THE ART & CRAFT OF SCI-FI
Mastering Genre Storytelling for Screenwriters & Filmmakers
Sci-fi is an increasingly popular genre with an identifiable audience and lots of fresh opportunities for story-world development. This genre, once thought to require expensive budgets, is increasingly being written for low-budgets by emerging filmmakers, such as Mike Cahill’s Another Earth (2011) or I, Origins (2014). More recently, 2015 BIFA Award winner, Ex Machina created a powerful human story in a future dystopia which competed well when up against conventional and powerful dramas of that year.
This one-evening course – part of the Mastering Genre series – helps you understand the conventions and tropes of specific genre storytelling. Whether you stick to the conventions or bend them, your ability to write a sci-fi genre screenplay that sells requires a deep understanding of the style and structure of the specific genre as a foundation to make your script exceptional.
What you’ll learn:
- Define and distinguish sci-fi genre
- Learn structural and story conventions of sci-fi genre scripts
- Understand style and thematic tropes of science fiction
- How and where to bend and play with these conventions in the script
- How understanding “genre” can help you write a strong story outline
In this fun, high-energy seminar, playwright and screenwriter Todd McGinnis will also show you how to identify the audience you want and how to write and create for that audience. Whether your passion is to create an award-winning short film, the next viral web series or feature screen gem, this short course will help provide a writer’s road map for your script.