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Jason Mirch is Stage 32's Director of Script Services and host of the Writers' Room. Outside of this role, he is a feature film, television, branded entertainment, and digital content producer and executive with over 15 years experience. Most recently, he produced a 3D animated feature film starring Jacob Tremblay, Christopher Lloyd, Mel Brooks, and Carol Kane. Full Bio »
How can you write to make the complex understandable? How can you describe a set piece that is both inventive and relatable? That is the goal for this month's Write Now Challenge!
You'll learn how to write the complex and make it understandable.
The Write Now Challenge
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One of the common complaints with scripts is on-the-nose writing. This month, we're challenging you to convey a series of emotions without using the actual words (or synonyms - no cheating!).
Can you tell your whole story in just six sentences? This month, we're challenging you to use Pixar's dead-simple approach to outlining to breakdown your story or help you come up with something completely new!
Using the Breakdown Webcast: Well This is Awkward as your guide, craft your own 3-5 page scene that gets awkward for one (or more) characters. By the end of the scene we should know the relationship between your characters, the source of conflict, the tactics each character uses to get what they want, and the outcome. Is it a victory? A defeat? What are the results and repercussions?
For this challenge, members were asked to use The Breakdown Webcast: Writing Theme as a guide to look at one (or more) of their feature or television scripts and identify the themes. During the webcast, participants read their responses and discussed the ways in which they arrived at their themes. We also discussed ways in which they can do more to illuminate their themes.
The Stage 32 Feature Screenwriting Fellowship is accepting applications and part of it requires you to submit you bio. So why not use this month's challenge to hone your bio with the help of your Writers' Room community! Submit your one page (or less) bio.
Using the Breakdown Webcast: Breaking Down the 3rd Act (in the Vault here) as your guide, identify and pull out the B-stories and/or major subplots from your Feature script and put them in a separate document as a beat sheet.