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Crafting the Scene

At a Glance

  • Instructor-led online course through Screenwriters University designed to improve your scene-writing skills
  • Put your scene writing skills to the test and receive professional feedback
  • Master the craft of scene writing and increase your chances of writing a successful script

Too many writers think that a scene is just two people talking or arguing. Or they use the scene as an opportunity to advance the plot, reveal character, or simply make an impact through set-pieces. While there’s some validity to that, most amateur scenes tend to fall flat and disengage the reader, who ultimately tosses the script in the recycling bin. Writing great scenes requires talent, skill, know-how and practice. While the first two can’t be taught, you can learn what makes a great scene, recognize when a scene doesn’t work and why, and apply practical techniques as you craft dramatic scenes and receive feedback from the instructor.

In this online writing course you will learn:

  • How to craft and structure the basic dramatic scene
  • Effective techniques to make your scene more compelling
  • The three types of scenes in a screenplay
  • The key elements of the pre-writing phase of a good scene
  • The most common scene problems and how to avoid them
  • The crucial distinction between passive and active conflict
  • How to use the Emotional Palette to create tension and anticipation
  • All about pacing, scene variety, and scene transitions
  • How to craft scene subtext

Outline

Session One: Scene Basics—What you must know to craft a good scene
  • The three types of scenes
  • Beat progression
  • Character motivation
  • Creating dramatic tension
Session Two: Elements of a good scene—Symptoms of a flawed scene
  • Scene purpose
  • Character emotion
  • Emotional Stakes
  • Buttoning the scene
  • Scene polarity
  • Exposition
Session Three: Advanced Techniques to elevate your scene from good to great
  • The Actor Studio Technique for mesmerizing conflict
  • The Emotional Palette
  • Passive vs. active conflict
  • The power of contrast
  • Twists and Reversals
  • Dramatic irony
  • Ticking clocks
Session Four: Scene subtext and other tricks of the trade
  • Beginnings and endings
  • Scene transitions
  • Pacing
  • Scene variety and rhythm
  • Scene subtext

Product Details

  • Publication date: 09/20/2013
  • Return policy: This item is not eligible for return.

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The following items are not returnable: Hollywood Creative Directories, DVDs (opened), and Gift Certificates.

Meet the Author: Karl Iglesias

Karl Iglesias is a screenwriter and sought-after script doctor and consultant, specializing in the reader's emotional response to the written page. He is the best-selling author of Writing For Emotional Impact and The 101 Habits of Highly Successful Screenwriters. He teaches at UCLA Extension’s Writers' Program, where he’s just won the Outstanding Instructor Award for 20...