Bill Martell: 7 Workshops
99 Minute Film Schools

Bill Martell: 7 Screenwriting Workshops

Date & Time:

Various - See Below


Apollo Piccadilly



Hone the Art of Screenwriting with 7 workshops

Script Classes from A Fiver!
Don' Miss this great opportunity to learn from a master!


Saturday 29 September - 16:00 Tickets £10.00 Call 08712 240 242 or Book Online Here

The class of the book! How to write an effective plot twist, create unbearable suspense, design an exciting action sequence, create a high concept villain's plan, use diversion & anticipation to make your script unpredictable, and create great heroes and villains. Why an action scene is a *character* scene and a *story* scene - or it's rubbish. How to write a page-turner action script. Dozens of techniques that can be used in any genre.


Monday 1 October - 12:30 Tickets £5.00 Call 08712 240 242 or Book Online Here

From MARTYRS to ORPHAN, horror is hot! You'll learn everything you need to know to write in this genre, from creating dread, loss of free will, fear of the unknown, classic horror (like THE OTHERS) vs. Stalk & Slash and Modern Horror. How to create a monster. What do ROSEMARY'S BABY, NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, THE EXORCIST, BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN, THE OTHERS have in common? This class will tell you! All of the critical elements necessary to write a script that scares audience.


Tuesday 2 October - 12:30 Tickets £5.00 Call 08712 240 242 or Book Online Here

By page ten you have either hooked your reader and made them want to read more, or lost them... and they set your script aside. You don't get a second chance to make a good first impression! This class will teach you techniques that will make your first page exciting and engaging to readers, and methods to hook readers by page ten so that they *must* find out how your story ends. 


Wednesday 3 October - 12:30 Tickets £5.00 Call 08712 240 242 or Book Online Here

How to find and develop ideas that Hollywood is looking for and you are passionate about. A great script with a dull idea is a dull script. Learn tools like Magnification, Flipping, Substitution, Cousins, Word Association, why High Concept is *Your* Concept, finding your personal themes in high concept ideas.


Thursday 4 October - 12:30 Tickets £5.00 Call 08712 240 242 or Book Online Here

Two of the hottest types of stories right now are Found Footage films like CHRONICLE and PROJECT X and the PARANORMAL ACTIVITY movies, and Contained Films like BURIED and CUBE and BRAKE and PHONE BOOTH. But how do you come up with ideas like this and how do you write them? We'll look at both types of films, plus the history of each in this class.


Friday 5 October - 12:30 Tickets £5.00 Call 08712 240 242 or Book Online Here

Making your own film? Writing for a niche market? Writing a web series? This class covers everything you need to know - from Central Locations to Confined Cameos to Robert Rodriguez's school bus. Using examples from MOON, THE COOLER, STATION AGENT and films produced by the instructor for pocket change, this class is packed with information. How Indie films challenge the audience (while mainstream films reassure the audience). Writing for a budget, writing for non-actors, getting the most production value out of your budget.  


Saturday 6 October - 16:00 Tickets £10.00 Call 08712 240 242 or Book Online Here

Radical story experiments from the films of Alfred Hitrchcock. From False Flashbacks to Multiple Stories (like PULP FICTION) to Single Shot Films to Parallel Stories to Fixed Point Of View to Villain Protagonists to Symbolism to Dream Sequences (from Dali!) - Hitchcock's stories often used experimental storytelling techniques that are seen as unusual and cutting edge *today*. Discover how you can use these techniques in *your* screenplays.

About William C. Martell

Bill MartellWilliam C. Martell has written twenty produced films, including three HBO World Premieres (*Steel Sharks*, *Crash Dive!* and *Grid Runners*) two for Showtime (*Black Thunder* and *Droid Gunner*), three Cinemax Premieres (*Treacherous*, *Night Hunter* and *The Base*), plus a couple of USA Network thrillers (*Hard Evidence* and *Blind Trust*).

He's the West Coast editor of Scr(i)pt Magazine and has written the "Independents" column for over a decade, a contributor to Writer's Digest Magazine, wrote the Screenwriting 101 column for the Independent Film Channel Magazine, his work was discussed on "Siskel & Ebert's If We Picked The Winners" Oscar show in 1997, and was featured in Variety's special Writer's Issue. He was on the jury of the Raindance Film Festival in 2001 and again in 2004.

His book, THE SECRETS OF ACTION SCREENWRITING has been called "The best book on the practical nuts-and-bolts mechanics of writing a screenplay I've ever read." - Ted Elliott, co-writer "The Mask Of Zorro", "Shrek", "Pirates Of The Caribbean" (and sequels).

Bill is currently working on projects for major studios in Los Angeles

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International Film Financing panel
Raindance Master Degree Screening
Bill Martell - Screenwriting Workshops
Documentary Case Study - Jason Becker: Not Dead Yet
NYman with a Movie Camera – a film by Michael Nyman
Anatomy of a Reel: Underwater Realm
Production Design Workshop
Prime Cuts
Networking Event - Boozin 'n Schmoozin
Live! Ammunition! Pitching Event
The Reel - Content is King Panel
Collabor8te & Raindance 48-hour Film Challenge
Awards Ceremony
Bar 25
At Night I Fly
Josh Golding - Maverick Screenwriting
Death By Camera
David Reynolds Workshop
The Internet Filmmaker
Music Videos

Tickets Weekdays Before 5:00 - £5.00
All Other Times: £10.00
Book in person at the cinema
Telephone Booking: call 0871 224 0242 - but don't delay. Screenings sell out.
*The cheapest way to Raindance is with a Friends Pass

Practical Information

All screenings at Apollo Cinema Piccadilly Circus
19 Lower Regent Street


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