Ex­plore screen­writ­ing

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - THE GROOVE - ARTS Ker­stin Kehren

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 cp@cairns.qld.gov.au

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