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Peter Russell Script Doctor

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Apr'14

The Bionic Tools of Screenwriting

Everyone can learn to tell a story. We’ll show you how to do it with super-secret, tried and true, BIONIC writing tools that will help you write FASTER, EASIER and MORE MARKETABLE screenplays. Every hit Hollywood movie follows a deep structure that we’ve discovered, and which will change the way you write. Once you learn this rhythm, you’ll never need to figure out where to go next in your story. Your story will automatically find its right order, and will tell YOU what to write next. Learn the eight “Bionic” tools that are all a creator needs to tell a great story in ANY genre: BMOC, LOGLINE, THE RHYTHM of FOUR ACTS, HERO’S JOURNEY, THEME, IMPACT CHARACTERS, CORE WOUNDS, THE ‘BOXING RING’ Movies Used In This Class: PULP FICTION, DEAD POETS SOCIETY, STAR WARS, HANGOVER Event Registration Online for Bionic Tools of Screenwriting:Write Better, Faster, & More Sellable Scripts powered by Eventbrite

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17

Apr'14

The Secrets of Writing Thriller and Horror Movies

If you want to sell your movie anywhere in the world, you MUST know how to create tension, suspense, and fear. Audiences LOVE a good scare. Whether you are writing a full-length feature or a short — or even a webisode — learning the tricks and techniques to create these emotions will make your job so much easier. This three-hour lecture will go over things like: What do you NOT see, and when do you NOT see it? Types of characters that are common on these kinds of stories. How to create tension when nothing is happening Much much more! To get the most out of this class see: Se7en, PARANORMAL ACTIVITIES, SAW, THE EXORCIST Sell Tickets through Eventbrite

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09

Apr'14

The Secrets of Writing TV Dramas

If you want to write brilliant, breakthrough material, write for television. From “Orange is the New Black” to “Girls” to “Mad Men,” television writing is where the most entertaining, evocative and surprising stories are being told. Where do you start? How do you polish what you’ve got? Learn from the best. Peter Russell, award-winning UCLA Extension instructor of the year and co-founder of How Movies Works, takes you through the plot structures of television dramas: Episodic and Serial storylines. We also show you how creators Vince Gilligan and Aaron Sorkin create tension in TV DRAMA. We’ll show you BEAT BY BEAT how BREAKING BAD and NEWSROOM work. You’ll understand how to approaching writing shows like “The Good Wife,” and “CSI” or “Gray’s Anatomy.” You’ll learn about writing great characters, writing vivid action and how to build relationships between characters that the audience cares about. This 3-hour lecture is only $5 for the first hour and $20 additional for the full lecture. You’ll also receive a video link to the lecture to view online. Sell Tickets through Eventbrite

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02

Apr'14

Learn the Secrets of Writing Drama and Dramedy

Everyone has a movie inside them.  Usually, it’s based on real life.  Most often, that story is a drama. Drama is hot.  On television shows like True Detective, House of Cards, Mad Men, and Girls all feature aspects of great dramatic writing.   In film, 12 Years a Slave, Gravity, Philomena, Blue Jasmine, Her and many many more movies use the rules of drama to draw an audience. What makes a drama compelling? How do you get from idea to story? If you’ve been percolating a drama for a movie, TV show or web series, come to a 3-hour lecture designed to give you the parameters of writing great dramas for any medium. You’ll learn: – How characters change over time. – The secret to creating emotional characters. – The different types of drama. – How to start your story even if you only have an idea. – The power of THEME to organize characters and scenes. – Much, much more…. Be familiar with the following movies: SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK, AMERICAN BEAUTY, UNFAITHFUL, LARS & THE REAL GIRL, THE WRESTLER, and CRASH

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27

Mar'14

The Secrets Love Stories and Adventure Love Stories

Get Proven Tools to Create Tear-jerkers, Heart Warmers, & Characters Audiences Can’t Forget! This three-hour workshop will go over: – The basic structure of screenplays – The proven story patterns of Romance Movies – The tools of suspense and tension – How to create a hero your audience will care about – How to write characters who change and grow – The most common mistakes made when writing storylines – How to write a second act that will keep the audience guessing – even though we know the lovers will come together! Movies used in class: The Notebook, Titanic, Once, Last of the Mohicans, Avatar

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26

Mar'14

This Week: Write about Love

Get Proven Tools to Create Tear-jerkers, Heart Warmers, & Characters Audiences Can’t Forget! LOVE! Love makes box office BOOM! Do you want to write the next “The Lucky One,” “The Notebook,” “Avatar” or “Titanic? Learn how to hook the audience. Learn how to write characters we fall in love with. Learn how how to create suspense and tension in ROMANCE The same way a painter has to learn to mix color or a guitar player needs to learn timing and fingering, screenwriters have to learn the essential tools of their craft in order to succeed. It’s not enough to have great ideas. Yes, that’s part of it. But you also have to know how to reveal information so as to create deep, emotional characters, interesting twists, suspense and tension. You’ll want to know the tricks for making an audience connect to your ideas. You’ll be happy you know to the proven story patterns that keep an audience engaged. These patterns will not stop your creativity – instead it will unlock your inspiration!   This three-hour workshop, designed for beginning and intermediate writers, will go over: – The basic structure of screenplays – The proven story patterns of Romance Movies – The tools of suspense and tension – How to create a hero your audience will care about – How to write characters who change and grow – The most common mistakes made when writing storylines – How to write a second act that will keep the audience guessing – even though we know the lovers will come together! Movies used in class: The Notebook, Titanic, Once, Last of the Mohicans, Avatar NOTE: The first hour of this lecture is $5. If you would like to stay and get the entire 3 hour lecture PLUS a video download, the cost for the entire lecture is $25.

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About Peter Russell Movie&TV Script Doctor

Think of me as a writer, teacher and story consultant with over 15 years experience working with studios. From this experience, I have developed a great class list that focuses on many areas in the business. Peter Russell Script Doctor offers a large variety of classes, so be sure to check back often to see if there is an offering for you. Find Out More...

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