This six-week workshop will meet on Mondays from 6:30-8:30 pm on the following dates: March 13th, 20, 27, April 3, 10, and 17.
“All stories have three acts. In the first, put your hero up a tree. In the second, throw rocks at the hero. In the third, get the hero out of the tree.”
— George B. Cohan
Beginning, middle, end. Since Aristotle’s Poetics, the “three-act” has ruled story structure in the western world. How does it work in film? How can it inform the story you want to tell? Help you adapt a story you’ve written? This class is for people who want to think like a screenwriter, understand how story = structure, and start writing scenes and developing scripts. We’ll explore story, scene and character arcs; obstacles and stakes, rising tension and resolution; how to create characters by putting them under pressure and making them choose; finding the DNA of your story, and how to put it in every scene, on every page. Drawing from films we know and love, your own ideas and experiences, and the best of greats like Robert McKee and Christopher Vogler, we’ll lay the groundwork, whether you’re a fiction or budding screenwriter, to start out on your own film writing path.
Members: $180 (Call 208-331-8000 to become a member or receive member discount code).
(Not a Cabin member? Get discounts on programs and early access to ticketed events as well as other great member benefits. Cost to become a member is $35 /individual for the year. Find out more on Cabin membership HERE).
SAMANTHA SILVA is a screenwriter based in Idaho. She has sold projects to Paramount Pictures, Universal Pictures, New Line Cinema, Lifetime and Film House Germany, where her Untitled Dickens Project is in development with Peter Chelsom attached to direct. Her script, My Golden Year, was one of 15 projects highlighted at the No Borders Film Market during Independent Film Week in New York in 2013. She co-wrote, with Jay Parini, an adaptation of his novel about Herman Melville, The Passages of H.M., and is at work on a novel adaptation of her script about Charles Dickens, and a collection of short stories. She has a BA in History from Boise State University and an MA from Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies.