Movies. There is that special magic of being encompassed in the womb of a blackened theater with a gargantuan screen sweeping you up with visuals and feelings of a great story. When it’s a hit, you LOVE that journey; when it’s a miss, well, don’t you often wonder how in the heck did this get made? And, I could have done better than that!
Because you’re a writer, and not a too shabby one at that. You may be “aspiring”, but you know how to craft a scene or two, and you surely have some stories to tell. Some good ones. If they only knew about your talent…
So, how do you get from “Blink-and-You’ll-Miss-Me-ville” to actual notice, employment, and acclaim in Hollywood?
Strap on your laptop and be ready to buckle down for hours of long isolation, commitment, and a good dose of tenacity for this journey, but if you really feel you have what it takes, then let Lew Hunter, one of the best screenwriting teachers out there, map the route for you. Lew will not only guide you on how to overcome bumps in the road, but will make sure your “vehicle” is tuned up and ready for the trip. He will help make your script the best it can be before you head out.
The two-week schedule will immerse you in the writing process, where you will be encouraged to progress from story idea, to treatment, to step-outline and finally to complete the First Act of the Screenplay (30 pages). Lew will facilitate the best writing by creating an atmosphere of constructive feedback for all participants.
So, if you're ready to start out on your journey to Hollywood with your eye towards the big — or maybe small — screen, Lew has been commended as an excellent guide and mentor. He knows the business, he knows the craft, and he loves to share his wisdom.
To read about the schedule for the workshops/colonies, please click here for a sample daily syllabus: Colony Schedule.
If you have specific questions, please call 402-879-3617. (Please be considerate of the time you call as it is a direct line to Lew's home office in Superior, Nebraska.)
Originally released through TheReader.com EDITOR'S NOTE: Leo Adam Biga spent four days and three nights covering Lew Hunter's Superior Screenwriting Colony, which wrapped June 27, 2008.
Twice a year a fractured fairy tale unfolds in Nebraska's Republican River Valley. Superior, a prosaic Nuckolls County border town of 2,055 in the state's most southern reaches, draws dreamers from near and far. They come, some halfway across America, some across the globe, to learn from a professor whose laidback Socratic method is Aristotle meets Jimmy Buffett.
The wise man is screenwriting guru Lew Hunter, a favorite son of Superior, born and raised in nearby Guide Rock
We're all storytellers, but how many can weave tales that grip an audience?...Hunter's an enabler.
“For any writer, the Colony House is a slice of heaven. Your two-week stay will change your attitude about your work in the best possible way, thanks to the love and care you'll receive — and give — while you're there. Go. Write. Go home, and write better for the rest of your life.”
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