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Finding the “Story” in True Stories

At a Glance

  • Webinar on the keys to adapting true/historical events into stories for the screen and other media.
  • How to find the best genre, main character, and overall story problem within the “slew of facts.”
  • Identifying the common pitfalls associated with stories based on “what really happened.”

ABOUT THE WEBINAR

Some of the best and most successful movies of all time were based on or inspired by true events. Not only have these events captured an audience’s emotions but they have also become more than history—they’ve become a great story. What are the key elements a movie must have to capture an audience, and how does a writer apply their craft to such material, while respecting and sticking to “the truth”?

Beginning his career as an assistant at Tom Hanks’ production company, Erik Bork got his big break when Mr. Hanks asked him to help with the creation of an HBO miniseries about the Apollo space program – in the wake of Mr. Hanks’ hit movie Apollo 13. Having to learn on the fly, in a genre very foreign to him, Erik found himself helping to outline, then write, and finally produce what became 1998’s Emmy-winning From the Earth to the Moon.

Lessons learned on this project led to deals for Erik to write several other “true story” adaptations, some of which were never produced (including a miniseries about the genesis of the Apple Computer Company, a “biopic” about professional jockey Chris Antley, and a remake of The Great Escape), and one of which – the HBO miniseries Band of Brothers – earned him his second Emmy as a writer and producer.

In the process, he learned the hard way what works and what doesn’t work in adapting true stories. As a writer, he figured out how to balance the demands of the true facts with the need to impose one’s own perspective – to move past transcribing research into script form, to creating a story that meets all the same criteria for emotionally involving an audience, as a work of fiction would have.

In this webinar, Erik will share all the key principles he’s picked up along the way, with plenty of examples from his own career – while offering impromptu critiques and suggestions on true story loglines submitted by attendees using the webinar’s written chat box function.

WHAT YOU’LL LEARN:

• The key differences between “history” and story, and “truth” and fiction.
• How to avoid the dreaded “highlight reel” or “anecdote fest.”
• Why research cannot run the process, and how to put it in its place!
• The key elements of a viable story problem an audience might care about.
• Finding the narrative spine – and how the Save the Cat “genres” can help.
• The role of fictionalizing, creative license, and having an authorial “take.”
• Why aiming for “true in spirit” is a better goal than “true in every detail.”
• The importance of a continuous and subjective main character point-of-view.
• Why it’s best to avoid a spec miniseries and what it takes to be a feature.
• How to deal with the real people involved in your story (if you must).

WHO SHOULD LISTEN?

• Writers who are considering adapting a true story (or have done so).
• Writers looking for feedback on a story concept based on actual events.
• Writers who want to resolve their love/hate relationship with research.
• Writers who need overall guidance on the key elements of a good story.
• Writers who wonder what gets buyers interested in a true story idea.
• Writers or aspiring writers who live anywhere in the world.
• Writers or filmmakers in any medium who are working on a history-based project.
• Writers looking for inspiration and advice from someone a lot like them.

Writers Store does not offer any refunds for the webinar. All sales are final.

Product Details

  • Date available: 09/19/2012
  • Publication date: 09/19/2012
  • 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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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.

Meet the Author: Erik Bork

Erik Bork is best known for his work as a writer-producer on the HBO miniseries Band of Brothers and From the Earth to the Moon, for which he won two Emmy and two Golden Globe Awards. He’s sold multiple original pitches, and written pilots and features for many of the major studios and production companies. He teaches at UCLA Extension and National University’s MFA Program, and has been called one of the “Top 10 Most Influential Screenwriting Bloggers.” Contact him online at “Flying Wrestler.”

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