Writing the Historical Script That Sells

Writing the Historical Script That Sells

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To write a successful period/historical script, a screenwriter must devote serious time to research in order to accurately portray the characters, events, and details that will make an audience truly believe they are being propelled back in time. Not sure where to start? This carefully curated bundle can help! You’ll learn key techniques on how to embed history into your screenplay, how to conduct historical research, how to create original characters from certain time periods, how to envision historical events from a new perspective, create your own spin on a true story, and so much more! 

The Historical Screenplay: Capturing the Reality of History (OnDemand Webinar) This presentation covers the keys to embedding history in order to make the time period come ALIVE. You will learn how to approach themes, plots, and characters from a historical perspective, as well as learn techniques to create authenticity and emotion in the pre-writing stage. Dr. E.K. Prescott is an academic researcher and educator for thirty years, plus a published author of a historical-fiction-mystery-series. She has a lot of experience in both researching and writing in many genres. ($79.99 value)

Secrets Of The Hit Mini-Series (Or Anthology) Show: Historical and Present (OnDemand Webinar) Do you want to write a FEUD, a TRUE DETECTIVE or ASSASSINATION OF GIANNI VERSACE? Want to create another O.J. SIMPSON story, or a FARGO? This is a hot TV genre, so let Peter Russell, who has sold two TV pilots in 2017, show you the inner secrets. Discover the hidden structure of each episode, the overall 'arc' of the show over ALL episodes, and how to design it, and the powerful tools to create original character (whether you're working from historical models or making it all up!) Peter Russell is a longtime story teacher at UCLA who sold a mini-series and a serial TV procedural in 2017. He'll show you just how he structured and created the stories that he's just sold, using examples from great mini-series and anthology shows like TRUE DETECTIVE and FEUD, and many more. ($79.99 value)

History in Action: Writing The Period Piece Script (OnDemand Webinar) This OnDemand webinar will cover the analytical tools necessary to create a historical narrative screenplay structure that is both accurate and compelling. Tips for finding a dramatic hook to an old story will be highlighted with real life examples. This webinar will demystify the process of writing within the limitations of a specific time period to the screenwriter’s advantage. Also covered will be strategies for tackling the often arduous task of getting Hollywood interested in your period piece once your script is completed. Jon James Miller is an award-winning screenwriter, novelist, and short story writer. ($79.99 value)

History .....The New 'IT' Genre (OnDemand Webinar) This OnDemand webinar covers the art and science of writing a researched, historical screenplay, novel, or other creative work:

• The “Science is in the Research”: Dr. Prescott will cover over 10 tactics on how to properly conduct historical research. • “Art is in the Writing” of this research: Strategies to grab the reader’s attention through a historical lens will be covered. • You will also learn how the development of characters and themes play a major role in historical writing.

As an academic researcher and educator for thirty years, as well as an author of a historical-fiction-mystery-series, Dr. Prescott has decades of historical fiction experience in both researching and writing. ($79.99 value)

A Guide to Writing the True Story Screenplay (OnDemand Webinar) In the most recent award seasons, true stories or reality dramas were incredibly effective in terms of screenplay, film direction, and actor performances.  (DALLAS BUYERS CLUB, for example.) Today’s actor knows that playing  a “real life character” is the best way to change his or her perception in the marketplace.  Therefore, the best way for a “bankable actor” or agent to read a screenplay is to tell an effective true life story.  In this OnDemand webinar, Robert Boris will help you do precisely that. Robert Boris wrote and won the WGA award for BLOOD FEUD. And he has written several movies based on true stories, including: FRANK AND JESSEIZZY AND MOE, and THE NIGHT MARILYN DIED. ($79.99 value)

Based on a True Story: How to Secure, Write, and Sell Non-Fiction Screenplays & Book Proposals (OnDemand Webinar) Use Hollywood's propensity for "true stories" and the publishing world's voracious appetite for non-fiction to your advantage. Screenplays based on true stories and creative non-fiction books sell faster than fiction in today's marketplace - but they also present unique challenges to the writer. During this OnDemand webinar, you'll learn what you need to know to get your true story down on the page and up on the screen. Jon James Miller is an award-winning screenwriter, novelist, and short story writer. His debut novel, Looking For Garbo http://www.lookingforgarbo.com a noir thriller was published by Amphorae Publishing Group http://www.amphoraepublishing.com/product/looking-for-garbo/ and is a 2019 INDIES Book Award Finalist (https://www.forewordreviews.com/awards/) and 2019 MiPA Book Awards Finalist (https://mipa.org/midwest-book-awards/). Jon is represented by Jill Marr at Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency. ($79.99 value)

Acquiring Underlying Rights – The Nuts and Bolts of Locating, Negotiating for, and Acquiring the Rights to True Life Stories, Books, Plays, Newspapers and Magazine Articles (OnDemand Webinar) There’s nothing harder than breaking into the entertainment business, but notice how many film and television projects are based on underlying material – books, articles, true life stories.  Acquisition of underlying rights can seem an un-climbable mountain, but having a script that comes with the self-promotional attachment of underlying rights gives you a leg up on the competition.  And truth, as we know, remains stranger than fiction (except perhaps for “The Walking Dead.”) Mitch Paradise, a screenwriter who has been through this process a dozen times, will share with you tips and facts on how to locate the subject, approach and talk to the subject, and negotiate the best possible deal. ($79.99 value)

Offer ends May 31, 2022 | 11:59 PM PST!

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