NEW ONLINE WEBINAR SERIES
18th, 19th, 20th July
They make up every act, every episode, every season, every moment of every great drama. A scene is the smallest divisible element of a screenplay. Its structure is replicated by a sequence, an act, an episode, a whole film. It’s the DNA of any narrative, and as such – a detailed look at what scenes are, how they work and what you can do with them – is the very best way to understand all narrative structure
In six 90 minute sessions, John takes us through scene structure, scene history, scenes as building blocks, and scenes as chains of cause and effect. How they work, how to write them, how to cut from one to another, how to use them to create pace, how to use them to define character, how to make them utterly compelling
From how to structure them, to how to use them as Mise-en-Scene, how they appear in beat sheets, synopsis and treatments, everything you need to know about advanced story structure is here
WHAT IS A SCENE?
Basic definitions, where they come from, and how you link them together to form beat sheets, treatments, and synopses
HOW ARE SCENES STRUCTURED?
Detailed dive into the DNA of scenes – how they are put together and what they can teach you
Periodic Structure – what is it, and what can it teach you
Subversion of Expectation
How good scene structure can completely change the emotional power of a script
The Character’s Perspective
How to approach scenes from a character’s point of view. How that can revolutionise your story
Mise – en – Scene
Scene and image – the vital link
Fighting traditional structure
Creating Propulsive Drive
How to assemble scenes to give story a whole new level of power
How to cut from one scene to another to create an armoury of narrative effects.
“J Cuts and L Cuts”. Bringing the language of cinema to your script
The Language of Scene Description
How the way you write a scene down can transform your work
How you tie writing and production together to create a system of mutual support. Recap and final exercise
Who is this for?
Writers, Script Editors, Story Editors, Development Executives, Executive Producers, Commissioners
£450 + VAT per participant
For more details contact: [email protected]
All Online Programmes will be conducted in English
“This is a marvellous analysis of screenwriting and, with any luck, should help a great many people achieve their dreams“
Creator of DOWNTON ABBEY
“Probably the most accessible, inspiring take on story that I’ve attended. We came home with a clearer and deeper understanding of our work, and with a common set of vocabulary, which is key to good teamwork.”