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Story Mapping Oscar-Winning Screenplays of 2014

At a Glance

  • Master the structure and dramatic principles used by many Academy Award-winning movies and screenplays, including this year’s nominees.
  • Learn the crucial story beats and defining characteristics of modern hit movies and winning spec screenplays.
  • Breaking down great movies and analyzing them is the foundation of writing a GREAT screenplay.

ABOUT THE WEBINAR

Learn the storytelling secrets of those films that have been honored by Oscar, including some of the greatest films of all time AND this year’s nominees, including Gravity, Her, American Hustle, Captain Phillips, Nebraska and 12 Years a Slave.

Films such as The Godfather, Juno, Zero Dark Thirty, Silver Linings Playbook and The Silence of the Lambs may seem to have very little in common, but once they are broken down into their main dramatic elements, the structure reveals itself to be quite similar. Beyond their structure, these award-winning screenplays have unique dramatic characteristics that give them more depth and emotional impact than other Hollywood movies.

Story Analyst Daniel Calvisi will introduce you to the story structure and principles used in most commercial movies, including most of the Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay and Best Adapted Screenplay winners. The "Story Map" breaks down a movie into its clear, concise dramatic elements and plot points. These are the building blocks of your story, and the “signpost” beats of your plot, and if you want to blow away the reader they must be in the proper order and desired page range, regardless of genre. This structure is what readers look for on the page and how movies are edited for the screen.

The screenplays that have been graced with Academy Award nominations and wins utilize a wide range of genres and storytelling devices, yet all adhere to a crucial list of basic and advanced screenwriting techniques. Daniel will offer essential writing tips as he discusses the many award-winning films he has analyzed, including As Good As It Gets, Flight and Sunset Boulevard.

This webinar includes a free, exclusive Story Map of the hit, award-winning film SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK.

WHAT YOU’LL LEARN:

  • How to write a Story Map for your screenplay or any other.
  • How to break down major, award-winning movies and identify what makes them work.
  • The most common story characteristics shared by Oscar-nominated films.
  • How to develop a new concept from scratch, or diagnose problems in your existing script.
  • How to use goals, theme and conflict to strengthen your protagonist’s pursuit of their dramatic goals.
  • The detailed characteristics of each crucial story beat. Not only where to place them, but how to use them in your narrative.
  • What readers look for in a spec screenplay.

WHO SHOULD LISTEN?

  • Writers who want to utilize the structure used by Hollywood pros.
  • Writers who aspire to Oscar greatness.
  • Writers looking for a more practical, industry-based approach to screenplay structure and outlining that applies to all genres.
  • Writers who are developing a new concept and want to begin with the strongest foundation possible.
  • Writers with a completed feature screenplay who want to locate issues that are holding the script back from reaching the “submission-ready” level.
  • Film Fans who love the Academy Awards!

Product Details

  • Date available: 01/27/2014
  • Publication date: 01/27/2014
  • 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.

Ship the item(s) to The Writers Store via a traceable and insured method. You will be responsible for return shipping fees.

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.

Meet the Author: Daniel P. Calvisi

Daniel P. Calvisi is a writing coach, screenwriter and former Story Analyst for major studios like Twentieth Century Fox and Miramax Films. He is the author of Story Maps: How to Write a GREAT Screenplay, Story Maps: TV Drama, Story Maps: 12 Great Screenplays and Story Maps: The Films of Christopher Nolan.

He teaches webinars on writing for film and television with The Writers Store and speaks at writing conferences. Daniel has taught screenwriting at the college level, including at the New School University in New York City. He is a graduate of the Film and Television program in NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, and has been published in...

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