This class will focus on both of these aspects of writing. First, it will focus on helping you to find your voice. To figure out what makes you you. To understand what makes you special, and why that needs to be expressed on a page.
At the same time, we’ll focus on how to tell your story in a more profound, and impactful way. To understand the craft of writing which has evolved since before Egyptians first carved hieroglyphics on stone thousands of years ago. The objective is to learn how these elements engage an audience and how we can use these elements to tell our own unique stories.
The objective of this class is to learn how to create engaging characters and then put then on a journey worth following—a worthwhile story. We’ll examine the elements required to create a living, breathing protagonist and the techniques required to tell his or her story. By learning these elements and techniques, we’ll better understand how to develop stories that are both unique and engaging.
To that end, we’ll focus on writing exercises specifically designed for screenwriters and storytellers. This will lay the foundation for writing a short screenplay, encompassing the lessons learned over the course of the semester.
To summarize, the objectives for this course are to:
-- Understand what makes a movie move and transform us.
-- Learn how to create memorable characters who embark on journeys worth following.
-- Find personal and emotional connections to our characters and stories. (To understand what makes our own voice.)
-- Write engaging scenes, create conflict using specific obstacles, and build to a cathartic moment.
-- Build your character’s world and his or her relationship to it.
-- Learn the structures of Plot, Character, and Theme, and try to get them to “dance together.”
-- Pitch your ideas and stories and answer questions about them.
-- Develop a short treatment.
-- Write, rewrite, and polish a forty to fifty page script.
-- To learn the process of writing.
教师介绍：Peter Gamble Robinson is the co-writer of Office Uprising (starring Brenton Thwaites, Zachary Levi, Jane Levy, Karin Soni, & Ian Harding) which was developed for Crackle. Most recently he’s completed Wish Police & The Mischievians for ReelFX, and is now developing the project Supervillain Academy. He began his career as the ghostwriter of House of Sand and Fog, and his script The Harrowing won awards in the Scriptapalooza Screenwriting Competition, the CAPE New Writer’s Award and was a semi-finalist for the Nichol.
Peter worked for 12 years in the writer’s room of A-List screenwriter Ed Solomon on films including Now You See Me and Now You See Me 2. He’s a graduate of the University of Southern California’s film program where he received both his BFA in screenwriting (Cum Laude) and his MFA in directing. He has taught as an adjunct professor in USC’s screenwriting program since 2008.