CREATING UNFORGETTABLE RELATIONSHIPS on the SMALL SCREEN: I Love Lucy to Breaking Bad
I just previewed four new lectures at the Melbourne International Film Festival and will be presenting them for the first time in LA over the next few months. First up is the result of my watching over 100 hours of tv relationships to decipher what the great, enduring ones have in common. See the LIVING ROOM LECTURES page for a full course description.
I am thrilled to be returning to Screen Queensland to oversee the second year of SQ PROJECTOR, a program designed to fast track emerging Australian writers and filmmakers.
Creating and introducing a memorable central character– whether for a feature or television series — is one of the greatest challenges for screenwriters, and one of the most rewarding if you get it right. This lecture will focus on the five vital questions writers need to ask themselves about their protagonist when starting on a new project and offer practical advice on subtle and creative ways to introduce and reveal character that will draw the reader and audience fully into the story before the end of Act One. See LIVING ROOM LECTURES page for more details.
Tickets now available for my lecture series at MIFF. I’ll be covering Black Comedy, Protagonists, Third Acts, and One Hour TV pilots. For more info, visit: http://miffindustry.com/wendall-thomas15
Wendall is thrilled and honored to be working with Christopher Sharp, Jo Dillon, and emerging Australian filmmakers through Screen Queensland’s new PROJECTOR program. http://www.screenqueensland.com.au/funding/development/screen-queensland-projector.html
For Filmmakers in the North of England: If any of you are interested in improving your secondary characters or your scene/sequence writing, I’ll be focusing on practical advice for both on 18/19 March at Northern Film and Media. For more information, visit: http://northernmedia.org/events
Registration is now open for my winter “TAKE” Class, designed to improve your story and pitching skills and offer strategies for industry meetings and for approaching source material. The class will run on Monday nights 7-10pm from January 12 through March 9 and costs $750.00. Please see a full course description on the PRIVATE CLASSES page or contact me for details.
While preparing my lectures for the Melbourne Film Festival this year, I came up with a new way of thinking about Secondary Characters. I now have a paradigm which I hope will offer practical help in both creating memorable characters and using them to the best advantage – both structurally and emotionally – in your stories. Lecture will take place OCTOBER 4 from 10am to 5pm. Please see LIVING ROOM LECTURE page for details.