INTRODUCTION TO SCREENWRITING WITH MICHAEL GRAIS (POLTERGEIST, ANYONE?)
INTRODUCTION TO SCREENWRITING & TELEPLAYS is a workshop approach that will prepare participants to begin to write a screenplay, teleplay, and/or internet series in 6 sessions…DISCUSSING how to make a choice of TOPIC – and create CHARACTERS, PLOT, THEME and STRUCTURE. In the class you will learn from a seasoned pro how to cut some corners to create a commercial “work” -- After the 6 six classes students will be able to FINISH the first act of their “work” (or more) and have an outline toward the finish of a completed work. The classes will be informal and creative, using writing “games”, acting improvisation, and informal discussion of the topics. Students will be giving feedback on your work and you will be giving feedback on theirs. It should be fun - without that, what is the point? You will NOT be listening to lectures but participating in your own creative ideas and passion. Mr. Grais will bring his experience of 30 plus years writing and producing film and television to encourage and guide participants toward their heartfelt goals.
6 Classes, Mondays at 7pm:
February 20, 27; March 13, 20, 27; April 3
in Andrews Hall at the Sonoma Community Center: 276 E Napa St
To register, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 707.363.8721
Mr. Grais' first professional screenplay was produced by Academy award winning producer ALBERT S. RUDDY (THE GODFATHER). DEATH HUNT attracted superstars Charles Bronson, Lee Marvin and Angie Dickenson. From his association with Steven Spielberg, Grais co-wrote the mega-hit POLTERGEIST. This hugely successful film guaranteed a sequel, POLTERGEIST II, which Grais co- wrote and produced. (The original Poltergeist based on his screenplay with Spielberg was remade in 2016.)
He then co-wrote and executive produced a limited series VISITORS FROM THE UNKNOWN for CBS and executive produced the film GREAT BALLS OF FIRE, starring Dennis Quaid, Alec Baldwin and Winona Ryder. He then co-wrote, produced, and financed the hugely successful MARKED FOR DEATH, for 20th Century Fox, starring Steven Seagal. Next, he produced another box office hit, Steven King’s SLEEPWALKERS for Columbia Pictures, and wrote COOL WORLD starring Brad Pitt, Kim Basinger, and Gabriel Byrne for Paramount Pictures. He executive produced WHO KILLED ATLANTA’S CHILDREN, the highest rated movie of that year for Showtime. An accomplished show runner in episodic television, Grais oversaw production on 22 episodes of the syndicated series, THE IMMORTAL, a supernatural one-hour action show. In addition,
he wrote, produced and directed THE PROMISE LAND in association with University of New Mexico as an internet series for STRIKE TV. Mr. Grais’ films have garnered over half a billion dollars in box office receipts.
Additional Executive Producer Credits include:
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