BOOTCAMP: going from script to screen with Edward Ojo

Saturday 14. May 2022 at 10:00 - 13:00 CEST


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This three-hour, virtual bootcamp offers a crash course for newcomers to the art of screenplay writing.
Participants will take part in practical exercises related to building a story arc (already covered in an earlier bootcamp) and examining how to get the story into a full script.

The first is the theoretical part in which boot-campers will be given information on different aspects of screenplay writing.
The second will be the practical parts in which participants will be asked to write in groups of around 2.

The session will cover
• Who-does-what in the film-making world?
• Where does the script writer fall within the array of those involved in the film industry?
• How do they go about preparing their scripts?
• What is the difference between the initial script and the “production script”?
• How does screenwriting move from the 5-finger pitch to the 3-act structure?
• What does show-not-tell imply for the screenwriter?
• How does one convert a novel into a screen script?
• What is the jargons for the script writing world?
• What tools do screenwriters use?
• How are scripts edited, and by who?

About the instructor
Edward Ojo is a socio-economic researcher with specialisation in quantitative analysis. He came to Luxembourg from the UK 32 years ago and has a career path that has seen him providing services as a consultant researcher to various private and public bodies both locally and at international level. He is currently mentoring younger researchers.
Edward’s passion is creative writing, and he has written several short stories and poems. But his first love in creative writing is screenplays. His script, Xtentainment, is currently under review to be made into a film.
Edward describes himself as being more of a script-reader than a scriptwriter. He says, “I hardly read novels, I read filmscripts. And I’ve read hundreds of them. It has almost become an addiction. When a new film comes out, I intuitively want to read the script. I have to do that before watching the film itself. In addition to knowing what the characters will do in the film, I get to know the working of the mind of the screenwriter. It all starts with them. When I finally watch the film, I am thinking of the scriptwriter.”
Edward further adds: “Luxembourg, having people from so many diverse cultures, is such a rich ground for great stories and potential award-winning screenplays. It’s such a pity that these potentials are currently not being tapped. I believe that the first step to addressing this is to introduce more and more creative minds to the practical aspects of writing scripts.”
That is what this bootcamp will aim to do.

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