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Film School Confidential: LAST ROUND

Film School Confidential: LAST ROUND

This week is the final week of the screenwriting Master Class I have been attending the past year. Time flies when you’re having fun. There are readings of our screenplays all week, today it’s my turn. Because I am ambitious and/or stupid, I have written my script in English, hoping for the story to gain […]

Film School Confidential: WORST SCENE EVER

Film School Confidential: WORST SCENE EVER

Doing the rewrite of my screenplay for the master class at the Danish Film School has had me thinking a lot about structure and what makes a scene work. For educational purposes I have written a short scene, that DOESN’T work. There are at least 6 screenwriting mistakes in the following, let’s see if you can […]

Film School Confidential: BLADE RUNNER - PART II

Film School Confidential: BLADE RUNNER – PART II

In my last post I wrote about Lars Detlefsen’s analysis of Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner (1982), but I bet you still have a few questions left. Like “is Deckard a replicant?” Here’s what I already knew: Deckard is NOT a replicant. Several reasons: The original debate came from a script error. In all previous versions […]

Film School Confidential: BLADE RUNNER

Film School Confidential: BLADE RUNNER

We spent the last three days looking at and analyzing my favorite movie of all time; Blade Runner. I’ve watched the film in it’s many versions at least a dozen times, watched the dvd extras, read the book, played the game. What could our fearless leader at the screenwriting education, Lars C. Detlefsen possibly tell […]

Films School Confidential: THE LAST GODFATHER

Films School Confidential: THE LAST GODFATHER

  Monday here at film school began with a moving and personal speech from principal Poul Nesgaard, about his recent high school reunion. The man is an excellent speaker, quirky and intelligent. While he was talking, I realized that this is the last week of regular education here for me and the five other master […]

Film School Confidential: FUNNY HOW?

Film School Confidential: FUNNY HOW?

If you thought I was done talking about last week at Film School, you are mistaken! Friday was a look on the bright side of things, talking comedy with Lars Detlefsen, head of the screenwriting course at the National Film School of Denmark. We were treated with clips from Hot Rod, Play it Again Sam […]

Film School Confidential: YOU TALKING TO ME?

Film School Confidential: YOU TALKING TO ME?

Consulting my notes from last week’s program, I find a lot I missed in the last few posts. As mentioned earlier/ further down this page, last week at film school we were taught by screenwriter Stefan Jaworski. A lot of constructive lessons in loglines, structure, scenes and dialogue. Here is some of what he wrote on the […]

Film School Confidential: LOGLINES AND DIALOGUE

Film School Confidential: LOGLINES AND DIALOGUE

Another day with Stefan Jaworski, looking at log lines for our stories, trying to distill it down to one simple idea. What the logline should contain, is the main protagonist, his or her main project, and the resistance in the story. It’s also a great idea to have dramatic irony in the logline (in Liar, […]

Film School Confidential: BACK TO THE EIGHTIES

Film School Confidential: BACK TO THE EIGHTIES

Back at Film School this week, kicking off with big drama both on screen and off. Drama teacher Mogens Rukow is an elderly gentleman and has struggled with health problems during most of my year at the school. During his weekly talk about movie structure (and the almost just as weekly showing of scenes from Godfather I, II or […]

Film School Confidential: PAIN AND SUFFERING WITH LARS DETLEFSEN

Film School Confidential: PAIN AND SUFFERING WITH LARS DETLEFSEN

The last three days of this week at Film School we read our treatments aloud and got critique from head of the screenwriting education, Lars Detlefsen. When we were up in that room before the summer, I felt like I took a beating. But today, a fellow student took a beating that reminded me of Bane kicking Batman’s butt […]

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