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STORYTELLING & SCREENWRITING WORKSHOP

Content:  This 5 part, intensive, beginner/intermediate level workshop delves deeply into how to create a powerful and timeless story and what it takes to translate that into a professional quality screenplay.

Part 1 – weeks one to two: Storytelling

'Story' - its role in the human experience – myths, fairy tales, fables, parables

Story components: theme, character and archetypes, structures, plotting,

genres; their themes and components, form

Part 2 – weeks three to five: Screenwriting:

Format and proper screenplay language, dialogue writing, character development, tone, visual grammar, writing loglines and treatments, proper development process, the business of being a writer

Participant Profile: This course is aimed at anyone interested in creating stories, both short and full length, for the big and small screens. Writers in other disciplines (short stories, novels, poets, playwrights, comics, graphic novels) who are looking to develop new skills are welcome.

Testimonial:  “I’ve done many script and screenplay classes over the years, and found John’s invaluably insightful. He really broke down plot, structure, and character development in a way that clarified the process of building an engaging story. Highly recommended!”   --  Nicky Phelan, Academy Award Nominated Director of “Granny O’Grimm” and Series Director at Brown Bag Films, Dublin

For workshop dates, times, cost and enrolling details, go to ‘WhatWhenCost’ on the site menu above.



FEATURE FILM SCREENWRITING WORKSHOP

Course Content: This 5-part, intensive, intermediate level workshop delves deeply into how to craft a very powerful and highly professional quality feature length screenplay for either an animated or live action film

Weeks One & Two - ‘Story - its role in the human experience and its components

Structure: the architecture of a story - analysis of 3 Act and 5 Act structures

The Character Roadmap - The Importance of Change

Plot – scenes, acts, turning points, pacing

Genre – the components, themes, and the ‘break-able’ rules


Week Three - Proper Screenplay Language and Form – part one: dialogue writing, tone, character development, visual grammar

The Process of Writing: inspiration, conceptual thinking, the core idea, 3D thinking

Create a Logline:  Assignment - part one


Week Four - From Screenplay to Screen - Analysis of an Academy Award Winning feature length screenplay (provided to participants and pre-read before class) and an in-class discussion during a live screening of the completed film


Week Five - Proper Screenplay Language and Form – part two: writing outlines and treatments

Proper development process, the business of being a writer

Pitch a Logline: Assignment - part two

Participant Profile: This workshop is aimed at those interested in writing feature length screenplays including writers who want to hone their existing skills and develop new ones.

Testimonial: “John Dawson's knowledge in the areas of storytelling and the craft of screenwriting is enormous. He has a deep understanding of structure, theme, characterization, and plotting and is able to convey these extremely effectively when working as both a facilitator and story/script editor. His brilliant advice on my own screenplay 'A Terrible Beauty’ - the story of Irish poet W.B. Yeats (with support from Bord Scannan/Irish Film Board) made an incredible difference and helped to hone it to the highest and most professional level.”             -- Robert Monroe, PhD - Screenwriter/Novelist, Ohio, USA

For workshop dates, times, cost and enrolling details, go to ‘WhatWhenCost’ on the site menu above.



WRITING COMEDY SCREENPLAYS

Course Content: This 5-part, beginner/intermediate leveln workshop delves deeply into the nature of comedy, its components, styles, and how to create its effect in stories for the screen, both short and feature length.

Weeks One and Two - Comedy in cinema – a historical overview, The Comedic Effect – why we laugh and the subjectivity of humor

Verbal humor, Physical humor, Visual humor

Structure: the architecture of a story - 3 Act and 5 Act structures

Proper Screenplay Language and Form


Week Three - Creating comedic characters, themes and premises

Genres of comedy: similarities & differences of screwball, rom com,                                                                  satire, slap stick, spoof, buddy comedy, etc.

Tone: Light vs. Dark – the importance of irony

Dramatic genres turned comic – IE horror comedy, action comedy


Week Four - Creating comedic core ideas and situations

Comedic characters, Physical Humor – comedic action

Verbal Humor - writing funny dialogue, Comedic Devises: callbacks, running gags, visual and & prop gags

Using improvisation as a writing tool

Pitch your comedy idea and discuss – part one


Week Five -  From Screenplay to Screen - Analysis of an Award Winning feature length screenplay (provided to participants and pre-read before class) and an in-class discussion during a live screening of the completed film

Pitch your comedy idea and discuss – part two

Participant Profile: This course is perfect for writers/comedians/performers involved in sketch comedy, improv, and stand-up comedy as well as short story writers, novelists, and screenwriters.

For workshop dates, times and cost, go to ‘WhatWhenCost’ on the site menu above.









"To make a great film you need three things: the script, the script and the script."    Alfred Hitchcock