Not every play makes a good film, but many plays turn out to be excellent films for a wide variety of reasons. Mystery Writer Agatha Christie’s plays have proven to be excellent candidates for conversion to film and by watching the play and reviewing the workbook and video you'll get 24 hours before the event, you’ll have some insight into why.
To save your seat and get access to the additional resources, just click I Want This. Provide payment information, then open the confirmation email and click View Product to get the Santa Monica theater location and other meetup details. The curtain goes up at 8pm. I'll be at the theater from 7:30 on to give those who sign up their tickets.
If you are a playwright or screenwriter you will find this meetup helps you learn:
- Why some plays work as films and some don’t.
- How to use limited locations and limited characters to your advantage.
- Why Agatha Christie’s works have proven to be so successful for so long.
- How to use short theatrical runs to ensure your work “works” from a story, character, and dialog perspective.
- How directing on stage helps filmmakers master skills that serve them well in making their first movies.
- Why smart directors and filmmakers frequently hire actors from plays.
- What you can learn from good and bad productions.
My objective in creating this event is several fold.
First, I think many members would be well served by going to plays and performances as a group. We can’t all walk on to film sets every week, but we can go to plays several times a month, and what we learn as we consider character, dialog, story location, and plot makes our work stronger. Second, seeing how audiences respond to material helps us hone our own sense of what those who watch our work will like and dislike. If you aren’t presenting your own work to audiences, and you aren’t going to plays where original work is presented, you’re likely to be creating work for an “audience of one”. Finally, while producing a film can cost millions, you can put up a play for thousands. Good plays do make money, and many are optioned every year to become films.
Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org and call (310) 699-8122.