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Create & Develop the Comic Screenplay with Steve Kaplan

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We've all heard about the mythological work of Joseph Campbell, and Chris Vogler's fine adaptation of those principles to screenplays in his "The Writer's Journey". And we've seen examples of The Hero's Journey in classic films from Casablanca to Star Wars to The Dark Knight.

 

The characters in a comic narrative journey down somewhat similar paths, but they take the trip in their own unique fashion with several surprising detours. In this teleconference, we will cruise on down that road together, examining how to create a comic premise and how to lead your characters down the path of The Comic Hero's Journey. By the end of our journey, you will be able to apply that comic paradigm to your own comic concepts.

 

About Steve Kaplan

 

For years, Steve Kaplan has been the industry's most sought-after expert on comedy. IN addition to having taught at UCLA, NYU and Yale, Steve created the HBO Workspace, the HBO New Writers Program and was co-founder and Artistic Director of Manhattan Punch Line Theatre. He has served as a consultant and script doctor to independent producers, writers, companies and organizations such as Dreamworks, Disney, HBO, Aardman Animation, Screen Australia, Film Victoria, and many others. He has coached a long list of well-respected comedy writers such as Peter Tolan (Analyze This), David Crane (Friends, Episodes), Tracy Poust (The Crazy Ones, Ugly Betty, Will & Grace), Michael Patrick King (Sex and The City), David Ives (All In The Timing), Howard Korder (Boardwalk Empire), Lewis Black, Oliver Platt, and the list goes on.

 

About Your Host

 

Laurie Lamson is honored to share her passion for screenwriting as the host of the Int'l Screenwriters' Association' free teleconferences. She is always interested in deepening her understanding of all that is necessary to make a great screenplay, and she has been lucky enough to collaborate with several indie producers on screenwriting assignments. She enjoys helping fellow and sister screenwriters take their own projects to the next level.

 

Laurie is the editor of Now Write! Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror, co-editor of Now Write! Screenwriting and Now Write! Mysteries, published by Tarcher/Penguin. Learn more and connect with Laurie at: jazzymaemedia.com or nowwrite.net.

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Steve Kaplan

For over 15 years, Steve Kaplan has been the industry’s most sought-after expert on comedy. In addition to having taught at UCLA, NYU, Yale and other top universities, Steve Kaplan created the HBO Workspace, the HBO New Writers Program and was co-founder and Artistic Director of Manhattan Punch Line Theatre. He regularly serves as a consultant and script doctor to such companies as DreamworksDisneyHBOParamountTouchstone and others.

In New York, Steve was co-founder and Artistic Director of Manhattan Punch Line Theatre, where he developed writers such as Peter Tolan(Analyze This, Finding Amanda), writer and producer David Crane (Friends, Joey, The Class), writer/producer Tracy Poust (Ugly Betty, Will & Grace), Michael Patrick King (The Comeback, Sex and The City, Will & Grace), David Ives (All In The Timing), Will Scheffer (Big Love), Howard Korder (LAKEVIEW TERRACE starring Samuel Jackson and Ashton Kutcher), Lisa LoomerTom DonaghySandra Tsing Loh (CHICKEN LITTLE), Kenneth Lonergan and Mark O’Donnell (HAIRSPRAY starring John Travolta) and introduced such performers as Lewis Black, Mercedes Ruehl, Oliver Platt, Helen Slater, Fisher Stevens, Veanne Cox, Sam McMurray, Vickie Lewis and Illeana Douglas.

In Los Angeles, he created the HBO New Writers Project, discovering HBO Pictures screenwriter Will Scheffer and performer/writer Sandra Tsing Loh; and the HBO Workspace, a developmental workshop in Hollywood that introduced and presented performers such as Jack Black and Tenacious D, Kathy Griffin, Bob Odenkirk and David Cross (Mr. Show), Josh Malina and Paul F. Tompkins. At the Workspace, he was Executive Producer for the award-winning HBO Original Programming documentary DROP DEAD GORGEOUS. Steve has directed in regional theaters and Off-Broadway (including Sandra Tsing Loh’s ALIENS IN AMERICA at Second Stage) and has developed, produced and directed other one-woman shows with actress Lauren Tom and comediennes Nora Dunn and Kathy Buckley.

Steve has been teaching his Comedy Intensive workshops to thousands of students for more than 10 years. He is currently presenting his two-day Comedy Intensive workshops around the world, with workshops scheduled in Los Angeles, New York, London and Singapore.

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Laurie Lamson is honored to share her passion for screenwriting as the host of the Int'l Screenwriters' Association' free teleconferences. She is always interested in deepening her understanding of all that is necessary to make a great screenplay, and she has been lucky enough to collaborate with several indie producers on screenwriting assignments. She enjoys helping fellow and sister screenwriters take their own projects to the next level.

 

Laurie is the editor of Now Write! Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror, co-editor of Now Write! Screenwriting and Now Write! Mysteries, published by Tarcher/Penguin. Learn more and connect with Laurie at: jazzymaemedia.com or nowwrite.net.

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