Creating Screenplays for Short Films with Stephen Walsh
Starts Mon 3 Feb 2020
Time: 6.30 pm-8.30 pm
Duration: 10 weeks
Cost: €280/€260 members
An introduction to visual narrative and the screenplay form which is also a workshop in which participants can develop their ideas into short scripts.
Each evening will begin with an introduction to one of the keys to developing stories (for example, plotting, and developing characters) with the second part of the class devoted to deploying those tricks of the trade in the workshopping of short scripts which participants will create themselves.
Short films and clips will also be shown in order to illustrate various points of the process. Members of the group will circulate their works-in-progress to the facilitator and other participants in time to be read before the next meeting, so that they can both offer and receive feedback on the multiple stories and screenplays being created. The weekly deadline this creates can be a big factor in writers figuring out just which stories they wish to tell and how they may seek to tell them.
This is a discussion-based class rather than a series of lectures. So be prepared to ask (and answer!) questions as you tease these stories out and express them in the short screenplay form.
Stephen Walsh has written for film, television and comics. Credits include the feature films How Harry Became A Tree (2001), Queen of Spades (2016) and the documentary John Ford- Dreaming The Quiet Man (2010). He has conducted screenwriting workshops at Trinity College, Filmbase and most recently at Cartoon Saloon.