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The Pefect Family posterCLAIRE RILEY (writer of the 2012 comedy The Perfect Family starring Kathleen Turner), who taught a ten-week screenwriting class earlier this year at The Plaza, will conduct two workshops this summer: THE COMEDY SCREENPLAY and SELLING A SCREENPLAY WITHOUT AN AGENT.

 

“Claire crystallizes what’s needed to sell your screenplay. She did it with humor and insight, posing revealing questions to each of us as we handed in our assignments. She also gave us helpful sources on how to sell our screenplays. She was helpful and I wouldn’t hesitate to take another class of hers.” 

– Linda Leuzzi, Reporter, The Long Island Advance

 

Click on the link below to read Linda Leuzzi’s article about Claire Riley and her class at The Plaza. Claire Riley, LI Advance, February 7, 2013

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WORKSHOP 1 – SELLING A SCREENPLAY WITHOUT AN AGENT

Date: TBA  *  Time: TBA  *  Fee: TBA
Discounts: 10% if you sign up for both classes, and 10% for those who attended Claire’s 10-week course this past spring.

 

DESCRIPTION:

  • Today there are many ways to get your script to producers without representation. Claire Riley has used most of these methods and has gotten her scripts into the hands of hundreds of producers.
  • She sold her script THE PERFECT FAMILY to an independent filmmaker and the movie was release in May 2012, staring Kathleen Turner, Emily Deschanel and Richard Chamberlain.
  • She will discuss how to use the various ways to contact producers (including phone pitching), as well as creating the tools you need to get those producers to request your script.  Come prepared to learn tools for success.

 

CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR THE SELLING A SCREENPLAY WITHOUT AN AGENT WORKSHOP

 

 

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WORKSHOP 2 – THE COMEDY SCREENPLAY

Date: TBA  *  Time: TBA  *  Fee: TBA

Discounts: 10% if you sign up for both classes, and 10% for those who attended Claire’s 10-week course this past spring.

 

DESCRIPTION:

  • A comedy screenplay is more than a series of jokes. In a movie, the comedy must be built into the script on every level to sustain laughs for 90 minutes or more.
  • We will discuss how to write a great comedy screenplay, including topics such as: concepts that generate laughs throughout the story, building laughs into the outline, creating comic characters (including comedic relationships between characters), scene structures that generate laughs, writing great hilarious dialogue, using advanced dialogue techniques for comedy, using physical comedy, etc.

 

CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR THE COMEDY SCREENPLAY WORKSHOP

 

 

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INSTRUCTOR

CLAIRE V. RILEY is a screenwriter who specializes in comedies. Her comedy/drama script, THE PERFECT FAMILY, was produced into an independent feature film starring Kathleen Turner, Emily Deschanel and Richard Chamberlain. The film premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in April 2011, and had its theatrical release in May 2012, including four screenings here at The Plaza Cinema and Media Arts Center.

 

Claire got her start studying screenwriting at Gotham Writers’ Workshop in NYC, but her writing moved to a professional level when she began studying with Hal and Cheryl Croasmun at ScreenwritingU.com. She is currently in a mentorship program with screenwriting guru Chris Soth, who developed the Mini Movie Method. She has written four scripts and is working on her fifth. She lives in Brooklyn, NY but is a frequent visitor to Patchogue, as her niece lives here.

 

Claire taught a ten week screenwriting class earlier this year at The Plaza Cinema & Media Arts Center. The main focus of this course was the mini movie method of structuring screenplays, how to create great characters that attract movie stars, advanced dialogue techniques, techniques for structuring scenes, and other advanced screenwriting tools.  The students work-shopped their story ideas in the class as they learned the different tools.