Screenwriting Bootcamp

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Are you an Aspiring Writer? 

Do you have an idea for a Video Script? 

Do you already have a Script, but want to improve it?

Screenwriting, also called scriptwriting, is the art and craft of writing scripts for videos, short and feature films or television productions.  A writer can create a script that is based on an original idea, or they can create a script from a concept, true story, or an existing literary work, such as a novel, poem, play, comic book or short story, that they have the rights to adapt. A screenplay by itself is not a final product; it is used as a blueprint during the Video Production process by the Director to craft their vision for the story.

In this 4-Session Screenwriting Bootcamp, a particular topic will be covered at the beginning of the evening, such as: dramatic structure and script elements, writing dynamic action and strong dialogue, developing characters, the importance of rewrites and how to receive notes on your work, how to craft a logline and pitch your idea. After that, the instructor will lead a discussion about the work that was submitted for review that week. Each participant will be required to provide written pages to ensure that notes received and given remain fair for everyone.

Short writing exercises will also be undertaken in order to develop writing skills, and an overview of other learning and community resources will be provided.

Each week participants will be invited to bring in their own writing projects - shorts or features - and with the help of the instructor and the rest of the class, they will workshop their material in order to improve it.  By the end of the Workshop, the goal is to help each participant produce a new script (or a portion of a script), or to improve an already existing written project.

Although not mandatory, participants will be encouraged to bring in their own laptops in order to facilitate the writing process.  Participants should also submit a writing sample of their work (under 10 pages), by the registration deadline (August 28).

4 consecutive Tuesday evenings: Sept., 4, 11, 18, 25, 2018 (6-9pm each day)


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Tuesday September 4 2018, 6:00 - 9:00 pm
Tuesday September 11 2018, 6:00 - 9:00 pm
Tuesday September 18 2018, 6:00 - 9:00 pm
Tuesday September 25 2018, 6:00 - 9:00 pm
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Jennifer Mulligan is an award winning screenwriter and creative producer, originally from Shawville, Quebec. In January 2011, she started a screenwriters group, The Writers’ Room Ottawa, to foster the art, business and craft of screenwriting. From 2011 to 2014, Jennifer worked for Alex Epstein (Bon Cop, Bad Cop, Naked Josh) as a Research Assistant and also on interned on several of his short film productions in Montreal and Toronto. In Ottawa, she’s worked on several feature film projects in various roles. In 2014, Jennifer co-founded Ottawa Film Scene (OFS), a promotional tool for Ottawa filmmakers to showcase their work to the world.

Jennifer was a finalist in the Lady Filmmakers Script Competition in 2014 with her script "Minerva's War", which was optioned for production for their Script-to-Screen Program. She is an active member of the Academy of Film Writing 5150 Workshop, and recently took over the leadership transition of the Digi60 Filmmakers Festival, along with fellow screenwriter and producer, Emily Ramsay. As a result of the collaboration between screenwriters and directors through the Ottawa Digi60 Filmmakers Festival, Jennifer has had three of her scripts made into short films, and she produced one of her own scripts in 2013. Of note, Algebra, directed by Jith Paul, screened at various festivals including the Festival International Entr'2 Marches in Cannes (2015), and Mary Mae, directed by Kristian Lariviere, had its US premiere in New York (2012) and was selected by nine international Gay and Lesbian Film Festivals.

She's currently working on a number of feature scripts with directors in the Ottawa area.

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Screenwriting Bootcamp