Are you not making enough to survive as a screenwriter, or have you decided to try to make a living as one?
Could you do with alternate revenue streams?
Would you like to expand the areas that you can work in, moving into graphic novels, audio dramas or even games – multiplying the possibilities of paid work?
In this unique, live online workshop, #1 New York Times Bestselling List and Eagle Award winning games, audio drama, graphic novel writer and screenwriter Tony Lee (Doctor Who, Star Trek, DC Comics, Marvel, BBC One, ITV Studios, Audible etc) takes you through the steps to turn your idea into various media, and the journey you need to take to get yourself published / heard / seen in a revised for 2020 version of his acclaimed one day masterclass.
With over thirty three years experience as a professional writer, including game design, full-cast audio drama, television / film and seventeen 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, and he has recently lectured to hundreds of Chinese games designers on the importance of story.
This is your chance to learn from a master in writing for comic books and graphic novel script writing, in a series of ninety minute workshops, spread over two weeks, each with a thirty minute live Q&A at the end:
Part One: The Crushing Fear of the Blank Page
What 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’ – and why alternative media of your screenplay won’t sell your screenplay
- Comparison: Screenplay / Novel / Script, using an example
- Visual Thinking and why it’s great – the original spark of an idea
- The ‘Coulda, Shoulda, Woulda’ moment
- Why ‘working backwards’ helps you move forwards
- World Building
- 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 creature.
- 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 structur
- The conflict – protagonists and antagonists
- Subplots and supporting characters
- Keeping the reader invested over time
Part Three: The Nuts and Bolts
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
- Action Versus Spoken Word
Part Four: The Final Straight and How to be Liked
Your creature is near completion. But how do you get it out into the world?
- Know your terms – the language of the script
- 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
- 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
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 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.