Writing the Ensemble & Creating Strong Supporting Characters

If you think writing a script with one great hero is hard, try writing one with ten! The ensemble film has always been a successful staple in many major director’s careers – but why? And how do you successfully write a script with so many moving pieces? 

Roadmap is excited to present Danny Manus (CEO, No BullScript Consulting), who will go through the principles of crafting and structuring the ensemble film and why writing ensembles might help your career. Danny will also discuss the big change ensembles are about to undergo in the marketplace, as well as how to pitch and write loglines for the ensemble film.

This 90-Min. Webinar Will Cover:

  • How to connect multiple storylines in a compelling way
  • The difference between Subplots and B-Stories
  • Why proper tracking and transitions are imperative
  • Finding your lead in the emotional core of your ensemble
  • Keys to crafting strong supporting characters

About Your Host:

Danny Manus is one of the most in-demand script consultants as CEO of No BullScript Consulting (www.nobullscript.net) and author of “No B.S. for Screenwriters: Advice from the Executive Perspective.” He was ranked one of the “Cream of the Crop” script consultants in CS Magazine and named one of ScreenCraft’s “25 People Writers Should Follow on Twitter”. His clients include finalists or winners of the ABC/Disney Fellowship, Austin Film Festival, PAGE Awards, Nashville Film Festival, Scriptapalooza, etc.

He has consulted on projects including Strangerlands starring Nicole Kidman, I, Frankenstein starring Aaron Eckhart, and In-Lawfully Yours starring Marilu Henner. He’s a Development Consultant for Symerra Productions and was previously the Director of Development for Clifford Werber Productions (Cinderella Story), where he sold “To Oz” to United Artists and was a production executive on Just Add Water and Sydney White.

He was also the Development Consultant for Eclectic Pictures (Lovelace) and the DOD at Sandstorm Films (The Covenant, 8MM2), which had a first look deal at Screen Gems. Danny has appeared on numerous podcasts, BBC radio, is a columnist for ScriptMag, a judge six years running for PAGE Awards, and has been a speaker at Austin Film Festival, the Producer’s Guild of America, Kansas City Film Fest, and dozens of other major writing conferences. You can follow him on Twitter @DannyManus. 



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