with Joey Tuccio
We start at the beginning in this series of three sessions… How do you start your script so that readers are COMPELLED to make it to the end? It’s all in the first ten pages.
One popular piece of screenwriting advice goes, “Write one great page. One perfect page. Then turn the page and do it again. Do that 90 times and you have a great screenplay.” Any time you send out a script you will have – at the most – 10 pages to impress the reader.
To really help ensure writers can stand apart of the competition, Joey Tuccio, CEO of Roadmap Writers is flying in to present this outstanding ‘Opening Pages’ Workshop. Joey will take you through the essential steps to craft those first ten pages. Getting your Act 1, Scene 1, and Page 1 right is the best way to announce “I am a professional writer.”
Using real life examples, Joey will start with a lecture on some of the immediate reasons an executive might pass on your work…and you might not even know you’re doing most of them! Remember, most execs won’t read past page 5 if they aren’t hooked from the start. These will be pointers and some of the most recurring feedback executives give up and coming writers. Learn these techniques now so you don’t have to risk these notes from potential reps or buyers.
Make those first ten pages so compelling that your readers have no option to but to dive straight into page eleven…
Which leads us nicely into the next session, the midpoint…
Appearing in this session
Screenwriting Practical Help
How do screenwriters balance staying faithful to facts with making a narrative work dramatically? How many liberties can you take before leaving reality behind? A panel of some of the form’s best practitioners will discuss how they tackle these and other questions related to adapting stories based on real events.
If your writing is even slightly leaning toward the international or American sensibility, needs greater scale with a stellar cast and associated distribution (and even if it doesn’t), every writer SHOULD make a trip to LA… And sooner rather than later.
If you have a problem with your end, you really have a problem with the beginning. Every payoff needs a setup. The more satisfying the payoff, and we all love a good ending, the more work the writers have done in the first thirty pages of the script.
In this session, we will be confronting many of the immediate reasons a producer, reader or exec might put down your script within ten minutes and reach for the next one on the pile.
Character transformation is at the heart of most screenplays, but why is it so important? Is character transformation just a tried and tested Hollywood formula based on outdated hero myths?
How exploring the innate yet immutable web of connections between genre, subject matter and theme can help you tell more engaging and profound stories.
Great American Pitchfest Guru Bob Schultz will start every day with a short 30-minute PitchFest bootcamp to get you ready for your pitch!
Hollywood’s take on technology is more important than you think. William Goldman famously said that, in Hollywood, nobody knows anything. But it’s not true. Many of Hollywood’s directors, producers and screenwriters know a lot about science.
How to use stakes, scope and scale to tell BIG stories in small settings. Writing to get produced, even on lower budgets, will significantly improve your chances of getting your script to set. And everyone loves a high-stakes story in a smaller setting and reduced scale…
It’s not always easy to see them, but 90% of the flaws in your screenplay can be self-diagnosed, providing you know how to analyse a script.
How to identify the elements that lead to getting sold and produced. Adaptations are so ubiquitous: about half of Hollywood movies are adaptations, which also includes movies based on real people. An interesting novel doesn’t always become an interesting movie, nor does an interesting life.