Tuesday, 25 January 2011

Ben's Workshop

Click on the above image to enlarge and read an overview of the workshop in comic form.

On the 18th of January, scriptwriter Ben Davies came to the londonprintstudio. He has taught on the MA Scriptwriting course at Leeds Metropolitan University and has worked for various companies, such as Disney and Sesame Street.

Ben talked us through various films whilst we decided what we liked and disliked about the stories and characters.

He showed us great examples of dialogue, such as the first scene in Todd Solondz's film "Happiness" when a couple have an awkward break-up at a restaurant. You can watch it here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=JNPXxPcvdFc

We also discussed narrative arcs in the creation of stories that help grip the audiences' attention. An example of a successful story is the short film "The Lunchdate", which you can watch here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=epuTZigxUY8

Ben ended the day by running a workshop with 16 - 20 year olds in the evening, helping them to create characters of their own.

The comic on Ben was created by Rachel Emily Taylor.

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