Cinephilia organizes year round masterclasses in
various aspects of filmmaking.


SCREENWRITING MASTERCLASS
WITH BRAD SAUNDERS


BEIRUT, LEBANON
MAY 23-24-25, 2016
6PM-9PM


Registration is now closed.

This masterclass will approach screenwriting from the ground up. Basic three act structure will be lectured on and reviewed, covering such topics as act breaks, character development and format. Traditional tools for screenwriting such as the synopsis, treatment, character sketches and scene-by-scene breakdowns of each act will be implemented and discussed.

Participants will be taken through each step of the screenwriting process from concept to the development of the finished product providing a system to approach a script from both the inside (character) and the outside (structure).

Extensive question and answer sessions will give the participants a further opportunity to answer any lingering issues they might have, as well as to help in developing a personal foundation for a continued understanding of the medium.

About mentor: Brad Saunders

Brad Saunders is a screenwriter, film director, playwright and published novelist. His film, The Lounge People, played in theaters internationally and on Comedy Central, and the Starz Network. He currently has screenplays optioned and in development on 2 continents. His play, Detective Nicky Carruthers is Dead, garnered a national playwriting award from the University of Arkansas and was produced at the Powerhouse Theater, in Los Angeles. The Dorchester County Sheriff’s Annual Ball, was a semi-finalist at the Inner City Cultural Center’s theater competition in Los Angeles, and was produced at the Missing Children Theater, in New York. He was a screenwriting instructor, at both the graduate and undergraduate programs, at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California for twenty-three years and is now a screenwriting teacher and mentor to students throughout America at the Film Connection/Film Institute in Los Angeles, California. 



PAST WORKSHOPS

DIRECTING
WORKSHOP

WITH REBECCA CREMONA


BEIRUT
NOVEMBER 2-3, 2015
6PM-10PM


With the support of Roberto Cimetta Fund

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The directing workshop will be held during two intensive sessions.

Session 1: 
Rebecca Cremona will share the development breakdown and creative process behind her debut feature film Simshar (see below) including a close look at Simshar's documents like mood boards and photographic principles. 
During the session, participants will work on scene analysis that focus on subtext and exposition. The last 30 minutes of the session will be dedicated to an open Q&A. 

Session 2:
This session will focus on directing actors and acting exercises. How to give instructions to actors and to bring a genuine and deep context to a scene. There will be a demonstration with actors present during session. How to shoot and why, as well as maintain a performance once camera is in the mix.

Mentor: Rebecca Cremona (Malta)

In 2006, Rebecca graduated with a first class BFA in 'Film and Comparative Literature' from the University of Warwick (UK). Her first short 'My Story/L-Istorja Tieghi' got her into the legendary American Film Institute Conservatory (US) where she directed 3 short films, and production designed 3 others.
With a generous scholarship from Art Center College of Design (US), Rebecca transferred there to complete her Masters in Directing. At ACCD she wrote and directed 'Magdalene' which won a Director’s Guild of America student Jury Prize, an Honorable mention at the student Emmy's, and was picked up for distribution by Shorts International at the 62nd Cannes Film Festival. Multiple Academy Award winning cinematographer Janusz Kaminski stated that "Magdalene is unparalleled in beauty and sensibility".
Rebecca worked closely with the camera departments on Spielberg's 'Munich' and Amenabar's 'Agora'; the art departments of ITV/Granada and Saga film; and in the development team at 'Kennedy/Marshall'.
‘Simshar’ is her first feature length film and the first entry ever from Malta for Academy Award consideration in the Best Foreign Language Film category.
Rebecca is represented by Beverly Hills talent agency ‘Management 360.


SCREENWRITING WORKSHOP
WITH BRAD SAUNDERS
BEIRUT, LEBANON

Workshop: for professional filmmakers and writers
Dates: May 1-6, 2015

Workshop 2 is designed for the experienced screenwriters, one with a thorough background in the basics of the medium. Advanced topics will be explored in detail, such as what the audience brings to the movie experience and how that affects the writer. Exposition, subtext, content, character and formula will be lectured on and discussed. Scripts will be developed in the workshop through the use of unique, advanced screenwriting exercises, which will help the writer develop an approach to character and structure in ways that interact with and compliment one another, with the goal being a viable project the writer can continue to develop once the workshop has concluded. 

About mentor: Brad Saunders

Brad Saunders is a screenwriter, film director, playwright and published novelist. His film, The Lounge People, played in theaters internationally and on Comedy Central, and the Starz Network. He currently has screenplays optioned and in development on 2 continents. His play, Detective Nicky Carruthers is Dead, garnered a national playwriting award from the University of Arkansas and was produced at the Powerhouse Theater, in Los Angeles. The Dorchester County Sheriff’s Annual Ball, was a semi-finalist at the Inner City Cultural Center’s theater competition in Los Angeles, and was produced at the Missing Children Theater, in New York. He was a screenwriting instructor, at both the graduate and undergraduate programs, at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California for twenty-three years and is now a screenwriting teacher and mentor to students throughout America at the Film Connection/Film Institute in Los Angeles, California.