ANATOMY OF A MOVIE
“What was the screenwriter thinking?” a unique way to learn a unique craft
SETUPS & PAYOFFS
Most of the screenwriting process takes place away from a keyboard and desk. The story, the situations, character introductions, subplots, story points, setups & payoffs, “gags,” transitions, edits, “slug lines”, etc. are all thought about long before the writer downloads screenwriting software onto their computer. Many times—if not most—the ending is known before the beginning is.
There are numerous things a writer of a screenplay must think about when building their story. Setups and Payoffs are one of the most important (think of an out-of-shape Rocky struggling up the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art (the Setup) and then flying up those steps later in fighting shape (the Payoff) .
We will be using technology to show you a video with clips from well known—and some not-so-well known—movies to give examples of Setups and Payoffs.
This is the first Anatomy of a Movie presentation using Zoom. It’s not the future—it’s the “now.”
There is nothing harder to write than a motion picture screenplay. The writer can’t use the First Person or the Third Person to explain what is going on. There is a limited range for the length. It is a format unique to itself.
But if you can “train your brain” to think the way a screenwriter (actually any writer) must, there will be ancillary benefits to your professional and personal lives, and you may be able to write books, articles, business plans, love letters, etc.
No charge. Discounts given to “Fade In” screenwriting software and the “Write Your Script” class.
DATE: SUNDAY MAY 3RD
TIME: HIGH NOON (also the title of a great movie)
VENUE: YOUR LIVING ROOM, DEN, BASEMENT, KITCHEN, PORCH…
(“Ctrl & Click the link below to register. Registration is limited)
(shared by Ken Kaszak)