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Aimee Rivera

Webinar hosted by: Aimee Rivera

Development Executive at Skydance Entertainment (Mission Impossible: Fallout, The Hitman's Bodyguard)

Aimee Rivera is the Development Executive at Skydance Media. Skydance is a diversified media company founded by David Ellison to create high quality, event-level entertainment for global audiences. Skydance is currently in post on TOP GUN: MAVERICK. Skydance has previously released a number of major motion pictures including most recently: Netflix's 6 UNDERGROUND, directed by Michael Bay and starring Ryan Reynolds, ANNIHILATION, MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: FALLOUT, TERMINATOR: DARK FATE, and WORLD WAR Z. Skydance Television's current slate includes Emmy-nominated shows on networks including: Netflix, Amazon, and Apple +. Skydance Interactive creates and publishes original and IP-based virtual reality experience and video games and debuted its first original title, ARCHANGEL. Prior to joining Skydance, Aimee worked at notable companies such as: Columbia Pictures and Amazon Studios. Full Bio »

Webinar Summary

In today’s marketplace, not only are more and more films are becoming female focused, but the demand for screenplays and films with female driven lead characters is growing rapidly. With the success of blockbusters such as WONDER WOMAN, ATOMIC BLONDE, RED SPARROW, ALIEN: COVENANT and TERMINATOR: DARK FATE, the box office is proving that not only is there an appetite for female-starring films, but also that they can be profitable. Everyone is looking for the next original idea with a female lead that can be turned into a franchise. With that being said, it is important to understand what goes into creating a female character in these male dominant genres and avoid the most common mistakes and tropes.

There are many misconceptions and challenges that writers fall into when it comes to creating female characters for a large, global audience. The most common is the gender flip, which is taking a male character and write it as a female. It’s examples such as this that are most often believed to be the correct approach to creating a female character in a male driven genre when in fact it’s the opposite. This webinar will provide these kind of examples and explain where the mistakes lie, how to correct them and the importance of creating authentic female characters.

Aimee Rivera is the development executive at Skydance Media. Skydance produces blockbuster films such as TOP GUN: MAVERICK, Netflix's 6 UNDERGROUND, directed by Michael Bay and starring Ryan Reynolds, ANNIHILATION, MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: FALLOUT, TERMINATOR: DARK FATE, and WORLD WAR Z. Aimee is focused on finding female driven blockbusters and franchises for Skydance's upcoming slate. 

Aimee will go over how the #MeToo movement has changed the way female characters are written and an overview on how female leads in today's world have evolved. She will get break down WONDER WOMAN, ATOMIC BLONDE, RED SPARROW, THE HUNGER GAMES, TERMINATOR: DARK FATE, and ALIEN: COVENANT and look at the differences between these female characters and compare them to male franchise characters in films such as MISSION IMPOSSIBLE, JASON BOURNE and JAMES BOND. She'll teach you what makes a great character, what are the tropes and common misconceptions and break down the types of female characters you can write. She will discuss writing characters in male driven genres for today's market including whether there are boundaries you must be aware of when writing female characters, what the modern female character looks like in today's filmmaking world, whether male writers can write female characters, and what today's audience looks and connects with as it relates to strong, but flawed, female leads. Aimee will also get into her ultimate tips on writing female characters - not only in male-driven genres, but also in a post #MeToo world. She'll even share some writing exercises to assure that your female characters JUMP off the page.

 

This is an opportunity to develop, hone and, ultimately, write female characters that not only will attract representation, producers and financiers, but to make sure your script is as market ready (and perhaps, franchise ready) as possible.

 

Praise from Aimee's previous Stage 32 webinars:

"Aimee knows this industry inside and out. She really made me think about my script and how it fits into the overall marketplace."

- Karen G.

 

"Bring Aimee back! Bravo!"

- Mauro C.

 

"I appreciated Aimee's insight since she worked for SONY and Amazon Studios - it's helpful to know when you're writing big budget that the person you're learning from someone that has that experience."

- Tara H.

 

"Excellent presentation from someone who has clearly been doing this a long time. Thanks Aimee and thanks Stage 32."

- Analisa R.

What You'll Learn

  • The Brief History of Female Characters and Film
    • A brief overview of how women are portrayed in films throughout history and how it has evolved.
    • How has the #MeToo movement change the way female characters are written?
  • Examples of Successful and Unsuccessful Female Characters from Films
    • We will break down films such as: WONDER WOMAN, ATOMIC BLONDE, RED SPARROW, THE HUNGER GAMES, TERMINATOR, and ALIEN and look at the differences between these female characters.
    • We will also compare them to male franchise characters in films such as: MISSION IMPOSSIBLE, JASON BOURNE and JAMES BOND.
    • What makes them a great female character?
    • What are the tropes?
    • What are the common misconceptions?
    • What are the different types of female characters? What is the difference between a claiming character and a character with an origin story?
  • What are the tips to building female characters not only in male driven genres, but also in a post #MeToo world?
    • Are there boundaries?
    • What is a modern female character?
    • Can male writers write female characters?
    • What are the development challenges and how to work through them?
    • What are audiences today looking for when it comes to female characters and do women have a different expectation than men?
  • Exercises to Help You Craft Powerful Female Characters
  • Q&A with Aimee

In this webinar you will receive script downloads for:

  • WONDER WOMAN
  • ATOMIC BLONDE
  • RED SPARROW
  • THE HUNGER GAMES
  • TERMINATOR
  • ALIEN
  • MISSION IMPOSSIBLE
  • JASON BOURNE
  • JAMES BOND

 

About Your Instructor

Aimee Rivera is the Development Executive at Skydance Media. Skydance is a diversified media company founded by David Ellison to create high quality, event-level entertainment for global audiences. Skydance is currently in post on TOP GUN: MAVERICK.

Skydance has previously released a number of major motion pictures including most recently: Netflix's 6 UNDERGROUND, directed by Michael Bay and starring Ryan Reynolds, ANNIHILATION, MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: FALLOUT, TERMINATOR: DARK FATE, and WORLD WAR Z.

Skydance Television's current slate includes Emmy-nominated shows on networks including: Netflix, Amazon, and Apple +. Skydance Interactive creates and publishes original and IP-based virtual reality experience and video games and debuted its first original title, ARCHANGEL.

Prior to joining Skydance, Aimee worked at notable companies such as: Columbia Pictures and Amazon Studios.

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