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Writing the Family (Friendly) Film

At a Glance

  • For writers interested in writing broad-appeal family (friendly) films
  • Learn about the various subgenres, themes, tropes and structures of family films, what studios look for and how to write (and re-write) your film for a family audience
  • Understand what a family film is both commercially and artistically, to create a script that can both sell to a Studio and resonate with family audiences

ABOUT THE WEBINAR
What is a Family Film? Is it a film about families? For families? Is it geared towards kids? Is it defined by the G and PG rating? In this seminar we will start by defining what constitutes a family film on a commercial basis, from the perspective of the producers and studios to the audiences and critics. We will then identify the structures, themes, characters and tropes that define the genre on the level of craft and art in order to assist the writing and development process.

As a development executive in family films, Pete Letz worked with writers, producers, directors, actors and studios in the family film development process. Now running his own management/production company he continues to seek out and develop broad appeal family projects.

We’ll look at a wide variety of films and identify the patterns. From Finding Nemo and Night at the Museum to E.T, Paul Blart, Daddy Day Care and Lego, we will identify what binds these disparate films together and how one can use that knowledge to write a family screenplay.

WHAT YOU’LL LEARN:

  • Subgenres and narrative templates
  • Key themes
  • Recurrent characters and characters arcs
  • Pitching
  • What studios look for
  • Common pitfalls

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

  • Writers who want to improve their craft in writing the family film
  • Writers who want to learn about the business of family films
  • Writers seeking a close study of genre
  • Writers who want to learn how to pitch family films
  • Writers who want to learn more about script development from the point of view of a former development executive
  • Producers and Executives who would like to brush up on the family film genre
  • Academics, Bloggers and Critics who would like a real industry look into the script development process

Product Details

  • Date available: 05/07/2014
  • Publication date: 05/07/2014
  • Return policy: This item is not eligible for return.

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

Meet the Author: Pete Letz

Pete Letz founded Cousin Pete Productions and Management in January 2012 as a platform to manage clients and produce projects in high-quality, character-driven 'genre' fare - Action, Thriller, Horror, Fantasy and Sci-Fi - with a particular emphasis on material that appeals to a global market, is flexible enough to be done either inside or outside the studio system, and allows for a transmedia approach, building expansive worlds that can translate across TV, Film, Web, Comics and Video Games.

Before forming Cousin Pete Productions and Management, Pete Letz was a development executive for director Steve Carr (PAUL BLART: MALL COP, DADDY DAY CA...

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