NORTH SHORE MEDIA WORKSHOPS

If you’ve ever thought that you have a screenplay in you, now is the time to reach in and start to pull it out in these two workshops led by Rockport’s own Jean-Paul Ouellette, an accomplished writer, producer and director (and teacher at Emerson College).

SCREENWRITING I: “THE TREATMENT”
Topics that will be covered in this introductory 6-session workshop include the question of why films get made (it’s the story, silly!), how to grab and hold an audience, how to find your artistic voice and how to plan out an effective and meaningful script. Workshoppers will work on developing their own ideas into effective “treatments” – the first stage of good screenwriting.

Our spring session filled up very quickly. Class size is limited.

We also offer an intensive follow-up course – which features personalized screenplay coaching…

Learn more about Syd Field's "Screenplay."THE NEXT ‘SCREENWRITING I’ COURSE OFFERING WILL ANNOUNCE SOON.

A Netflix subscription is suggested, as is the book SCREENPLAY by Syd Field (available at The Bookstore of Gloucester and Manchester-By-The-Book in Manchester).

Tuition for this non-credit course is $120.00.

SCREENWRITING II: “THE FIRST DRAFT”

Once a screenwriter has chosen and developed their story, it is time to move into writing the script. This 10-week class gives the basics of screenplay format, character development through action and dialogue and scene and sequence structure. The students will complete the first draft of their screenplay with constant readings in class to refine the art of action and dialogue writing.  Class includes a final review of their script  Students are expected to begin class with a completed complete treatment of all elements of their story.

Tuition for this non-credit course is $649 ($599 for students who have completed Screenwriting I).

***CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THE ‘SCREENWRITING II’ WORKSHOP***
($649 TUITION)

***CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THE ‘SCREENWRITING II’ WORKSHOP***
($599 TUITION)

Class size is very limited.

FALL DATES:

Monday, September 12 @ 6:30pm (at The Annie)
Monday, September 19 @ 6:30pm (at The Annie)
Monday, September 26 @ 6:30pm (at The Annie)
Monday, October 3 @ 6:30pm (at The Annie)
Monday, October 10 @ 6:30pm (at The Annie)
Monday, October 17 @ 6:30pm (at The Annie)
Monday, October 24 @ 6:30pm (at The Annie)
Monday, October 31 @ 6:30pm (at The Annie)
Monday, November 7 @ 6:30pm (at The Annie)
Monday, November 14 @ 6:30pm (at The Annie)

If you would prefer to pay by check (to “Cape Ann C.C.”), please mail to:

The Cape Ann Community Cinema
21 Main Street – 2nd Floor
Gloucester, MA 01930

Short-term financing is available.

THE CRAFT OF ACTING FOR FILM AND TELEVISION
This workshop course, by filmmaker Jean-Paul Ouellette, confronts the problems and possibilities Film and Television Acting which requires cinematic naturalism and non-linear performance. Film and TV is shot in disjointed pieces preventing the continuity of character found in stage and live acting.  It is not a natural process. This form of acting requires “Craft” over “Method,“ the ability to instantly change performance or jump to a different part of a character arc or emotion. This course includes both instruction and performance work. Students will rehearse and perform scenes before the group and work with directors to expand and refine performance. This is a basic introductory course and may be followed by more intensive workshops.

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN:
* How to dissect the script to capture the writer’s purpose for the character
* The process of creating the character’s arc to bring the meaning out naturally and “turn it on and off” for takes and scenes
* The process of removing the actor from the scene allowing the character to come out using the actor’s talent
* The process of working with a film or television director to integrate the character into the whole

FALL DATES (FOR BOTH ACTING & DIRECTING COURSES):
Tuesday, October 11 @ 6:30pm (at The Annie)
Tuesday, October 18 @ 6:30pm (at The Annie)
Tuesday, October 25 @ 6:30pm (at The Annie)
Tuesday, November 1 @ 6:30pm (at The Annie)
Tuesday, November 8 @ 6:30pm (at The Annie)
Tuesday, November 15 @ 6:30pm (at The Annie)
Tuesday, November 22 @ 6:30pm (at The Annie)
Tuesday, November 29 @ 6:30pm (at The Annie)
Tuesday, December 6 @ 6:30pm (at The Annie)
Tuesday, December 13 @ 6:30pm (at The Annie)

Tuition for this non-credit course is $449 ($399 for students who register early, by September 30).

***CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THE ‘CRAFT OF ACTING’ WORKSHOP***
($399 TUITION)

If you would prefer to pay by check (to “Cape Ann C.C.”), please mail to:

The Cape Ann Community Cinema
21 Main Street – 2nd Floor
Gloucester, MA 01930

Short-term financing is available.

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR:
Mr. Ouellette, who apprenticed to both Orson Welles and Russ Meyer, was mentored in directing by famed television director and acting teacher Don Richardson, whose theory on the Craft of Acting forms the basis of the course. Mr. Richardson has taught the likes of Ann Bancroft, Grace Kelly, Spencer Tracy, John Cassavetes, and many others. Mr. Ouellette has been a writer, producer, and director in Hollywood and in the Independent Film Industry.

DIRECTING ACTORS FOR FILM AND TELEVISION
This workshop course, by filmmaker Jean-Paul Ouellette, runs simultaneously with the “Craft of Acting for Film and Television” workshop allowing directors the chance to direct actors on a regular business while developing their skills. The center of the course is how to become an “actors’ director” and not just a “camera pusher.” A great director engages first with performance and  secondarily with framing and camera movement. If the performance is not true to the material and the audience, no amount of camera flash will save it. Understanding the dynamics of character and actors and the meaning of the script, an actor’s director can elicit and meld the many performances into a dynamic whole, whether the film is comedy, drama, or action.

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN:
* Understanding the screenplay’s character arcs and the actors character preparation
* How to build a director’s production book to help guide the director during the shooting process.
* How the director can guide the actor to mesh with the meaning of the script and the performances of the other actors.

FALL DATES (FOR BOTH ACTING & DIRECTING COURSES):
Tuesday, October 11 @ 6:30pm (at The Annie)
Tuesday, October 18 @ 6:30pm (at The Annie)
Tuesday, October 25 @ 6:30pm (at The Annie)
Tuesday, November 1 @ 6:30pm (at The Annie)
Tuesday, November 8 @ 6:30pm (at The Annie)
Tuesday, November 15 @ 6:30pm (at The Annie)
Tuesday, November 22 @ 6:30pm (at The Annie)
Tuesday, November 29 @ 6:30pm (at The Annie)
Tuesday, December 6 @ 6:30pm (at The Annie)
Tuesday, December 13 @ 6:30pm (at The Annie)

Tuition for this non-credit course is $449 ($399 for students who register early, by September 30).

***CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THE ‘DIRECTING ACTORS’ WORKSHOP***
($399 TUITION)

If you would prefer to pay by check (to “Cape Ann C.C.”), please mail to:

The Cape Ann Community Cinema
21 Main Street – 2nd Floor
Gloucester, MA 01930

Short-term financing is available.

Questions about any of our workshop offerings? Call Rob Newton at (978) 309-8448, or email him at RobertNewton@MassBayFilmProject.org.

One response

  1. Hi,
    Do you ever have any actor’s workshops?
    Thanks!

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