Tom Schlesinger-Writing Great Comedies Workshop
Saturday, April 27, 2013 at 10:00 AM - Sunday, April 28, 2013 at 6:00 PM (EDT)
Writing Great Comedies
Define and deliver your Comic Premise
Use Comedy Web Series as a development tool
Reveal the unique nature of comic characters
Structure your scripts for maximum humor
Hone your comedy skills with fun improvisations
Testimonials from other Tom Schlesinger Storytelling Workshops
“These workshops are invaluable to the industry, and I'm pleased to see that we still have people that value the craft of filmmaking.”
-Dan McLellan, President, Deluxe Toronto
"Tom's workshop was a game-changer for me. He applied the fundamental principles of film storytelling to documentary filmmaking in a way that really made sense to me and that I can now apply to my own work to make it better. I loved that his approach was to remind us that the filmmaker should embark on the same journey as the audience and really feel their own work. That a real break-through moment for me, and it, among many other aspects of the workshop, really set Tom apart from the rest. I can't wait for Tom's next workshop"
“Tom's extraordinary guidance on my scripts for Nowhere in Africa (Academy Award Winner) and Beyond Silence (Academy Award Nominee) enriched my award-winning films immensely.”
-Caroline Link, Writer, Director
"Tom is obviously a master and a real gentleman and a great teacher and story teller. I'm thrilled to have spent the time with him."
“Tom’s wisdom, inspiration, and deep understanding of character and story continue to guide me on each screenwriting journey.”
-Pamela Gray, screenwriter Conviction, A Walk on the Moon
"Attending Tom's workshop was a creative turning point for me as a documentary filmmaker. By rigorously demystifying the process of story structure Tom taught me how to find the true narrative of my film. In using the filmmaker’s own journey as an example I learned how to recognize the key elements that drive stories and characters forward, and the natural order that exists within every film. The worksheets he gives you should be guarded and kept safely. I know I will turn to them for years to come!”
-Mukerji Nimisha: director, 65 Red Roses
"Tom's disarming, witty and mild mannered instructional style left you wanting more."
Tom Schlesinger was the story consultant on the HBO documentaries “Prom Night in Mississippi” with Morgan Freeman and “A Small Act,” both premiering at Sundance. He co-executive produced “The Last White Knight,” which premiered at the 2012 Toronto Film Festival, and he was Creative Producer on “Shirley: Visions of Reality,” which premiered at this year’s Berlinale. Tom was Creative Producer on the documentary, “Startup Weekend: Education,” which just premiered at the SXSW 2013 Film Festival.
Tom was the story consultant on “Nowhere in Africa,” which won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film in 2003, and on “Beyond Silence,” which was nominated for an Academy Award.
As a story consultant, Tom’s clients have included M. Night Shyamalan, Francis Coppola’s Zoetrope Studios, Miramax, Universal Studios, Columbia Pictures, Constantin Film Production, and X-Filme in Berlin.
Tom has taught film seminars for Pixar Animation Studios, Lucasfilm Ltd., the American Film Institute, the Writers Guild of America, the Directors Guild of America, and the National Film Schools in Berlin and Munich.
Tom also facilitates Human Potential seminars including: “Art as Transformation” at UCLA; “Myths, Dreams and Movies” at the Esalen Institute, the Saybrook Institute and The California Institute of Transpersonal Psychology; and “Creative Flow: the Inner Reaches of Outer Space,” at the Academy of Art in Munich.
He lives in Santa Monica, California.
Tom Schlesinger's Writing Comedies-Two Day Workshop
Successful comedy writing makes us laugh and makes us care. In this exciting new two-day workshop, you will learn the 23 Essential Elements about great comedy writing that you can immediately apply to your current projects.
The 16 Story Steps Structural Model for comedy will show you how to navigate through your stories with skill and confidence, while revealing new perspectives, ideas and solutions.
Through fun, playful creativity exercises, you will discover original comedy story ideas and find the approach to comedy writing and development that best suits your unique abilities.
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