Webinars & Online Classes

Adapting Charlie Kaufman – The Eternal Brilliance of His Non-Linear Storytelling

kaufman_smallAcademy Award winning Charlie Kaufman is undeniably one of our greatest contemporary writers. Not only are Being John Malkovich, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Adaptation, Confessions of a Dangerous MindSynecdoche, New York, Human Nature and Anomalisa (his Kickstarter campaign) – to name just a few – some of the most cinematically innovative and conceptually stimulating films of our era, but they are meaningful, layered with universal, timeless themes. In this webinar, Writer, Director and Producer (and huge fan) Heather Hale will share her awe through an in-depth examination of how Kaufman constructs his characters and stories to continually enlighten and excite – with an eye to the tools and techniques you might try to incorporate his approaches into your own unique work.

Rewrite Tips to Make Your Script Marketable

So, you’ve finished your script and are ready to send it out, or you’ve been sending out your script and been getting feedback that is . . .
not exactly what you hoped for. Get insight from writer/director/producer Heather Hale on what it takes to get your screenplay noticed by readers. Discover what it takes to make your screenplay truly stand out. Also, this tutorial offers background information about the process of movie production so that you can see what common mistakes really turn off potential buyers.
The presenter, Heather Hale, is a qualified independent Producer in the IFTA/ NBCUniversal Partnership Program. She directed the thriller Snitch, starring Edward Furlong, Meatloaf Aday and Ed Asner. With over 50 hours of produced television credits, Heather can speak from experience about every aspect of the TV and film industry.
This 60-minute screenwriting tutorial will show you:

  • The relationships between art, craft and trade in the screenwriting business
  • Details about the process of what happens to your script after it is sold
  • How to make the reading experience of your script emulate what the finished product would look like
  • Some tools to see your script as a reader might
  • How to seek out valuable feedback on your writing
  • What to do with feedback you disagree with
  • “Speed bumps” that disrupt the experience of your script
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Everything You Need to Know About Agents and Managers (and How to Get One)

Agents and ManagersScreenwriters are often so eager to secure an agent or manager that they lose focus on the fact that they have to be worthy of one. Not to mention, many do not have a clear understanding as to which representative might actually be in a position and willing to help facilitate the next step in their career. This ondemand webinar teaches you how to identify the genres and niches that you excel at which just might be your most efficient points of entry into the business; who might be looking for fresh talent – and where they look for it and how to identify the gaps or competition in their existing client base; and where your precious time and creative energies should be focused. This webinar will help you learn how to brainstorm, identify and research a finely honed hit list of agents and managers truly appropriate to your unique voice, where you’re at in your career—and where you want to be, and how to strategize getting on their radars.

PowerNetworking: Attaching Talent and Packaging Your Project

PowerNetworking Attaching TalentThis webinar will teach you how to think differently about your work and your career. Now that you’ve polished your brilliant screenplay or pitch, learn how to not only brainstorm, identify and research a finely honed short hit list of marquis-value actors truly appropriate for your roles, but also find the bankable directors that will be most likely to respond to and honor your unique voice. Your work needs to also attract the financiers and distributors who are major players in your niche or genre and the brands that are eager to hit your target demographics. Learn how to track them down, strategize the best approaches to get on their radars, and develop the kind of materials they will best respond to.

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Online Classes

 

 

Month-long class
Writers—if they’re paying attention—come across a dozen potential story ideas every day, from snippets of overheard conversation, or an unusual headline, or a single image or gesture glimpsed out of the corner of the eye that starts the mind wandering. The real question is: How do we recognize those ideas that have the potential to be something more than a pleasant momentary distraction…that contain enough intrinsic intrigue, possibility, and tension to build a full story and even a full world around them, and which offer the writer ways of finding new dimensions of story and character throughout a long writing process? This course will examine all of the above, from paying attention to—and seeking out—those initial sparks of inspiration which might launch a screenplay to finding ways not just of sustaining the story but building its potential, forward momentum, and meaning. In online lectures, supplemental readings, video clips, and written assignments and exercises, we’ll consider how a seemingly simple idea builds from abstract premise to a full plot, how considering genre tropes and types help build the world and the structure of the story, the degree to which the writer ought to push back against these expectations, how combining genres adds depth to character and plot – and more.

Writing a Spec Script for a Television Comedy or Drama Series

90-Day Class
In this workshop, writers will learn all the key elements to a successful “episodic spec,” and will receive ongoing instructor guidance in building their own—from basic idea through finished outline. It begins with knowing how to choose the right kind of show to spec, then understanding which elements to study, in order to really grasp how a typical episode functions – well enough to write one. Students will then learn the elements of great story ideas for a spec, and be given a chance to pitch and re-pitch multiple ideas for their episode, before finally settling on one to write. At that point, they will begin “breaking story” (figuring out the key “beats” of each “act”) over several weeks, getting instructor feedback along the way. Finally, they will be guided in crafting a scene-by-scene outline, from which they could then go on to write the actual script.

Screenwriting Expo DVD Series

 

 

Navigating HollywoodNavigating Hollywood

In this popular, advanced, 90-minute masters session, produced screenwriter Heather Hale uses humor, candor and in-the-trenches compassion to distill the journey of getting a script off your hard drive, into the hands of script readers and up onto the big (or little) screen. If you already know how to write a script, typing “Fade Out” is only the half the battle. Heather uses classic screenplay format to give you the tools and techniques you need to maneuver the harsh landscape of Hollywood. How will you know when your script is ready? Which screenwriting contests can really help your career? Why are there 4,400 production companies but only 15 real buyers? How do you find and cultivate champions of you and your work? How can you a career in screenwriting if you don’t live in LA? Heather’s DVD answers these questions and more.  This  is an exceptional value. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from the finest in teaching screenwriting today.