Mini-Camp via zoom on Tuesday, June 28th, 5-6:15pm (LA time)
Higher Learning: Making Your Project Ideas Pop
with Writers Boot Camp Founder Jeffrey Gordon (JG)
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In Week 2 of our classic 12-Week Basic Training, JG reviews for the writers a 15-Part Premise Line Checklist. While many of the parts of your project idea will overlap and connect with other parts, the comprehensive set of questions empowers a writer, filmmaker, producer or executive to create a more seamless and impactful story. It’s not possible to develop a complete story if your concept is incomplete.
In this short creative session, JG will provide insight into the Story Components and crucial decisions that a creator must make to flesh out an idea. Additionally, the goal of Higher Learning is to push your ideas to be more interesting and intriguing in keeping with expectations for A-List studios, networks, streamers, and financing entities. High-Concept material most often connects character experience to situations that naturally indicate their unique source of entertainment.
Consider whether your ideas fall into the trap of being autobiographical without being distinctive. In most cases, when a new writer feels their story is movie worthy, the reality is that it doesn’t match up to the potential of being a full two-hour expression of a unique circumstance or adventure–perhaps a life can become a scene or a sequence. And it’s important as a professional to understand that a set-up for a story does not make a full story.
Here are a few questions to ponder prior to the event:
–Are you writing about something that happened to you, about a stage of life or an incident from your family history?
–Have you identified how that autobiographical event is being adapted in a way or through a layer of detailed encounter never seen before?
–Are you writing yet another rom-com based on a slightly clever set-up? Another drama between people talking in rooms? Yet another arena sitcom?
–Do you have a truly fresh take on a genre that makes your project unique–and justifies the time and investment in writing, let alone asking industry professionals to commit their time to read an early draft?
Please send questions in advance to email@example.com. As always, Writers Boot Camp Professional Members–current and past alike–are given priority time at the Mini-Camp.