TIME is running out for screenwriters to secure their place in the upcoming Screen Stories Workshop at the Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre.
The course is intended to assist participants in the 2017 Understory Film Festival and is being held on Saturday, March 4 and Sunday, March 5.
Presenting the two-day workshop is screenwriter, director Jonathan Ogilvie of the Australian Film, Television and Radio School, whose films have screened at the Cannes Film Festival.
“It’s very hard to make a good film out of a bad script and particularly, if people are starting off, it’s all about a good idea which your able to put onto page and then realise on the screen,” Ogilvie says.
He says the workshop will explore the principals of screenwriting and address a broad range of topics, among them structure, dialogue and character.
“On the Sunday, we’re kicking off with a focus on how to express visual ideas on the page, which is via what’s known as big print, which is the screen directions, and how we might convey tone — the dramatic tone — in the big print,” Ogilvie explains.
For the filmmaker, there is a distinction between writing for short and long form cinema and so the workshop will specifically address writing for short films on Sunday.
“I think of a short film to a feature film as similar to what a Japanese haiku poem is to a Russian novel, if you like,” Ogilvie says.
“Probably the best short films are the ones that actually could not be made into long form because they’ve found their perfect medium in the short form.”
Applications to the free Screen Stories Workshop close on Monday, February 20. To apply, contact 07 4032 6656 or email firstname.lastname@example.org