I am super psyched that my screenplay, When We Fall, has been selected as one of nine projects to be developed by the Saul Zaentz Innovation Fund at Johns Hopkins.
This was actually the second time I submitted the script. The first time I sent it over, I knew that it was not quite ready to make the rounds. It was clocking in at about 90 pages, but the scope of the story really required more development and, consequently, more pages. Also there was a ton of melodrama, something that happens when I sense the emotional note that is supposed to be played, but I haven’t picked the right “instrument.”
It’s is probably one of the most famous screenwriting classes of all time. On the spectrum of experience, it falls somewhere between international flight, marathon, therapy session, and college class. Were the 33 hours of lecture informative? Was it worth the money? Are the disciples of McKee studying the secret of good writing? Here’s my review of Robert Mckee’s Story Seminar.
I’m really looking forward to going to Robert McKee’s Story Seminar in New York. I’ve read his book a few times and found it really useful not only terms of composition, but also in teaching fiction and literature. Writing is madness; McKee offers something like a method. And though many will say that great writing can never come out of formula, such an insight comes after the fact. I’ll let talent speak for talent. For me, there is only work and that is enough.
I’ll be sure to share the experience on this site and put together a thoughtful review when I am finished. For those of you who don’t know who Robert McKee is, the movie Adaptation has an adaptation of one of his lectures.
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