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Club Voltaire

SCREEN TALES The art and craft of storytelling for screen

Love FILM? Love STORYTELLING? Join us for an entertaining workshop building your knowledge of film and screenwriting with behind-the-scenes insight from working screenwriter/producer, DARREN MARKEY.

SCREEN TALES The art and craft of storytelling for screen

Time & Location

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Club Voltaire, 1st Floor/14 Raglan St, North Melbourne VIC 3051, Australia

About the event

· SCREEN TALES is ideal for actors, aspiring storytellers, screenwriters – and most importantly, anyone who loves film!

· Film is entertainment – SCREEN TALES resects and honours this – it will be fun!

· SCREEN TALES is interactive – you will be developing an original story idea of your own

· SCREEN TALES draws on classic and contemporary, renowned texts including ARISTOTLE, JOSEPH CAMPBELL, ROBERT MCKEE, CHRISTOPHER VOGLER and more

· You will gain the knowledge of how a screenplay is built – along with a SYNOPSIS of your own creating

WORKSHOP OBJECTIVES AND OUTCOMES

SCREEN TALES aims to provide you with a greater understanding of what makes a film story work. Through examination of existing films, including titles such as BLADE RUNNER, AMERICAN BEAUTY, TAXI DRIVER, THE GODFATHER, FINDING NEMO, ROCKY, STAR WARS, JAWS, and others, you will recognise the structure and components necessary to a complete film story, as well as identifying why some film stories don’t work.

SCREEN TALES will also provide you with an understanding of the practise of contemporary storytelling, placing the art in the context of a modern world and the habits of screenwriters.

SCREEN TALES will ask participants to complete several practical written exercises – identifying structure, archetypes, dialogue, forces of antagonism etc. in film samples the learner has provided. You will also be provided with extensive written notes summarising the learning materials

COURSE OUTLINE

SCREEN TALES is broken down into the following components – delivered over 10 sessions:

1. WHAT IS STORY?

Where do stories come from and why are they important?

An examination into the history of story-telling and the role it plays in shaping the collective consciousness.

You will begin forming an original idea for your own screen story.

2. STORY ON SCREEN

What makes a screenplay?

An examination of the classic three-act structure and how stories come to the screen through the building of a screenplay.

You will apply these principles to your original idea formed is SESSION 1.

3. GOOD VS EVIL

How do the forces of antagonism drive a story forward?

An examination of protagonist vs antagonist – and the various forms they take.

You will recognise the hero and villain in your story, along with what it is they want.

4. CHARACTER ON SCREEN

What is a character?

An examination into the definition and purpose of characters, Includes analysis of Carl Jung’s theories on the origins of archetypes.

You will recognise the archetypes in your story and role they play.

5. JOURNEY ON SCREEN

The Hero’s Journey – where does it begin and end?

Analysis of several theories on screenwriting – The Hero’s Journey vs Save the Cat.

You will deepen your understanding of the journey your hero is undertaking.

6. THE TOOLS OF SCREENWRITING

How do screenwriters write?

A close look at the screenwriter’s habits and tools used to create a screenplay.

You will use your story idea to create a SYNOPSIS – ready to build into your TREATEMENT and/or SCREENPLAY.

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