Screenwriting course reviews
Charles Harris displays an impressive mastery of the creative form…Janice Day, Scriptwriter Magazine.
I would highly recommend the NPA events and in particular the Screen Lab courses with Charles Harris, writer/producer/director and film- industry trainer. Harris – the originator of the Screenwriters’ Workshop and subsequently ScreenLab – knows a good deal about screenwriting and expresses it well.
This particular workshop was called Putting the Story on the Screen and was aimed specifically at the action description area of screenwriting (i.e. the bits between the dialogue). It was one of a series of workshops run by ScreenLab that are designed to take the writer through the process of creating a script fromfirst premise to marketing.
I would recommend any course by Euroscript after seeing Charles in action…Andy Conway, Editor – Shooting People Screenwriters Bulletin.
If I’d had any energy left in me Thursday night I‘d have told you all about the frantic day of pitching and networking I’d just had… but I hadn’t, so I didn’t.
The screenwriters’ forum group I’ve helped to set up managed to collaborate with our regional Producers’ Forum and organise a training day in which Euroscript’s Charles Harris came and led us in a pitching workshop, and pretty amazing it was too (I would recommend any course by Euroscript after seeing Charles in action).
Harris’ TNT approach paid off for me…Monica Solon, Twelvepoint Magazine.
When I was reading unsolicited scripts (the slush pile) during my work experience at Blake Friedmann, I noticed that many incoming scripts had the same problem: the structure was either absent, clunky or unclear.
Apparently, the ‘beginning, middle, end’ concept is not as intuitive as people like to believe. Even for a fairly inexperienced reader such as myself, it was quite easy to detect in the first ten pages of a script.