ADULT WORKSHOP NOV 7 - 8
Chez Studios is excited to present
A Two Day Adult Workshop
with Marilyn R. Atlas
November 7- 8, 2015
Chez Studios is very excited to have Marilyn Atlas coming back to Atlanta November 7 & 8. If you strive to be a great actor and learn every way to develop great characters then this is the workshop for you.
Marilyn R. Atlas helps actors better their skills and learn how to fully envelop a character for any role. Many actors under her guidance have become writers themselves. Marilyn has worked with and guided many first time writers and they have wound up getting book deals and sold TV projects. If you would like to take your skills to new levels, this is a workshop for you.
AND NON-STEREOTYPICAL CHARACTERS
What constitutes a memorable character is a conscious interweaving of the characters thoughts, wants, goals, secrets, flaws and delusions.
For a character to move us he must move the plot forward in a true way that is consistent with his DNA. We will discuss several facets of the “evolution of personality” that are present in the best screen and television examples. Since, the pacing requirements of film are radically different from the opportunities in the novel, we will study how back-stories (info into a characters past life) lead into the interactions of the present via subtext rather than through the use of flashbacks.
The instructor will be giving handouts and students should be familiar with some of the following films/TV shows by the first class:
The Imitation Game, Little Miss Sunshine, Silence of the Lambs, Do The Right Thing, Born on the Fourth of July, Thelma and Louise, Wedding Banquet, Real Women Have Curves, Transamerica, There Will Be Blood, 500 Days of Summer, The Hurt Locker, About Schmidt, Persona, Amadeus, Crash, American Beauty
Orange is the New Black, The Wire, The Sopranos, Mad Men, The Good Wife, Damages, Downton Abbey, Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, The Blacklist, Orphan Black**, The Americans, Modern Family, Louie
We will also screen and discuss scenes from several films.
As for the technical aspects of the course, there will be homework. Students will be expected to participate in conversation as well as come prepared having read the handouts before class. No special materials will be needed, just familiarity with movies, specifically the ones previously mentioned, and characters.
There will be some short writing exercises dealing with character, as well as handouts provided for the class dealing with subtext, dialogue, character development, etc. for actor/writer participant, also the opportunity to pitch projects you’re working on.
The Workshop will also include a Q and A Session.
Mid Downtown - Atlanta, GA.
Location details will be given to students when their registration and payment are confirmed, about 1 week prior to the start date.
2 Day Workshop Dates are November 7 - 8, 2015: Cost $ 235.00
This workshop is for everyone 16 and up.
Group A - Saturday & Sunday MORNING 9:30 am - 1:00 pm
Group B - Saturday & Sunday AFTERNOON 2:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Each class size will be limited. Spaces will be reserved on a first come, first paid basis.
*Please Note: Cancellation Policy. You may cancel your workshop for a refund 14 days prior to the start date. Any cancellation after that time is subject to fees and our ability to find a replacement. If we are unable to find a replacement then you will not receive a refund. Many credit cards have insurance in the event of emergencies and we encourage you to use these when booking.
An award-winning producer and personal manager of actors and writers, Marilyn R. Atlas is equally at home in the worlds of film, television, and live theater. Among her credits as film producer are “Real Women Have Curves” for HBO, which won the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival, “A Certain Desire,” starring Sam Waterston, and “Echoes,” which won the Gold Award at the Texas International Film Festival. In addition to producing a variety of programming for the cable/ pay TV market, Marilyn served as a production consultant on the film “Call Me.” She was also involved as a producer in the development of the MOW “Nightwalker” and “Playing for Keeps.” Currently Marilyn is producing "The Choking Game" for Lifetime Networks.
She has spoken at events such as The San Francisco Writers Conference, the Santa Fe Screenwriters Conference and Richard Krevolin’s USC Screenwriting Retreat. Marilyn has also taught several actor workshops. Additionally, she was a guest lecturer in the Bill Cosby Writing Program at USC, where she also teaches a class every year on creating three-dimensional, non-stereotypical characters.
Marilyn has been a guest at various colleges, including Harvard(wood), UCLA, USC, Emerson, the University of Redlands, the Savannah College of the Arts, and the University of Wisconsin. She has served as the professional-in-residence (in theater and film) at Ball State University, and was the speaker at the International Writer’s Conference at Hollins University (2010). She structured an intensive course at Skyline College in San Francisco covering the inception, development and promotion of a script in “The Business of Screenwriting: The Idea – and its Execution.”
Her clients have appeared in shows such as Fringe, Pretty Little Liars, 90210, Revenge, Hart of Dixie, NCIS:LA, True Blood, Dexter, Chuck, Castle, and Criminal Minds. In addition, her clients have worked on feature films such as Holes and Transformers. Marilyn herself has been in development on pilots for Showtime and ABC Family.
In addition to Marilyn’s film/TV credits, she has sold (first time) novels “Chasing the Jaguar” to HarperCollins, “Hungry Woman in Paris” to Grand Central Publishing, and the “Ave Maria Bed & Breakfast” to Hachette Publishing, and the “Last Ride of Caleb O’Toole” to Source Books 2013.