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Advanced Script Studio - 8 WeeksThis course extends Advanced Script Studio from a four-week workshop to an eight-week workshop.
Participant of this extended edition must:
(a) Have a completed draft of a television pilot or feature film screenplay and are looking to workshop it, ten pages at a time, with a supportive group of writers over an eight-week period, either as you undertake a rewrite or in preparation for a rewrite.
(b) Have an outline of a television pilot or feature film screenplay and are committed to writing up to ten new pages every week with the goal of generating a first draft over an eight-week period.
This is also open to those writers who have taken Advanced Script Studio in the past. Participants should be committed to attending all sessions. In the event a participant misses a session, they agree to read the missed material submitted by the other writers. This ensures that all participants remain up to speed on the progress of each project.
Participants will present their work each session, usually in the form of script pages (up to 10 pages per week), which will be read/performed aloud in class. After presenting their work, every participant will receive constructive in-class feedback from the group and the instructor. The instructor will use each individual project to illuminate screenwriting concepts and storytelling techniques that will be of use to every writer.
Due to time constraints, we will be unable to workshop more than 90 script pages per writer over the eight-week period. Writers with longer projects are welcome to participate but should understand that they will only be able to workshop a portion of their material. Each participant’s contribution (participating in readings, sharing constructive feedback, etc.) is crucial to the overall success of this workshop class. Therefore, please ensure that the dates of each session are compatible with your schedule before registering.
This is not an introductory class. Participants must have taken LIFT’s Advanced Script Studio before or meet the (a) or (b) criterias above. This class encourages imagination, creativity and originality. This workshop is based on conventional narrative (fiction) filmmaking and storytelling practices and is therefore not suited to projects that aspire to be non-narrative or avant-garde.
READ BEFORE REGISTERING
Prior to the class, please create a profile on Zoom and download the free version of the application. You will receive an email from LIFT with an invitation link to join the workshop one hour before the class begins which will prompt you to open the application or web browser. Please ensure that you log in using a Zoom account with a profile name that appears as the same name registered for the class. If not, for security reasons, you may not be permitted to join. During the workshop, we advise that you keep your microphone on mute to minimize external noise and that you unmute when participating in class discussions. Please also arrive to the session on time for attendance and class participation. ONLINE workshops may be recorded for staff and facilitator assessment. Recorded material will not be made available to participants. Review all workshop policies before registering.
Instructor: Stephen Davis
Stephen Davis is a screenwriter, story editor and a graduate of York University in Toronto and the American Film Institute (AFI) in Los Angeles. Originally from the UK, Stephen was selected for Script Room 4, a BBC program for developing new talent and was the runner-up for the Red Planet Prize for new television writing. His feature film screenplays have received development funding from the British Film Institute (BFI) and Film Wales, and he was one of four writers chosen to participate in the Black List mini-lab at the Toronto International Film Festival. Passionate about screenwriting education, Stephen also spent a year in the School of Theatre, Film and Television at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and has taught courses and workshops at York University and Humber College.
Location: Virtual via Zoom
Category: Writing & Directing
Maximum Capacity: 6
24 hours of instruction in 8 parts$375 /member$400 /nonmember