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Talkin’ the Talk: Crafting Killer Dialogue for TV & Film

All levels | Great dialogue is the key to making your script exceptional. Who will ever forget, “There’s no place like home?” or “Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose?” Want to learn how to craft undeniable dialogue? In this workshop, we will go over 35 different techniques using comedy and drama examples from current television shows and feature films. In addition, some of the case studies will showcase video clips so you can hear the dialog in action. We’ll discuss ways to make your dialogue sound more conversational, talk about subtext, comic contrasts and parallel construction, (cut out “and”) tools for handling things like exposition, and much more. Each participant will also bring a scene from one of their scripts and use it during in-class exercises to put the techniques to work.

Due to COVID-19, all classes will take place online-either through Zoom or through Wet Ink, our asynchronous learning platform-through the end of 2020.

All times are listed in Pacific Time.

Instructor: Ali Laventhol

Class Type: 2 Sessions

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Term: Fall 2020

Start Date: 11/07/2020

End Date: 11/08/2020

Days of the Week: Saturday, Sunday

Time: 1:10 pm – 4:10 pm

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

$162.00 Member Price:
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Ali Laventhol

Ali Laventhol got her start in show business working on movies like “National Treasure,” “Terminator” and “Pirates of the Caribbean.” Only not as a writer. She was a visual effects compositor for features, commercials and music videos before making the leap to her original love: writing. Teaming up with Tawnya Bhattacharya led to writing gigs on the staff of shows like “A Million Little Things,” “Famous In Love,” “Perception,” and “The Client List.” Most recently the duo have been Co-Executive Producers for “Ginny & Georgia” at Netflix and “Salsa” at Apple. A former competitive equestrian and yoga teacher, Ali has worked for the gun control lobby, climbed pyramids and held her Dad’s hand as he took his last breath. It’s a life she now puts into her writing. Ali lives in Los Angeles with her rescue mutt, Mavis.

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