In this daylong workshop, screenwriter Morgan Gendel, winner of the Hugo Award for Star Trek: The Next Generation fan-favorite episode The Inner Light and an Emmy nominee for Law & Order, will lead participants as they work in a realistic writers room setting to create the concept for a new hypothetical sci-fi series. The fundamentals of setting, character and action will be examined with an eye toward how they work together in a compelling screen story. Open to working writers, aspiring amateurs, sci-fi fans or those who simply want to voice their ideas.
What You Will Learn
- It will feel like you’re in a real Writers Room, with the writer of one of sci-fi fans’ favorite TV episodes
- In this hands-on workshop everyone will contribute to the development of a brand-new series concept
- Learn the Six Litmus Tests that will improve your script writing skills immeasurably
- You’ll hear many do’s and don’ts of the screenwriting trade
Prerequisites & Preparation
Familiarity with Lajos Egri, ART OF DRAMATIC WRITING; I will briefly reference the movies Groundhog Day, Bridge on the River Kwai, American Hustle and Star Wars – if you haven’t seen any of these you can read about them on Wikipedia. If you haven’t seen Star Wars then I just don’t know.
About the instructor
He is currently adapting Ursula K. LeGuins celebrated sci-fi novel THE TELLING as a feature; has written the graphic novel Hellana in partnership with Stan Lee; and recently completed the TV pilot script Layers for Roddenberry Entertainment in partnership with Oscar-winning producer Chay Carter (Argo).
His company Anvil Studios was an early adopter in the webseries realm, having produced Warner Horizons 90-minute series Pushed, which Gendel co-wrote and directed for www.TheWb.com.