as a production assistant in television for four years.After that he transitioned to working at Gersh in the production department but he also gained exposure to the literary world, working with writers and story. He then moved over to LD Entertainment for three years, where he was a Creative Executive, working with writers and helping build scripts and acquire ideas for new projects. Here he had the opportunity to work for Tate Taylor on a James Brown biopic entitled, Get On Up, and learned about assembling large studio films. He has since transitioned to the Creative Executive position at Mandalay Pictures. Patrick was born in Alaska and raised in Seattle prior to moving to LA. Full Bio »

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Learn directly from Patrick Raymond, a development executive at Mandalay Pictures which sold biopic Birth Of a Nation at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival for a record-breaking $17.5 million!

Stage 32's "Deconstructing the Script" series has emerged as one of the most helpful ways to learn and improve your own screenwriting skills. By breaking down some of the top scripts in the marketplace, this exclusive series shows you choices screenwriters make in plot, dialogue, pacing, tone, world and description that will help inform your own writing. Even better - Stage 32 brings in working creative and development executives to break down each script - from their own perspective - so you can better understand how executives see writing and develop projects.

In this Stage 32 Next Level Webinar, Deconstructing The Script: Oscar-Nominated Straight Outta Compton, we have brought in Patrick Raymond, Creative Executive at Mandalay Pictures, as your host to break down the script for this Oscar-nominated biopic. Recently Patrick's production company sold biopic Birth of a Nation at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival for a record breaking $17.5 million!

Even though Straight Outta Compton is a biopic, the structure, themes and world-building is applicable to any narrative feature screenwriting. In this 90-minute online webinar Patrick will work through the script, identifying the key elements, characters, and plot points that make this more than just a biopic but also a statement, keeping the tone and voice consistent throughout as it relates to the subject matter. He will identify specific scenes that support the themes and identify not just specific plot points, but also highlight relevancy for the modern audience/culture. You will be able to see margin notes and specific script examples from Straight Outta Compton to learn how and why choices were made.

As a development executive in Hollywood, Patrick has a plethora of experience reading and developing various musical biopics. Straight Outta Compton is one of Patrick's favorite scripts from 2015 and "...from a story and script level, stands as one of the best." Find out why by registering for this Stage 32 Next Level Webinar.

What You'll Learn

  • Setting up the world from the first page.
    • We know the rap group NWA that the script is based on, but do we know Compton?
    • What is the day to day life of these young kids?
    • Does music matter?
    • Explore hip hop and it's polarizing nature in main stream society.
  • Characterization
    • Once we care about any of these characters, it becomes less a story about rap and more about the journey.
    • How to humanize characters we all know by picking specific scenes to relay specific characterization.
    • Los Angeles of the 90's is a character in itself.
    • Once we care about any of these characters, it becomes less a story about rap and more about the journey.
  • Story
    • Why this story works compared to some other music biopics.
    • Talk about setting and why it's cruci­al to this specific story.
    • How to create impact in the third act. What will we walk away from the theatre thinking?
    • How to give fans of NWA what they want without being cliche.
  • Understanding your audience
    • Finding and growing an audience. We know NWA fans will like it, but why will grandma be engaged?
    • What goals did the writer set out to accomplish before the script was written and were they accomplished?
  • LIVE Q & A with Patrick - bring your questions about the OSCAR-NOMINATED script!

**Patrick will be presenting detailed analysis of the script and referencing his own script notes throughout his webinar for you to view. Although it is not required, we recommend that you read the STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON script prior to taking Patrick's webinar. You can access the script by clicking here!

About Your Instructor

Patrick Raymond is a Creative Executive at Mandalay Pictures where he gets to work on his passion every day: cultivating amazing stories and working with great writers.

Prior to joining Mandalay, Patrick studied business and film production at the University of Southern California. He worked in the financial services industry for four years before transitioning to entertainment, where he worked as a production assistant in television for four years.After that he transitioned to working at Gersh in the production department but he also gained exposure to the literary world, working with writers and story.

He then moved over to LD Entertainment for three years, where he was a Creative Executive, working with writers and helping build scripts and acquire ideas for new projects. Here he had the opportunity to work for Tate Taylor on a James Brown biopic entitled, Get On Up, and learned about assembling large studio films. He has since transitioned to the Creative Executive position at Mandalay Pictures. Patrick was born in Alaska and raised in Seattle prior to moving to LA.

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