4-Week Online Writing for Film, TV and Theatre, starts October 19, 2020
Begins Monday, October 19, 2020
This class meets via Zoom on Mondays at 4PM CST
Instructor Taz Skylar is a 2020 Lawrence Olivier Award nominated writer, actor and producer based in London. His last play, WARHEADS, which got him the nomination, has been sold to Ascendant Films and is being developed into a feature film with Taz as a writer/actor.
Course Objective: I want to teach you the nuts and bolts of what actually makes a piece of writing stand out as something great. By deconstructing some of the greatest plays, TV shows and Films of all time, we will quickly be able to distill everything that mystically makes them great.
What is structure? What is tone? What is truth? What is subtext? What makes a great character? What makes a great story? What makes great dialogue? All of these questions will be answered by the end of the course.
Lectures: Each week I’ll provide a brief one-hour lecture on the topic at hand, which will be woven with questions and probes to peak your interest and spike your curiosity to research for the following week.
Weekly Tasks: You’ll get a weekly task, related to the reading/watchlist, usually based around some form of analysis of the piece.
Week 1 (10/19 @ 4PM CST):
Lecture: How do you find the right structure for your story? What are the different structures for film, TV and Theatre?
Homework: You'll carry out a structural analysis on ''Good Will Hunting’’(Film), ‘’The Son’’(Play) & ''Sons of Anarchy'' (TV-Pilot).
Week 2 (10/26 @ 4PM CST):
Lecture: How do you find the right tone and world for your story?
Homework: Watch ‘’Death of Stalin’’(Film), Read ‘’The Pillowman’’(Play), Watch ‘’The Office’’(TV-Pilot).
Week 3 (11/2 @ 4PM CST):
Lecture: How do you write great characters and dialogue? How do you create suspense and/or comedy? How do you weave subtext?
Homework: Watch ‘’Ray Donovan’’ (TV-Pilot), Read ‘’Motherfucker with the hat’’ (Play), Watch ‘’Warrior’’ (Film)
Week 4 (11/9 @ 4PM CST):
Lecture: How do you self edit and develop your pieces past a first draft? On this call, we will have a group discussion about each of your individual projects that you want to write and set a relevant watch/reading list catered to your own sensibilities and goals as a writer.
Instructor: Taz Skylar
Class size limited to 10 writers
October 19, 2020 to November 9, 2020 | This class meets via Zoom on Mondays at 4PM CST
Course is fully ONLINE and will meet via Zoom. Once you have enrolled the instructor will send you a link to our online classroom ahead of the class start date.
Contact us HERE if you have any questions about this class.
Instructor Taz Skylar is a 2020 Lawrence Olivier Award nominated writer, actor and producer based in London. His last play, WARHEADS, which got him the nomination, has been sold to Ascendant Films and is being developed into a feature film with Taz as a writer/actor. Taz has also optioned and is developing a TV show with a UK-based production company Three Little Birds Pictures, alongside developing many more with his UK/US based manager and agents. He has written/produced an array of award-winning short films, which have screened around the world at Madrid International Film Festival (EU), Orlando International Film Festival (US), and New Renaissance Internanional film festival (UK). Taz honed his craft as a writer at one of the Royal Courts writers groups in London, home to some of the most prolific British writers in history, from Oscar, Toni and Olivier Award nominated writers such as Harold Pinter, David Hare and Christopher Hampton. As an actor, Taz has also worked on both contemporary and classical pieces in productions of all scales, from West-End renditions of Agatha Christie’s plays, to American Feature films and British Indies, which has given him an understanding of the different tonal and scaleable angles from which to approach different forms of work.