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Advanced Scene Writing: Break the Rules with Style

At a Glance

  • Learn new craft principles that will help you become the screenwriter you have always wanted to be by creating powerful and memorable scenes and establish your unique voice
  • Cut through the competitive spec market by delivering bullet-proof execution that allows your script to attract agents, actors, producers and directors
  • Free yourself from the laundry lists of rules that tell you what not to do

ABOUT THE WEBINAR

No one comes out of a movie talking about what great structure they’ve just seen.  No, what audiences love and remember most about a movie are its scenes.  Marlon Brando riding in a cab in On the Waterfront giving his “I could’a been a contender” speech.  Meg Ryan’s fake orgasm in Katz’s Deli in When Harry Met Sally.  Or in Super Bad, Jonah Hill professing “I love you” to his friend Michael Cera by touching his nose with a “Boop.”

Jack Nicholson says he won’t do a movie unless it has at least five amazing moments.  This means the scenes in your script have to be as good as its structure. Structure alone does not lead to a great screenplay. If you were to make a list of screenwriters and filmmakers known for their memorable scenes – Tarantino, P.T. Anderson, Mamet, Woody Allen, Robert Altman, Wes Anderson – you will find that they violate many of so-called rules of screenwriting: too long, too talky, contain monologues, mix humor with drama or rely on repetition.

Most of these rules are well-intentioned. Their purpose is to make sure that you don’t violate key principles that can hurt your story. However, if you know the underlying tenets that these rules are intended to protect, you can break them with style. You can follow principles, not rules.

Jim Mercurio’s strength, a former student said, is that he can analyze scenes at the molecular level. He also uses his background as a filmmaker to reveal nitty-gritty scene writing craft to help you create more emotional and memorable scenes as well as establish your unique voice. If you are ready to take a leap in your screenwriting, join Jim for this novel topic in screenwriting craft.

WHAT YOU’LL LEARN: 

  • How to “break the rules” like Woody Allen, Quentin Tarantino and David Mamet do with their long, talky and rhetoric-filled scenes
  • Discover the essence of surprise and organics reversals
  • The importance of climax and how to illuminate it.
  • How to write visually and make dialogue a last resort to tell your story.
  • How to see scenes through the eyes of actors, cinematographers and directors.
  • How to polish your script so it’s ready for A-List actors and directors.
  • New principles like “smashability”, extended beats and writing to concept.
  • Advanced topics like metaphor, monologues and the key to subtext.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

  • Writers who want to create polished screenplays that are ready to be packaged, i.e., that will attract actors, producers and directors.
  • Storytellers of all short-form narratives: commercials, songs, skits, sketches and shorts.
  • Screenwriters, actors, directors, producers and novelists.
  • Those who need an understanding of story in their work: editors, composers and songwriters.
  • Writers who are ready to take the leap from good to great.

Product Details

  • Date available: 07/30/2014
  • Publication date: 07/30/2014
  • Return policy: This item is not eligible for return.

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Meet the Author: Jim Mercurio

Jim Mercurio is a filmmaker, writer and teacher. The high-concept horror-thriller he directed, Last Girl, won best feature in the 2012 DOA Bloodbath Film Festival (as #12). The Washington Post called his Making Hard Scrambled Movies (production tutorials) “a must for would-be filmmakers.” His workshops and instructional DVDs have inspired more than ten thousand screenwriters. One of the country’s top story analysts, Jim works with Oscar-nominated and A-List writers. He is finishing up the first screenwriting book that focuses solely on scene writing, The Craft of Scene Writing, for Linden Publishing.

Jim also directed the first 40 videos of the ...

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