Screenwriters Master Class

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Monday, March 28, 2016  7:30 – 10:00 pm

James V. HartJAMES V. HART is an award-winning screenwriter. Born in Shreveport, Louisiana, he grew up in Ft. Worth, Texas, on drive-in movies and Saturday matinees. His writing-producing credits include Hook, directed by Steven Spielberg and based on an idea by Hart’s then 6 year old son Jake, Bram Stroker’s Dracula, directed by Francis Ford Coppola, Muppet Treasure Island, directed by Brian Henson, and Contact, directed by Robert Zemeckis.

Hart is an executive producer and co-writer on the animated feature Epic with children’s book illustrator and home town friend, SMU graduate William Joyce, and director-animator Chris Wedge, who created Ice Age and Robots with Joyce, released in 2013.

Hart’s TV projects include Crossbones for NBC, with Texas born writing partner Amanda Welles, and the Kurt Vonnegut Jr. series projects Sirens of Titan, Player Piano, and 2BR02B, with his son Jake Hart for SYFY and UCP.  Steelskin, his new project for actor-director Andy Serkis and August Rush producer Richard Lewis, is in development at Fox.

The Martian“As a professional writer, I’ve spent time staring at a blank page struggling with the things that grip all of us:  writer’s block, pace, dialogue, characters that won’t behave…. In order to survive these constant ordeals, I developed the HartChart set of tools to help me. As I’ve shared them in workshops and classrooms around the world, I have discovered they are helpful for other writers ready to get to the heart of their stories. It’s a genuine treat to share the chart and toolkit now in digital form. I guarantee, when you use these story mapping tools, you will never face a blank page again.” – James V. Hart, Screenwriter & Producer

The Academy Award-nominated screenplay The Martian, adapted by Drew Goddard from the novel by Andy Weir, will be analyzed and discussed and the screenplay used to introduce and demonstrate the story mapping tools of the HartChart app.

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Monday, March 28, 2016

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“It’s extremely rare for a working screenwriter to share his methods. This bundle of useful ideas should be in the sea chest of every storyteller who sails the seas of imagination. The HartChart is a boon to storytellers, a method that instantly reveals plot dynamics and character relationships, while pinpointing weaknesses in structure.” Christopher Vogler, author of The Writer’s Journey and Memo from the Story Department

“Jim’s charts demonstrate the importance of both story structure and tracking the emotional journey of the protagonist – and time and time again, I’ve seen his analysis completely transform writer’s understanding of their scripts.” David Magee, Oscar-nominated screenwriter (Life of Pi, Finding Neverland)

“You need this whether you are working on your first spec script or your twenty-first produced screenplay. It Works.  For Everything!” Ellen Sandler, writer-producer of Everybody Loves Raymond and author of The TV Writer’s Handbook