JAY DUPLASS - ACTOR: TRANSPARENT (CRITIC'S CHOICE AWARD NOMINEE FOR BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR), Writer/Director: Togetherness, Cyrus, The Puffy Chair, Jeff who lives at home
"We work with [Consulting Producer] Joan Scheckel, and one of the ways that she gets into [our family's backstories] — without coming at us with a bunch of “intellectual” ideas — is by putting us in a room together for two days. We have these random physical and emotional interactions, and weirdly, what we get done in those two days feels like more than if Jill [Soloway, the show’s creator] had written a novel about us. Joan is the glue of the show."
What is it?
- Use Overall Actions to structure a meaningful plot
- Write and deliver compelling plot twists scene by scene
- Craft ensemble scripts with equally strong arcs for every character
WHAT DOES IT COVER?
Day 1: ACTION
- Set up the theme through Action, not exposition
- Deliver the theme through Overall Action and Relationship
- Create Action that illuminates the inner life of the Characters
Day 2: JOURNEY
- Build through a dramatic crisis using the actions of awareness, not conflict
- Craft clear and compelling plot points, scene by scene
- Create plot twists that advance the story, deepen the characters and transform the relationships
Day 3: MEANING
- Use Action to create a roller coaster ride through a truth
- Craft a profound transformation for your characters and your audience
- Write truly exciting, playable episodes that embody meaning
The Episodic Lab is designed for Film, Episodic, Commercial and all content creators. It may be attended individually by the Writer, Director, Producer, Execs...or by the entire Film Team.
LOS ANGELES: FRI APR 05 - SUN APR 07
Class size is limited. Apply now.
Application deadline - WED APR 03
For application call us at (323) 803-5039 or Email us.
JILL SOLOWAY - WRITER/DIRECTOR: TRANSPARENT (GOLDEN GLOBE WINNER, EMMY AWARD WINNER) AFTERNOON DELIGHT (WINNER BEST DIRECTOR SUNDANCE 2013)
"Joan gave me a Technique, she handed me a map with clear markings that made sense… Although I had been writing TV for many years and went to film school in college, I had no actual technique. I had a shot list and a hope for the best, but I didn’t have something to do when I got to the set...I came into most of my power as a filmmaker when I realized that all I needed to do was make a safe space for people to have feelings."