Saturday, November 18 & Sunday, November 19 (10:00AM – 4:00PM)
On the Page Studio
12412 Ventura Blvd. #3
Studio City, CA 91604
You know your film or TV script has to be rewritten.
You know it has to be original, active, polished and poignant before it goes into industry hands.
But, where do you start?
In this in-person class, lectures, film examples and in-class writing tools show you what your script needs and helps you to fix it on the spot!
You’ll “script doctor” in class, hone pages, deepen your characters and breathe new life into dialogue. At the end of the weekend, you’ll leave with a script that’s restructured, reworked and ready for the industry.
THE REWRITE 2-DAY SCHEDULE
Instructor: Pilar Alessandra
Rewrite 1: The Story / Concept Pass
Writers often fail to exploit their own good ideas. We’ll do a “concept” pass by making sure premise is weaved into every beat. A beat-sheet rewrite will also be provided to help you think differently about your story in terms of activity, complication and structure.
Rewrite 2: The Activity Pass
Your script might be perfectly structured …but also perfectly boring. Here we reach into genre, character flaw, internal and external obstacles to create new and original activity.
Rewrite 3: The Character Pass
Every character has his or her own flaws and skills. That character also has an individual story to tell. We use that story to discover the character agenda and strategy for every scene.
Rewrite 4: The Dialogue Pass
In this class we apply character agenda and strategy to our dialogue-driven scenes, enlivening them in the process. Editing tools and techniques help you find clever lines and memorable moments of on-screen patter.
Rewrite 5: The Tone / Format Pass
And now we dig into the words. Word choice, line spacing, powerful scene direction and well-crafted pages create the desired tone and mood for your script. Set the right mood and you’ll get the reader response you’ve hoped for.
Rewrite 6: The Cleanup
Ready to submit your script? Not so fast! From the biggest idea to the smallest scene, your script needs to be airtight and entertaining. We take the script through its final paces, focusing on the details that can make or break a read!
“Rewrite Techniques” is open to feature film and TV writers.
A completed first draft is not required to take this class. This is an advanced screenwriting class that will help you at any stage in your process.