Originals, Remakes, and Rip-Offs
How many times have you seen a disappointing remake or rip-off of a great film or TV show and wondered, what went wrong? Why, in telling the same tale, did some writing choices work so well, while others, treading the same…
What you can learn.
- Examine multiple approaches to telling the same story to see what key elements led to success or failure
- Review structure, dialogue, theme, and character and their impact on overall quality
- Identify components of powerful screen storytelling
- Hone story analysis skills prized in the film and TV industries
About this course:How many times have you seen a disappointing remake or rip-off of a great film or TV show and wondered, what went wrong? Why, in telling the same tale, did some writing choices work so well, while others, treading the same narrative territory, fell flat? While casting, direction and production can certainly have an influence in a film’s success or failure to achieve its goals, more often than not, it comes down to story–and the decisions made in the writing. In this course you review original films and TV shows and their remakes (and sometimes rip-off versions), to analyze the story elements of structure, dialogue, theme and character. We discuss which made one approach work and another version miss making the same tale compelling. Honing the ability to spot story strengths and weakness is the same skill-set employed in writing coverage which, when done well, is a valued skill in the industry.
Spring 2020 Schedule
These courses meet in person and make use of an online presence to varying degrees.