Perfecting the Set Piece Scene
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ABOUT THE WEBINAR
A set-piece scene allows you to show off as a writer. Ask yourself what is the best, most audacious scene you can write, given your premise, concept, and genre? The essence of a set-piece is the perfect manifestation of concept. You will discover what is most special about your script and learn how to showcase it.
Jim wrote The Craft of Scene Writing: Beat by Beat to a Better Script, the first-ever screenwriting book that focuses solely on scene writing. Renowned author and story guru Michael Hauge praised the book: “(Jim) reveals every component of a well-written emotionally powerful scene.” This seminar’s micro-focus will bolster your intuitive sense of story while developing your scene-level craft and execution.
Set-pieces honor a script’s unique source of inspiration, and come in many shapes and sizes. In Good Will Hunting, it’s long rhetoric-filled monologues. In Die Hard, it’s claustrophobic action scenes. In Nutty Professor, its most famous scene relies on the same actor playing multiple roles in the scene. Discover the source for your script’s magical moments.
Pick a few key scenes and make them jump off the page -- proving to the reader that you script is a movie. On the marketing side of the business, if long talky monologues are actor-bait, then showy, super-visual scenes that integrate the concept are director-bait. Learn how to make your script stand out.
WHAT YOU’LL LEARN:
- The nebulous craft of writing to concept
- How to create and utilize essential conceits of your concept
- Milking your setup for the best surprises in your scene
- How to write cinematic scenes that jump off the page and read like a movie
- A few simples techniques to create wholly unique scenes and moments
- How to evaluate your concept before you write it
- How your execution can attract directors, actors and managers
WHO SHOULD WATCH?
- Writers who want to distinguish their voice and brand
- Writers who want to learn more about the seldom-taught craft of writing to concept
- Commercially-minded writers working in mainstream genres and high concept
- Writers and producers who are trying to package, especially with director, their script
- Writers who want to improve their execution and scene writing
- Storytellers who want to write something memorable and special
- Screenwriters who want to push their scripts from “almost there” to “wow”
BONUS: With purchase of this webinar, you will receive $79.99 off of a yearly subscription to the Screenwriting Tutorials website, which has specialized tutorials from experts that explore screenwriting topics covered nowhere else on the web!
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Meet the Author: Jim Mercurio
Jim Mercurio is a writer, author, screenwriter, and filmmaker. His book The Craft of Scene Writing is the first-ever screenwriting book that focuses solely on scenes. He has directed or produced five feature films and has helped countless writers as a teacher, story analyst, and script doctor. He directed more than 40 DVDs on screenwriting, including his own 6-disc set, Complete Screenwriting. One of the country’s top story consultants, Jim works with Oscar-nominated and A-List writers as well as beginners.