The Screenwriter as Storyteller

Here is a sample schedule from a recent Screenwriter as Storyteller seminar. Please feel free to contact us with questions about the seminar content and methods.

 

Screenwriter as Storyteller 

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SCREENWRITING: WHERE DRAMA MEETS REALITY

                        “The skill of acting [or story development] is not the paint-by-numbers ability to amalgamate emotional oases––to string them like pearls into a performance (the Method).  Nor is it the mastery of syntax (the academic model).  The skill of acting is like the skill of sport, which is a physical event.”

                                                                                                            ––David Mamet 

 

November, 2007

Amman, Jordan

 

 

SCHEDULE:

 

Monday

 

3:00 - 4:30      INTRODUCTION AND INTENTIONS: TO OPEN EXPRESSIVE 

   POSSIBILITIES FOR JORDANIAN FILM AND VIDEO MAKERS

 

4:30 – 4:45           BREAK

 

4:45 - 6:00            MODEL ONE

             THE HERO'S JOURNEY: THE PATH OF PERSONAL VISION

 

6:00 - 7:15            SNACK/SUPPER

 

7:15 – 8:45            MODEL TWO

                                 NEED VERSUS MODE: THE CORE OF CHARACTER

                                 CREATIVITY-ACCESS "INTERNAL SOFTWARE":

                                 FOCUSING TECHNIQUES

 

8:45 – 9:00           BREAK

 

9:00 - 10:00          INTERNAL SOFTWARE: PRIMING THE MEMORY BANKS

                                SCENE EXERCISE: CHILDHOOD EXPERIENCE

 

Tuesday

 

3:00 - 4:30             MODEL THREE

                                 THE STORY MOLECULE: ORCHESTRATING CHARACTERS

              

4:30 - 4:45             BREAK

 

4:45 – 6:00            MODEL FOUR

                                 ARISTOTLE'S PLOT CURVE

 

6:00 – 7:15           SNACK

 

7:15 – 8:45           MODEL FIVE

                                 THE WRITER'S JOURNEY/“CAFÉ TABLE” EXERCISE 

 

8:45 – 9:00           BREAK

           

9:00 - 10:00          DISCUSS CHILDHOOD STORIES & SCENE EXERCISES

                                 CHILDHOOD EXERCISE: CHANGING PERSPECTIVES

 

 

Wednesday

 

3:00 - 4:30            IDIOM AND STYLE IN SCREENWRITING: CORE DECISIONS

 

4:30 - 4:45            BREAK

 

4:45 – 6:00           DRAMATIC BEATS AND SCENE STRUCTURE

            

6:00 – 7:15           SNACK

 

7:15 – 8:45           SMALL GROUP STORY DEVELOPMENT

 

8:45 – 9:00           BREAK

 

9:00 - 10:00          INTERNAL SOFTWARE: HUMAN CAMERA

                                 “EVOCATIVE OBJECT” SCENE WRITING EXERCISE

 

 

Thursday

 

3:00 - 4:30             THE 16 STORY STEPS: A NEW PARADIGM

                                  ACT I IN DETAIL: THE FIRST NARRATIVE MOVEMENT

 

4:30 - 4:45              BREAK

 

4:45 – 6:00             16 STORY STEPS: THE SECOND NARRATIVE MOVEMENT

            

6:00 – 7:15             SNACK

 

7:15 – 8:45             WRITING/POV EXERCISE: CHILDHOOD STORIES

 

8:45 – 9:00             BREAK

 

9:00 - 10:00            STORY BUILDING EXERCISE:

                ESTABLISHING, RISING ACTION, CLIMAX, RESOLUTION 

    

 

Friday

 

3:00 - 4:30             16 STORY STEPS: THE THIRD NARRATIVE MOVEMENT

 

4:30 – 4:45             BREAK

 

4:45 – 6:00             16 STORY STEPS: THE FOURTH NARRATIVE MOVEMENT      

 

6:00 – 7:15             LUNCH

 

7:15 – 8:45             PRESENT/DISCUSS STORY IDEAS

 

8:45 – 9:00             BREAK

 

9:00 - 9:30             CARRYING THE CREATIVE JOURNEY ONWARD