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In this Break Down we are seeing what it takes to build a world during the Breakdown Webcast: World Building! This comes as a request from several of our members who want to discuss how to build worlds in your writing...and pre-writing. World Building is one of most important tasks in writing - it lays the foundation for everything that occurs in your story. So how can you do it within your screenplay without feeling expository or over the top? We're going to talk about how to avoid common mistakes in World Building, key ways to get better at World Building, and even look at some examples of World Building from both script and screen to see how your favorite screenwriters and filmmakers tackled this difficult task. During this webcast, we watch clips and analyze the scripts for features including TITANIC, BLADE RUNNER, JOKER and more! Full Bio »
In this Break Down we are seeing what it takes to build a world during the Breakdown Webcast: World Building! This comes as a request from several of our members who want to discuss how to build worlds in your writing...and pre-writing.
World Building is one of most important tasks in writing - it lays the foundation for everything that occurs in your story. So how can you do it within your screenplay without feeling expository or over the top?
We're going to talk about how to avoid common mistakes in World Building, key ways to get better at World Building, and even look at some examples of World Building from both script and screen to see how your favorite screenwriters and filmmakers tackled this difficult task.
During this webcast, we watch clips and analyze the scripts for features including TITANIC, BLADE RUNNER, JOKER and more!
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"This was so helpful, Jason! After taking many webinars on character development, I needed this webinar on the importance of the world they live in and how to build that world!" - Martha C.
"Thanks so much Jason, I got a rewrite idea for my work in progress now." - Petula
"Thanks Jason, very helpful." - Oliver
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.
During this Breakdown Webcast, Megan will discuss self producing your work and why it’s a good idea! Meghan was a staff writer on HBO’s Emmy-Nominated comedy series, "SILICON VALLEY". Her work has also appeared on Cartoon Network’s "POWER PLAYERS".
There's a fine line between introducing a writer to a new world or ruleset and spouting exposition. We’ll break down how writers created the fantasy world of “Game of Thrones”, the frigid winter of WIND RIVER, the digital dystopia of THE MATRIX, and the 1919 England of "Peaky Blinders".
We're back in the Writers' Room for the Breakdown Webcast: The First 10 Pages! The first 10 pages - or the opening sequence of the script - is so important and a good "First 10" will establish the tone and genre, introduce the main character, clarify the world of the story and the status quo, indicate the theme, and above all set up the dramatic question. That is why we will be breaking down some of the most memorable scenes and sequences found with the first 10 pages of our favorite film and TV series. We will also explore 7 types of openings and how they can launch your narrative - without falling into the trap of being cliche or derivative. As part of the webcast, you can download the complete scripts we discuss by clicking here. Once you have wrapped up the webcast, make sure to head on over to the Private Writers' Room Lounge to discuss your favorite opening scenes from film and television. And let us know why!
Nick Waters is a Producer and Writer with the horror film, MARGAUX for Paramount Pictures, a comedy with Chloe Grace Moretz and the horror feature SHELTER IN PLACE. Nick will discuss the 8-Sequence Act Structure for Features!
We're kicking off the final month of 2020 in the Writers' Room with a another member-inspired Breakdown Webcast! This month we will be talking about writing Theme in your feature scripts. Every well-conceived and executed story will have a theme, which is the "controlling idea", underlying essence, or deeper meaning of film script. And yet, because themes are often buried deep within a story’s structure, it can be hard to articulate or even recognize them. That is why we will be breaking down story structure to find out exactly which scenes typically explore theme. As always, we will be utilizing scenes from some of our favorite films to discuss how they handle theme. We pull clips from classics such as Jurassic Park, Shawshank Redemption, The Exorcist, Saving Private Ryan, and more!