Schedule: Screenwriting Crash Course with Lucy V Hay

When: Sat 19th - Sun 20th Oct 2019 // Where: Ealing Studios, London W5 5EP // How much:£139.00

Day 1

Day 1 Morning - The Art of Writing Visually

Screenwriters always ask – if I can’t write dialogue and I can’t write boring ‘black on the page’, then what CAN I write? Answer – VISUALS!!!

  • The difference between a screenPLAY and SCREENplay
  • Investing in scene description – how to reveal character and push the story forward; how to avoid being prescriptive or plain boring
  • How to make dialogue work FOR your screenplay, not against it
  • ‘False Movement’ – what is it? How to avoid ‘fillers’ in your work
  • How scene openers work, plus visual devices like flashback, montage etc – where to use them and when

Bring your laptops and script pages – we will be applying these things above to OUR OWN WORK, remember.

Day 1 Afternoon - The First Ten Pages

In this afternoon session, we will learn how we can not only ‘reader proof’ our screenplays, but GRAB the reader and ensure they WANT to read our scripts.

  • The first page. Why this is the most important in your ENTIRE screenplay!
  • Pages 2-10. Why it’s the first 10%, not the first ten pages.
  • How to ensure you ‘hit the ground running’, introducing character and story HAND IN HAND.
  • The art of skillful character introduction.
  • How to create tone, atmosphere, introduce storyworlds.

DO NOTE: We’ll be workshopping our first 10 pages in small groups in the class itself, plus a couple of plucky writers will be presenting theirs to ALL the delegates. So, make sure you bring your pages (paper, iPad, laptop etc all fine), plus pens, etc.

Day 2

Day 2 Morning- Story Surgery #1

We’ll be DIVING IN to the spec screenwriter’s BIGGEST challenge – structure! This morning session will be about how understanding structure helps us not only with craft, but ensuring the story connects with its audience.

  • Various definitions of storytelling structure and working out which work for us as writers, plus the stories we’re telling.
  • Scenes that don’t move the story forwards, plus how to ensure each scene pulls its weight and adds up to the holistic story; how to avoid ‘static scenes’
  • ‘The same, but different’ – how do our stories BUILD on what’s gone before, in our genre or ‘type’ of story? All about audience expectation.
  • Genre conventions that feel confused or stale – are any of these in our work??

Day 2 Afternoon - Story Surgery #2

In this final session, we will be covering characterisation and how it intersects with all the other things we’ve covered:

  • Favourite characters from produced works – why do we love them? How do they grab our hearts?
  • Why we mustn’t spend TOO long introducing characters; how characterisation and structure intersect
  • Character role functions that feel samey or generic; tropes versus clichés – how we find ways of keeping things FRESH
  • Classic expositional issues and backstory problems – knowing how things like teasers, prologues, and genre conventions work
  • Why characters are what they DO – and how we can achieve this, linking back to scenes, visuals, dialogue etc.

LOGLINE LAB - Putting our concepts under the microscope. Are our loglines clear? Are there any problems or missed opportunities at grass roots level?   

We’ll be sharing our loglines within small groups, plus we’ll also have an unofficial ‘pitch factor’ style competition of the best ones, with delegates asking story questions, plus voting on the loglines they like best. So BRING YOUR BEST IDEAS and big girl/boy pants!

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Terms and Conditions

If you need to cancel your ticket purchase you can get a full refund up until 30 days prior to the first event. After that we cannot offer refunds. Refunds will be paid back promptly although there will be a 10% admin fee deducted. Alternatively, tickets are transferable to other people if you can find someone to replace you. We are happy to change the name on the ticket. Please allow 48 hours for this change to take place. We reserve the right to decline admission and offer a full refund at our discretion. We reserve the right to change the venue. We reserve the right to cancel the event and offer a full refund.

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