Long Beach filmmaker and author Steven Deeble will conduct an introductory-level workshop on screenwriting on Saturday, August 25, at 11:00 AM, at the main branch of the Long Beach Public Library. The presentation takes place in the Miller Special Collections Room. The program is a joint presentation of the library and the Long Beach Literary Arts Center.
“This is exactly the type of programming that the Long Beach Literary Arts Center is happy to support,” said Nancy Lynée Woo, LBLAC Programing Director. “Our mission is to help writers connect, create and collaborate, so we are proud to partner with Steve and the library.”
The workshop will cover the basics of screenwriting, including format, production terminology, and structure.
“Screenwriting is a different form from straight narrative storytelling,” said Deeble, who is also the author of a novel, ‘Persistence of Vision’. “To me, a screenplay is hybrid form that’s part technical writing. You have a very specific format to follow. People who read screenplays for a living look for that first, before they even read the screenplay. It shows you’ve done your homework.”
The fact is, according to Deeble, if you don’t follow it, your screenplay won’t be read at all.
“There’s a lot of competition out there,” he continued. “It’s important to understand the basics to stay in the running.”
Deeble studied film production at Long Beach City College and Film Theory and Criticism at the University of California, Irvine.
“I started writing screenplays on an old Underwood typewriter when I was in sixth grade,” he said. “I was making Super-8 films and realized I needed to write screenplays before shooting the films.”
Deeble read all the books on filmmaking available at his local library. A neighbor gave him a copy of the script for John Wayne’s final feature, ‘The Shootist’.
“I emulated the style I saw in that screenplay,” he said. “I used it to write the shorts I made. By the time I was in ninth grade I had written a 90-page script.”
Deeble has written, produced, and directed several short films. He has also served as Associate Producer on two independent feature films, one of which won the Idyllwild International Film Festival and was later sold to Russian television. He has also produced many commercial projects, including industrial, training, and promotional films.
“I’ve worked with Steve in the past on a literary-themed ‘How I MADE It’ storytelling showcase, and it’s clear that he’s passionate about writing, sharing his knowledge, and lifting others up,” added Woo. “I’m personally excited that he is offering a workshop on screenwriting because we’ve had requests for this sort of programming, and he is really filling in a gap here. The LBLAC is happy to partner with anyone willing to step up and lead, and Steve is certainly that person.”
“I’m very excited the library asked me to do this workshop,” said Deeble. “I recently did a writing workshop for the Anaheim Public Library and enjoyed the interaction with the attendees. It’s gratifying when your students get excited about your subject.”
The event is free. Class size is limited so those interested should email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a seat.
For more information about the Long Beach Literary Arts Center, visit their website at lblitarts.com.
EVENT DATE: Saturday, August 25th, 2018, 11:00 AM
EVENT LOCATION: Long Beach Main Library, 101 Pacific Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90802
CONTACT: Steven Deeble (562)754-5856 or email@example.com