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Time is running out to sign up for our Hollywood 101 this Saturday, January 10th!

Folks who took this in the fall had this to say:
"Thank you for offering this workshop and the upcoming screenwriting class. We are so lucky to have this available to us here in Athens!!!"
"Brian Armes is very knowledgeable about screenwriting, film production, and the details of the industry. He shares what he knows in a well-thought out manner that is fun and informative."

Hollywood 101: Screenwriting Do’s, Don’ts & Why’s

Learn the “do”s, the “do not”s and the all important “why”s essential to the craft of Screenwriting

DATE: Saturday January 10th 2015
TIME: 10am - 2pm
COST: $45
LOCATION: Film Athens "Film Lab" 

The screenwriter writes “Fade Out.  The end.”  But that's only the beginning!  Come, survey the landscape of the film industry through the lens of “The Life of a Screenplay”.  Many screenwriters have good ideas for movies, but cannot move producers to make them realities.  Many screenwriters write and rewrite, forgetting their first audience: the Reader.  Knowing what directors, producers, and financiers are looking for in a screenplay can demystify the screenwriting process and save a lot of rejection, headaches, and painful rewrites.  If you are a novice looking for advice, an aspiring screenwriter looking for direction, or an experienced writer or producer looking to network and review skills, this event could meet your needs!  

 Students will learn:

  • Story Essentials
  • Cinematic Storytelling and Structure
  • Introduction to Character Creation
  • Common Formatting Pitfalls
  • The Screenwriter and the Production Cycle
  • Hollywood and the Screenwriter
  • What Agents and Managers can Do for You (and What They Can't)
  • The Worth of a Graphic Novel 


This workshop is a precursor to an  8 week intensive screenwriting workshop to be offered starting next week!

Instructor Bio:
Brian W. Armes has overseen production on over 170 short films and taught filmmaking classes for high schools and colleges across the country.  He earned a B.A. in Writing from Taylor University and an M.F.A. in Producing from The American Film Institute Conservatory where he studied with D.C. Fontana (Star Trek) and Neil Canton (Back to the Future).  He was second assistant director on the independent feature film What Love Is.  As a director/producer, Brian has helmed several short films, music videos, and stage productions, including a 2013 staging of The Mousetrap by Agatha Christie and in 2014 original production Apocalyptic (both in Lexington, KY).  Over the past two years, Brian taught Cinema History at Eastern Kentucky University and variety of writing, directing, and producing classes at the Art Institute of Ohio – Cincinnati.  A recent transplant to Athens, he is currently in rehearsal for the Circle Ensemble Theatre's October 2014 production of Romeo and Juliet and developing feature film projects to shoot in Athens.

And starting NEXT WEEK!


Wednesdays January 14th - March 4th / TIME: 6:30-8:30pm 
$175 - Taking your project from concept to first draft.
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Wednesdays: January 14th - February 18th / TIME: 4-6pm 
$155 - A six-week course for ages 12-18 focusing on the fundamentals of acting for film, building confidence, audition skills & more!
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