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Spotlight Workshop: CINEMATIC SCREENWRITING: Professional Page Craft

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Date(s) - 03/16/2019
9:00 am - 12:00 pm



Here’s where you’ll learn page craft that will set your writing apart!

Have you ever had a brilliant, compelling, emotional vision for a scene and found yourself struggling to get that vision onto the page? It’s incredibly frustrating, because you know — you know — that if you could just get the words to do what you wanted, the scene would be riveting. Award-worthy. Immortal. The kind of scene we all dream of writing…

But so often, and more so in the early stages of your journey, the words just don’t match up to what’s in your head. The translation is off somehow. What you need are ways to get what you’re feeling to bleed onto the page so that your reader, and someday, your viewer, can feel it, too. There’s good news: other writers have cracked this nut, and so can you. Come for a morning of examples and practicum to learn how to put cinematic emotion into your screenwriting.

Who should attend: Any screenwriters who are looking to level-up their page craft.

What to bring: Something to take notes with. If you have one, a computer with internet connection and screenwriting software that can export to PDF format.

By the end of this class, you’ll know:

  • How to use action/description to create a cinematic feeling on the page;
  • How to use line breaks and text formatting to edit with the mind’s eye;
  • How to decide which details to give the reader, and which ones to leave out; and
  • How to direct emotion within a scene without going overboard.

Instructor: Ethan Ranson is a screenwriter and screenwriting coach who’s been living and working in LA for nearly 15 years. He studied at UCLA (Professional Program for Screenwriting) and earned his MFA in Screenwriting from The American Film Institute (2009). As the writing mentor for The Greenhouse Creative Lab, and a private screenwriting mentor, Ethan loves encouraging other screenwriters and helping them elevate their material. He believes that everyone has a story that only they can tell, and is driven to enable them to tell it by sharing his knowledge of cinematic screenwriting. Ethan and his stunning wife, Suzanne, live in Pasadena with their three glorious, rowdy, story-loving children. He is repped by Bohemia Group (mgr) and Samuel Curphey, Esq (atty).

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Are there ID requirements to enter the event?

The good folks at the Netflix Security Gate will need to see a government-issued photo ID to match with your name on the list we give them, so make sure you register and bring your driver’s license or passport with you.

How early should I arrive at the event?

You should leave yourself enough time to get through the security gate, park in the parking structure, and walk to the front door of Netflix, where we will have someone waiting to direct you to the workshop room. We recommend arriving at least 15 minutes before the workshop is scheduled to begin.

What are my parking options getting to the event?

Parking is free if you are on the attendee list – here are the guest parking guidelines:

  • Guest parking is located at 1455 N. Van Ness Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028.
  • Please enter the Main Entry via the security gate.
  • A current photo ID is required.
  • Security personnel will direct you to complimentary self-parking.
  • The Netflix lobby is located directly across from the parking garage.
  • Immediately after entering the building turn right down the hall and wait in the coffee bar area.

When does regular registration end? When does the early registration discount end?

Registration for this workshop ends at 4 p.m. on March 15th. The early registration discount ends at 11:59 PM on March 8th.