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Gene Fournier – Screenplays and Novels: There and Back Again

October 10, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

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Have you ever seen a screenplay? It has a unique and extremely rigid format. You probably wondered how people can write that way. Former screen and TV writer, Gene Fournier, will discuss screenplays and how the format works and why it makes sense. He will also provide samples. Since he now writes novels and has dipped into Indie e-book publishing, he has discovered some interesting variances when moving from one format to another and one mindset to another. Gene feels, however, that some of the biggest advantages screenwriters bring to novels is their ear for dialogue and their sense for spatial relationships.

Gene describes himself as a Christian, husband, father and “a person who has certain skill sets and experiences that he has been able to trade for money over many years.” Although his credentials include a BA (Philosophy & Literature) from St. Louis University and MFA (Film Production) from University of Southern California, when he pitched ideas and writing scripts in Los Angeles, he hid those diplomas. He says that they were a liability. Later, when working for international corporations, the degrees mattered again, but the glitter of a Hollywood history allowed him to get internal approvals. Gene had an agent in Los Angeles (“went through three,” he says) and is a member of the WGA (Writers Guild of America). His credits include scripts for Charlie’s Angels (Spelling-Goldberg), WKRP in Cincinnati (MTM), Hello Larry (TAT, Inc.), and The Misadventures of Sherriff Lobo (Universal). Gene has also directed corporate films all over the US and in many foreign locations.


October 10, 2016
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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