Mastering The Moment: Writing THAT Scene That EVERYONE Talks About and Producers Want
When: May 28th 10:00am to 4:00pm
How Long: Available for one year
How much: £42
When you were a kid, what were your favourite films or TV shows?
Looking back, what were the moments in those films or shows that you talked about in the playground.
Maybe you still do this as adults (spoiler: you do). We crave
these ultra high peaks or emotion in the films and shows that we watch.
And we share enthusiastically with our peers… ‘You have to watch X, there’s this moment when…’
Now as a screenwriter and storyteller, it should seem intuitive that
we write these MOMENTS into our work. All too often though we get so
wrapped up in character, story arc, story universe, that we neglect
these visceral and extraordinarily satisfying MOMENTS. And it’s what
readers and audiences yearn for.
If you ever got a decline saying, ‘Your writing was strong, but we
didn’t respond to the material…’, it’s tempting to chalk it up as a
polite rejection. But here is the question you ought to be asking: What,
beyond strong writing, makes readers respond to our stories?
MOMENTS. Scripts have been bought and sold on the strength of a single moment, let alone a great story and characters wrapped around it.
Those storytelling delights that stick with us for days, weeks… forever.
THE MOMENT is what we have subconsciously desire. When we were kids, we used to call it ‘the best part.’
THE MOMENT is the thing that ENDURES.
THE MOMENT is power on the page.
And MOMENTS are critical to the staying power of
your script. After your reader has moved on to their next script… you
want their mind to wander back to that one MOMENT in yours… and if
they do, they WILL pick it up and read it again.
So how do you move from storyteller to immortal?
By ensuring your screenplay is more than just a great story well told. It must have MOMENTS…
‘It was clearly structured, with brilliant advice and watching the clips was very helpful. It’s one of the best courses I’ve been on. The workshop part helped me look at my script in a new light – looking at those intense, emotion-laden, visually memorable moments which sum up relationship or theme. Brilliant!’
Amy Sparkes // Writer
In this workshop you will…
- Learn how to identify the scenes you can electrify into iconic MOMENTS.
- Isolate the 12 different MOMENTS and their emotional core. The WHY They work so well.
- Learn the MOMENT structure. There is a clear and easy to master structure to each type of MOMENT.
- Understand WHERE a moment is best placed within the peaks and troughs of your story arc.
- Have tons of fun as we walk through movie and television history,
analysing iconic MOMENTS, discovering why they endure, and how you can
write MOMENTS that do the same.
If your story is flat, powerless – even if it’s structurally sound – what it lacks is MOMENTOUSNESS.
Spend a day with Bob and apply these strategies to your work right
away. Remember, the goal is to elevate your already great work to that
the reader will pass it along and tell their colleagues… ‘you will not believe what happens… it’s awesome…’
Recent Feedback For This Course
‘Both entertaining as well as informative!’
Jean-Claude Bragard // Filmmaker
The workshop was very well structured with lots of good examples.’
Georgi Kostov // Screenwriter , Director , Producer
‘It had great illustrative clips, alongside good context and also insight int how to apply it to our writing.’
Louise Say // Producer, Writer
‘The Generous use of clips makes the analysis very clear and memorable. It will be hugely useful to me for my business in several ways. It refreshes my editorial approach to novelist-clients; and it helps me pitch novel-to-film adaptations. Bob’s enthusiasm is infectious and we all felt very motivated after this…’
Christine Green // Literary Agent
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Recent Feedback For This Course
‘I now understand how to use these moments, and (as a director) it’ll help me craft them better. Watching the examples I realised that while ‘the moment’ was just seconds, the build up is also key, and these scenes were long and tense… actually much longer than I would have realised! It was so good! This was my second one with Bob and I will sign up for more. I also like that Bob feels like a friend and not a distant guru – thanks Bob!’
Lucy Campbell // Filmmaker
‘Stupendous subject (never seen this offering in all my screenwriting classes) with perfect execution!’
Kirk Ah Tye // Attorney turned screenwriter and novelist (Hollywood)
This class is run by screenwriter Bob Schultz. For more than 20 years, Bob has been training screenwriters , helping thousands of writers clarify their stories, reorganise their ideas and build confidence to bring the very best version of any writer, to the opportunities they create.