Tues 10/9: Write Like the Pros: Mastering High Concept

Tuesday 10/9 @ 4:00pm - 6:00pm PT
Taught by Sean Robins (Partner, Broken Road Productions with First Look Deal with Paramount)

So, you have this idea for a movie or show that you just know is going to be a hit. It’s consumed your thoughts, as well as all the storage space on your hard drive. You’re cooking with gas now, and you’re ready to take this concept to the page and start drafting.

But, you’ve been hearing about how people are looking for high concept projects and, while you were sure your idea was high concept before, now you’re not so sure. What do people even mean when they say “high concept”? And how can you really be sure that your concept meets that criteria?

Well, fret not! Sean Robins is here to break it all down for you!

In This Two-Hour Clinic, You Will Learn:

  • What is High Concept 
  • Why High Concept is Appealing 
  • Do's and Don'ts for Writing High Concept
  • Feedback on Up to Two Loglines 
  • Live Q&A 

About Your Instructor:

Sean Robins has been at Broken Road since its inception and has been a partner for the last nine years. Robins has helped steer Broken Road’s slate including films such as PAUL BLART: MALL COP and PAUL BLART: MALL COP 2, KNIGHT AND DAY, ZOOKEEPER, HERE COMES THE BOOM, SORCERER’S APPRENTICE, JACK AND JILL, INTO THE STORM, THE SCOUTS GUIDE TO THE ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE, TRUE MEMOIRS OF AN INTERNATIONAL ASSASSIN, NAKED, CADAVER, TAG, and the forthcoming ISN’T IT ROMANTIC, 1974 and HAUNT all in production or pre-production amongst others. On the television side, Broken Road produced MTV’s cooking show SNACKOFFand has recently sold over a dozen new projects.

Starting at George Clooney’s Maysville Pictures, and then running Robert Lawrence Productions for seven years, Robins has used his writing degrees both as a Producer and as a writer, having optioned many of his scripts in the past.

Robins is a graduate of Northwestern University and participated in the Peace Corps Partnership for Service Learning in Kingston, Jamaica. There he worked for the Jamaican Human Rights Council while taking classes at the University of Technology.

Robins grew up in the food and beverage business and parlayed his love of food into a fourteen-year, four thousand plus restaurant journey that saw him become the first and only person to eat at every restaurant listed in a Zagat Guide. Featured on CNN, KCRW’s Good Food, NBC, Delish, The Daily Meal, Robins created the concept for the restaurant ChocoChicken with partner Adam Fleischman of Umami Burger and 800 Degrees fame.

Broken Road just signed a First Look Deal with Paramount Studios!