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NUTS AND BOLTS (article first published : 2002-10-26)

Co-sponsored by the National Film and Video Foundation, the South African Scriptwriters Association (SASWA) will host an intense two-day script development masterclass on November 15 and 16 in Cape Town.

Great films are based on great scripts, right? “Sure,” agrees Saswa, “but how do we get there? Is it just when the writer also happens to be the director? (Spielberg, Cameron, Kubrick, etc) Or is it also when the production team gets caught up in a heady vision to create great film?

“Of course. But the flip side is...when production execs, and even writers, don't know what makes for great scripting. How do you make an ordinary script great? How do you fix script problems? Why does a script work...and not work? (people are always quick to tell you that a script doesn’t work...but they can't tell you how to improve it!)”

The Script Development Masterclass will be conducted by the Clare Downs of the UK and Luciano Gloor of Germany, both highly respected experts in their field.

The aim of the workshop is to create a "Common Language" for writers, script editors, commissioning editors, producers and directors to use in the development of script. By the end of the workshop, writers and script editors will have the tools to identify and fix script problems in terms of character, plot development and structure.

The Masterclass will emphasise script development as a whole, and as such, be an invaluable “reality check” for both aspirant and experienced writers.

Key to SASWA's overall aim of building the film and television industry in South Africa is to start at grassroots level, both with the script (as the foundation of any production) and with emerging storytellers, scriptwriters and script editors. Therefore, 25% of the delegates will comprise this group and will be sponsored.

At the end of the workshop, participants will be equipped to develop a script from primal idea to polished screenplay, know how and why a script works as well as how to improve it. They will also understand the realities of developing scripts in the international arena.

Course fees are R750 (R500 for SASWA members) and include full catering (tea/coffee and lunch) both days. Book now via Di McCrorie of SASWA on 011 678-3838, e-mail: saswa@global.co.za or visit www.saswa.org.za




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