At a glance:
- Learn how to adapt your story ideas for different media
- Presented by NY Times Bestselling author Tony Lee
- Four one and a half hour lessons over one information packed day
Why limit yourself to writing for the screen, when there are a host of other visual media you can write for? or adapt your story to?
Would you like to benefit from alternate revenue streams?
Would you like to learn how to expand the areas that you can work in, moving into graphic novels, audio dramas or even games – multiplying the possibilities of paid work?
Presented by the #1 New York Times Bestselling List and Eagle Award winning author of games, audio drama, graphic novel writer and screenwriter Tony Lee (Doctor Who, Star Trek, DC Comics, Marvel, BBC One, ITV Studios, Audible). He will take you through the steps to turn your idea into various media. Learn from an expert about the journey you need to take to get yourself published.
You cant make this up.Tony Lee has over 33 years experience as a professional writer, including game design, full-cast audio drama, television and film. Tony has 17 years worth of experience as a comics creator for both UK and US publishers, Tony’s worked in all areas of the industry, and still does so successfully today. Recently his ‘Lockdown Sessions’ lectures have been voted some of Raindance’s best. He has recently lectured to hundreds of Chinese games designers on the importance of story and trans media.
This is your chance to learn from a master in writing for comic books and graphic novel script writing.`
It’s a four part workshop spread over one day, with a live Q&A at the end:
Part One: Overcome the Crushing Fear of the Blank Page
Learn how to overcome the stumbling blocks a writer can find in their way when moving from screen to alternative media storytelling.
- Why scripting in other medias isn’t ‘easy’
- Why alternative media of your screenplay won’t sell your screenplay
- Comparison examples: writing for Screenplay / Novel / Script
- Spark ideas with Visual Thinking
- The ‘Coulda, Shoulda, Woulda’ moment
- Why ‘working backwards’ helps you move forwards
- Building your story world
- The Characters – what do they want? Why do we care?
- Chekhov’s gun – and how not to shoot yourself
- The Three Strands to a Character
- Working With Assets
Part Two: Writing The Story
Now you have the initial idea and the characters, it’s time to build your story using powerful story tools..
- Knowing your Medium
- The Joys of Narrative
- Narrative Descriptors and why they’re needed
- The Seven Basic Story Plots
- The Five Parts to a Story
- The Bechdel Test
- The Rising Act structure
- The conflict – protagonists and antagonists
- Subplots and supporting characters
- Keeping the reader invested over time
Part Three: The Nuts and Bolts of Alternative Media
Now it’s time to start to flesh the bones of your creation. To make life from the monster you built.
- Comics: A comparison – Anthology / One-shot / Mini Series / Ongoing / Graphic Novel / Web Series
- The High Concept / Elevator Pitch
- See, Hear, Touch – The restraints and advantages of alternative media
- The real estate of a comic script (length, page turn etc)
- The importance of the full synopsis
- Breaking it down: Scene by scene
- Games: The Importance of Cutscenes
- Breaking it down: Page by page
- Comparison: Screenplay dialogue / other media dialogue
- Show, don’t tell: Action Versus Spoken Word
Part Four: The Final Straight and How to be Liked
Your creation is near completion. Discover the tips and tricks professional writers use to get your story out into the world.
- Know your writing terms – the language of the script
- The Grammar of Comics: Types of panel / how many to a page
- Dialogue: Why a writer should always letter at least one page.
- Adaptations, Licensed Properties and Preexisting Characters
- Self Publishing / producing and your options
- Getting known as a trans media writer
- Conventions / Networking – the dos and don’ts
- Submitting to the established companies
- Know your target – does your story match their style?
- Selling yourself rather than your story
About presenter Tony Lee
Tony Lee is a #1 New York Times Bestseller and Eagle Award winning graphic novelist and screenwriter. His numerous credits include Doctor Who, Star Trek, Superboy, 2000AD, Spider-Man, X-Men, Battlestar Galactica, Shrek, Wallace and Gromit, Megadeth and Ozzy Osbourne, Tony also works in television, film and audio where he has written for BBC One and Amazon UK / Audible among others. Tony works with both US and UK producers and studios as a go-to ’script doctor’.
With thirty three years experience as a professional writer, Tony has created stories in pretty much every visual medium. In 2010 he became a #1 New York Times Bestseller for his graphic novel adaptation of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. In 2014 his Doctor Who / Star Trek Graphic Novel ‘Assimilation Squared’ reached #2, and in 2019 his full cast audio drama of Dodge & Twist was #4 in the New York Times Audiobooks Bestselling List.