The BlueCat Screenwriting Workshop: LONDON
August 12-17, 2008
THE ART OF SCREENWRITING WORKSHOP (two day workshop)
09:00 – 17:00 on August 16, 17 in room B35 Malet Street
The screenplay is creative writing. It is imagination in action, the heart of every experience of the writer speaking truthfully and generously.
Writing creatively for the screen has no method, no formula, no rigid worksheets to comply with or enforceable rules hanging on a wall somewhere. Every conformity or formula determined and “discovered” by the screenwriting establishment can be blown apart by some of our most beloved movies.
But what cannot be argued away is that every classic movie we love has affected us emotionally.
This is always true.
There are principles of authentic storytelling. Yes. But these are not learned, but remembered from our own experiences of living our lives. The ability to tell a story lies inside every human being.
Writers will engage in writing and pitching exercises designed to flesh out new ideas or rework existing scripts. Please bring your laptops and/or paper and pen.
If each person is indeed unique, it follows simply that each writer is unlike any other, and can write a story no one else on Earth can. This purpose is the mission of this workshop.
THE TEN PAGE WORKSHOP
18:30 – 23:00 on August 12, 13, 14 in room 629 Malet Street
These workshops will consist of 5 writers each submitting ten pages of a work in progress in advance. We will go over each work individually, discussing the specific, unique challenges each writer is facing on the page. This discussion will include the technical aspects of description and dialogue, the depth and reality of the characters, and how the ten pages reflect where the entire story goes.
The intimate, focused interaction with fellow writers in the workshop will provide all with a greater understanding of the work that lies ahead on their screenplay, and more importantly, a detailed sense of how they might develop as writers themselves.
18:30 – 23:00 on August 12 in room 629 Malet Street
Cost: £125 SOLD OUT
18:30 – 23:00 on August 13 in room 629 Malet Street
18:30 – 23:00 on August 14 in room 629 Malet Street
BIO OF GORDY HOFFMAN
Winner of the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival for LOVE LIZA, Gordy Hoffman made his feature directorial debut with his script, A COAT OF SNOW, which world premiered at the 2005 Locarno Intl Film Festival. A COAT OF SNOW made its North American Premiere at the Arclight in Hollywood, going on to screen at the Milan Film Festival and the historic George Eastman House. A COAT OF SNOW won the 2006 Domani Vision Award at VisionFest, held at the Tribeca Cinemas in New York City. Gordy is the founder and judge of the BlueCat Screenplay Competition and teaches screenwriting at the USC School of Cinematic Arts. He is currently writing a movie about Los Angeles.