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The Art and Process of Cinematic Storytelling

Tutors: Bobette Buster

Date: Tuesday, November 24th, 2015

Duration: 3 Days

Venue: Dublin, TBC

Cost: €200

Course Profile:

The Art & Process of Cinematic Storytelling comes from Bobette’s combined experience as a Hollywood development executive and faculty member at the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts and La Fémis in Paris. She lectures throughout Europe, Cuba, Latin America and Japan, as well as, Pixar, Disney, Sony and Twentieth Century Fox. In each of the last 15 years, films from her students ranked in the Top 10 box-office worldwide, and have won all the major awards.

Bobette analyses classic films in-depth, and presents clips from scores of beloved, international films across various genres. Her programme covers these Core Principles of Cinematic Storytelling:

1. Cinema is the Orchestration of Emotions: Audiences seek fresh stories that take them on the emotional journey of a character’s process, as they discover who they really are. Whether it’s Michael Corleoni’s battle to become his own man while protecting his father, or Juno’s determination to make her own decisions, or Salieri’s longing to understand the musical genius of Mozart, or little Olive’s dream to win the beauty pageant, or a rat named Remy’s discovery of his passion for haute cuisine and a refined way-of-living.

The course will explore key concepts as to how to create this Emotional Discovery Process, by focusing on:

– Audacity – how the filmmaker creates a fresh point-of-view.
– The Big Idea – the importance of clarity and uniqueness in the film’s vision.
– The Embarrassing Secret – the nerve of the character’s story, creating the intimate connection with the audience.

2. Cinema is the Artform of Transformation: Audiences the world-over desire to go on the same journey as the characters in a film. In cinema, this journey always involves the experience of transformation. This is what audiences seek – the experience of change. To achieve the greatest connection possible with the audience, the screenwriter/director must master Cinema Language. The course provides numerous examples from various films of the power of cinema language to enable audiences to experience the story intimately.

3. Discovering Your Voice and How Best to Reach your Audience: An actual craft and process of development is presented to the group. This process is worked on for three days. During this time relevant films will be presented to the class for deconstruction and analysis.

Participant Profile:

This 3-day intensive programme is aimed at experienced practitioners – Screenwriters, Producers, Directors and Development Execs/Script Editors. Participants will receive advanced cinematic storytelling skills, by which they can further enhance their own projects. The course is primarily film-focused, but also pertinent to those working on Feature Doc and TV Drama.

Application Procedure:

Please apply online at attaching a current CV. If you have any queries, please email Dearbhla Regan at Please note that emailed applications cannot be accepted. The Deadline for applications is 12 noon on Friday Nov 13th.

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