Archive for October 15th, 2009

Crafting the scene

15th October 2009 by Maura McHugh

Filmbase is running a new three-day screenwriting course called “Crafting the Scene”, which will be taught by Mary Kate O’Flanagan.

This course offers writers and people collaborating with writers the chance to learn how to craft a scene effectively. There will be one evening lecture to put this work in context, on creating dramatic tension across the span of a feature film or television drama.

TUTOR: Mary Kate O Flanagan works as a script consultant with writers and producers internationally. She trained to teach screenwriting using the Frank Daniel approach with David Howard, author of The Tools of Screenwriting and How to Build a Great Screenplay and Martin Daniel, Professor of Screenwriting at USC.

“I would rank Mary Kate on the highest international level in terms of her knowledge of filmmaking, her contributions to the creative process, and her expertise in dealing with screenwriters.” Philip La Zebnik. Screenwriter, Mulan, Pocahontas, The Prince of Egypt.

Participants will learn to:

  • give a scene its own tension, narrative drive and reversal.
  • decide whose scene it is and what choice is more effective.
  • orchestrate the rhythm of a scene
  • how to choose where to come in and where to leave a scene for maximum effect, using visuals in counterpoint to dialogue and the skills involved in crafting key scenes.

Cost:: €325 waged / €300 unwaged, and it requires a €60 deposit.
It will run from 10.00am – 5.30pm on the 6th, 7th & 8th November.