Wonderful scripts bring vibrant, accessible characters to life on the page. David O. Russell and Alexander Payne consistently breathe life into amazing characters in their films. We will mine their scripts and films to discover useful and simple character creation techniques. You will look at examples of character development in their scripts alongside specific methods that can be employed at all stages of writing your own script.
Class Starts: November 12, 2018,
Class Title: Craft: Writing the Character-Driven Screenplay – David O. Russell and Alexander Payne
Class Type: Online
Class Presenter: Tom Benedek
Class price: $95
Alexander Payne and David O. Russell charge their films with fully realized, compelling characters. See how they build characters in their scripts and learn from their techniques in this one week course.
This class takes a close look at how these wonderful directors build scripts using great characters as foundation. We will explore specific character building techniques David O. Russell and Alexander Paine use in their film work — character descriptions, arcs, internal conflicts, moral dilemmas, personal vulnerabilities, unique traits, specific areas of personal history — and more.
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN
You will learn how to build better characters, maximize ways for character to drive plot, discover new creative approaches to developing a character driven story.
- Five lectures written by Tom Benedek
- Special insider tips
- 24/7 online forum discussions moderated by instructor
- Writing exercises with instructor and class feedback
- 90-minute live teleconference between instructor and class members
- Logline workshop.
WHO SHOULD TAKE THIS COURSE
Screenwriters, TV writers, novelists, and playwrights who want to empower their writing and enrich their characters through the use of archetypes
“I have taken two classes with Tom, and both were remarkable. I not only learned a great deal, but also found myself part of a very supportive and dedicated community of writers. Tom set a perfect tone, emphasizing craft and commitment while at the same time encouraging us to experiment, play with ideas, and create.” – Erin O’Connor
I have thoroughly enjoyed the lectures and Tom’s insight, encouragement, and feedback. I highly recommend these courses to anybody — from beginners to those farther on the screenwriting path.” – Goran Spoljaric
“Tom is terrific. For someone like me who’s read the basic texts and slogged through writing several less-than-great pilot scripts, his approach and insightful comments were really helpful.” – Chris Cowley
“What makes Tom stand out are: his ethics; his true caring and concern for each student and that student’s work; and his commitment to help each student successfully get what he or she needs to learn next to write a polished script — whether for the big screen or for tv. Thanks, Tom” – Melodie Beattie
SPECIAL OFFER: THE CRAFT PACKAGE with Tom Benedek
The Craft Package offers all eight Core classes for nearly 50% off and enables you to go through all of the content on your own time! For more information, go here.
BENEFITS OF THE ONLINE SCREENWRITING MASTER CLASS EXPERIENCE
- Access courses anytime and anywhere on your computer, tablet or smartphone.
- Learn the craft amidst a supportive, lively, and fun online community from around the world.
- Receive feedback from instructors who know the business and have a passion for teaching.