Online: Zoom

Cinefiction: Using Film Technique in Your Fiction

Saturday, February 26th 10:30am-1:30pm (EST).
Online: Zoom
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Level: For Everyone
Adult (18+)
This class is full

We've all heard about adaptation, and the phrase, "The book was better than the film" has become something of a cliche. But for those of us who are avid viewers of movies and TV shows, one might wonder what we can learn from directors, screenwriters, cinematographer, and even actors. In this class, we'll go over some basic terms from film technique and theory, and then apply these to the craft of fiction. From characters and dialogue to scene-building, from perspective to tone, we'll examine how films can inform and enhance our writing, and consider the ways that the visual language of film can be reverse-adapted to the page.

This topic is important because who doesn't get hooked on some show or other these days? Moreover, so many literary writers have crossed over into film and television that it's blurred the boundaries between what used to be considered two distinct media and cultures.

Writers who might benefit from taking this class are fiction writers who are fans of film but haven't determined how they can avail themselves of film techniques yet in their fiction, and anyone who loves to discuss film and television with the same enthusiasm that they devote to their favorite books. 

Class Format

This class will take place using Zoom videoconferencing. About 15 minutes before your class is scheduled to begin, you'll receive an email from your instructor with a link to join the class meeting!

Scholarship Information

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Tim Horvath
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  • In-Class Writing Prompts
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  • Class Discussion


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