Writing for the Screen: Beyond Structure (All Levels - Weeklong AM) - Michael Maren
Screenwriters are all schooled in standard three-act dramatic structure. And while structure is crucial in the composition of a screenplay, this workshop will push beyond that toward the creation of indelible characters -- the kinds of characters that actors are looking to play -- and compelling plots. The workshop is open to students of all levels and experience whether they are looking to write a commercial screenplay or a more indie script. Students will be asked to submit the first act of a screenplay (30-40 pages) and a detailed one-page synopsis of the entire plot.
The workshop will also tackle the current environment for screenwriters in the film industry and strategies for pushing scripts toward production.
Michael Maren spent 17 years as a war correspondent in Africa and the Middle East before hanging up his flak jacket and taking a crack at Hollywood. He’s written screenplays for HBO, Sony and a number of independent projects, working with Chris Tucker, Reese Witherspoon and others. He recently completed production on A Short History of Decay which he wrote and directed. The film was executive produced by Milos Forman and stars Linda Lavin, Bryan Greenberg, Harris Yulin and Emmanuelle Chriqui. It just had its premier at the Hamptons International Film Festival.