WRITING FOR TELEVISION
FROM SCHTICK TO SCRIPT Original Sitcom Pilot Writing Intensive
When: dates TBA
Where: Comedy Bar Cabaret Space
FROM SCHTICK TO SCRIPT Original Sticom Pilot Writing Intensive is the one-week primer for the two-part FROM SCHTICK TO SCRIPT INCUBATOR program designed especially for standup comics, improvisers and sketch artists (or writers in other mediums) who want to craft material from their acts or their lives into a half-hour sitcom pilot script.
This course will help comics and new writers bridge the gap between performing and screenwriting by taking an in-depth look at the basics of storytelling for the sitcom medium. Topics covered will include: premise, character, plot, situation, scene structure, dialogue and joke writing. Aside from the lectures and examples, an intensive daily idea jamming process led by Instructors Daniela Saioni and Annie Bradley will have you focused on at least one personal yet marketable premise to base your script on by the end of the week.
Phase Two of the program (date TBA) is a four-week incubator where groups of eight writers will meet once a week to simulate the dynamics of a series writers' room to take their premise through to a finished first draft. The best three scripts to come out of each session will get a live reading with professional actors to help them take their script to the next level. Past alumni of the program have secured development deals, script options and writing gigs based in part on the work they did in this program.
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ABOUT DANIELA SAIONI
DANIELA SAIONI has logged thousands of hours with over a hundred directors on a variety of budget levels in multiple genres and assisted in the creation, strategy and/or technical problem solving of coverage for film and television. She is also a professional actor and award-winning screenwriter who brings a thorough knowledge of the filmmaking process to her teaching and her work (see imdb for full credits). She has led workshops for organizations across Canada including: CrewCall Saskatchewan, Film Training Manitoba, NIFCO, WIFT, IATSE 873, ACTRA, the DGC and Raindance Toronto and has guest lectured at York University, University of Regina, Red River College, SIAST, Humber College and is the Script Supervision mentor at The CFC.
Good Whit Sketch Workshop
Good Whit Sketch is a four day, two weekend intensive designed for female comedians and writers wanting to elevate their sketches to the next level.
Learn to collaborate in any writing room while maintaining your individual voice, work within short deadlines, and create grounded relatable scenes with a strong POV. Instructors Dawn Whitwell (Just for Laughs, Baroness Von Sketch) and Jennifer Goodhue (Second City, Baroness Von Sketch) will explore how to develop your voice as a writer, punch up on the page, and effective rewriting techniques.
Dates: TO BE ANNOUNCED
Times: 10:00am - 4:00pm
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ABOUT THE INSTRUCTORS
Jennifer Goodhue is an Alumni of the Second City Toronto MainStage and a Staff Writer for CBC's Baroness Von Sketch Show.
She performed in five Second City MainStage reviews, two of which were nominated for "Best Comedic Play" at The Canadian Comedy Awards. She co-starred and wrote five seasons of CTV's Comedy Inc. and her writing credits include This Hour Has 22 Minutes, George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight, and YTV's That's So Weird.
Jen has directed The Second City Touring Company and has been an instructor of Improv, The Conservatory Program and Sketch Writing at The Second City Training Centre for 10 years. She regularly performs with Monkey Toast and with various shows across Toronto.
She has a severe allergy to shellfish. Now you know her weakness. Your move.
Dawn Whitwell is a comedian and writer on CBC's Baroness Von Sketch Show. She has taught standup comedy since 2002, and since then has honed her own style of shaping students' personal narratives into jokes. Dawn is also the founder of Comedy Girl to advocate for an increased presence of women in Toronto's Standup community.