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Date and Time

Thursdays

2pm-5pm
Next Round February 18th

Teachers

Jax Smith - Vancouver Acting Schools, Classes, & Workshops

Jax Smith
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Meeshelle Neal JBA Vancouver Acting Career Classes

Meeshelle Neal
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Location

788 Beatty Street
Floor B2

Cost (tax incl)

$377 for four weeks

Class at a Glance

  • 4 weeks

  • Small Groups (max 4 people)

  • Additional private ‘pitch & polish’ session (one on one hour with Jax and Meesh) OR written notes on your project

  • The support and guidance you need to move your project forward

The Motivation

As artists we are driven to CREATE.
However, at times it may seem overwhelming to get our self-driven projects off the ground.
PRACTICAL CREATIVE is here to help you establish a foundation for your work and take it to the next level, whatever that may be.

That web-series you’ve been meaning to shoot, that short you just know would be amazing at festivals, that ‘feature script’ in your desk drawer only your cat (or chosen companion) has seen, your TV series that’s in need of a treatment – this is the place to bring all of these materials.

PRACTICAL CREATIVE helps you take your project to the next level.

The Format

To start this class, you need a project or an idea at any stage of development. In the sign-up form below, you will be asked to pitch your project. Give us the log-line or simply outline the project as best you can.

This will be our jump-off point for the four-weeks:

Week One: delve into the most important question – why are you writing this? In our experience we typically have three main types of consulting clients:

1. Actors who need materials to showcase themselves;
2. Writers who want guidance on story / their creative; and
3. Writers who have completed most of their project (script, one-sheet, bible etc) and seek help with the business side (treatments, pitching, next steps etc)

We identify what stage of development your story / project is at and where you’d like to take it.

Week Two: now that we have a sense of your overall objective with the project, we are able to use this time to discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the story in more detail. Personalized notes are given.

Week Three: you bring your edited project back and further consultation and development of your project ensues.

Week Four: in addition to the regular weekly consultation and development of your project, you get the choice of either a one-hour private ‘pitch & polish’ or written notes on your work, outside of class time. *See below for more details on each option. Both will give you the next steps specific to your project and goals to leave class with.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Could you describe the pitch & polish?

A:  You practice pitching your project to us. We help you define the story, bring out the hook and hone in on the best approach to “sell” your idea. We work on organizing your story and ideas so that you go into meetings with confidence.

Q: What about the written notes?

A: We read your script / one-pager / bible thoroughly with an eye toward certain key elements: Is the story tracking? Are your characters coming alive? Does your dialogue pop? Are your pages well-crafted? And we give you coverage, i.e. typed out notes, highlighting specific areas with tips, tricks and suggestions.

Q: What are the benefits of a group setting?

A: First, the ability to gain insight on projects when you aren’t in the hot-seat. Second, the opportunity to request peer feedback.  Thirdly, access to a collaborative and supportive environment while developing projects.

Q: If you make specific suggestions, do you expect a credit or fee as a writer or a producer?

A: Our only job is to help make your script better. Your scripts are your own. We claim no rights to them.  There is, however, a level of involvement that can tip into ‘credit territory.’  Not to worry, we’ve got your back, we will let you know before you get anywhere close to that point and present you with the option of hiring us at that time.

Q: What if I just want to hire you to write a scene for me or hire you as writers?

A: We’d love that! Please Submit a Contact Form with Attention Jax & Meesh in the comments, and we will get back to you to discuss.

Q: What about confidentiality?

A: We will do our best to keep your ideas confidential. There will be occasions where we have read material with similar ideas. Most of the time there are major differences in execution.

Keep in mind, that an idea that isn’t shared stays safe but also goes nowhere. That said, we strongly encourage all our students to register their work with the WGC for that added security and peace of mind and we expect everyone to be respectful of the confidentiality of this class. Trust within the space is of the utmost importance to us. As such we expect all students to sign a confidentiality clause, protecting themselves and peers in the room.

Q : Can you get me a producer or agent?

A:  No. Consider Business Hours Drop In or the Double Down Weekly as a starting point if this is your goal. We are here to move your Project forward, Wesley is here to move your Career forward.

We can prepare you and your materials for producers, agents and industry professionals, however, we will not be making any direct connections.  If “success = preparation + opportunity,” consider us the preparation part of that equation!

Registration

Please complete the following form.  Note that payment is required to confirm your registration.  When you complete the form and click ‘Submit and Complete Payment’, you’ll be taken to our PayPal form, but if you don’t have a PayPal account you can use any major credit card.

Also note that cancellations will be accepted up to 96 hours after registration is received or 96 hours prior to the start of the class/seminar/workshop (whichever happens first).  If you let us know in writing within this time frame, we’ll refund your payment less a $25 processing fee.  After this time, your payment is non refundable.

Thank you!

next 4-week round starts February 18th