Screenplay Incubator: Develop Something New with Mark Saffian

Mark Saffian
Manager/Producer
Content House
Saturdays 9/28, 10/5, 10/12 & 10/19 @ 11:00am - 1:00pm PT

Do you feel like you have a whole host of ideas rattling around in your head but have no idea which one to focus on? Do you want guidance and advice as you prepare something new? Do you want a weekly meeting with tailored assignments to hold you accountable as you develop your next project?

If you said yes to any of these, then an Incubator is just what the doctor ordered! This brand new, four-week class will put you through your development paces and ensure that you get writing on the best foot possible.

This Class Will Cover:

  • Story structure
  • Keeping conflict interesting and escalating
  • Crafting satisfying character arcs
  • And more! 

Class Structure:

Week #1 - Writers will submit concept, logline, character breakdowns, and outline prior to the first week's class for this exec to review. Your exec will give verbal feedback this week.

Week #2 - Writers will submit their revised outline prior to this week and this exec will make sure each writer's outline is structurally sound by giving another round of notes to fine tune.

Week #3 - Writers will submit the first act for this exec to give feedback on in this class.

Week #4 - Writers will submit a revised act one and as many pages as they can write prior to this week's class for this exec to review and give verbal feedback on in this class!

About Your Host

Mark Saffian worked in production for years as a Production Coordinator and Assistant Director before becoming an executive. Beginning in the mailroom at APA, then being promoted to an Assistant in the Packaging Department eventually becoming the Literary Department Development Coordinator where he helped to develop and sold pilots and films for the agency including the feature film O, a modern retelling of Othello and the television series 24. After APA, Mark was a Development Executive and Story Editor for Sony Pictures and Sid Ganis/Out of the Blue Entertainment where he was a Story Editor on BIG DADDY and DEUCE BIGELOW: MALE GIGOLO. Mark read spec scripts, screenplays, pilots, books and evaluated projects of all types for acquisition and development for both film and television for the studio.

Mark’s current company is Content House, a literary management company, which represents dozens of New York Times Best Selling Authors, screenwriters, directors and production companies. They also represent a lot of the top names in comic book authors and creators, webcomics, video games and new media. They are currently actively developing THE CROOK FACTORY based on the best-selling novel by Dan Simmons (THE TERROR, HYPERION) telling the true story of Ernest Hemingway running a spy ring out of Cuba during World War 2, as well as, the television series ONE SECOND AFTER with Constantin Films based on the best selling trilogy of books by William Forstchen. Recently, The Content House sold or set-up series on behalf of their clients to eOne, Warner Bros. Studios, Warner Animation, CW, Comedy Central, Showtime, and HBO.

What To Expect

Immediately after registering, you will receive an Order Confirmation email that serves as the receipt for your registration. In the Order Summary section of this email you will find a link reading "CLICK HERE FOR INSTRUCTIONS" that will take you to your syllabus, instructions for submitting material (if any), and the link to join the Live Class. Sessions are conducted via video conferencing software ZOOM. You will receive a link to the recording of the session via email following the live session.

Payment Plans

Payment plans are available for most multi-week classes. For 4-week programs, your balance will be due the second week of class. For longer programs, the balance will be broken up into 3 or 4 payments with the final payment due prior to the final week of class. Please note that you are responsible for the full price of the class even if you decide not to complete the program for any reason.

Cancellation Policy

You may cancel for a full refund up to 72 hrs. prior to the start of the class. Cancellations requested after this deadline will be ineligible for refunds.

Questions?

If you have any questions at all about this class, email our Director of Education Alexandra Davies at alex@roadmapwriters.com!

Specializes in:


Features
  • Drama
  • Comedy
  • RomCom
  • SciFi
  • Action
  • Adventure
  • Fantasy
  • Thriller
  • Horror
  • All Budgets

TV
  • Drama
  • Comedy
  • SciFi
  • Action
  • Adventure
  • Fantasy
  • Thriller
  • Horror
  • All TV Formats