Screenwriting is the realm of the “visual narrative,” and without an understanding of the form, along with basic principles of character, plot and structure, it’s hard to know how to translate the brilliant idea you have into an effective screenplay. This ongoing eight-week workshop focuses on advanced principals of the screenplay form, dynamic character development, why character drives plot, what makes for effective and natural dialogue, the importance of the opening moment, the use of beat sheets, treatments, and how you can never do enough story development. Through discussion, exercises, weekly homework, and workshop, you'll walk away from this class with an understanding of the strategies and tools needed to write an engaging screenplay that producers will actually read. This class is ideal for experienced screenwriters a new idea, or screenwriters looking to deepen a current project.
Michael Catlin has been in front of and behind the camera for over 35 years. He co-wroteThe Enchantment, as well as Children of the Moon, an adaptation of Isabel Allende’s short story. His one man show, Bad Dad, premiered at the NoHo Art Center in Los Angeles. Michael has been a reader and story analyst for several high-profile production companies in Hollywood, including Ted Danson's Anasazi Productions, among others. As an actor, he has appeared in the CBS daytime series Capitol; Denver Center Theater Company's Dracula; Cabrillo Music Theater's White Christmas; and, the critically acclaimed Palace of the End; an Open at the Top/49th Parallel production, where he received the L.A. Weekly award for Best Solo Performance; and elsewhere. In 2012, he formed Genius Media Ltd. to consult, develop, and generate transmedia content. Michael and Genius Media are in development of a motion picture, I Remember You, starring Bruce Davison and Virginia Madsen.
This class is offered throught the Lighthouse Writers Workshop in Denver.
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