What's the story you need to tell?
When a new or veteran screenwriter comes to me for help, the first question I ask is this: What's the story you need to tell?
The question goes right to the heart of the writer's passion, which to me is the crucial ingredient in any script. After twenty years writing and teaching in the movie business, I can tell the difference between someone's passion to write a story and a mild interest in getting into the industry.
It's all about passion and canniness and paying attention to a changing Hollywood. Don't write the movie you think Hollywood might want to see. Write the story you need to tell.
I have the tools to help you, at whichever stage of writing you need:
workshop in a group setting
detailed written script analysis
consultation for your fiction book or novel
Step-by-step screenwriting course on CD
If you've got the passion to tell a story that lives within you, bring it and we'll find a way to make it happen.
Let's get started!
I previously this year created pilot episodes of YouTube series WhatThePhysics.org for NOVA, and it's just been funded for 30-40 more episodes. There's no question that your class taught me a lot of the techniques I use in my script writing. Also, I have a great Emerson student working as an intern this semester.
Greg Kestin, Ph.D.
College Fellow, Harvard Physics Dept.
Christopher Keane talks about the intersection of science and screenwriting in an interview on The Benshi by scientist-turned-screenwriter Randy Olson, who raves:
Chris Keane was the starting point for my journey into the world of narrative fiction. In October of 1989, when I was an utterly movie-clueless professor of marine biology at the University of New Hampshire, I began developing an interest in feature filmmaking. Back then there existed in Boston an amazing (but now gone) resource called the Boston Film and Video Foundation which was a cooperative that hosted workshops and provided resources to struggling filmmakers. I took a couple of workshops there and heard everyone buzzing about Christopher Keanes Weekend Screenwriting Workshop. Without a clue of what it might consist of, I just blindly signed up, paid my $200, and showed up early Saturday morning for two very long days of lectures and exercise by the man. It was truly amazing. Best workshop ever. And when I headed off to USC Cinema School in 1994 I did the math if I learned that much in a two day workshop, imagine how much I would learn in 3 years. But last year I flashed back and realized there was never another learning experience as great. Part of it probably had to do with my mind being a blank slate, but most of it had to do with Chris being an outstanding instructor.
Last March I tracked him down, twenty years later, and we team taught a workshop on storytelling at The Monterey Institute for International Studies. Hes tremendous and the students loved him.