We are delighted to announce the return of perennial NFM favourite Wendall Thomas. The celebrated film lecturer, casting director, UCLA screenwriting professor and writer will be bringing her 25 years of Los Angeles-based industry experience to two day-long screenwriting events in Newcastle on 18 and 19 March. The first will be a large group masterclass lecture on 'Making the Most of Your Secondary Characters' and the second an intensive small-group workshop on 'Advanced Scene Writing'.
THE CATALYST, THE CATCH, THE CORPSE, AND THE CANDY: Making the Most of Your Secondary Characters (Wed 18 March)
Although every screenplay needs a strong protagonist, a protagonist alone is not enough. From Claude Rains in Casablanca, Marilyn Monroe in Some Like it Hot, Alan Arkin in Little Miss Sunshine, Melissa McCarthy in Bridesmaids, to the great Philip Seymour Hoffman in The Master and Edward Norton in this year’s Birdman, secondary characters are vital to a script’s success. Creating strong and memorable secondary characters can be a powerful way to get attention, attach talent, and gain funding for your projects. It is also an effective way to add layers of nuance, drama, menace, and hilarity to your story.
EarlyBird booking is available until Friday 06 March. For more about this class and to book your ticket please click here.
ADVANCED SCENE WRITING WORKSHOP (Thursday 19 March)
This small-group workshop for a maximum of max. 12 delegates, will focus on a series of techniques, questions, and exercises which will strengthen delegates' scene and sequence writing and take their scripts to a new level. The class will examine all the potential elements of a scene, the importance of power shifts and subtext, and multiple ways to increase tension and pace. The day will begin with a few memorable scene writing examples, then the rest of the day of the day will be spent discussing and reworking delegates' individual scenes.
Please note that places on this workshop are available by competitive application only. For more information please click here.
About Wendall Thomas
Wendall Thomas has worked in Los Angeles for over 25 years as a casting director, director’s assistant, script reader, story editor, development executive, entertainment reporter, script consultant and screenwriter, writing and developing projects for companies including Disney, Warner Brothers, Paramount, Universal, Showtime, PBS, RKO, A&E, and NBC.
In addition to writing and consulting, she is in her seventeenth year as Adjunct Professor of Screenwriting in the Graduate Film School at UCLA, has been a Star Speaker for the annual Los Angeles Screenwriting Expo, and runs the Living Room Lecture series. She has consulted for the Atelier du Cinéma Européen Producing Program in Paris, served as Writer’s Mentor for Screen South’s Good Foundations program 2005-2007, and directed the LA FEATURES writer’s mentorship program in the UK for 2007-2009. She also consults for Australia’s Film Victoria and The New Zealand Film Commission. She has presented her “Wendall Thomas Talks Scripts” series at the Melbourne International Film Festival since 2011.