Screenwriting Rooted in Decolonization and Abstract Thinking
A FREE 10-week, graduate-level course on storytelling, character, and writing rooted in decolonization frameworks. Writing stories for screens that develop a new/authentic film grammar based in radical storytelling, avant-garde movements in film, experimental works, ancestral mythologies, languages, and understandings of struggles of freedom and liberation. We will explore non-linear storytelling, the simplest and complex forms of radical storytelling, abstract thinking techniques, oral traditions, complex organism development, radical writers, diasporic writers, decolonization frameworks in relation to media, still mind practices, and disciplined writing practices. Hosted by Indigo Impact - Celestial People
Location: Adobe Books 3130 24th Street, SF CA 94110
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OVERVIEW We are concerned with words on the page. We will speak of writers, not directors. We will read and reference scripts referring to finished films rarely. We will study words, screenplays, plays, short stories, poetry, works on decolonization and revolutionary ideas. We will focus on writing for the moving image. This workshop/class is for anyone who wants to insert revolutionary ideas into writing for the screen or stage.
In class, we’ll study scripts, listen to others work, discuss struggles of resistance, watch and discuss films excerpts. Most importantly we will rip apart the rules of the masters and develop our own grammar for storytelling rooted in decolonization and liberation.
Your goal for this class should be to fail. This is a class rooted in deconstruction techniques. We will rip apart the masters and the traditional Western/Hollywood practices of storytelling and cinema. We will belabor the placement of the character, the point of view, time, space, place, and temporal. We have no blueprint. We will be working in a tight circle to develop our own language grammar, image and curriculum together. The hope is that this class can be adopted, customized, unpackaged, and recreated by the people to have a grounded and rooted understanding of the power of storytelling for the moving image.