• April 22, 2018
  • 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • California Institute of Integral Studies
    1453 Mission Street
    San Francisco, CA 94103
Add to Calendar 04/22/2018 10:00 am 04/22/2018 5:00 pm America/Los_Angeles Writing for the Screen: Character Writing for the Screen: Character, A Workshop with Alex Burger California Institute of Integral Studies
1453 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
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Register - $120
Members - $96


Screenwriting is the art form of the moment as fresh stories explode on our TVs, in cinemas, and online. Join this new wave of story-making and quickly learn how to go deeply into immersive worlds and stories that are character-driven, richly imagined, and socially relevant.

We return to film and television ultimately for the characters we come to love, hate, envy, and empathize with. How do you create characters that are compelling and interesting? What situations do you need to put those characters in to keep audiences engaged and coming back?

This workshop takes participants through a series of character tools including: character diamonds, physics, character paradoxes, deepest dreads, and more. Alex Burger provides a mixture of lecture, discussion, examples from film and TV, and class exercises. Participants leave with a clear understanding of how to create characters that matter and how these characters are a cornerstone to the piece they want to develop.

Alex Burger is an award-winning screenwriter and playwright currently on contract with ABC to develop a new television drama. He is known for his work in South Africa head-writing seasons 3 and 4 of the SAFTA-winning Umlilo (2016). He also wrote on the South African television shows Doubt (2016), 90 Plein Street Season 5 (2016), Hard Copy Season 4 (2016) and Isithembiso (2017-2018). He is currently writing a feature film to be shot in South Africa in 2018. He recently moved to Los Angeles and has a number of other projects in development.

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