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Story Development - Masterclass Web Series with Syd Field

At a Glance

  • 4 webinars on the Story Development - Masterclass Web Series with Syd Field
  • Get in-depth info on Structure, Scenes, Dialogue, and the Re-Write
  • Includes a live Q&A session with the master himself!

Generations of screenwriters have used Syd Field's bestselling books to ignite successful Hollywood careers. Story Development - Masterclass Web Series with Syd Field features a deep exploration of screenwriting and illustrations from Academy Award-winning films. The purpose of this course is to "expand, enlarge and broaden your knowledge, comprehension, and technique of the screenplay and the art and craft of screenwriting." AND we've kept the prices low so everyone can afford them.

Conducted from 10am to 12:00pm Noon Los Angeles time on Saturday and Sunday so people around the world can tune in, these unique online sessions also include a 30-minute live Q&A with Syd. This is an unprecedented opportunity to pose your own specific questions to the master himself!

Class #1: Principles of Storytelling

They all begin the same way…. "Once upon a time, there was a…"

And? What happens then?

That’s what Syd explores in this brand new webinar course, Principles of Storytelling.

Whether writing and pitching a screenplay, TV episode or documentary film, whether fiction or non-fiction, whether telling a bedtime story or presenting a newproject/proposal to your boss or Board of Directors, knowing and understanding the Principles of Storytelling is absolutely essential.

What makes a great story?

In this innovative and exciting session, Syd explores the Principles of Storytelling by analyzing and discussing such Academy Award-winning films as Argo, Witness, The Descendants and other great films. By focusing on the CRAFT of storytelling, he’ll illustrate the major principles of ALL storytelling: Plot, Character and Structure. Who is the story about? What is it about? And, what’s the problem that must be overcome?

Understanding the basic principles of storytelling is essential to building and constructing a good story line with strong characters, strong action and laced with dynamic tension and edge of the seat conflict.

Class #2: Writing Effective Dialogue 

What’s the purpose of dialogue? Does it move the story forward, or does it reveal information about the character? Is your dialogue too “right on the nose,” or “too direct?” Do your characters all sound the same? Are your minor characters more interesting than your main character?
This session explores the function of dialogue and illustrates the nine different types of dialogue found in movies like Juno, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Little Miss Sunshine, The Bucket List, American Beauty, and more. The purpose of the evening: to expand and broaden your awareness of dialogue and its function.

Class #3: Writing The Action Sequence

Great ACTION SEQUENCES just don’t happen; they’re carefully designed and written with style and creativity. Good action writing utilizes time, location, the unexpected, the surrounding elements and whatever’s necessary to make the sequence work.

What is the purpose of the action sequence and how do you design, structure and write exciting action? In this innovative and brand new session, Syd will break down some of the greatest action sequences of the last few decades and explore those stylistic elements that make them great! Where do you begin the sequence? What elements can you utilize within the sequence to keep the viewer keenly tuned on the edge of his/her seat? We’ll see some of the greatest action sequences ever filmed, classic sequences like: Bullitt, Terminator 2, The Matrix, The French Connection, The Bourne Ultimatum, Jurassic Park, Pirates of the Caribbean, and more.

Class #4: The 6 Stages of Rewriting 

You’ve finished the first draft. Now what? Does it work or does it need more work? Do you need more action? Stronger characters? More tension? Are the stakes high enough? What can you do to make your first draft a better read? In this session we'll begin by examining your original intention – what was it that originally attracted you to the idea? A character? A situation? An experience? In the first draft, did you end up writing the story you originally intended to write? This evening is all about the Re-Write and the tools you can employ to make your intention equal your result. 

How does the webinar work?

The webinar is broadcast over the Internet with the live audio being delivered through your computer speakers or over your telephone. The presentation is displayed directly from the Presenter's computer on to your computer screen.

The Q& A is managed through a chat-style submission system with questions being answered by the Presenter for the entire class to hear. In the event some questions are not answered during the live session, an email with all questions and answers will be sent to all webinar attendees.

What equipment do I need?

All you need is a computer or iPad. You will be able to view the presentation and listen to the audio over the computer speakers. See below for complete system requirements.

System Requirements

For PC-based users:

  • Required: Windows® 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server
  • Required: Internet Explorer® 7.0 or newer, Mozilla® Firefox® 3.0 or newer or Google™ Chrome™ 5.0 or newer (JavaScript™ and Java™ enabled)
  • Required: Internet connection, with cable modem, DSL or better recommended
  • Recommended: Minimum of Pentium® class 1GHz CPU with 512 MB of RAM (2 GB of RAM for Windows® Vista.

For Mac-based users:

  • Required: Mac OS® X 10.5 (Leopard®), OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard®)
  • Required: Safari™ 3.0 or newer, Firefox® 3.0 or newer or Google™ Chrome™ 5.0 or newer (JavaScript™ and Java™ enabled)
  • Required: Internet connection, with cable modem, DSL or better recommended
  • Required: Intel processor with 512 MB of RAM or better recommended.

For iPad-based users:

  • Required: Free GoToMeeting app from the Apple App Store
  • Required: WiFi connection to use VoIP

Questions

If you have questions about the webinar, please call us prior to the start time at 800.272.8927.

Product Details

  • Date available: 07/15/2013
  • 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: Syd Field

Acclaimed as "the guru of all screenwriters" (CNN), Syd Field is regarded by many Hollywood professionals to be the leading authority in the art and craft of screenwriting in the world today. The Hollywood Reporter calls him "the most sought-after screenwriting teacher in the world."

His internationally acclaimed best-selling books Screenplay, The Screenwriter's Workbook, and The Screenwriter's Problem Solver have established themselves as the "bibles" of the film industry. They are used in more than 395 colleges and universities and have been translated into 19 languages.

Field chaired the Academic Liaison Committee at T...