Jessica has produced independent features and web series, as well as seen her work produced for film, television, and theater, and can answer your questions about writing and producing.
Date: Tuesday, July 26th 2016
Location: AGR, 15 West 28th Street, 9th Floor, NYC 10001
Capacity: 50 students total
Ages: 16 and up
Did you know that all great movies follow the same basic structure? There's an elegant formula to cinematic storytelling, and it's WAY simpler than the complex and confusing equations presented in many screenwriting "bibles". In order to receive consideration in the professional world (from investors, producers, etc), and in order to play well onscreen, your screenplay must follow classic cinematic structure (no exceptions!). The good news is that you can learn this structure in an accessible, practical way that makes writing film easier, not harder. My take on screenplay writing is deeply rooted in character. I believe three act structure and character development are inextricably intertwined, and I can teach you how to use the character development skills you already have as an actor to create a jumping off point for creating story, plot, and a well structured screenplay. This class is a huge boon for anyone who is currently working on a feature or a short, has an idea for a screenplay they've been kicking around, or for actors who want an understanding of the form that will enable you to serve the story better - in ways that directors and producers will recognize and respond to.
Wait List Policy
If a class is sold out, you can sign up for a spot on the wait list.
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If you do not get the spot, you do not need to rejoin the wait list.
We do not offer refunds, but we do offer credit. Cancellations must be made 7 days or more in advance of a class, event, or intensive in order to receive a credit. You can cancel the class online in our booking system or via email.
Unless otherwise noted, if you cancel within 7 days of the class, event, or intensive due to sickness or industry related work, we require a doctor's note or proof of work in order to issue a credit.
Cancellations within 24 business hours of the class, event, or intensive and/or no-shows will NOT be credited under any circumstance. For example, if your class is on Sunday, you must cancel before the end of business on Friday.
Jessica Blank is an actor, writer, director and producer. With her husband Erik Jensen, she is author of THE EXONERATED, a play based on interviews they conducted with over 40 wrongfully convicted death row inmates across the United States. THE EXONERATED won Lucille Lortel, Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk, Ovation, Fringe First and Herald Angel Awards; it has also received awards from Amnesty International, the American Bar Association, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Death Penalty Focus, and Court TV, and was listed by the New York Times as "the number 1 play of the year." It was made into an award-winning movie adapted by Jessica and Erik, starring Susan Sarandon, Danny Glover, Brian Dennehy, Aidan Quinn and Delroy Lindo. Their documentary play AFTERMATH, directed by Jessica, opened New York Theater Workshop’s 2009-10 Off-Broadway season to rave reviews, was a New York Times Critics’ Pick, toured internationally for two years and was nominated for two Drama League Awards. Their new play, HOW TO BE A ROCK CRITIC (based on the writings of Lester Bangs), under commission at CTG, was workshopped at the Public Theater and the La Jolla Playhouse and recently completed a sold-out run at the Kirk Douglas Theater and South Coast Rep, with Erik starring and Jessica directing.
Jessica and Erik are currently writing the pilot THE NEGOTIATOR for Gaumont TV (exec producer Tom Fontana); they have developed for television with Fox TV Studios, 20th Century TV, Avenue Pictures, Sunswept Entertainment, Virgin Produced, and Radical Media. They currently have a feature in development with Cary Brokaw/Avenue Pictures. Jessica's first novel, Almost Home, (Hyperion, 2007) was optioned for feature film with Jessica and Erik adapting and co-directing; the film is slated for production in 2016. Her second novel, Karma for Beginners (Hyperion, 2009) is in development for television with Avenue Pictures, with Jessica and Erik adapting. Her third novel is forthcoming from Penguin in 2016. LIBERTY CITY, a play co-written by Jessica and April Yvette Thompson, was produced Off-Broadway by New York Theater Workshop in 2008 (with Jessica directing), has toured to Miami and elsewhere, and was nominated for Lucille Lortel, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle awards.
As an actor, Jessica appeared regularly as the lead's loudmouthed big sister in CBS' MADE IN JERSEY. Additional TV credits include BLUE BLOODS, ELEMENTARY, THE FOLLOWING, THE MENTALIST, BORED TO DEATH, RESCUE ME, LAW AND ORDER: CI, THE BRONX IS BURNING, HIGH MAINTENANCE and several more. Film acting credits include THE NAMESAKE (dir. Mira Nair), YOU'RE NOBODY TILL SOMEBODY KILLS YOU (prod. Spike Lee), THE EXONERATED, and several indies including CREATIVE CONTROL (Grand Jury Prize, SXSW 2015) and ON THE ROAD WITH JUDAS (Sundance). She has acted in theaters throughout New York City and has five new films coming out in 2015-16, including #HORROR with Timothy Hutton and Chloe Sevigny.