For those who want the Syd but can’t get to the Syd, here’s some online Syd that will cost you a certain amount of what the young people called ‘cash money’ many years ago. Courtesy of The Writers Store:
A useful set of bullet points on writing ‘cinematic scenes’ from Stephen V. Duncan (Excerpt from “Now Write! Screenwriting: Screenwriting Exercises from Today’s Best Writers and Teachers”, edited by Sherry Ellis & Laurie Lamson) over at The Writers Store today.
Here’s a great post from the nice people over at The Writers Store for those of you who need a clear introduction to screenplay format. Go and check it out larger and in all its glory on their site. I am posting the diagram here as a service to students, but Writers Store people let me know if you object and I’ll remove it immediately.
For those of you forced to exist in the Land of more than one La, here’s an interesting day event organized by Michael Wiese Productions, the leading publisher of books on screenwriting.
The Future of Story by Michael Wiese Productions
The Writers Store goes on the road to this not-to-be-missed MWP event!
Led by some of the best-selling screenwriting authors/teachers in the industry, this dynamic conference will help you take an objective look at both yourself and your professional skill sets as you polish and target your stories for film, television, and print. With over 30 MWP authors attending this conference, you’ll have to an opportunity to network one-on-one with experts on screenwriting, pitching, and various aspects of filmmaking.
Jennifer Grisanti, Ken Rotcop, Pamela Jaye Smith, Ross Brown, Catherine Jones, Paul Chitlik, Christopher Riley, Ellen Besen, Pam Douglas, Troy DeVolld, Kathie Fong Yoneda.
To Register for the Seminars and Screening ($75). click here.
To Register for the Screening ($12). click here.
The Value of Story
While the world accelerates with a dynamic blend of amazing technology and extraordinary human change, there are two facts that everyone agrees upon:
- Storytelling is more important than ever as a major source of society’s values and human communication.
- The skills required to voice your story can be developed and sharpened to make your creativity more effective and powerful.
Master 10 Ways toward Career Fulfillment
- Explore the qualities and attributes that will give you the best chance of success as a professional writer.
- Find and develop your unique story voice and increase its chances of commercial success.
- Learn the secret power of writing and rewriting your story before you submit your work.
Kate McCallum and Michael Wiese
Panel A: 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Developing the Story
with Christopher Vogler, author of The Writer’s Journey, 3rd edition. Confirmed Panelists: Jennifer Grisanti (Story Line), Pamela Jaye Smith (Symbols – Images – Codes), Catherine Jones (The Way of Story), Ken Rotcop (The Perfect Pitch)
Writing and Rewriting the Story
with Pen Densham, author of Riding the Alligator. Confirmed Panelists: Paul Chitlik (Rewrite), Christopher Riley (The Hollywood Standard), Ross Brown (Byte-Sized Television), Ellen Besen (Animation Unleashed)
Panel C: 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Pitching the Story
with Pilar Alessandra, author of The Coffee Break Screenwriter. Confirmed Panelists: Kathie Fong Yoneda (The Script-Selling Game), Pam Douglas (Writing the TV Drama Series), DB Gilles (You’re Funny and The Screenwriter Within) Troy DeVolld (Reality TV)
A variety of gourmet food trucks will be on-site
Talking with Spirits VIP Screening: 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
LA premiere of Michael Wiese’s new film about Bali’s spirit world. Q & A to follow.
Identify the most receptive market for your story.
Check out this short but useful chat with script guru Syd Field over at the Writer’s Store site. He talks about the importance of structure and planning your protagonist’s emotional journey. Good stuff: