The Lockdown Sessions: Chekov’s Gun - and how not to shoot yourself with it - Raindance

The Lockdown Sessions: Chekov’s Gun – and how not to shoot yourself with it

(5 customer reviews)


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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

Tony Lee Chekhovs Gun

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.

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5 reviews for The Lockdown Sessions: Chekov’s Gun – and how not to shoot yourself with it

  1. Julie Sandwell (verified owner)

    Excellent session with terrific notable examples. Will now be rewriting and potentially writing backwards! Thank you

  2. Cian O’Leary (verified owner)

    Tony’s session was excellent. Really in-depth examples and gave me a new way to think about some of my own writing. Can’t wait for all of this lockdown business to be over so I can sign up for one of his full day / weekend courses at Raindance HQ.

  3. Sheridan Sinclair (verified owner)

    Although I already knew of the principle of Chekov’s gun, this session was amazing, providing me with a deeper understanding of it. Lot’s of great examples & plenty of food for thought for my next screenplay. Well worth an hour of your time.

  4. catherine.halder (verified owner)

    Fantastically informative and interesting session. Tony is an excellent lecturer keeping the ideas and highly relevant examples flowing. The concepts outlined were highly inspiring to help me understand ways of structuring a story/script – ways I had not thought of before.

  5. createdbyrcw

    An enjoyable exercise and well worth the time. Definitely gave me yet another way to approach story development by effectively retracing steps I haven’t yet taken from a destination I started with.
    Tony’s presentation style is very easy going and welcoming, and his examples were incredibly well chosen. If I could make a recommendation; can Tony find an example where Chekhov’s gun blew up in someone’s face or was ignored, just to provide a contrast?
    Definitely look forward to any other sessions Tony might offer, whether future Lockdowns, workshops or longer classes.

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