with Kate Lanier ("What's Love Got To Do With It?" "Set It Off" etc.)
-We'll go over the screenwriting format, for those who don't have a screenwriting program, I'd recommend FINAL DRAFT.
-Structure: We'll go over the beats and rhythm of a 3 Act structure for storytelling, giving examples from current films and/or plays.
-Character: We'll work on character-based storytelling, journaling and keeping a character "diary." Creating an original, authentic "voice" will determine the tone of the movie/scenes we'll be writing.
-E-mail exchange: we'll decide on who'll volunteer material for week 2; that individual will send a scene or multiple scenes to the rest of the class by the end of the week.
-Reading: we'll have students volunteer or selected to read the distributed scenes: hearing original work read can give deep insight into how dialogue flows, the success of tone and character development. We'll get a general sense from the student writer how his/her story will eventually develop into a screenplay. (120 pages)
-We'll go over what WORKS and doesn't work, learning by creating, delving into the process through discussion, learning how to write from the heart of a character, keeping the action moving through the lens of a camera.
-We'll have a volunteer select a scene or scenes to be discussed in week 3.
WEEKS 3 THROUGH 8
-We'll continue the process from week 2, by reading and discussing student's scene/scenes.
Any students who wish to continue working on their screenplay can continue in private sessions after the course is finished, if they'd like. I will also encourage the group to continue meeting to read and discuss their work, building community and support for those who want to continue to write on their own!!!
Normal Fee: 305 Euro
Early Bird Fee: 275 Euro
Instant Booking Fee: 255 Euro
Kate Lanier was born and raised in Harlem, New York City. She attended Trinity High School on full scholarship and received her BA from Vassar College (also on scholarship) majoring in English with a DISTINCTION in Creative Writing.
Prior to college, Kate wrote, acted and performed through her childhood in various independent New York Theater productions. Bartending at the notorious downtown club AREA through her college (and post) years, Kate continued to act in stage productions and independent and student films. At the time, she partnered with Michael Holman (BASQUIAT) to write some Hip-Hop/Urban feature films for him to direct (MONEY DOG, BROTHERS).
She played the lead role (GRACE) in Alan Taylor’s first film “THAT BURNING QUESTION” which opened at the New York film festival and garnered him a Nissan Focus award, among others. As Alan became sought after by agents and producers in Hollywood, he mentioned Kate’s work as a writer. This intro brought her in contact with Ronda Gomez, a brilliant agent at Triad. With her help, she was able to sell her script “GABRIEL’S WATCHING” to Warner Brothers with Lorenzo Bonaventura (TRANSFORMERS ) as the exec. From there, she was hired on a three-picture deal at Disney. After “WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT?” received Oscar nominations for BOTH leads, Kate wrote and directed “EVERYBODY CAN FLOAT” for Touchstone/ Disney.