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Celebrate cinema in Portland, Oregon. Watch over 200 independent films, attend over 75 workshops, networking events, parties, classes and more. Spread across 12+ venues. Buy tickets, merchandise and more at our Festival HQ located at 1139 NW Couch Street—just a block from Powells Books. September 1-7. #PDXFF15
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Thursday, September 3 • 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Screenwriting Workshop: Creating Individuals LIMITED

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Limited Capacity seats available

One of the most frequent notes is “Your characters all sound the same”. That note isn’t just about dialogue, it’s about not having a clearly defined character. We tend to have a handle on our protagonists, it’s those other people. Why is this character in the story? How is their thought process different than the other characters? How to create supporting characters (and leads) who act and speak like individuals.

Instructor: William Martell

About the Instructor:
William C. Martell has written 19 films: three for HBO, two for Showtime, two for USA Network, and a whole bunch for Cinemax. He has been on some film festival juries, including five times at Raindance in London (once with Mike Figgis and Saffron Burrows, once with Lennie James and Edgar Wright, and once with Julian Assange).

The late Roger Ebert discussed Martell’s work with Gene Siskel on his 1997 Oscar show, "If We Picked The Winners.” Martell is also quoted a few times in Bordwell's great book, "The Way Hollywood Tells It." His USA Network film, “Hard Evidence,” was released on video the same day as the Julia Roberts' film, “Something To Talk About,” and out-rented it in the U.S. In 2009 Martell had two films released on DVD on the same day and both made the top 10 rentals. Recently, he wrote the remake of a hit 1980s horror flick for a mini-major studio, and later this year should have a family film shooting in the U.S.



Thursday September 3, 2015 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Stage 13 13 NW 13th Ave Portland, OR 97209

Attendees (19)