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Whether musical biopics like Rocketman, historical dramas like Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile or The Irishman from Netflix, or films loosely based on historic events like 1917 or Once Upon a Time in Hollywood... audiences are fascinated by true stories. During this super-sized 90-minute webcast, we explore films and series including Chernobyl, The Social Network, Munich, Molly's Game, Charlie Wilson's War, and more to find out what makes a good script based on true events or real people work.
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"This was a great session Jason! Def one to come back to. Thanks for breaking this down as you did." - Imo C.
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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!
During this hour-long webcast, Jason explores the uses of this technique to drive plot, reveal character and deliver exposition using some of our favorite films and television series including "Fleabag", Deadpool, Spaceballs, "House of Cards", Fight Club, The Big Short and more to find out how these projects break the fourth wall without throwing us out of the narrative. We discuss the how screenwriters weave this storytelling device into scripts and Jason gives you specific types of wall breaks to consider when writing as well as tips on how to write them!
Special Guest Laurie Ashboure is hosting the Breakdown Webcast! Laurie has had a remarkable career. She spent eleven years at Disney working on films such as: The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, Mulan, Aladdin and more.
We're back in the Writers Room for a special Breakdown Webcast: Breaking Down Career Goals for 2021! We're officially on the back-half of 2021 and this is a perfect time to assess what we have accomplished so far - and our goals for the remainder of the year. Are you on track? Are you ahead of where you thought you would be at this time? Do you need a bit more of a push and support from your fellow members? During this webcast our members discussed what they have accomplished so far this year, as well as their creative and professional goals for the rest of 2021.
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!