Creative Screenwriting: Going Beyond Aristotle and the Classic Narrative Screenwriting of Mainstream Hollywood

Join us on December 6, 7:00 – 9:00 PM at the Guild HQ for this workshop. Click above to learn more.

December 6, 2010

WGAE members are invited.

December 6
7:00 – 9:00 PM
Writers Guild of America, East
7th Floor – Conference Room A
250 Hudson Street
New York City
(Between Dominick and Broome)
Discuss narrative screenwriting method and structure theory with Christina Kallas, writer-producer, president of the Federation of Screenwriters in Europe (FSE) and author of Creative Screenwriting: Understanding Emotional Structure. Dan Kleinman, associate professor of screenwriting at Columbia University and former mentor at the Sundance Screenwriters’ Lab, will lead the discussion.
With a scholar's understanding of all of the main schools of thought, and a writer's perspective on the creative process, Kallas argues for a new approach to writing for the screen by introducing a genuinely original method - improvisation for writers - enabling writers to create stories out of emotions. She discusses the history of dramatic and contemporary screenwriting by illustrating its experiments with different perspectives, chronological order and narrative concepts, for which one needs different tools than the ones used till now. Kallas will show how the Hollywood screenplay market still employs simplistic and misunderstood basic principles by Aristotle. Challenging these and offering a way to rethink narrative structure through her emotional structure theory, she provides a rare glimpse into the viewer's emotional journey and the way for the writer to provide for it. Discover how, with innovative techniques, we can explore new ground and alternative approaches to developing insightful, unique and compelling screenplays.

Christina Kallas is a filmmaker, an academic and a passionate advocate for international collaboration and better funding for the arts. Credits as a writer and/or producer include i.d., directed by Phil Davis (Parallax/ Polygram, 1994), Love Lies (First Film Award, Munich Film Festival 1997), The Commissioner, (official competition, Berlin Film Festival 1998) and Mothers, (Toronto Film Festival 2010 and Berlin Film Festival 2011, Academy-Award entry for Best Foreign Film 2011), a number of TV Movies, as well as two German drama series, Best TV Series-awarded Edel & Starck and Best TV Series/Best Comedy-awarded Danni Lowinsky. After acquiring her PhD at the Berlin University in 1992, she has been teaching screenwriting at the German Film and Television Academy in Berlin, at the International Film School in Cologne, at the Scuola Holden per le Techniche Narrative in Torino and at the Cinema Department of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.
Dan Kleinman’s original screenplays include Welcome to Oblivion; The Applicant, a short film that he wrote and directed, was named Best Narrative Short at the Melbourne Film Festival and won the Cine Golden Eagle and the Gold Medal of the Photographic Society of America. Kleinman taught for twenty years at New York University, where he helped found the Tisch School’s Dramatic Writing Program and served as associate chair of the Graduate Film Program. He has been on the Columbia faculty since 1996. He was chair of the Graduate Film Program and served twice as acting dean of the School of the Arts. He has been a mentor at the Sundance Screenwriters Lab and at MAISHA: A Filmmakers Laboratory in East Africa.