Sydney - Apr 17 2016

AFTRS Sydney
Apr 17 2016 - Apr 17 2016
Attendance Pattern
One day, Sunday, 10am to 5pm
John Collee
Course fee
$165 / $148

'If screenwriting was easy, everyone would do it.'

In his renowned bi-annual one day Masterclass, novelist and screenwriter John Collee (Happy Feet, Master and Commander, Walking With Dinosaurs) will share what 20 years working for Hollywood has taught him about:

  • Spotting a bad idea. Which stories work and why?
  • Does my bum look big in this genre?  Finding a style you're comfortable in
  • The hero's over-familiar journey -- narrative structure and what it can't compensate for
  • The art of the pitch - why you don't have a movie until you can tell it aloud
  • Thought into action - getting your vision into words
  • All writing is co-writing: the myth of the isolated artist
  • What inventing a 'three-dimensional character' actually means
  • Dialogue, its uses and abuses
  • 'Sword-fighting ensues.'  How to write action
  • Do's and dont's of giving notes, taking notes and revising
  • How to wrestle an octopus  - the art of the rewrite
  • Obsessional or professional? Knowing when the horse you're flogging has died...

If you're a beginner this course will stop you wasting precious time on projects that cannot possibly succeed.

If you're already an experienced writer this course will make you more productive.

If you're a producer this course will help you get the best out of writers.

And if you think your award-winning script is '80% finished' this course will persuade you that it's not.

About the tutor:

John Collee is a screenwriter and novelist whose eclectic swag of film credits includes the Oscar winning Happy Feet, Oscar nominated Master and Commander, the Charles Darwin biopic Creation, and the $80 million animated feature Walking With Dinosaurs.

His upcoming films include an ultra-low-budget indie project Taboo, written with Australian documentary makers in the wilds of Vanuatu, and the screenplay for Lee Tamahori's The Patriarch from a novel by Witi Ihimaera (author of Whale Rider).

Wolf Totem, a $30M Chinese epic which John co-wrote with director Jean Jacques Annaud, opens in France next month.

Check out John Collee: Interview about Writing for Hollywood on our Meet the Tutors page.


Feeback from past students:

"John's insights into story structure, plots & his own experience were fantastic, practically applicable & inspiring. A great masterclass. Thank you."

"I absolutely loved this session. Brilliant speaker. The best course I've ever done - and that's saying something because I've done a lot."

"As a total beginner starting in writing, I found this an extremely valuable experience."

"Excellent course, John was an amazing speaker."

"Great! Loved it! Will be back."


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