USC School of Cinematic Arts Summer Program presents
A special 4 hour seminar:
“Dating Your Character – How to Create Memorable, Fully Dimensional & Non-Cliché Characters That Soar (& Sell!)”
Competition in today’s changing economy is fiercely intense for a small handful of “bankable actors” that help greenlight movies or TV series. What drives an actor to sign on to a project—especially if the payday is less than their usual quote—is a compelling, multi-dimensional character that an actor can sink his or her teeth into. Additionally, the layered role inspires actors to dig deeper in their preparation and research – something actors long for and look for. How do we, as artists, of all ages and levels of experience, define ourselves and distinguish our “unique voice” or “brand?” How do we go about creating layered, diverse, flesh and blood characters that rivet our audiences and get independent and major studios to pay attention?
Award-wining Producer/Manager Marilyn R. Atlas (“Real Women Have Curves, “Echoes” and “A Certain Desire”) teams with USC Adjunct Professor/Former Studio Exec. turned Award-winning Writer/Director/Producer Devo Cutler-Rubenstein for this lively, interactive, perhaps even career-altering seminar where attendees learn how non-stereotypical characters can help greenlight your projects– and your career! This seminar includes exercises to ignite deeper, more creative choices for both actor and writer, exploring how to use your truth as an artist in an always-changing market hungry for authenticity.
This dynamic, sure-to-entertain course will address both actors and writers, covering:
• How to create memorable (i.e. marketable) multi-dimensional characters
• How to recognize diverse POVs, and avoid cliché on-the-nose characters
• How to generate (and magnify) authentic dialogue and behavior that give insight into your character(s)
• How to use improv techniques as a powerful writing and auditioning tool to nail the role and redefine stereotypes, supporting your unique edge as an artist.
• 50 question check-list on layered character development
• “Character – Challenge – Change,” aka the “Cha-Cha-Cha”: the dynamic infra-structure and fuel for your story
• Nourishing flaws, foibles and idiosyncrasies within your character as riveting details that engage your reader (and help to attract stars to your screenplay, play, animation, documentary or webisode project)
Plus 5 insider tips for creating, developing, and marketing unforgettable characters.
We will review certain films, including new releases, that successfully created memorable, fully fleshed-out characters and we encourage attendees’ additional suggestions. Also, bring those burning questions for a wrap-up Q&A at the end of the day.
Models for discussion include: “Downton Abbey (TV),”“Ides of March,”“As Good As It Gets,”“Slumdog Millionaire,”“Little Miss Sunshine,”“Do the Right Thing,”“The Hurt Locker,”“Girls (TV),”“Indiana Jones,”“Bridesmaids,”“Notes on a Scandal,”“Real Women Have Curves,”“Whale Rider,”“The Substitute,”“Crazy, Stupid Love,”“Silver Linings Playbook,”“Damages (TV),”“Mad Men (TV),”“Weeds (TV),”“Iron Man,”“Crash,”“The Wrestler,”“On the Waterfront,”“Trouble in Paradise,”“Tootsie,”“True Blood (TV),”“Silence of the Lambs,”“Michael Clayton,”“Gladiator,”“Modern Family (TV).”
Date: Saturday, July 13th
Location: USC School of Cinematic Arts, Room number TBA
900 W. 34th St., Los Angeles, CA 90089 –metered parking available or $8 pay structure
RSVP online to hold your place. For more info call (213) 740-3327.