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 doing them here for the first time over the next few months. First up is the result of my watching over 100 hours of tv relationships to decipher what the great ones have in common.
Television writing has always been about relationships: from the best friends of I Love Lucy to Scully and Mulder’s partners on The X-Files, the mismatched drug dealers of Breaking Bad, the competitive lawyers of Lockhardt Gardner in The Good Wife, and everything in between. It’s the interplay and evolution of the characters’ reactions to each other, and the tensions in the ensemble, that keep us coming back week after week or binging for thirteen hours in one day.
Although feature film and television characters have much in common, a television relationship, be it central or secondary, is more complex. It may have to last for seven seasons or more, so the pace of the arcs and the necessity for creating a host of flaws and inherent, recurring conflicts in the character relationships is much more crucial. This workshop will break down a series of enduring comic and dramatic television relationships and offer practical advice on creating and managing these kinds of relationships on the page.
The Living Room Lecture Series originally began in 2004 as a resource for my UCLA students, because we never seemed to have enough time in our writing workshops to really delve into the nuts and bolts of the whole craft of screenwriting. I wanted to take a full day on one specific topic, like writing subtext or creating villains or writing a multi-protagonist story, and really break it down. I also wanted to create an intimate and casual environment which allowed plenty of time for discussion.
The series now consists of 26 rotating lectures on specific aspects of structure, characterization, dialogue writing, genre, and pitching. The lectures run from 10am to 5:30pm in my house in Los Angeles, and include a full handout, plenty of film clips, bottomless coffee, tea, water and homemade brownies.
The cost is $125.00 per day, payable by check or PayPal. Payment is required for registration and is non-refundable. Participation is limited to 10 students on a first-come first-served basis.
Upcoming lectures with full descriptions are included on the home page. Please contact me at ETWilkie41@aol.com for more information or to register.
THE LIVING ROOM LECTURES on the Road:
I have also brought the Living Room Lectures to San Francisco and Las Vegas and am now available to bring them to you. If you have friends or a writing group who might be interested in more information about this, please contact me at ETWilkie41@aol.com.