Entries in David E. Tolchinsky (15)

Monday
Aug062018

Great Production of my play Where's the Rest of Me?

at the Road Theatre as part of The Road's Summer Playwrights Festival.  Here's a picture of me, the director, and my cast and the director of the festival after the performance. Thanks to Tim Craig for the picture. #spf9

More info about the play:  http://davidetolchinsky.com/wheres-the-rest-of-me/

Sunday
Jul152018

Introducing the Cast of Where's The Rest of Me? 

Now fully cast -- August 4, 2018, The Road Theatre, Los Angeles, as part of The Road Theatre's Summer Playwrights Festival 9. Written by Dave TolchinskyWhere's The Rest of Me? will be directed by Ryan McRee, with Robert Beddall as Dave, John Gowans as Marshall, Albie Selznick as Spalding, and Emily Jerez as all other characters. More info at http://www.roadtheatre.org. #spf9

 the logline:

A screenwriter wrestles with his relationship to Spalding Gray, his psychiatrist father and the classic movie, King’s Row.  A dark and funny journey through movies, monologues and mental illness. 

Here’s more info/history about the play –  

http://davidetolchinsky.com/wheres-the-rest-of-me/


Monday
May142018

Pics at the Reception for the 2018 Graduating MFAs

With playwrights Thomas Bradshaw and Brett Neveu. Pics by Joe Mazza/bravelux.com

 

 

Sunday
Apr152018

Talk at Claremont-McKenna April 2

on "The Politics of Movie/TV Endings"-- fun to do, well attended, and great questions from the audience. 

 

Sunday
Feb182018

Gave talk at the Prague Film School

Gave a talk on February 16 on "Understanding Character Arc: A Screenwriter's Perspective" at the Prague Film School, very cool institution in a very cool city.

What is “classic” character development based on 3-act structure or the Hero’s Journey/mythic structure? What are recent trends? What happens when you leave off the beginning or end of a character arc or twist our expectations about what an arc should be? What does a character arc look like when time is compressed, expanded, reversed, or duplicated (either within a film or across TV episodes)?  When is it appropriate not to have a character arc (that is, your character is unchanging)? Finally, how is character arc related to theme/message?  In general, as a writer, how can you use an understanding of character arc to jumpstart your writing process?