The Three Wells of Screenwriting: Discover your deep sources of inspiration

Room: Darwin D06
Time: Saturday 9:00am

039 - (T+H)

with Matthew Kalil

The Three Wells of Screenwriting: Discover your deep sources of inspiration image

Ever wondered where your story ideas come from? Discover your hidden wells of creativity and use them to write the kinds of scenes, locations and characters that only you have access to. Writing that resonated profoundly with a truth that impacts more heavily on the reader.

In this session Matthew Kalil, author of the recently published The Three Wells of Screenwriting, will help you slow down the split-second, decision-making moment when you face the flashing cursor, and write. In an inter-active session you will discover that you draw from three distinct wells within yourself when you create. And you will learn to consciously use these wells to strengthen your stories.

At its heart, this session is about the experience of writing. Ultimately, it seeks to make you a more conscious writer and to help you tell the stories that will resonate with your audience.

The session will cover:

  • How resonance works in films
  • Experience drawing from the External Sources, Imagination and Memory Wells
  • Learn how to consciously dig your wells deeper

Christopher Vogler says that Kalil’s method is “…a breakthrough in the writing craft.”

Join this session to be part of that breakthrough.  Leave with fresh ideas to strengthen existing scripts or be inspired to write new ones.

“Kalil’s thoughtful book makes ‘writer’s block’ a thing of the past. Open this book, then open your mind. You’ll never be stuck on an idea again.”
Pilar Alessandra, author The Coffee Break Screenwriter

Appearing in this session

Matthew Kalil

Matthew Kalil – Screenwriter, Director and Script Editor

Credits include: The Three Wells of Screenwriting

He has written and co-written over 40 produced TV shows and has been helping screenwriters with their craft and careers for over 20 years.
Matthew Kalil

Screenwriting Practical help

1... The Beginning: Crafting the First Ten Pages That Hooks the Reader

1... The Beginning: Crafting the First Ten Pages That Hooks the Reader

We start at the beginning in this series of three sessions… How do you start your script so that readers are COMPELLED to make it to the end? It’s all in the first ten pages.

2... The Middle: Mastering The Midpoint

2... The Middle: Mastering The Midpoint

Exploring, expanding and deepening mastery of the ‘keystone’ scene of any narrative – the midpoint. And how you can leverage the midpoint in your story to reveal what your story is REALLY about. 

3... The End: Inevitable but unexpected... Why the end of your screenplay MUST deliver

3... The End: Inevitable but unexpected... Why the end of your screenplay MUST deliver

Using ideas from analytical psychology, myth and anthropology – and with examples from feature films, single episodes, season stories and multi-season arcs – we will show you how to get to grips with the most important final moments of your story.

Beyond the Pitch: Crushing the Meeting

Beyond the Pitch: Crushing the Meeting

‘Owning the room’ is one of the most important elements of the business of screenwriting and Joey Tuccio, the CEO of Roadmap Writers, is here to teach this invaluable class focused on tips and techniques to help you immediately stand out. 

Coffee with… Robyn Slovo, Brit Features Producer

Coffee with… Robyn Slovo, Brit Features Producer

Exactly WHAT gets discussed, how and in what way during the infamous ‘meet and greet’ first meeting. The one after the pitch. This is a REAL chat and we get to snoop in on it.

Creating Alien, Hitchhiker's Guide, X-Files and Batman... Meet Dirk Maggs

Creating Alien, Hitchhiker's Guide, X-Files and Batman... Meet Dirk Maggs

DON’T PANIC! Creating Audio Recordings of genre drama opens up a limitless universe. Join Dirk as we perform, record, produce and premiere a new SciFi story written by an LSF delegate.  

Deep Characterisation through Dialogue

Deep Characterisation through Dialogue

How can we create nuanced, engaging and believable characterisation through dialogue? Drawing on the latest psychological research, screenplay excerpts and film clips, Kira-Anne Pelican will show us how to create greater dimension in our characters.

Jaw Dropper! Art and science of twists and surprises

Jaw Dropper! Art and science of twists and surprises

Jaw Dropper! Art and science of twists and surprises’ will look behind the magic of twists and surprises, mapping out the most effective strategies to provide powerful moments of jaw dropping disbelief packed with emotional meaning.

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!

Proximity is Power: Getting and keeping the Gatekeepers on side

Proximity is Power: Getting and keeping the Gatekeepers on side

Time to stop looking at Gatekeepers as barriers to be outmanoeuvred, but rather as allies to assist, advise and help guide you on your journey into the inner sanctum.  The door is ajar, the call will be taken, the meeting is practically in the diary!  

The Truth… What is it REALLY like after the first year being a pro screenwriter?

The Truth… What is it REALLY like after the first year being a pro screenwriter?

Agents, pitching, how much WILL you get paid? How to hustle and run and take meetings, formal and informal… Pretty much EVERYTHING you need to know about transitioning into a jobbing screenwriter.

VR, Outlining, Collaboration & Production Breakdown with the NEW Final Draft 11

VR, Outlining, Collaboration & Production Breakdown with the NEW Final Draft 11

Alejandro Seri, Director of Education, will show off the exciting new features in the NEW Final Draft 11.

What Are They Doing To My Script? Script Editors Demystified

What Are They Doing To My Script? Script Editors Demystified

This session will take an in-depth look at what a Script Editor’s day-to-day looks like as they shepherd a project to the finish line. How do they juggle their many different responsibilities? And how can you get the best working relationship with your script editor?

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!