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Aaron Sorkin Teaches Screenwriting – New Online Course

On 23, Jun 2016 | In Industry News, Screenwriting | By BSG


From the Masterclass series of online learning programs for filmmakers, actors, singers, writers and more comes “Aaron Sorkin Teaches Screenwriting”. The Masterclass features 25 video lessons to watch, listen and learn as Sorkin teaches the essentials of writing for television and film. From the Masterclass description:
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5 Ways to Write Better Dialogue and Bring Characters to Life

Write better dialogue – it can make or break any work of fiction. A great idea, brought to life with fast-paced action and good characterization, can fall flat if the words your characters speak are not believable. Like any other aspect of fiction writing, it takes practice to write better dialogue, but there are ways to maximize your chances of bringing your characters to life through the words they speak. You can develop ways to write better dialogue by using these methods…
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Emma Thompson on Screenwriting


“BAFTA Screenwriters lecture Series” is created by The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), an organization with approximately 6,500 individuals in the UK and the US with a vast collective experience across film, television and games. BAFTA extends access to this wealth of inspiring knowledge with its Guru Series with its goal of “inspiring minds in film, TV and games”. The series includes In Focus and the Sreenwriters Lecture Series in VFX, Screenwriting, Hair & Makeup, Directing and Editing. From the BAFTA description of Emma Thompson on Screenwriting:

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Creative Spark – John August


Screenwriter John August has written numerous scripts for Tim Burton including “Big Fish,” “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” and “Frankenweenie”. His other credits include “Dark Shadows”, “Charlie’s Angels” and “Charlie’s Angels Full Throttle”. August was nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay by the 2004 BAFTA Film Awards for “Big Fish”, and for the Writing in an Animated Feature Production Annie Award in 2012 for “Frankenweenie”. August also numerous credits as an actor, producer and lyricist. August details his creative process and explores where ideas come from, describing his inspiration at the beginning of the short:
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Beeban Kidron The Shared Wonder of Film


“Beeban Kidron – The Shared Wonder of Film” is a short video of Beeban Kidron’s TED Talk in 2012. Kidron is known for her work as a director and co-founder of FILMCLUB.

“[Young people] are negotiating a world with infinite choice, but little culture of how to find meaningful experience.”

“We are increasingly offered a diet [by Hollywood] in which sensation, not story, is king.”

The TED Talk description: “Movies have the power to create a shared narrative experience and to shape memories and worldviews. British film director Beeban Kidron invokes iconic film scenes — from Miracle in Milan to Boyz n the Hood — as she shows how her group FILMCLUB shares great films with kids.” Beeban Kidron directed Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason and Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit. She also cofounded FILMCLUB, a charity for students devoted to the art of storytelling through film. More from Kidron’s bio:
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Before Avatar a Curious Boy – James Cameron


“Before Avatar a Curious Boy” features Oscar®-winning filmmaker James Cameron (Avatar, Aliens, Titanic, Terminator 2 Judgement Day) sharing his insights about storytelling and filmmaking. TED Talk’s description:
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The Clues to a Great Story with Andrew Stanton


“The Clues to a Great Story” features Oscar®-winning filmmaker Andrew Stanton (Toy Story, WALL-E, Monsters, Inc.) sharing what he knows about storytelling…starting at the end and working back to the beginning.

Stanton was educated at The California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) in Los Angeles, where he studied character animation. Stanton began working as a writer on the TV series Mighty Mouse, the New Adventures (1987) after he graduated. In 1990, he became the second animator and ninth employee to join Pixar Animation Studios. Return to Thumbnail View.

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