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Ten Lessons for the Writer / Producer
Collins College / Theater
Tempe, AZ
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Ten Lessons for the Writer / Producer
UPDATE: Even if you missed January 28th, you can still sign up for February 4th at a single-day price!

January 28 and February 4, 2012:  This mid-level to advanced session in two parts, with the first day emphasizing the basics of screenwriting with the focus on real world considerations.  On the second day, you'll don your "producer" hat and take a critical look at your own work to discover what makes it a marketable and shootable script. You will learn ways to get your project funded thru utilizing various financial instruments that are direct by-products of your script.

In-Depth Two-Day Screenwriter / Producer Workshop

Screenwriter and educator Yannis Skiotes leads you on an in-depth journey through the development and marketing of your screenplay.

Day 1
The first day, we'll cover the "fundamentals from the POV of Yannis", i.e. a fresh and insightful look at what you (the writer) should already at least be familiar with: fleshing out your idea into a story, following the 3-act structure, developing your characters and making the most of screenplay formatting standards.  While these may all sound like basic premises, you should have at least a mid[level knowledge of screenwriting to best appreciate this session.  It will enhance, solidify and focus you as a writer before moving on to the next step in your career, as a producer!

- Lesson One: The Story (Story Ideas, Story Types, POV, Storytelling Concept, High Concept, Premise, Synopsis, Treatment, Character Bios)
- Lesson Two: Three Golden Rules & Three Act Structure
- Lesson Three: Step Outline
- Lesson Four: The Five Stars of Character Development
- Lesson Five: Script Formatting Techniques

Day 2
The second day will be more advanced and focus on having the writer become a producer so that s/he looks at the work as a marketable asset that investors and financiers desire.  To get your script ready to be produced and funded, you must understand what it means to be "shootable".  How can you tighten costs yet maintain creativity? What market factors drive the trajectory of your screenplay?  What financial tools do you have to entice investors by eliminating their financial risk? You the writer/producer have more power than you realize. Let Yanni put you on the path to commercial success!

- Lesson Six: Exposition & Dialogue Techniques
- Lesson Seven: Scene Construction & Script Integration
- Lesson Eight : Scheduling / Budgeting, Low-budget/Spec/Partner Writing
- Lesson Nine: The Production Board Re-write
- Lesson Ten: Writer's Rights & Financing Your Script to Become Project (Bondable Line Producer, Finance Seminars, Funding Sites, Film Business Plan, Completion Bond, Surety Bonds, Hedge Funds, SBLC, Dishonesty Bonds, Tax Credits/Rebates/Monetizaton, Financial Models, Film Festivals & Markets)

Seminar Details
Dates: Saturday, January 28, 2011 and Saturday, February 4, 2011
Time: 1:00pm  5pm
Location: Collins College 14th Street Studio Theater, 1425 W 14th Street, Tempe, Arizona.
Both days: $70/IFP Phoenix Members, $100/Non-Members. *
Either day: $40/IFP Phoenix Members, $55/Non-Members. *

* Note: Day-of-event registrations including walk-in registrations will be charged $15 additional. Please pre-register to avoid the walk-in fee.

** Collins College students must pre-register to attend this event.

About Yanni

Here is what insiders say about Yanni's writing skills:

"Script is too good not to get produced. So well written it practically directs itself." - Producer Terry Donnelly (12 Angry Men, The Exorcist, The French Connection)

"The best writer I've encountered, except for Robert Towne. I thought I was the hardest worker in Hollywood, but Yanni's right up there with me. His work is meticulous. He's a perfectionist." First AD Benjamin Rosenberg (Ready To Rumble, Die Hard, Lethal Weapon)

"Thank you for sending your script. You are a good writer. The script is very well written." Producer/Director Hilbert Hakim (Krews)

"You are an extremely talented scriptwriter." - Producer Marc Bienstock, Mainline Releasing

"Very good script. I'm going to recommend it for our higher-budget production level." - Producer Steve Hadju

Selected to the First Annual Sundance Independent Producer's Conference at Sundance, Utah, Yanni spring boarded that invaluable experience by making Arizona history when producing the music concert film "When Legends Meet" that secured three world distribution deals featuring Latin superstars Secreto, the Godfather of Latin House, and the Latin Grammy Winning El Gran Combo. To secure the artists' rights from the record label, Yanni negotiated "pen to pen" with the world's most renown music entertainment attorney, William Krasilovsky (author of the famous "This Business of Music").

An energetic, inspirational speaker and teacher on the craft of film writing, Yanni has given highly attended seminars for Hamilton and Basha Libraries, PFP/IFP, and Phoenix Writers Club.

In 2005, he conducted a free 12 Session Screenwriting Class for AZ Screenwriters Association using his instructional book "Screenwriting Kept Simple" that had about 30 regulars. Three years later, he held the same successful sessions for City of Phoenix Recreation Programs.

Yanni had the pleasure of working for his mentor at Hollywood Script Analysis from 1990 thru 1996, where he critiqued over one thousand scripts. The method he was taught evaluates the script three times: once for correct format, once for dialogue and exposition, and the final pass for story structure. After each evaluation, the writer makes the improvements and the critique advances to the next phase. A comprehensive process that screenwriters find most worthy.

Here are a few testimonials from Yanni's students on his teaching abilities:

"Yanni's simply the best screenwriting teacher I've had. And I read all the books, been to the college film programs, the seminars." SM (student)

"I thought your lectures were outstanding and motivating. Your understanding of the material is almost intimidating. I made it to almost every class and I live 150 miles away." MatM (student)

"I read your book, and used your formula... It really works! Tying together structure and character are tough for me. Your book helped me so much!" LK (student)

"Your Workshop was not only informative but enthusiastic, positive and fun! I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it and learned a great deal. I am truly grateful for the education I received, both astounded at and appreciative of how graciously you offered your time and knowledge to us." CL (student)

"Congratulations on an excellent workshop series - you are awesome!" SD (student and script analysis)

Currently, Yanni is an Adjunct Screenwriting Instructor for the Film Program at Scottsdale Community College. He still offers his script analysis service and his instructional book is available thru Create Space and

This Workshop Is Sponsored By COLLINS COLLEGE.


Collins College / Theater (View)
1425 W. 14th St.
Tempe, AZ 85281
United States

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