Character Development Workshop

DATE:       Saturday, 10 October 2015
TIME:       09h30 to 13h00
VENUE:     AFDA Durban, 
2A Highdale Road, Glen Anil, Durban North

The campus is accessible from Umhlanga Rocks drive at the BP Station which leads to Highdale Road along Sagewood Way. Alternately you can access the campus from the N2 at R102 and taking the Old North Coast Road (see Total Garage), first right onto Cypress Drive, first left onto Wistaria Grove where you will then reach Highdale Road

Bookings essential: Bookings close on 8 October 2015, 12h00

Those already booked for this session, please just confirm that you can do the changed date and venue

Cover Charges:
Members / Students with valid student card / Affiliated organisation: R30
Non-Members: R80

PLEASE NOTE:  We are discounting the cover charges as we are not in a position to offer refreshments:  Please bring your own

To secure your booking:  Please pay the required cover charge to our bank:
WGSA Current Account
Standard Bank, Melville
Branch No: 006105
Acc No: 300082444
Acc type:  Current

Please use your name and surname as reference / DBN3/10

The workshop will cover:

What is the importance of character in a story?

·         How to develop a character?

·         What is the character journey?

·         What are the different types of characters?

·         How to develop a 3 dimensional character that is relevant to the story?
About Janet van Eeden

Janet has written fourteen feature screenplays and six stage plays to date, as well as numerous short films. She wrote and produced six plays (and directed two) and taken each one to the Grahamstown ArtsFestival, all with funding from the National Arts Council.

She was supervising producer on two M-Net EDiT Award- Winning Films, Smile (2006) and Commando (2007), written and directed by Johann Hyman and Stephen de Villiers respectively, while lecturing at UKZN.

A full-length feature film she co-wrote, White Lion, premiered at the Durban International Film Festival in July 2009 and was released internationally in February 2010.

Her stage play A Matter of Time was unanimously declared the winning entry by all three judges of the Olive Schreiner Award 2008.

She offers an online Scriptwriting Course on which has attracted students from across the world.

She has a Masters in English (Cum Laude) which dealt with writing a biographical play, and am currently doing my PhD, entitled Beyond the Biopic through UKZN which includes the writing of a Screenplay.

She won the 2011 Vodacom Journalist of the Year Award as a Columnist for The Sunday Independent.

She wrote and produced the short script of A Shot at the Big Time, after raising funds on . Shot the Short was filmed in July 2012, directed by Stephen de Villiers, and premiered at the Durban International Film Festival in July 2013. It was submitted to film festivals around the world while we raised funds for the feature project.

In November 2013 A Shot at the Big Time, the short was nominated for three eThekwini Awards: Best Short Film, Best Writer/Producer, Best Cinematography. It won for Best Cinematography (Luke Pallett, DOP). In May, 2014, A Shot at the Big Time, the short was selected for the Cannes Short Film Corner, Metrage. She travelled to France and Shot was screened there. She attended the screening and also pitched her new film project, A Hyena in Petticoats, there. See link below:

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