You Had Me At Page One

with Pilar Alessandra

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Make the reader love you on the first page!  Learn writing techniques that help your script hit the ground running with top LA Script Consultant Pilar Alessandra.

Through examples from your favorite scripts, this session will take a hard look at:

  • Word choice
  • Scene direction
  • Character approach
  • The nuances of the page

Pilar has read and analyzed thousands of scripts for DreamWorks, ImageMovers, Radar Pictures and the Robert Evans Company.  Her students and clients have written for Lost, Prison Break, Nip Tuck, House of Lies, CSI and Family Guy. They’ve sold features and pitches to Warner Bros, DreamWorks, Disney, Sony, FX and Nickelodeon – suffice it to say, she knows her stuff!

Come to this class and learn from one of the best how to grip from the get go, guaranteeing that your first page leaves the most important people wanting more.

Appearing in this session

Pilar Alessandra

Pilar Alessandra – Script Consultant and Educator

Credits include: The Coffee Break Screenwriter

Pilar's students and clients have written for Lost, Prison Break, Nip Tuck, House of Lies, CSI and Family Guy.
Pilar Alessandra

Screenwriting Practical help

2B or not 2B! - Make your scripts water tight (even that tricky bit in the middle)

2B or not 2B! - Make your scripts water tight (even that tricky bit in the middle)

You plowed through act one, wrote some entertaining fun and games and then … you got stuck.  Don’t worry.  “Act 2B” is conquerable! You’ll leave this class with your story strengthened and some of your most pressing writing problems solved.

Actors Table Read: LIVE

Actors Table Read: LIVE

How do actors and a director approach your screenplay? What happens when your words are reinterpreted through other artists? Join us for a sensational live onstage performance and deconstruction of one LSF delegate’s script.

Brainstorming Through The Block

Brainstorming Through The Block

Stopped in your tracks by where to go next with a plot point, a character, or a scene? Or maybe you feel it’s just not happening today? Pilar will show you a number of tools that will immediately and powerfully unstick your creativity so the words continue to flow.

Coen Brothers: Unlocking the Mystery of These Master Storytellers

Coen Brothers: Unlocking the Mystery of These Master Storytellers

Scott Myers digs deep into the Coen brothers movies revealing narrative dynamics you can use to craft the unique nature of your own stories. Learn from the masters in this unmissable session.

Dynamic Dialogue

Dynamic Dialogue

Pilar Alessandra, Hollywood Script Consultant, is here to help you spice up your scripts with memorable, engaging and dynamic dialogue.

How to write familiar yet fresh and compelling characters

How to write familiar yet fresh and compelling characters

In this dynamic workshop, Christopher Vogler will show you how and why you should build your modern, dynamic and fresh characters from the DNA of the ancient mythological and archetypes from the Heros Journey.

Killer Scene Descriptions: Using Screenplay Style to Express YOUR Writer’s Voice

Killer Scene Descriptions: Using Screenplay Style to Express YOUR Writer’s Voice

Scott Myers debunks the mythical screenwriting ‘rules’ surrounding scene descriptions and demonstrates the ways in which successful professional writers convey their voice through screenplay style.

Manifesting Success

Manifesting Success

Following his packed to capacity sessions in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 Chris Jones and Jonathan Newman are back to run this highly successful and super controversial manifesting success workshop.

Meet the Producers: Impressing the Power Players

Meet the Producers: Impressing the Power Players

Find out what’s going to get you hired and what’s going to get you fired by the Producers you need to impress. In this session, our panel of seasoned Producers will share their stories from the trenches of writer relationships gone very very right… and very very wrong.

My Big Breakthrough... What can we learn from screenwriters who have just found success?

My Big Breakthrough... What can we learn from screenwriters who have just found success?

What can we learn from the most recently successful writers among us? Those of us who were, maybe just a year or two ago, fighting like the rest of us for the big break, to make ends meet and to start to make money from what we love.

PitchFest Bootcamp with Bob

PitchFest Bootcamp with Bob

Great American Pitchfest Guru Bob Schultz will start every day with a short 30 minute PitchFest bootcamp to get you ready for your pitch!

Saturday Morning Cinema

Saturday Morning Cinema

Meet the LondonSWF screenwriters who have taken action and acted as producers, actors or directors on their own scripts. Join them as we screen their movies and share their successes, failures and strategies… all with a view to helping you follow in their footsteps.

What will actually happen to your finished script? Live script edit

What will actually happen to your finished script? Live script edit

Live and dynamic script redraft, edit, slash and burn… Only for the bravest of writers!