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Scripted™ Writers Lab is a series of ongoing, on-demand screenwriting workshops taught by American screenwriter and Beijing Film Academy instructor, Peter Walters. Whether you're a beginner with an idea for a film, an experienced writer hoping to fill in the gaps, a director writing out of necessity, or an executive looking for story terms and insights, this series of classes covers traditional techniques and innovative approaches designed to activate the mind's internal three-act pattern and jumpstart the writing process.

This class: Character & Structure: Part II, and an in-depth analysis of “The Matrix,” with handouts and worksheets. (See that green, glowing triangle down there between Neo and Trinity? We’re going to learn that.) Please watch the film again before class to have it fresh in your mind.

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Location/地址: TBD (Jing’an)

Next class: Future topics are determined by attendees, and include:

  • Getting ideas
  • Pitching
  • Loglines
  • Synopses
  • One-pages
  • Treatments
  • Outlines
  • TV Pilots
  • TV seasons
  • Features
  • Formatting (includes Final Draft™ software)
  • Genre
  • Three-act structure
  • Eight sequences
  • Story ideation
  • Theme and metaphor
  • Cathexis and catharsis
  • Aristotle’s Poetics
  • Joseph Campbell’s Hero's Journey
  • Dan Harmon’s Story Circle
  • Blake Snyder’s Save the Cat
  • Karl Iglesias’s Writing for Emotional Impact
  • Creating characters
  • Character archetypes
  • Semiotic archetypes
  • Protagonist archetypes
  • Character motivation
  • Character empathy (cognitive, emotional, somatic)
  • Conflict (primary, secondary, dramatic, ironic)
  • Dialog
  • Scenes
  • Description and action
  • Revision and rewriting
  • Networking
  • Contests
  • Writing Specs
  • Writing Assignments
  • Contracts and lawyers
  • Agents and managers
  • Directors and producers
  • Giving and receiving notes

From Peter's Students

"Peter teaches material found nowhere else. You will learn things in this class you have never heard before."

"Peter's class demystified screenwriting for me. He broke it down into simple pieces which work together to make a point."

"Peter treats everyone's work as if it were the real business of film. His teaching method is based on practical experience as a professional screenwriter."

"Peter has rich experience in screenwriting and story presentation. He understands what young creators need and will do whatever he can to make you learn."

"I am fortunate to have been one of Peter's students. The workload is challenging, but creative thinking is the result."

"Peter's class got me into screenwriting. We did a lot of pitching and theory that made us better at marketing our work. It also helped me let go of my ideas, and made me willing to rewrite until the quality of the script comes through."

"Peter's preparation and explanations made me understand exactly what I need to do to write my ideas in a sellable form."

About the Instructor

Based in Beijing and Los Angeles, Peter is one of the most sought after screenwriters working the Chinese film industry. He teaches screenwriting at Beijing Film Academy and is the director of China Hollywood Society’s Beijing chapter.

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When and Where
Starts

 January 13, 2019 at 2:00 PM

Ends

 January 13, 2019 at 6:00 PM

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