Kids Kino Industry at Polish Film Festival in Gdynia
“THINKING BIG BUT WRITING LOCAL – Masterclass with Philip LaZebnik“
The session wil be run on FPFF YouTube channel, December 11th, 16.00-16.45 CET
Hosted by: Maciej Jakubczyk (Head of Kids Kino IFF), Katarzyna Janiak (Project Manager Kids Kino Industry) & Viola Gabrielli (Head of Programme, Kids Kino Industry) at New Horizons Association
Screenwriter, Tutor Kids Kino.Lab, USA
Philip LaZebnik is uniquely qualified to compare and contrast the process of writing and producing a major Hollywood film with a smaller-budget European film. In Los Angeles, LaZebnik wrote screenplays for several Disney and DreamWorks animated features, including POCAHONTAS, MULAN and THE PRINCE OF EGYPT. After moving to Denmark, he has written numerous films and TV series throughout Europe. Though the budgets of the European films are much smaller than the large studio movies in LA, LaZebnik uses the same screenwriting tools, and he will share his insights into story structure, character development and his writer’s process, material he covers in greater detail in the Kids Kino Lab workshop, for which he is a mentor.
Some of the topics LaZebnik will discuss will include the following among others: how there’s no substitute for an individual creative vision. The importance of the story development process. The role that the audience plays in a film. How screenwriters have to be ruthless with their own creations. How he uses Jason Alexander’s Actor’s questions when writing scenes. And the single most important factor in a filmmaker’s success. After his talk, there will be a question and answer period.