Five Conversations of Successful Screenwriting

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Date(s) -
Sunday, November 3, 2013
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Peggy R. McConnell Arts Center of Worthington

14 – Adult | all skill levels
Price: FEE: $25, MAC MEMBERS: $23
Instructor: JR McMillan

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Sunday, November 3: 1:00-3:00pm
Followed by sneak peak screening of Chasing Water at 3:00pm (Free for workshop attendees and open to the public)

Explore the techniques professionals use to tell their stories through an interactive discussion of one of the most challenging elements of screenwriting. Effective dialogue separates films that only impress audiences visually from those that move audiences emotionally. Learn to balance character development and plot advancement by understanding the role and function of five crucial conversation types that draw the attention of studios and prospective filmmakers. Whether you’re an aspiring screenwriter or passionate filmgoer, don’t miss this overview of the art of conversation for motion pictures and television.

About the instructor:
J.R. McMillan is a script consultant with Mojofilter, providing the promotional experience and industry expertise necessary to go from rough concepts to marketable screenplays. McMillan has a BA from Marshall University with a concentration in Journalism and Mass Communications and has worked as an editor, opinion writer, columnist, photographer, publicist and public radio producer. In addition his work in art and independent film, McMillan is also an IT strategist with Avatar Consulting, delivering technology insight and implementation to creative enterprises, agencies and individuals. He resides in Columbus, Ohio.

Chasing Water

Columbus International Film & Video Festival, Silver Chris Award (Best in Division)

Director: Pete McBride
(USA , 2011, 18 min)

In Chasing Water, photojournalist Peter McBride sets out to document the flow of the Colorado River from source to sea. A Colorado native, McBride hails from a ranching family that depends on the Colorado for irrigation, and this is the story of his backyard. His simple desire is to find out where the irrigation water of his youth went after his family used it, and how long it took the water to reach the ocean. His experience, however, is not so straightforward, analogous, perhaps, to tracking down a special friend from childhood—one who was always full of vitality—only to find her utterly changed and diminished. Writer John Waterman joins McBride on this 1,500-mile journey, one that shows how the thirst of the 30 million that the Colorado supports takes a unhealthy toll.