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Workshop: Powerful Openings – Memorable Endings

01. 11 2019 um 10:00 - 02. 11 2019 um 16:00

Workshop: Powerful Openings – Memorable Endings mit Tom Abrams

How to hook your audience from page one and later send them away with a scene they will never forget. You only get one chance to make that first impression. From potential producers to viewers in the cinemas or in their living rooms: your screenplay’s opening needs to hook your audiences right from the start. And yet, the critical importance of openings scenes is often overlooked. The great scripts in film- and TV history succeed in making the audience commit for the long haul right from the beginning. They provide so much information up front, often introducing the story, theme, and main character, their strengths and weaknesses – sometimes even their clear need as a human being. The opening scenes give a promise, they set the tone, but most of all they spark the viewers’ curiosity. A film’s ending has a similarly strong impact on the quality of the audience’s experience. It serves to provide pay-off or conclusion, it may answer questions or leave your viewers with issues and images to think about for hours, days or weeks to follow – or even longer still. Who doesn’t remember the great endings of films like »Casablanca«, »Inception«, »Stalker«, »Psycho«, or »Don’t Look Now«, that stick with you for the rest of your life. This two-day seminar examines what makes for great openings and endings. Day One explores the elements that go into this vital aspect of storytelling. Day Two opens the floor to participants who want to workshop their existing material with the group for feedback.

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01. 11 2019 um 10:00
02. 11 2019 um 16:00


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