At A Glance
- Welcome to Raindance Lockdown Sessions
- Enjoy professional film education wherever you are
- An hour of short sharp advice from a leading professional
So you want to write a film? A TV show? A book? Anything? That’s great. Off you go. Wait. You’re worried it might seem dull and ‘by the books’? Well, that’s where Chekov’s Gun comes in – and more importantly why you should write the gunshot before you even mention the weapon.
In this information packed hour learn how to take your story and work backwards, taking the inciting moment first – before moving earlier into the plot to create the breadcrumbs that lead to it.
Everyone can name a film or TV show where the twist was a shock – but when rewatched, you saw that the clues were there all the time. Now learn the quickest and easiest way to replicate this!
Who is the session for?
Anyone wishing to advance their writing skillset, especially in longform media, and create believable plot reversals and twists.
What you will learn?
- The basics of ‘white page’ story creation and how to work backwards rather than forwards
- The pros and cons of Chekov’s Gun, and when / how not to use it
- How to create the original ‘Coulda Shoulda Woulda’ moment that it all leads to
About presenter Tony Lee
A #1 New York Times Bestseller and Eagle Award winning graphic novelist and screenwriter, with licenses under his belt including 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, working 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 medium to date.
In 2010 he became a #1 New York Times Bestseller for his adaptation of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. In 2014 his Doctor Who / Star Trek Graphic Novel ‘Assimilation Squared’ reached #2.
Tony teaches Graphic Novel writing classes at Raindance.