[Craft Series] What It’s Really About: Identifying Your Story’s Theme

Seth Renshaw
Director of Development, Benaroya Pictures

We've all taken a stab at putting our script's theme into a simple explanation that makes someone else want to get on our story's ride. We've all heard how important a clear theme is, as it can make or break your reader's investment in what happens. After all, at the end of the day, the theme is what our story is really about. It’s what's going to still resonate with people long after the closing image. So it's vital you clearly and consistently communicate your theme throughout your script, while also making sure it matches the events of your story.

Seth Renshaw of Benaroya Pictures will be your guide through the sometimes murky waters of developing and identifying your story's theme! 

This 90-Min. Webinar Covers:

  • What is theme, really?
  • Why identifying your theme is essential to your story
  • “Universal Theme”
  • Tying your theme into the plot and characters
  • How to elicit empathy 
  • Why people go to the movies

About Your Host

Seth Renshaw is the Director of Development at Benaroya Pictures (SALT AND FIRE, KILL YOUR DARLINGS, THE WORDS).

At Benaroya, Seth Executive produced AGAINST THE CLOCK with Andy Garcia and Dianna Argon, BIG SKY with Bella Thorne and Kyra Sedgwick and CYMBELINE with Ethan Hawke, Ed Harris, Milla Jovovich, Dakota Johnson and John Leguizamo.

Benaroya Pictures was founded in 2006 by CEO Michael Benaroya to develop, finance, and produce major motion pictures across a variety of genres and platforms.

Along with an active in-house development wing, Benaroya Pictures also packages and invests in outside projects, allowing the company to work with the A-list talent of today while also grooming the up-and-coming filmmakers of tomorrow. With the ability to develop and finance feature films, Benaroya Pictures views each project as an intellectual property that can be adapted for various formats beyond the silver screen.

What To Expect

Immediately after registering, you will receive an Order Confirmation that serves as the receipt for your registration. In the Order Summary section of this email, there will be a link reading "CLICK HERE FOR INSTRUCTIONS" that will take you to the page containing the Webinar recording. Under that link will be the Password you'll need to unlock the page and enjoy!


If you have any questions or any trouble accessing the recording, email our Director of Education Alexandra Davies at alex@roadmapwriters.com!

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