30 September, 2009

Free Bill Martell classes


The 17th Raindance Film Festival begins today and lasts until 11 October.

As well as showing a load of top movies (as Film Festivals tend to do more often than not) it also incorporates courses. This year the legendary Bill Martell hops over the pond to do one of his masterclasses for the first time in Europe. Leading up to that paid event there are five free classes.

If I have to choose a favourite guru then it would be Bill Martell. His Script Secrets website is a treasure trove of tremendous tips on all aspects of screenwriting. Martell's basic philosophy doesn't differ from McKee but he is more practical and accessible and in addition, as a working screenwriter, his industry nous is useful.

Martell has had 19 action/thriller scripts filmed of the 30 he has had optioned. Although he mocks them, that's obviously impressive. However, it's his cross-genre knowledge and ability to impart that knowledge simply that's more impressive to me.

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Guerilla Marketing Your Script
Saturday 3 October 13:00-14:30
Raindance Film Café FREE

Who needs an agent? Learn the best tips to help you get your script picked up by a producer without any help from an agent.

Details here

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Tweak Your Idea Machine
Sunday 4 October 12:00-13:30
Apollo Cinema, 19 Lower Regent St, SW1Y 4LR [general cinema admission prices]

A dull idea means a dull script. Let Bill teach you tools to develop ideas people will want to see on the big screen.

Details here

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More Sex and Violence
Tuesday 6 October 13:00-14:30
Raindance Film Café FREE

Write hot love scenes without resorting to porn, use diversion & anticipation to make your script unpredictable, and create great heroes and villains.

Details here

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Making A Scene
Wednesday 7 Oct 13:00-14:30
Raindance Film Café FREE

Learn how to use conflict, suspense, to create unusual, unpredictable and original scenes.

Details here


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Structural Freaks
Thursday 8 Oct 13:00-14:30
Raindance Film Café FREE

Explore different methods of structuring your screenplay, including alternatives to the three act structure.

Details here


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Script Secrets: The Big Idea
Saturday/Sunday 11/12 October 10am - 5:00pm £250 + VAT [£125 + VAT to Raindance Screening Pass Holders]
10 Craven Street Rehearsal Studios, London WC2N 5PE
Nearest tube: Charing Cross & Embankment Online map

Bill"s award winning masterclass - first time in Europe.

Read full details of this intensive weekend masterclass here

1 comment:

davidmelkevik said...

I'll be attending the Script Secrets: The Big Idea two day masterclass.

I agree Robin, Bill's my favourite guru too. I don't think there's another writer who teaches and has had (even remotely) the same level of success. But more than that Bill's tales from the Hollywood frontline are so damn funny.