Write The Script Only You Can Write
Screenwriting | with Jeff Arch
Too often, writers try and out-guess the market when they select the material they want to work on. And all too often, those scripts are based on an original, groundbreaking script that seemed to come out of nowhere – but they didn’t. They came out of the hearts and souls of writers with a burning desire and a story to tell, that was as unique as the writers themselves. Up and coming writers need to understand that their only real way in, is to tap into their own deep insides, their own broken hearts, their own experiences – no matter what the story or genre happen to be – and fashion a story from there. That doesn’t always mean write about your own life – it means whatever you’re writing about, put your own life in it. Because what makes any story ‘universal’ is the honesty and clarity of the writing, and the sure-handedness of the storytelling. That means an understanding of structure, and a dedication to developing your craft — that’s how we set the table for the art to come through. Whether you come to the workshop with an idea or a partially or fully-written script, Jeff’s commitment is to help you find the diamond inside it, and develop the rest from there. You will hear more than you want to about “craft craft CRAFT” – but just like the drill sergeant in all those war movies, what you hate in your training, you’ll be grateful for in the field.
We’ll start with developing the dreaded logline. For some students, it could take the whole workshop just to get that – but having a good solid logline can save you weeks and months of writing time, as well as the frustration and exhaustion of spinning your wheels because you don’t know where to go next. For the students who already have a workable logline, we’ll discuss how to develop it in the best way possible, using all the cinematic tools a writer has at hand. There will also be plenty of time to discuss the life of the working writer – what it’s like when you finally break through, and how to meet the challenges of success – something very few people think about or anticipate, and often to their detriment. We want to make sure that you don’t just get there, but that you can stay there too.