What you will learn:
For a screenwriter, every meeting is a job interview, performance, and sales pitch all in one. Screenwriters must convince busy executives to spend millions of dollars on an idea that often doesn’t exist yet or have any function other than being a good story. It’s a difficult, high-stakes situation. And while their craft may be writing pages of Oscar-winning dialogue, their job is getting buy-in.
In this Elective, screenwriter David Wappel will deliver a simple 45-minute interactive lecture, full of tips and tricks learned from years of meetings and pitches and with plenty of anecdotes from the Hollywood trenches.
For managers leading a team, employees who meet with "higher-ups", or salespeople looking to close, this Elective will provide a framework to craft a message that is compelling, engaging, and ultimately effective at moving others to action.
Learners will learn how to: craft a singular “hook” for their vision, explain why they’re uniquely suited for the task ahead, and combine multiple points into an organized narrative. Employees will walk away with a “cheat sheet” of the framework they can use and adapt for approaching any meeting in which they need to convince others of their vision.
About the instructor:
I've been screenwriting for 8 years, having previously worked in post-production and production. Films written/consulted on available on HBO and Amazon, including Long Gone By, Angel Has Fallen, Quest of the Muscle Nerd. Interviews of me discussing the craft can be found on Film Courage and I’m a contributing author for Arc Studio Pro screenwriting software. Additionally, I work 1-on-1 with writers and producers in developing their projects for selling and production.
What to Know:
I want to teach actionable skills that showcase how words translate to images. So much of screenwriting teaching is about hero's journey and character arc and importance of theme. It's all good stuff, but so few talk about the technical aspects of translating images into words for future re-translation back to images. My goal is to give students the power to do that, and let their storytelling brains take flight. In short, I don't want to teach why the Mona Lisa is great because da Vinci used such and such brushstroke. I want to teach, here are three brushstrokes that have these three different effects. Use which one is best for you to paint your own masterpiece.
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Suggested Length45 min
# of Employees100
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