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Writing Cinematic/Dramatic Scenes with Mary Ruth Clarke

$65.00 · May 7

We’ll discuss how to approach cinematic scene work, powerful ways to start and end scenes, juxtaposition of scenes, the visual — how to show instead of tell, elliptical opportunities, subtext and status.

Start Date

May 7

Day(s) of the Week

Tuesday

Class Times

6:30pm – 8:30pm CT

Location

Zoom (online)

Sessions

1

Price

$65

Instructor

In stock

Description

The building blocks of a story told in a drama, in all its iterations, are its scenes. Drama is about characters trying to get stuff from each other.  Reductive?  Yep, but I’m sticking to that.

Stories told in a picture that moves, i.e., cinematic scenes are comprised of what an audience will see and what it will hear, i.e., what the characters say to each other and what they do. Unlike a novel, which can have an internal reality, screenwriters don’t have the luxury of letting an audience get inside the head of a character

We’ll discuss how to approach cinematic scene work, powerful ways to start and end scenes, juxtaposition of scenes, the visual — how to show instead of tell, elliptical opportunities, subtext and status.

This workshop is for novelists, and memoirists, as well as screenwriters and playwrights.

Participants are invited to submit their scenes ahead of time to the instructor, who will select 5 or 6 to be read in class.

If this is part of a larger work, participants should also send brief bullet points that will get us up to speed.


Submission criteria:

  • Screenplays/Teleplays/Plays
  • 2-3 characters would be wonderful(but no worries if there are more)
  • Maximum 5 pages
  • DEADLINE:  Sunday, May 5, Noon

Correct Formatting is unnecessary for the workshop but if you’re…

  • Anxious about how to format a screenplay or teleplay?  Here’s a good guide: https://screenwriting.io/what-is-standard-screenplay-format/  (especially the link to John August’s site)
  • Anxious about how to format a play?  Here’s the formatting criteria for the Dramatists Guild: https://www.dramatistsguild.com/script-formats

 

 

About Mary Ruth Clarke

Mary Ruth Clarke co-wrote and starred in the original Meet the Parents and co-adapted it into the blockbuster version, starring Robert De Niro. Her play Bonhoeffer’s Costrecently finished a run at The Agape Actors Co-op in Austin, Texas and has been produced at the Beacon Theater in Philadelphia, and the Provision Theater in Chicago. Agape also produced her farce Suffer The Long Night, co-written with her Meet The Parents partner, Greg Glienna. She is a regular guest lecturer at the Chicago Screenwriter’s Network monthly meet-up, and recently ran workshops for the Off Campus Writer’s Group, the Chicago Independent Film Project, and Renaissance Theaterworks Milwaukee. She is a member of the Writer’s Guide of America East and the Dramatists Guild.