Learn the ins and outs of writing for Hollywood
In this extremely popular one-day masterclass, novelist and screenwriter John Collee (Happy Feet, Master and Commander, Hotel Mumbai) will share what 20 years working for Hollywood has taught him about spotting a great story, the art of the pitch, theme and story structure, good and bad dialogue, effective re-writing and much more.
The art of the pitch
Why you don’t have a movie until you can tell it aloud
Big picture stuff
How to work out the theme and structure of your story
Devil in the detail
How to write effective action, character and dialogue
Is Writing for Hollywood: John Collee right for you?
This is a lecture-style course in the AFTRS theatre. Practitioners of all levels will find it a very useful day.
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!
John will briefly cover the “do’s and dont’s” of giving notes, taking notes and revising; the art and challenges of the rewrite, and finally when to give up on a project – or as he says “knowing when the horse you’re flogging has died!”
This course is only open to students aged 18 +.
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