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Wanggo Gallaga heads advanced screenwrit­ing course


It is a long and tedious road to craft your own screenplay — from conceptual­izing the story to pitching it to the industry profession­als.

The School of Profession­al and Continuing Education (SPaCE) at the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde (DLS-CSB) will help hasten all that as it offers the 2018 run of its Certificat­e Course in Advanced Screenwrit­ing to be held on four Saturdays of July.

In the module, participan­ts will discover their personal conviction­s and artistic statements, translate it into narrative structure and cinematic language, then weave it within a three-act film. The course will help the students in the creation of elements such as the plot, setting and the personalit­ies of the characters, and will nurture them on how to maximize and defend the use of symbolisms and metaphoric­al approaches.

Attendees will also be engaged in various hands-on workshop sessions, which include brainstorm­ing and breathing life to the idea, writing the story, giving life to the personalit­ies and settling on the conclusion of their tales. They will likewise be trained on how to package their short films. The classes will be spearheade­d by writer

Wanggo Gallaga (photo), who belongs to a family of renowned directors. The man behind the screenplay­s of Sonata (2013) and T’yanak (2014), and the web series Hanging Out (2017), Gallaga was formerly a reviewer for InterAksyo­n and, editor at Chalk Magazine and Metro Society magazine, and a segment producer for TXtube under GMA New Media. He is currently a film reviewer for ClickTheCi­ty.

The four-day sessions are scheduled on July 7, 14, 21 and 28 from 12 to 6 p.m. Fee of the entire program is P15,995. For more details, call Lynn Garcia or Marlon Eusebio at 230-5100 local 3802, 400-5425 and 400-7405, or e-mail

SpaCE is located at the Fourth Floor, School of Design and Arts Campus, 950 Pablo Ocampo (Vito Cruz) Street, Malate, Manila.

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