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2016 Wine Country Film Festival

Screenwriting Master Class: James Ragan, Poet / Screenwriter

Arts in Film, Poetry, Special Event / Master Class / 120 mins

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Screenwriting Master Class: James Ragan, Poet / Screenwriter

Kenwood Depot
September 25, 2016 11:00 am

Description

The Master Class with James Ragan will focus on the “Principals of Dramatic Structure” in learning the Craft of Screenwriting. It will focus on the further goal of How to Read a Film by understanding the importance of “Backdrop” in plotting and character development. The invitation to the group is to bring their passion for film and writing to the session (and their good humor).   The first hour will be devoted to an overview of Aristotelian dramatic structure and cinematic craft:   a) From Exposition and Conflict to Climax and Epiphany to Resolution.   b) Know your Subject, Know your Character.   c) The 3 “P’s” and the “Hook” as they relate to Character, Situation, and Premise.   d) Character’s Interior and Exterior Life (Overt and Covert Conflict).    e) Plot Structuring and Scene Development    f) Cyclical Structure   The second hour will be devoted to cinematic craft and “How to Read a Film”   a) Backdrop   b) Lecture on Comedy Structure


 

Author of 8 books and translated into 12 languages, James Ragan has read at Carnegie Hall and the United Nations and for 7 heads of state including Czech President Vaclav Klaus, So. Korean Prime Minister Young-Hoon Kang and for Mikhail Gorbachev at Moscow’s International Poetry Festival (with Robert Bly and Bob Dylan). His poetry has been called “arresting and distinctive” (Richard Wilbur),”Fine-grained and witty,” (C.K.Williams) and “dominating–with insight that marks major poets” (Miroslav Holub). His plays “The Landlord” and “Commedia” have been produced in the U.S.,Beijing, Moscow, Athens etc. He has worked as a screenwriter at Paramount Pictures for Producer Al Ruddy and in production on “The Border,” “Dom,” and Oscar winner,”The Deer Hunter.” He has a Ph.D. and served for 25 yrs as Director of USC’s Professional Writing Program and for 23 yrs as Distinguished Professor at Charles U. in Prague. In 1996 Buzz Magazine named Ragan one of the “100 Coolest People in Los Angeles: Those Who Make a Difference.” He is the subject of the Arina Films documentary on his life in the arts “Flowers and Roots.”


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Screenwriting Master Class: James Ragan, Poet / Screenwriter

Kenwood Depot
September 25, 2016 11:00 am