In this workshop we will focus on how to create compelling, engaging, and memorable characters for the screen. We will discuss how to put your heroes (and their antagonists) into the most dramatic, yet telling situations (crucial even in comedies), how to develop character arcs that are surprising but still believable, and how to make your fictional characters talk in a way that is both realistic and entertaining.

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Time: eight Tuesdays, 18:00 to 20:00

Duration: 6 October - 24 November, 2020

Location: Online via Zoom—, ,

Description

Participants are expected to have access to screenwriting software, know how to format a screenplay, and be comfortable giving and receiving feedback in a workshop setting.

Limited to 12 participants.

From Lady Bird to Atanarjuat, from Rambo to Fleabag, what makes us engage with stories, more often than not, are the characters these stories are about. While actors, directors, and yes, even costume designers add a lot to how we feel about those we see on screen, without a solid script our most beloved (and despised) characters would not have anything to do or say. 

In this workshop we will focus on how to create compelling, engaging, and memorable characters for the screen. We will discuss how to put your heroes (and their antagonists) into the most dramatic, yet telling situations (crucial even in comedies), how to develop character arcs that are surprising but still believable, and how to make your fictional characters talk in a way that is both realistic and entertaining.

Each week, we will workshop scenes, some specifically written for the class and some pre-existing scenes by the participants.


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Workshop leader

Credit: Guntar Kravis
Wiebke von Carolsfeld is an award-winning writer, editor, and filmmaker who has directed three critically acclaimed feature films (Marion Bridge, STAY, and The Saver), the last two of which were based on her own screenplays. Her films have played at festivals around the world (TIFF, Rotterdam, Karlovy Vary, Sydney, Pusan, among others), winning many awards including Best First Feature at TIFF.  Her novel Claremont was published to critical acclaim in 2019, and the German edition is forthcoming from Kiepenheuer & Witsch. She has edited numerous feature films, worked extensively as a script advisor, and taught classes on screenwriting, filmmaking, and the creative process internationally.

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