This workshop covers the following topics:
- The Story-Type Method: A New Framework for Developing Screenplays
- What's Wrong With the Three-Act Structure? Five Key Points About Story Structure
- Developing A Plot-led Story (Part I): Behind the Scenes (Managing Conflict & Managing Information, Dramatic Irony, Mystery, Surprise, Suspense)
- "What's at stake?" and Four Other Essential Questions About Managing Conflict
- Developing A Plot-led Story (Part II): Planting & Pay-off, Visual Storytelling, Sequence the Action, Craft the Draft. Case studies: Misery (R. Reiner) and Gravity (A. Cuaron)
- Five Essential Questions About Managing Information
- Developing a Character-led Story: Map the Change, Sequence the Evolution, Grow the Draft). Case studies: Silver Linings Playbook (D.O. Russell) and The Intouchables (E. Toledano and O. Nakache)
- Developing a Theme-led Story. Case study: Crash (P. Haggis) and Dunkirk (C. Nolan)
- Developing Something Else: Hybrids and Exceptions (Case Studies: Birdman, The Lives of Others, Edge of Tomorrow, L.A. Confidential, The Secret in Their Eyes...)
- The Story-Type Method: Bringing it All Together
- Selling Documents vs Story Design Tools
- The Rewrite Stuff: 12 Ways to a Stronger Screenplay
What's in it for you?
Based on the innovative Story-Type Method, this workshop leaves aside rigid rules that lead to predictable screenplays. It also steers clear of supposed formulas for commercial success, which simply don't exist (or we'd know!).
The aim of the workshop is to equip filmmakers with a set of storytelling tools that help develop each project as effectively as possible. It details how filmmakers can identify the story-type of their projects as early as possible and adjust the development process accordingly, making it easier, faster and hopefully leading to stronger screenplays.
The workshop puts a strong emphasis on each project reaching the widest possible audience, both at home and abroad, without compromising the filmmakers' creative integrity. After the workshop, the course documentation is made available online. It includes detailed case studies from both classics and recent movies.
The workshop is usually fine-tuned to the specific needs of a production company / regional agency / development funding body or studio. For example, it can be followed by an optional extra day of one to one meetings for project work with the participants (see details below).
Although this might change in the near future, at the moment the only option for individual participants who want to learn more about the Story-Type Method (beyond the resources already available on this website) is to ask their producer, funding body or studio to commission the workshop.
Dozens of clips are screened over the three days to illustrate each storytelling tool and case study, from films such as: Two Days, One Night (L. & J.P. Dardenne), Frenzy (A. Hitchcock), Silver Linings Playbook (D.O. Russell), Cloud Atlas (T. Tykwer and the Wachovskis), The Lives of Others (F.H. Von Donnersmark), Misery (R. Reiner), Ridicule (P. Leconte), Birdman (A.G. Inarritu), The Bourne Supremacy (P. Greengrass), As Good as it Gets (J. L. Brooks), Gravity (A. Cuaron), The Apartment (B. Wilder), A Quiet Place (J. Krasinski), Rio Bravo (H. Hughes), Billy Elliot (S. Daldry), There’s Something About Mary (Farelli brothers), Cyrano de Bergerac (J.P. Rappeneau), City Lights (C. Chaplin), Parenthood (R. Howard), Crash (P. Haggis), Dunkirk (C. Nolan), Taken (P. Morel), Groundhog Day (H. Ramis) and more...
ACE - Ateliers du Cinéma Européen (F)
ACE Producers (NL)
Cologne International Film school - Production department (G)
Cornwall Film (UK)
Creative England (UK)
Creative Europe - Desk Ireland Media Office Galway (IR)
Creative Europe - Desk Germany Media Office Munich (G)
Ealing Studios (UK)
FAS / Screen Training Ireland / Screen Skills Ireland (IR)
Film I Väst - SVT - Svenska Filminstitutet (SW)
Film Kolektiv (CZ)
FilmLab Norge (NW)
Ideal Audience / Kaleo Films (F)
Jim Henson's Creature Shop (UK)
Medienboard Berlin Brandebourg (G)
Mitteldeutsche MedienForderung (G)
Netherlands Film Fund (NL)
Pipedream Pictures (UK)
Screen West Midlands (UK)
Swedish Film Institute (SW)
UK Film Council - Development Fund (UK)
Zephyr Films (UK)