Thursday 12 December 2013

Linda Aronson’s masterclass

Good news. Linda Aronson has teamed up with AFTRS Open (the Australian Film Television and Radio School) to present a couple of two-day masterclasses (one in Melbourne and one in Sydney), early next year.

Linda is widely regarded as the world expert on nonlinear and complex film and TV structures. She is a multi-award-winning writer who’s spent more than thirty years writing for companies in Australia, UK, New Zealand and USA, with credits for TV drama series, serials, mini-series, children’s TV, drama documentary, feature film, stage plays, novels, short stories, radio drama, journalism and books on writing craft.

She has created TV drama series and storylines, been a script judge/selector in many contexts, including the Emmys, and now works all over the world as a consultant and teacher specializing in nonlinear and complex script structure.

Her screenwriting books The 21st Century Screenplay and Screenwriting Updated are required reading at many film schools. She has taught at NYU, Columbia, Berkeley, American Film Institute, The Great American Pitchfest, NFTS, Goldsmiths’, London Screenwriters’ Festival, The Script Factory (London), BBC TV Drama Writers’ Festival, FAMU (Prague), DFFB (Berlin), Netherland Film and TV Academy, CEEA (Paris), Swedish Film Institute, Sources 2 (Berlin), and many more.

Linda Aronson explodes the conventional screenwriting theory which assumes that structure means only one hero on a linear chronological journey. Instead she provides practical writing guidelines for writing flashback scripts, Pulp Fiction structures, multiple storyline films, and fractured forms like 21 Grams, Crash and The Hours. She shows how eighteen of these modern forms work to predictable patterns, and provides practical, down to earth templates for writing them.
SYDNEY:  February 22-23, 2014
MELBOURNE: March 1-2, 2014

Linda tells me these masterclasses will be her first time teaching in Australia in many years. In the last tax year she had eight international trips across three continents (Europe, USA, Africa) and still didn’t manage to get to all of the organisations that invited her. So this is a rare opportunity for Australians. Check it out.

1 comment:

Unknown said...

Whoa. Sounds like aspiring screenwriters need to be booking plane tickets to Melbourne and Sydney. Thanks for the tip, Henry.