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Beginner's Guide To Screenwriting


Sat 28 Feb 2015, 9:30am–4:00pm
Sun 1 Mar 2015, 9:30am–4:00pm

Where: MTG Room, 2 Kingsland Terrace, Kingsland, Auckland

Restrictions: R15

Ticket Information:

  • General Admission: $295.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: Kathryn Burnett

Busting to write for the big screen? You're in the right place.
Beginner’s Guide is an intensive two day workshop designed to demystify the nuts and bolts of screenwriting. Screenwriting has much in common with other forms of creative writing and storytelling but it has a distinct form and language.

This popular workshop provides an excellent foundation in both and offers insight into how film and television projects are put together.

Who’s it for? New screenwriters or industry professionals (producers, directors, actors, editors) looking to up skill.

"Loved it! Kathryn gets straight to the point and gives clear, practical advice about screenwriting. She completely demystifies the process." - Rebecca Barry, Journalist/Screenwriter

...Participants will learn the nuts and bolts of writing for film including:

Premise/Idea - what is a strong cinematic idea? The necessary elements for a strong film idea.
Audience - how people experience audio-visual storytelling, what they expect and why that matters to the screenwriter.

Plot - how do they work and how to build them for the audiovisual medium. How character, desire and conflict drive story.

Story structure - How the 3 Act structure and other narrative forms work.

The importance of stakes, goals and empathy.

Formatting - the hows and whys of correct screenplay formatting - and why it's not negotiable.

The difference between synopsis, script treatment and outline.

The visual techniques or grammar used in screenplays.

Character creation/development - what makes a compelling character?

Character arc - what is that and why is it important? The character's want vs their need.

Dialogue/Big print - how to and how not to.

What people are saying about this workshop...

“Kathryn's Screenwriting workshop was brilliant. I loved learning from her and would sit at the front of the class, furiously jotting down notes like a nerd. Kathryn has a natural ability to connect with an audience. She teaches with patience and humour and she provides cake for morning tea! ” - Jaquie Brown, Presenter/Actor/Screenwriter

"Kathryn Burnett is the bombdiggity. She brings amazing experience, intelligence, and passion to her teaching. She has a comprehensive understanding of movies, cinema history, and storytelling technique, and is effective and engaging when sharing that knowledge with her students. Kathryn is to storytelling tutors as Carlos the Jackal is to international assassins. I can't recommend her highly enough." - Steve Barr, producer/development executive

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