WHY almabaril.com? When I took the domain name, I believed it to be unique, but I now see it exists in other areas of the internet. For this reason I feel it important to clarify the derivation. I was named after both my grandfathers. Albert Richard and Maurice Baron. My full name is Albert Maurice Baron Richard. I created my domain name by choosing the first two letters of each name, AL from Albert, MA from Maurice, BA from Baron, and RI from Richard, thus creating the name--almabari.
"Rosie, I think we'll be featured in Albert's Screenwriting classes. "
"I cut myself shaving."
Jake Gittes (Jack Nicholson) and Mrs. Mulwray (Faye Dunaway) face-to-face in Polanski's Chinatown. The sparkling dialogue of Robert Towne's script is one of the many outstanding components that make this such a great movie. The class will examine how the dialogue is integral in propelling this story.
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Story Essentials--Identifying and defining the essential dynamics that create powerful and successful stories
Other courses I would enjoy teaching include:
History of Cinema Introduction to Music (all genres) Creative Writing Expository Writing Painting and Drawing Art History
Marshall Will Kane (Gary Cooper) in High Noon--a Script we use when exploring the topic Creating Well-defined Characters. Carl Forman's script lends itself perfectly to the study of characters that are universal and simultaneously uniquely individual.
Everyone has a story to tell. During my tenure as a high school teacher, I taught Creative Writing focused primarily on the Short Story and Novel. Many of my English students expressed an interest in learning basic skills for writing scripts for television and cinema.They were eager to learn the basic techniques and writing strategies needed to tell their story ideas in a script format suitable to these genres.
Being a avid screenwriter myself, I was in tune with their interests. I began to put together teaching/learning materials with the hope of eventually being able to offer scriptwriting classes. Unfortunately, I was not able to accomplish this within the context of a high school curriculum. I decided to tailor my syllabus to community college students. I did an intensive study of the available books on screenwriting and related materials and created syllabi that contained the necessary introductory essentials. To test my approach, I facilitated Screenwriting workshops at my local community center. They proved to be a great success and provided me much-needed feedback with which to improve and revise my course content. Subsequently, I designed several possible courses for College level students.
Students are provided with their own script of each film we study.
We will read each with a specific focus on one element of script writing--dialogue, character, setting, etc.--and discuss and analyze
how this element functions and enhances the script. finally, we view the movie.
SOME MOVIES WE MAY VIEW
What Happens Next?
The principles of good story-telling are at the core of the most powerful, moving and entertaining stage plays, movies and television dramas. Robert Mckee's excellent book, Story, provided me invaluable insights into the ways and means of a crafting a great story. He outlines valuable basic writing principles that are essential, not only screenwriting, but to all forms of creative writing. I draw heavily on his advice as well as from books by other notable screenwriters.
MY BASIC APPROACH
Having completed the above steps for each component, we view the film version of the script and discuss how these elements work to unify, propel and enhance the story. For each class session there will be topic-specific writing activities. By the end of the course students will be able to utilize the essential tools and elements of Story as they apply to a script. They will have viewed specific examples in some great films and understand how these essential elements are used to craft a successful script-based story. Students will have been working on and revising their own scripts during the entire duration of the course.