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Oscar-nominated screenwriter Robin Swicord, whose credits include the adaptations of LITTLE WOMEN (1994), MATILDA, MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA, and THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON, reveals the process of adapting a screenplay from source material in this three-hour Master Class. Swicord shares her insights into the art of dramatic writing, the process of adapting both written and historical material for the screen—and how much creative leeway you have in doing so, and defining the cinematic elements that best reflect the essence and core of the story and characters.


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Topics covered include:

    2:33 - Introductions

    5:05 - Immerse Yourself in the Material

    6:10 - Finding Dramatic Scenes

    7:39 - Developing Protagonists and Antagonists

    15:23 - Exploring Theme

    30:24 - Discovering Plot

    38:15 - Creating Catharsis

    41:21 - Habitual Actions and Contending Qualities of Your Characters

    1:10:20 - Characters’ Evolving Wants

    1:27:47 - Q&A

    1:37:15 - Elements of Drama

    1:41:18 - Building Story Arc

    1:52:29 - Creating Stakes & Boundaries

    2:03:44 - Identifying Acts

    2:09:14 - The Diagnostic Sentence

    2:14:06 - Q&A

    2:26:27 - The Writing Process and the Best State of Mind for Effective Writing

    2:38:05 - Q&A

Robin Swicord is primarily known for her work as a screenwriter for MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA (Satellite Award for best screenplay); LITTLE WOMEN, (co-producer, Writers Guild award nomination); MATILDA (co-written and co-produced with Nicholas Kazan); the cult comedy SHAG (shared); THE PEREZ FAMILY; and PRACTICAL MAGIC (shared, co-produced). She has written two plays that were produced off-Broadway (LAST DAYS AT THE DIXIE GIRL CAFÉ, CRIMINAL MINDS, both published by Samuel French). more...

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