Introduction to Character-Centered Screenwriting (with Lawrence "Doc" Pruyn) - ONLINE
Why do we love movies? They’re fun. We love to watch other people get in trouble. In this workshop, we'll watch the first fifteen minutes of a film - the introduction of a richly drawn cinematic character - then have fun analyzing how the writer achieved an effective portrait. Our analysis will reveal the sources of conflict, rooted in the main character, that get them in trouble and drive the film to its climax. We will discuss the nuts and bolts of pre-writing. Dr. Pruyne will share the character biography and conflict generator he uses, that help him better understand the personal details of his main characters, as well as the archetypal journey they undergo. He will also talk briefly about the proper use of minor characters and villains, and answer your questions about your scripts and the characters who people them. First time and experienced screenwriters—and fiction writers—will all have fun and gain a deeper understanding of the character-building process during this discussion. Limited to 12 writers.
WHEN: Saturday, February 13 (1 - 4pm EST)
WHERE: Online, via Live Zoom Meeting
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR
LAWRENCE “DOC” PRUYNE is the author of two novels and about 900 short pieces, including fiction, teaching exercises, journalism and creative non-fiction, interested in the interplay between writing and film. He's taught at the university level for seven years, and holds a PhD in Writing, Teaching and Literature. His dissertation explored the process of adapting fiction for the screen. He was the first to lead a seminar dedicated to screenwriting at the University at Albany. Subsequently, he earned a certificate in digital film-making from the Boston University Center for Digital Imaging Arts, after which his thesis film debuted at the S.N.O.B. Film Festival. His screenplays have placed in many competitions, and he's the winner of a number of writing awards. In the last twenty-five years Pruyne has also worked on dozens of media productions and consulted on many writing projects.
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