Screenwriters Master Class


– SCREENWRITERS MASTER CLASS –

(for beginners and intermediate writers who want to learn ADVANCE techniques)


September 17, 9AM-4PM, Capernaum Studios

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George Escobar

George brings experience

GEORGE ESCOBAR is currently developing MISSILEMAN with Academy-nominee Terry Rossio as executive producer (Rossio is the co-writer/producer of the PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN franchise, co-writer of ALADDIN, SHREK, DEJA VU, NATIONAL TREASURE among a dozen other box office hits). Escobar is also producing FATHER’S GIFT, a script he co-wrote with emerging writer/director William Willer. Escobar’s screenplay, TRAPPED, (co-written with Ken Carpenter) was a 1st Runner Up for the Kairos Pro Award and a Finalist for the ScreenCraft Family Contest. Escobar co-wrote and co-directed the Oscar nominated ALONE YET NOT ALONE (for Best Original Song) and THE ISAIAH 9:10 JUDGMENT, which was Amazon’s No. 1 faith DVD for over 75 weeks in 2012. He also co-wrote and directed COME WHAT MAY, distributed by Sony/Provident Films. He most recently co-wrote and served as a producer for THE WORLD WE MAKE, distributed by Universal Home Entertainment. He is also a producer for the upcoming FARMER AND THE BELLE, and an associate producer and 1st AD for FIRST LADY (by Nina May). Escobar was a producing fellow at the American Film Institute Conservatory and co-founder of Advent Film Group. Previously he was Vice President of Product Development for Discovery Networks,
Executive Director of AOL/Time Warner. He holds seven U.S. patents for interactive design and technologies and has taught over 3,500 students in filmmaking and screenwriting.   


CLASS DESCRIPTION (6 hrs in Length)

Are you a writer having trouble with STRUCTURE? Do you run out of steam or get lost in the SECOND ACT? Are you following a DEAD END, paint-by-numbers FORMULA and don’t even know it? Are your scripts getting REJECTED but you don’t know why? Do you have a GREAT STORY, but can’t tell it on the script page? Do you know how to get in touch with your CHARACTERS and use THEIR CREATIVITY? Are you ready to elevate your STORYTELLING to new heights? Finally, do you want to break through WRITERS BLOCK and never experience it again?

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9AM - 10:50 AM: An in-depth breakdown and analysis of some of the best screenplays ever written.
You have to know what works and why before you can fully realize HOW to do it yourself.

  • We will DECONSTRUCT and REASSEMBLE Academy-Award winning screenplays. 
  • We’ll WATCH powerful, emotional, moving scenes. 
  • We’ll PROBE what makes them work. 
  • You will learn to UNLOCK their SECRETS and how to use them for your own scripts.


10:50 AM - 11 AM - BREAK

11AM - 12PM: The first thing is having a GREAT. CINEMATIC. STORY. IDEA.

  • You will learn the ELEMENTS of GREAT stories and RECOGNIZE poor, tired, and trite story ideas.
  • We’ll run through treatments, synopsis, beat sheets and outlines to uncover a story’s CINEMATIC value. 
  • You will discover how STRUCTURE interrogates your STORY IDEA before you commit to success or failure.


12PM - 1:15PM - LUNCH


1PM - 2PM: Screenplays are essentially emotional CUP HOLDERS. And great dialogue is what what FILLS THEM UP to overflowing.

“Yeah, I’m talking to you!” The WRITER glances away to avoid the confrontation. “Turn around. Look at me. Straight up,” the VOICE bellows.
“Do it!” After a tense moment, the writer finally relents, locks onto the voice, to stare at the abyss of drama.

  • We’re going to WATCH authentic, sparkling, well-crafted dialogue… and also terrible ones for comparison.
  • You will learn elements of good dialogue to make your characters COME ALIVE while entertaining (and informing) the reader. 
  • You are going to WRITE a page of dialogue that snaps, crackles and pops off the page, without being ON-THE-NOSE.

2PM - 3PM - Uncover the BIG SECRET of creating characters by making them BAND MEMBERS in your story.

  • You will SEE how every character must play an integral INSTRUMENT in your story, if they don’t toss them out!
  • You will LISTEN to the HARMONY of the chorus of your characters.
  • You will TOUCH the HEARTBEAT of your story, giving it the proper CADENCE and STRENGTH to keep it alive.


3PM - 3:10PM - BREAK

3:10PM - 4PM - The BUSINESS end of the CRAFT of screenwriting

During this final session, you will learn the following options for launching a screenwriting career:

  • 1. PRODUCE your scripts yourself if you have patience to earn the money.
  • 2. SELL your scripts, if you can, but face the reality of ‘asking permission’ to make a movie.
  • 3. TEACH screenwriting by writing books and lecturing at school and workshops.
  • DO ALL THREE! - A case study

 
NOTE:  Master Classes/Bootcamps require a minimum of 10 students and will allow a maximum of 25 participants (depending on bootcamp),
If 10 students is not met, we may cancel the class and refund your registration fee to this class.


LOCATION AND DATE

Capernaum Studios, 10700 FM 920, POOLVILLE, TX, 76487
Same Location as CONTENT18
September 17, 9am - 4pm


To Register - Click Here


Tuesday, September 17, 9AM-4PM, at Capernaum Studios


NOTE: Intensives require a minimum of 10 and will allow a maximum of 25 participants (depending on bootcamp)