with Jim Curtan
A Weekend Workshop Essential For Anyone In the Business of Making Movies
November 15th & 16th, 2008
The Filmmakers Guide To Archetypes is a 2-day interactive seminar designed for those working in the entertainment industry, on either the creative or the business side. Using film clips and other real-world examples, instructor JIM CURTAN will show you how to interpret your characters, your clients, and yourself using basic archetypes – and how applying these techniques can help you improve your business and your career, while communicating more successfully with others in the industry.
Learn the Language of Archetypes to Ignite Your Creativity & Your Business
WHY STUDY ARCHETYPES?
Archetypes are an essential element in the common language of the creative process. Understanding archetypes gives you the tools to animate characters, bring their energy to life, and break down their unique essence in a productive way. Understanding archetypes and how they affect the art of storytelling will help you clearly exchange ideas and skillfully navigate your given field more effectively.
WHO IS THIS SEMINAR FOR?
ACTORS: Gain insight into your personal archetypal characteristics and how this knowledge can improve your auditions and positively affect the roles you receive. Why are you right for some roles and not for others? How can you use what is unique about you to your advantage in every audition?
CASTING DIRECTORS: Facilitate the story vision by merging the character archetypes implied by the writer with the correct cast selection. Why do certain actors “fit” in certain parts? How can you make casting easier by defining the intended archetypes?
AGENTS: Identify the best roles for your clients based on their archetypes and learn to pick projects based on their archetypal contracts. How do I know if a project is right for my client? How can I use my time more wisely by seeking only material that is perfectly in line with my client’s unique archetypal characteristics?
MANAGERS: Identify the right career moves for your clients based on their archetypes and guide them to career success without career missteps. How can I accurately market my clients to put them on the right career path? How can I use archetypes to avoid career suicide for my clients?
PUBLICISTS: Understand how to use your client’s archetypes correctly for more effective promotion. Learn why some campaigns work and others do not. What does the public inherently accept about my clients based on their archetypal makeup? What are the pitfalls of violating my client’s archetypal contracts?
DIRECTORS: Learn to tell a more compelling story by using archetypes to define and highlight each character arc. How do ensure my film builds from beginning to end? How do I guarantee that each precious moment on screen is moving my story forward?
PRODUCERS: Understand at the base level what makes your film work by applying the creative science of archetypes with confidence. How can I make certain that my films connect with the audience? How do I know we are hiring the right cast?
SCREENWRITERS: Learn to identify and define character archetypes and how they affect the art of storytelling. How do you make all of your characters more believable and engaging? How do you keep your storyline compelling, while building each character arc?
WHAT CAN I EXPECT FROM THIS SEMINAR?
• Using some of the greatest films of all time as the foundation for real-world examples, Jim will guide the weekend discussion through the actors and characters we all know and show us why certain ones work in a given situation, when others may not.
• Every participant will have the opportunity to interact with the whole class and in small groups through fun, lively discussions that will stimulate the imagination and provide meaningful, experiential encounters with archetypes like the hero, heroine, damsel, mentor, villain, victim, lover, artist, liberator, saboteur, knight, rebel, revolutionary, prostitute, child, warrior and femme fatale.
• You will have those “a-ha” moments and will begin to recognize what makes a particular character and actor choice work.
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For More Information:
Early Registration: $300 ($350 after 11/3)
Jim Curtan is a motivational speaker, retreat leader, & certified spiritual director – in his prior career as a talent manager, he represented some of the top A-list names in the entertainment industry.
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Many people working in the entertainment industry are guessing, trying to figure out what Hollywood wants. Wouldn’t it be better to be part of the solution?
Understanding how archetypes work in the creative process will give you the confidence to know what Hollywood requires – and to offer it.
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