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“Principles of Storytelling” MasterClass Web Series

July 20, 2013 @ 10:00 am - July 28, 2013 @ 12:00 pm

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Don’t miss this rare opportunity to study with Syd Field LIVE online!

  • Principles of Storytelling (July 20) ** NEW CLASS! **
  • Writing Effective Dialogue (July 21)
  • Writing The Action Sequence (July 27) ** NEW CLASS! **
  • The Six Stages of Rewriting (July 28)

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to study with Syd Field LIVE online!

Generations of screenwriters have used Syd Field’s bestselling books to ignite successful Hollywood careers. Principles of Storytelling Web Series with Syd Field features a deep exploration of screenwriting and illustrations from Academy Award-winning films. The purpose of this course is to “expand, enlarge and broaden your knowledge, comprehension, and technique of the screenplay and the art and craft of screenwriting.” AND we’ve kept the prices low so everyone can afford them.

Conducted from 10am to 12:00pm Noon Los Angeles time on Saturday and Sunday so people around the world can tune in, these unique online sessions also include a 30-minute live Q&A with Syd. This is an unprecedented opportunity to pose your own specific questions to the master himself!

You may choose which webinars you’d like to take, or attend all four webinars at a special package rate.

Topics include:


Class #1: Principles of Storytelling

They all begin the same way. “Once upon a time, there was a…”

And? What happens then?

That”™s what Syd explores in this brand new webinar course, Principles of Storytelling.

Whether writing and pitching a screenplay, TV episode or documentary film, whether fiction or non-fiction, whether telling a bedtime story or presenting a newproject/proposal to your boss or Board of Directors, knowing and understanding the Principles of Storytelling is absolutely essential.

What makes a great story?

In this innovative and exciting session, Syd explores the Principles of Storytelling by analyzing and discussing such Academy Award-winning films as Argo, Witness, The Descendants and other great films. By focusing on the CRAFT of storytelling, he’ll illustrate the major principles of ALL storytelling: Plot, Character and Structure. Who is the story about? What is it about? And, what’s the problem that must be overcome?

Understanding the basic principles of storytelling is essential to building and constructing a good story line with strong characters, strong action and laced with dynamic tension and edge of the seat conflict.


Class #2: Writing Effective Dialogue

What’s the purpose of dialogue? Does it move the story forward, or does it reveal information about the character? Is your dialogue too “right on the nose” or “too direct?” Do your characters all sound the same? Are your minor characters more interesting than your main character?

This session explores the function of dialogue and illustrates the nine different types of dialogue found in movies like Juno, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Little Miss Sunshine, The Bucket List, American Beauty, and more. The purpose of the evening: to expand and broaden your awareness of dialogue and its function.


Class #3: Writing The Action Sequence

Great ACTION SEQUENCES just don’t happen; they’re carefully designed and written with style and creativity. Good action writing utilizes time, location, the unexpected, the surrounding elements and whatever’s necessary to make the sequence work.

What is the purpose of the action sequence and how do you design, structure and write exciting action? In this innovative and brand new session, Syd will break down some of the greatest action sequences of the last few decades and explore those stylistic elements that make them great! Where do you begin the sequence? What elements can you utilize within the sequence to keep the viewer keenly tuned on the edge of his/her seat? We’ll see some of the greatest action sequences ever filmed, classic sequences like: Bullitt, Terminator 2, The Matrix, The French Connection, The Bourne Ultimatum, Jurassic Park, Pirates of the Caribbean, and more.


Class #4: The 6 Stages of Rewriting

You’ve finished the first draft. Now what? Does it work or does it need more work? Do you need more action? Stronger characters? More tension? Are the stakes high enough? What can you do to make your first draft a better read? In this session we’ll begin by examining your original intention – what was it that originally attracted you to the idea? A character? A situation? An experience? In the first draft, did you end up writing the story you originally intended to write? This evening is all about the Re-Write and the tools you can employ to make your intention equal your result.


How To Sign Up: Register for the class, or classes, you’d like below. Take 1, 2, 3 or all 4! When you register, you’ll receive an auto-confirmation, followed up by a second confirmation within 48 hours confirming your registration.Where: Online via!

July 20, 2013 Principles of Storytelling
July 21, 2013 Writing Effective Dialogue
July 27, 2013 Writing The Action Sequence
July 28, 2013 The 6 Stages of Rewriting

Can’t Attend Any of the Sessions? Don’t worry! When you register for any or all sessions, you’ll also have unlimited, on-demand viewing of the webinar for 14 days after the class.

Times: All Classes from 10am-12:00pm PDT

One Class – $79
Two Classes – $145
Three Classes – $195
All Four Classes – $245

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Register: CLICK HERE

For more information: Please call 800-814-0544 or e-mail us.
Presented by TV/Film Seminars.


July 20, 2013 @ 10:00 am
July 28, 2013 @ 12:00 pm
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Presented by TV/Film Seminars