Membership at the April 18th meeting voted to pursue Michael St. John Smith to speak at our June meeting. Michael St John Smith will be presenting a unique workshop from the point of view of developing an idea in a streamlined version of The Ring screenwriting intensive with particular application to the romantic novel.
The Ring method develops the idea through a series of stages as outlined below:
Michael will talk about the log line as an important tool in developing the idea further and then get into the structure, using the screenplay as a relevant example. This approach will be of value to both the “plotters” and the “pantsers” in the audience and will provide both with a valuable, possibly alternative tool for developing their material without it being too strict or formulaic. In other words, it would provide a loose structure to guide the writer along the way. There will be some interactive Q & A with a couple of volunteers on “the idea” and if there’s time, on character development, so come prepared with your story “ideas” and join the fun.
Michael St. John Smith is an established film actor, former advertising creative director and experienced screenwriter. He has appeared in more than 70 films and TV episodes and has written several commissioned screenplays. These include a recent adaptation of the novel, ‘Bow Grip’, with Telefilm Canada, ‘The Pen and the Sword’, a feature film for Devine Entertainment’s Writers Series, and most recently, ‘Archangel’, an original sci-fi feature co-written with New York Times best-selling author, William Gibson, with support from the Harold Greenberg Fund. He is currently developing a new TV series, “Dying to be Max,” with established television writer, Penny Gummerson.
Mike has also written and co-written several original screenplays (two of them optioned) and has authored three produced stage plays, including Jessie nominated Best Original Play, “Slaying Dragons”.
Working with Vancouver acting coach and teacher, Andrew McIlroy, Mike created and facilitates ‘The Ring’, an interactive screenwriting intensive designed to help writers and actors take their script ideas to the next level.
He graduated from Harvard University with honors in English Literature.