Story and Plot: Improving The Read
Story and Plot
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It's called "A good read." It means the screenplay reads quickly, it's a page turner, and was actually enjoyable to read. Most of all, it means the script evoked EMOTION from the reader rather than just giving them information.

When they read the script, the reader saw the movie on the screen.

It is one of the hallmarks of a talented professional and one of the things that creates "fans" and gets writers noticed.

It's also one of the toughest things to learn about screenwriting. It takes hard work and confidence to find and develop your creative voice and have it jump off the page.

Improving The Read class addresses this significant stumbling block to new screenwriters. It's the first step to making your scripts convey the emotional experience of actually seeing the film.

The days of writing a script as a blueprint to be filmed are long gone. Scripts are now meant to be read. They will be read by dozens of people up the chain before the small miracle of being filmed ever happens. Don't worry about the director way down the road. Don't worry about the 1st AD, the set designer or even the actor.

Instead, worry about the producer, the financier, and the studio executive. Worry about
the person actually reading the script.

This class focuses on how to create the best experience for the reader. It is an absolutely vital skill for anyone looking to get more positive reactions to their scripts.

Your spec script is essentially a selling tool, and this class teaches you how to maximize the opportunity someone gives you when they agree to read it.

In this workshop you will learn...
  • What narrative momentum is and how to maintain it.
  • Why "proper" formatting isn't as important as you think and how to use that to your advantage.
  • How to win the confidence of the reader so they keep reading even when you might make a misstep.
  • Duplicating the same rhythm and tempo of your movie right there on the page.
  • How to write for an emotional response from the reader.
  • How to help the reader better connect with your characters.
  • To make sure the reader doesn't skip the action lines and just go straight to the dialogue.
  • How to write the slimmest, trimmest and most effective version of your story.
  • To quietly direct the film and control the story without anyone knowing that's what you're doing.
And much more...

You should not let another person read your script until you believe you understand the principles of how to make your script a "good read". This class will show you these basics and beyond.

The workshop will include lectures, examples and even work directly on student's pages IN CLASS.

You will see the dividends immediately. Seriously. Immediately.

The impetus and philosophy of the IMPROVING THE READ can be found in this blog entry HERE.

The Story and Plot Structure Workshop is recommended, but not required. We will spend the first few minutes of the workshop reviewing basic structure concepts.

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