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Sharper Focus: Writing More Visually
November 18, 2015 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Presented by Randall Jahnson
Salem Chapter’s November Meeting: Wednesday,
NOV. 18, 2015, 6:30-8:30 PM
NOTE: THIS MEETING IS ON THE 3RD WEDNESDAY
Novelists and journalists infuse their work with cinematic cues to increase the chance for their books to be sold to the movies or to position themselves to score a lucrative screenwriting gig. In this class, long time professional screenwriter, Randall Jahnson, will introduce a number of film tricks and techniques employed by directors and screenwriters to heighten and sharpen the visual quotient of your prose. Also, the externalizing of internal character conflicts will be discussed.
It’s no secret many novelists and journalists are writing their books with Hollywood in mind. More and more they infuse their work with cinematic cues to increase the chance for it being sold to the movies or to position themselves to score a lucrative screenwriting gig.
But not all writers are cinematic by nature. In fact, many struggle to think and write in visual terms.
If you’re one of them – and want to transition to a more image-driven style – this class is for you. It will introduce a number of filmic tricks and techniques employed by directors and screenwriters to heighten and sharpen the visual quotient of your prose. Also, the externalizing of internal character conflicts will be discussed.
Randall Jahnson has been a professional screenwriter for 30 years. He’s worked with such diverse filmmaking talent as Steven Spielberg, Penelope Spheeris, Alec Baldwin, Spike Lee, and Jonathan Demme. His credits include The Doors (as “J. Randal Johnson”), Dudes, The Mask of Zorro, Sunset Strip, and episodes of the HBO cable series Tales from the Crypt. He also wrote Gun, an epic Western video game, which was voted Best Story at the 2005 IGN Video Game Awards.
Dryads – Girls Don’t Cry, an indie feature he co-wrote with director Sten Hellevig, was released in Norway in August.
Drawing from his decades of experience, Jahnson teaches screenwriting and mentors filmmakers in the Portland, Oregon area and world-wide via Skype. Visit randalljahnson.com for more information.
Monthly Meeting Location
The Salem Chapter meets at the Salem Public Library
(Central Library, Anderson Room B)
585 Liberty St SE
Salem, OR 97301
Monthly Meeting Format
6:30-7 pm: social time, snacks, news, and member announcements
7-8:30 pm: speaker’s presentation followed by Q&A and book sales/signing
Monthly Meeting Cost
Free to members and full-time students under 22 years old
Guests of Willamette Writers members are $5
Non-members pay $10 to attend