Su-City Pictures East, LLC

Screenplay & Film Consulting By Susan Kouguell

Month: September 2016

Join Susan’s ‘Writing the Animation Feature’ Online Class September 29

Writing the Animated Feature Film at Screenwriters University

In this 4-week course, you will learn key screenwriting and animation writing concepts that will allow you to take your idea and turn it into a working outline for a movie that you will then be able to write from. Essentially, you will learn how movies ‘work,’ and when and where things need to occur in your story to keep an audience engaged. By the end of the course, you will have a thoroughly reviewed ten-page treatment of your film.

Next Session:  September 29

Susan’s Webinar: Write Innovative Character and Plot: Analyzing Oscar-winning Screenwriter Diablo Cody

Join my Webinar: September 12, 2016 1:00 PM PT / 4:00 PM  (You don’t need to be ‘live’ to join!)

Write Innovative Character and Plot: Analyzing Oscar-winning Screenwriter Diablo Cody

At a Glance

  • During this live webinar, you’ll learn what film executives seek in a winning screenplay.
  • Gain an understanding of Diablo Cody’s work.
  • Learn how to write captivating characters while staying true to your plot.

Capturing the attention of film industry folks is vital to getting a screenplay out of the proverbial drawer and onto the silver screen. Your screenplay must stand out in the crowded and competitive world of scripts with not only compelling characters and powerful plots, but a distinct voice. Fitting that bill is — Academy Award winning screenwriter Diablo Cody, (Best Original Screenplay Juno) — whose thought-provoking characters challenge storytelling expectations by both following and breaking the traditional narrative rules.

Susan Kouguell will explore Cody’s distinctive writing while using it to teach you how to write a better script. Kouguell brings to this class a unique perspective; working in various capacities in the film industry, as a writer of over a dozen feature assignments, as a story analyst and story editor in the development departments of studios and independent production companies, and as a screenplay and film consultant at her company Su-City Pictures East, LLC since 1990. Susan will offer insights into both film executives’ and audience’s expectations without compromising your creativity and vision, incorporating her industry experience as a script consultant, screenwriting professor and author of Savvy Characters Sell Screenplays!.

WHAT YOU’LL LEARN

  • What film executives demand in a successful screenplay.
  • Analysis of films by the same writer to illustrate a variety of approaches to consider.
  • How to discover the core of your characters.
  • How to avoid common screenwriting pitfalls.
  • Tools on creating characters an audience will care about
  • Insights on Diablo Cody’s most popular characters

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

  • Screenwriters seeking insights to elevate their characters
  • Screenwriters seeking tips for writing success from an industry insider who’s been in the film trenches (and survived) for over 25 years.
  • Aspiring and professional writers looking for hands-on and inspiring tools for constructing compelling characters.
  • Writers who’ve had their scripts rejected and want to learn why.
  • Writers who want to challenge themselves.
  • Anyone intrigued and interested to learn more about Diablo Cody’s work.
  • Writers, filmmakers, and producers living and working anywhere on the globe curious to learn more about the craft of writing.

BONUS: With purchase of this webinar, you will receive $79.99 off of a yearly subscription to the Screenwriting Tutorials website, which has specialized tutorials from experts that explore screenwriting topics covered nowhere else on the web!

SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS: This webinar will be broadcast using GoToWebinar. To see if your system is compatible with GoToWebinar, please review this page, which lists the system requirements for the software.

Join My Online ‘Writing the Family Feature’ class starts Thursday.

Writing the Family Feature Film at Screenwriters University

What exactly a “family film” is can be hard to define—they can be humorous or deadly serious. They can be total fantasy or a (sometimes) painful reality. This workshop will guide you through the structural and thematic elements common among the most successful family films of all time. If you aren’t considering writing for this target market, you are ignoring a prosperous genre that attracts big names and big budgets. Besides all that,these stories spotlight relationships, high-stakes conflicts, and a quest: all exciting goals to look through and to try to achieve for any screenplay. By the end of this workshop, you will have a complete treatment for your feature length family film that has been vetted by a professional screenwriter, and also all the tools you need to see your project to the end.

Next session: September 8 – October 6

Looking for a World-Building Online Screenwriting Class?

Join me Thursday, September 8 for my four-week Online class

World Building: Crafting Screenplays Readers Can Step Into at Screenwriters University

This course will offer specific tips for creating and implementing advice on building the world of your screenplay. Research advice and tips, strengthening visual storytelling in action paragraphs, developing and implementing settings, examining character and plot conflict as it relates to your settings, and genre consistency, will also be covered in this class. Original and unique worlds will set your script apart from the other screenplays, vying for attention from film executives; this course will also discuss understanding film industry folks’ expectations without compromising your vision and creativity.
Next session: September 8 – October 6