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Renowned Game Writer Running Classes in SA

The Writers' Guild of South Africa (WGSA) has announced two-day classes in Johannesburg and Cape Town in September with the renowned David S. Freeman from L.A. Freeman is a scriptwriter in the video games and movie industries.

"The reason David S. Freeman's "Beyond Structure" [a Screenwriting and Script Development Master Class] has grown to be the most popular screenwriting, development, and fiction workshop in Los Angeles and New York is not just because of his high energy and warmth.

“The main reason is the over 200 powerful techniques David offers, which vastly expands your ability to create imaginative and emotionally layered characters, dialogue, plots and scenes," quotes the WGSA at the event's Facebook page.

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Freeman has been involved in writing scripts for Crysis 2, Tomb Raider: Underworld and a host of other games. His workshop has been so popular that even Mike Morhaime (from Blizzard), David Jaffe (God of War) and other well-known writers have attended. He has even taught executives and writers that were involved with the Lord of the Rings films.

Check out his C.V. here.

The workshop is happening on 8 and 9 September 2012 in Johannesburg and 15, 16 September in Cape Town. The exact venues are still to be confirmed, however. Early-bird bookings (before 15 August) cost R3500 (WGSA members only) and R4500 for everyone else. After 15 August it costs R4500 for WGSA members or R5500 for everyone else. There are also options for group bookings with a discount of R500 per person.

Here's more from the WGSA on the event:

    “Beyond Structure” is a dynamic two-day seminar, packed with writing and script development techniques, brought to life with numerous film clips, is perfect for film and television screenwriters, directors, producers, and actors, as well as fiction writers, radio writers, and videogame writers. It comes with an invaluable 130-page hand-out pack.

    "You’ll learn 200 proven techniques to:

    1. Create memorable, psychologically complex characters;

    2. Write dialogue which captures characters’ unique voices and emotional depth;

    3. Sculpt scenes which audiences will never forget; and

    4. Brainstorm riveting plots which are tightly tied to the emotional growth of your characters.

    “David's workshop has been taken by the writers, directors, and executives behind "Good Will Hunting," “Twilight,” “X-Men: First Class,” “Twilight,” “Sling Blade,” “The Wedding Singer,” “Kick-Ass,” "Law and Order," "The Simpsons," "Total Recall," "E.R.," "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," “Legally Blonde,” “Meet The Fockers,” "12 Monkeys," "The X-Files," "King of the Hill," "Star Trek: Voyager" "Saturday Night Live," and many, many other films and TV shows.

    “A working writer, David has written or developed projects which have been set up at Paramount Pictures, Columbia Pictures, MGM, Castle Rock, New Line Cinema, and may other studios and companies. David is also interested in interactive storytelling, and wrote “Creating Emotion in Games,” which has helped change the game industry in America. He has worked as a writer and narrative designer on games for Activision, Electronic Arts, 2K Games, Ubisoft, and other publishers.”

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