Sunday, September 09, 2012

How to write a web series screenwriting workshop in Fairfax beginning October 18th, 2012 (Thursday evenings)

Arrive with an idea.  Leave with a series.

Web Series are the new frontier in entertainment. The best thing about a web series is anyone can write one. The other awesome thing about webisodes is that anyone can make one. When you write a web series, it’s like you’ll be writing your own TV series. “The Walking Dead” on AMC and “Web Therapy” on Showtime both started out as web series.

You will learn how long your scripts needs to be, what a script looks like on the page and how to write for an inexpensive budget. Whatever idea you bring to the class will be the idea we develop. If you aren’t sure about your idea, or you have more than one idea, within the first two sessions of class you’ll have the support and time to decide what direction you want to take. Once you decide on your web series idea, we will outline your six episodes and you will write your scripts.

In this workshop you will learn about genres from comedy to thrillers and how long a webisode script should be within your chosen genre. You will be writing web series with six completed episodes. You will learn how to create a story arc for your six webisodes so your final product will be the first season of your web series. You will also get tips about production and how to produce a webisode while writing one (as they go hand in hand). When the group is in the script writing phase, it will be fun to read your scripts out loud. Workshop members are welcome to bring in their own actors to read for the group too. There are no networks or studios to tell you what to do when you create a web series. In this workshop you will emerge with a web series package. Bring as much imagination as you can, because you’re going to have the creative freedom you need – it’s going to be a blast!

Dates: 10/18, 10/25, 11/1, 11/8, 11/15, no meeting 11/22, resume meeting on 11/29, 12/6, 12/13 

Time: 7:00pm - 10:00pm

New Members: $475 (register before 10/5 and pay only $450)

Returning Members: $450 (register before 10/5 and pay only $425)

Group leader's home in the Fairfax district of Los Angeles

Exact address TBA upon registration for privacy reasons

Los Angeles, CA 90038 

Instructor - Shawn Schepps

Shawn is a Los Angeles native. She began her career as a child actress in such shows as, "The Brady Bunch." As she got older she appeared in, "The Terminator," "Racing with the Moon," and "The Golden Girls."

Shawn started writing plays and musicals. Her first play, "The Steven Weed Show" was performed in Edinburgh and New York. Her play "Group" was performed in New York, at The Montreal Comedy Festival, and The Aspen Comedy Festival.

While writing and producing theater, Shawn wrote, "Encino Man." Thus began her writing and producing career with films like, "Son-In-Law," "Drumline," "Lip Service" and recently, "You and I" directed by Roland Joffe.

Shawn's television writer/producer credits include, "Drop Dead Diva," "Inconceivable," and "Weeds" which she spent two years writing, producing and acting in. Shawn has worked for every major studio like, Warner Bros., 20th Century Fox, Disney. She has been on shows and written pilots for major networks like, ABC, NBC, FOX, CBW and CBS. She has sold and developed to cable outlets like HBO, Lifetime, Showtime and more.

Shawn has taught writing all over the country.

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