Want to try your hand at writing something for television? Want to play a creative part in transforming the character of the television commercial? SIFA (Sydney Institute Film Academy) in cooperation with writer/producer, Billy Marshall Stoneking, is offering a unique opportunity to apply your skills and imagination to the creation of a unique, public service commercial aimed at generating awareness and financial contributions in aid of the Blue Mountains bushfire victims.
Participants will work with Billy Marshall Stoneking in a spirited and practical workshop that will assist writers from non-television-writing disciplines to write up to two, dramatic 30-second commercials. The IronFest Festival steering committee will select the best submission or submission for full production and screening on network television in 2014. Non-binding expressions of interest should be sent to Huseyin Turem (see advertisement, above). Television and screenwriters are also urged to apply.
6 x 3 hour sessions between December & January 2014
LEARN THE ART OF WRITING A DRAMATIC, 30-second television commercial with production outcome for the selected script or scripts and network television coverage - commercial in aid of the Blue Mountains bush fire victims, sponsored by Iron Fest 2014
More information is available from Huseyin Turem - 02 9469-8700 / 0425 261667 or email msg to
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~ Bruce Joel Rubin
The most relevant and enduring questions in the evolution and evaluation of screen-stories-that-matter are WHERE'S THE DRAMA? and WHY DO I CARE? Yet the creation of fresh, surprising and compelling drama is uncommon. Why is this? And what can be done about it?
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"Every story is a metaphor for something. The most important part of the process of ‘finding the story’ is connecting your consciousness with the metaphor. Not any metaphor will do - it has to have a singular presence, enough to command attention and emotional involvement. Understanding the meaning - or premise - of a dramatic screenplay may be the most difficult and frustrating aspect of the writer’s journey - a journey that results in self-alteration by virtue of arriving at a metaphor that crystallizes both thought and emotion, thus promoting a feeling of identification, of connectedness and familiarity that IS the experience of empathizing with the characters."
“If you wish to enter into the lives of the characters in any dramatic story or screenplay, you can't rely on knowing where they live and what they eat, or how they dress and wear their hair, and the million and one other characteristics that inform those rather ponderous and useless lists of frustrated screenwriters. What you have to understand is what are they living for? What are they fighting for? And you have to understand it emotionally, in detail. What is keeping them from living fully for the thing they want to live for? When you understand that you'll understand them."
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