Last night was pretty much as close to a turn-around as I could've hoped for.
Though there ended up being more questions this time around, a portion of that was because I decided that I would just put myself out there and ask the questions I wanted to ask.
Why pay $200 to sit in the class and feel grumpy?
I tried to keep it brief, but yeah, I know there was at least one person that was grumbling about it. (Yes, I heard them...)
What can I say? Maybe I'm the villain this time around. Mr. Chubb said his piece, asked if we had any questions... and I did.
So I asked.
Anyways, last night we covered Dialogue and touched on Comedy.
Among the night's feast of tips and insights:
He highly recommended that all writers, dramatic or otherwise, take some time to take an Acting class or two. That all dialogue should be spoken out loud, preferably by someone who isn't you, before being fully committed to the page.
Also, when listening to your characters, a writer should question whether you've gotten the truth out of the character or just the facade. Is what they're saying to you what they're really feeling? Or just a smokescreen?
He encouraged us to always dig deeper, trying to see what's really beneath the thoughts and feelings our characters are expressing.
The idea being that once you really know where those lines are coming from, why they're being said -- or being said THAT way -- that's when you get to start playing with layers, when you can start to feed in subtext; make the scene not really about what's going on in front of them at all.
There was a ton of other stuff covered, he recommended some good books to read about screenwriting -- but encouraged us not to get caught in the trap of reading about screenplays; that we should be writing them.
Next week is the final session, and it's pretty much going to be a pitch-fest. A bunch of us threw our names in a hat with the idea that some of us will be standing up there next week trying to sell our concepts in 3 minutes or less. It's going to be interesting since I've had a little bit of pitching experience as of late.
Hopefully it goes well -- I'm definitely down with learning more about the fine art of pitching... 'cause well, I've got a lot to learn.