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Learn how to turn your story into a film

Sep 5, 2017
Learn how to turn your story into a film

Aspirant and new script writers in Port Elizabeth and surrounds are being given the opportunity to hone their skills.

Over the next few months One Blood Sounds will be hosting a Script Writing workshop on the 30th of September at Gallery Noko in Russel Road Central under the auspices of the National Film Video Foundation Programme.

The objective is to craft story ideas into working scripts which will appeal to producers and programme makers.

Hosting the first Port Elizabeth workshop will be Johannesburg script editor Mokopi Shale.

“Her workshop will help anyone who has a story to tell to transform their ideas and vision into a bankable script,” says Nomakhomazi Dewavrin of One Blood Sounds.

Shale began her career in the media industry as a radio drama actress in 1998.

She then worked as a television presenter, researcher and script writer for Take 5, a SABC youth educational magazine programme, and later became the associate producer for the show. 

After a stint as the Corporate Accounts Manager for Ochre Moving Pictures, she was approached to become a Commissioning Editor in the drama unit of the SABC’s Content Enterprises, and was later promoted to Head of Story.

She was responsible for managing such projects as Entabeni and Ubizo as a commissioning editor.

During this time she also wrote and published three popular fiction romance novels for Sapphire Press.

Mokopi also worked for a period of a year and half as a story-liner on South Africa’s most watched soap opera Generations, from 2010 to 2012.

She currently works as a freelance writer and script editor, and runs her own Production Company - Fuze Films.

The workshops will teach aspirant writers how to turn their story into a film script, and how this should then be packaged.

At the end of the workshops One Blood Should will choose then best script and this will be made into a short film.

Scriptwriters wanting to attend the free workshop should submit a five page script depicting a scene that would typically take place in Port Elizabeth.

“Humour is what we are looking,” says Dewavrin.

Email One Blood Sounds a sample of your story to submityourscene@gmail.com before 18 September 2017.