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Creating Authentic Emotional Conflict

At a Glance

  • This workshop is for students interested in learning the genre conventions of a dramatic feature film
  • In this workshop, you will build the structure of your original dramatic feature film and end with a completed first act
  • The dramatic genre highlights a screenwriter's craft and is useful in showing producers that you've got the screenwriting chops it takes to succeed

Character and plot are intertwined—after all, plot is what happens to the characters. If the audience does not care about the characters, the plot will falter. Audiences may be shocked or surprised by plots, but they care about characters. So authentic emotional conflict evolves from characters trying to deal with their circumstances. The character arc is the growth of the main character as he or she attempts to reconcile with the conflict of the plot.

But before we can understand the course of a character’s progress (or regress), we have to know who that character is. In this workshop, you will cover how to naturally develop characters and story as a single unit so that your audience connects on a deep emotional level. By the end of this workshop, you will have a thoroughly vetted outline for your screenplay and a solid start to writing your script, with comments from an industry professional and the tools you need to complete you screenplay.

The budget-friendly On Demand offers students our comprehensive course in PDF format, which provides instructions and exercises on specific skills you will need to succeed as a screenwriter.

In this course you will learn:

  • How to create a Rough Outline that keeps you on track
  • How to create a Character Study for each of your leads
  • How to make use of Inner and Outer Desire
  • How to let Setting and Mood do some of the dramatic heavy lifting
  • How to write Real (rather than manufactured) Conflict
  • How to write the First Act (approximately 30 pages) of your screenplay

Course Outline

Session One: Developing a Rough Outline (and a Rough Character)

  • The Dramatic Structure
  • Hitting the High Notes
  • The Best Laid Plans
  • The Subplot or B Story

Session Two: All About Character

  • The Advantages of a Character Study
  • The ‘Opponent’ versus the ‘Antagonist’ (and why one is better)
  • Setting and Tone
  • Playing With (and Against) Genre Expectations

Session Three: The Hero Begins the Journey!

  • Let’s talk Dialogue!
  • Reluctant Hero/Active Hero
  • Inner Desire versus Outer Desire
  • Obstacles big enough to count...but not impossible!

Session Four: Tackling Act One

  • Getting beyond the Ordinary World
  • The first crucial Turning Point
  • Real versus Manufactured Conflict
  • So...what happens next?

Product Details

  • Publication date: 03/20/2014
  • Return policy: This item is not eligible for return.

Return Policy

Your satisfaction is our top priority. If you are not satisfied with your purchase, please return the item(s) for an exchange or refund within 30 days from the purchase date, unless otherwise noted on the product page.

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Please include a completed Return Form with your shipment. Refunds take up to one week to process once we have received the item(s).

Software returns must be deactivated and uninstalled from your computer before a refund may be issued. Please contact the software manufacturer if you need assistance uninstalling or deactivating your software.

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

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