philip Eisner

Philip Eisner

Instructor Biography:

Screenwriter-director and WGA member who wrote Event Horizon for Paramount Pictures and Firestarter 2: Rekindled for USA Networks. Mr. Eisner also has worked as a contract screenwriter for Scott Rudin Productions, Robert De Niro's Tribeca Productions, Edward R. Pressman, TriStar, Universal Pictures, and The Jim Henson Company.

Instructor Statement:

I write because I do not have a choice. It is not a thing I do. It is a function of who I am. If you are looking for a somewhat ecstatic exploration of the creative process, with some insight into screenwriting as a byproduct, come on in. My course focuses on short writing exercises to increase students' technique, on exploring what makes a character worthy of a story, and what makes a story worthy of a film. In doing so, we look beyond screenplays and include short stories, novels, role-playing games, and anything else that might add to the writer's toolbox.

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