Those who wish to be a screenwriter know that it’s tough to break into the industry. Half the battle is writing the script, the other is getting past the gatekeepers known as studio readers…
Wannabe screen writers had an evening session with Robert Flaxman on video hosted at Hesperia Library by High Desert Branch of the California Writers Club (HDCWC). The Wednesday event gave insights to the mysteries of screen writing and how to best develop a well-structured script that will get seen by script readers.
The hour-long video, an excerpt of a series of writing seminars offered through Creative Screenwriting.com, pointed out some of the typical problems that even experienced and professional screenwriters make.
“It’s tricky. It’s a balancing act to get enough dialogue with scene details. You only give a reader what “they” are doing ( the exposition) and what “they” are saying (the dialogue). Anymore than that and the reader might get confused. If the script reader gets confused then it won’t go much further,” says Flaxman to a live audience in his seminar.
This #1 rated free screening of the session — “Seducing The Studio Reader” — made some of the mystique fall away. With 15 in attendance, viewers found the insights to scriptwriting well worth the time. The HDCWC hosts occasional events at Hesperia Library and holds its general membership meetings on second Saturdays of the month from 10am-noon at Apple Valley Library on Dale Evans Parkway. Next meeting is January 10th. Guests are welcome.