Archive for June 20th, 2008

Fleadh Writers Masterclass

20th June 2008 by Maura McHugh

The Galway Film Fleadh has announced details about its Screenwriter’s Masterclass with Martin Daniel & Ted Braun on Thursday 10th July.

Martin Daniel is a professor at the University of Southern California, on what is regarded as America’s most prestigious screenwriting programme. He combines his American education and professional experience with a European sensibility derived from his Czech origins and decades of work as an international script consultant. In this session, he will share his unparalleled experience with Irish professionals at the Fleadh.

He will present a specially designed masterclass, which offers an overview of the Frank Daniel approach to storytelling on the screen, followed by a detailed, practical session on constructing and rewriting scenes. This masterclass is designed to be of benefit to experienced screenwriters, producers and script editors.

Martin Daniel says he is delighted to be returning to Galway this year. “I always enjoy working with Irish writers; I see a lot of parallels between the Irish and the Czechs, not least that they are natural writers and storytellers. They have both used language and creativity to survive with a strong cultural identity despite centuries in the shadow of a neighbouring empire.”

The session will be moderated by Irish screenwriter and script consultant Mary Kate O Flanagan and will include opportunities for Q&A.

Martin Daniel Biography

Martin Daniel is a script development expert and teacher. He is a member of the faculty of the University of Southern California School of Cinema/Television (Writing Division), where he has taught graduate and undergraduate courses since 1996.

Martin is also a founding faculty member of the Maurits Binger Film Institute in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and was a core faculty member of the international screenwriting program North by NorthWest. He has taught screenwriting workshops and classes all over the world for over twenty years, including a one-year Fulbright lectureship at FAMU, the film school in his native Czech Republic. His students’ many critical and professional success stories include an Academy Award for Best Foreign Film.

For the past fifteen years, Martin has been on the script development team of European Audio-Visual Entrepreneurs, a European Union Media Program Initiative for the training of independent producers. He has consulted independent producers on the development of over two hundred feature film scripts.

If you would like to attend this Masterclass, download the application form from the web site, and return it with the payment to the Fleadh. Places are limited so please book early.