Archived event 2013
SCRIPTED OR NOT: WRITING FOR NON-FICTION FILM AND TV
Nonfiction Writing Workshop with David Vassar and Sally Kaplan – March 9 in Murphys! Fiction writers welcome!
Event Date: Saturday, March 9, 2013
Event Time: 10 AM to 2:30 PM
Place: Murphys Historic Hotel and Restaurant in downtown Murphys
Hosted by Manzanita Writers Press, a Literary League member of the Calaveras County Arts Council, and sponsored by Murphys Historic Hotel and Restaurant
SCRIPTED OR NOT: WRITING FOR NON-FICTION, FILM, AND TV
David Vassar and Sally Kaplan will teach a workshop on the basics of writing for non-fiction television and film. The workshop will be held on Saturday, March 9 from 10am to 2:30pm at the Murphys Hotel and Restaurant in downtown Murphys. Come and learn about writing techniques for nonfiction, film and TV.
Workshop fee is $45.00 and includes lunch and materials.
All levels welcome. Call or email Monika to reserve your space. firstname.lastname@example.org (209) 754-0577. Mail check reservation made to Manzanita Writers Press, PO Box 632, San Andreas, CA 95249
David Vassar and Sally Kaplan of Backcountry Pictures are seasoned documentarians (recognized as leaders in the field of natural history programming) and have relocated from Los Angeles to Arnold – with offices in downtown Murphys. Their most recent work, CALIFORNIA FOREVER is a two-part television special about California’s State Parks, which began airing on PBS in the fall, 2012 and continues to air across the nation to high ratings.
Oscar-Nominated and Emmy Award-winning David Vassar has written various scripted shows for nonfiction television i.e. History Channel, Discovery Channel and their own documentaries.
In turn, Sally Kaplan has written numerous shows that are not scripted to start for example, for the Food Network, HDTV, Outdoor Life, etc, as well as an original award-winning short film. After viewing the material, she then wrote the script or paper-cut for editors to work on.
Two very different needs and approaches will be presented in the workshop.
Discussion and samples will include:
– transcription to paper cut
– the art of the interview
– keeping it dramatic/humorous/moving forward
Written materials as well as DVD samples will be presented, and an in-workshop assignment will take place, followed by review and a Q&A with the filmmakers.
10-12 Morning session will include screening and written materials, in-class assignment/review of participants’ work, if time permits
12-1:30 Lunch together as a group – included in workshop price
1:30-2:30 Review of participant’s work, Q&A
You can learn more about CALIFORNIA FOREVER at the program website:
You can learn more about Backcountry Pictures, including credits, biographies and awards by visiting the website: