01 July 2013
Ben Hecht, an American screenwriter, director and producer, known as the Shakespeare of Hollywood, once said it would be easier to become famous by riding a tricycle than by writing screenplays. On first glance these might not sound like the most encouraging words for those interested in joining the industry. The reality is that millions of creators are drawn into this world, lured by the glitz and glamour of the red carpet. However, the problem lies with the fact that many who want to write believe they have nothing to learn, that anyone who can string a sentence can become a writer.
Composers study harmony and theories of musical form. Painters study colours and various techniques. Every art form requires a basic understanding of the craft, so does storytelling. How does one build exciting stories? How does one create exciting characters? How does one structure and plot a tale? How does one build rich scenes? The Valletta 2018 Foundation, together with three lecturers from the University of Southern California, will be helping local professionals and students to develop and strengthen their insight into story. They will be nurturing their capacity to conceive and express characters, to create parts that will whet anyone’s appetite.
Attendees will also be provided with thorough insight into the business and economics of feature film production so that they fully understand the commercial marketplace. David Howard, Martin Daniel and Mary Kate O’Flanagan will be presenting three public talks about the art of screenwriting and story analysis. On each day, a different film will be shown and dissected in great detail. These lectures are mainly aimed at the local film and TV industry talent. However, the general public is also encouraged to attend. Registration on firstname.lastname@example.org.