Script Workshops

We offer master-class script-writing workshops to be conducted by Orlow Seunke.
Producer-director Orlow Seunke is Dutch but moved to Indonesia in 2002.
Orlow Seunke is an Award winning feature filmmaker (The taste of water, Pervola, Tropic of Emerald). He has been teaching at the film school in Jakarta (IKJ)  from 1987 till 1991. During those years he gave a practical master-class workshop of three months in filmmaking (cinematography). Together with other film experts he made a short film with the final-exam students of the IKJ. The project was financed by the Dutch Ministry of Development Co-operation.

In 2002 he moved to Indonesia. From 2004 till 2008 he was the director of the Jakarta International Film Festival (JiFFest) and from 2012 till 2017 he was the director of the Europe on Screen Film Festival in Jakarta. In 2008, 2009 and 2010 he gave practical master-classes on short films, documentaries and on feature film (scriptwriting).

Orlow Seunke is a professional script-writer, script-doctor, script-editor, script-consultant. He can be asked to make a script analysis.

Orlow Seunke strongly believes that by conducting a practical script-writing master-class the participants learn more than with a theoretical workshop. The advantage of a practical workshop is also that at the end of the workshop there is a ‘product’, a script.

As an experienced feature-film producer he can warn the writer if the film becomes too expensive (for example if there are too many locations, or night-shoots or too many actors or any other practical reason). If the film becomes too expensive it will never be made because it will be impossible to finance.

Target Participants: Producers, scriptwriters and directors from Indonesia who are developing scripts for fiction feature films. It is preferred to have a producer attached.

Duration: 10 months guidance from synopsis to treatment to step-outline until the script is done.

Costs: 100 million Rupiah.

It is also possible to arrange a scriptwriting master-class for a group of 4 writers under the guidance of Tom Abrams.

Tom Abrams is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Cinematic Arts of the University of Southern California (USC).

For the last 15 years, Abrams has taught filmmaking internationally and consulted on projects in more than 20 countries.

As a writer, Abrams shared a 1992 Emmy Award for the children’s television series, Rugrats. His short film Shoeshine (1987) was nominated for an Academy Award and received the Montreal World Film Festival first prize. Performance Pieces (1989) won a special award at that year’s Cannes International Film Festival. His other projects include The Desperate Trail (1995) for TNT, Conversations With The Beast (1995, co-written with Armin Mueller-Stahl), The American Princess (2000) for New Line Cinema, The Captain’s Wife for Fox 2000, Have Gun Will Travel for Warner Bros and The Battle of Ono for Executive Producer John Woo at Universal.

In a period of 10 months Tom Abrams will come 3 times to Jakarta.

1st workshop: Synopsis. Tom Abrams discusses the basic idea of the film from a synopsis or a treatment.

2nd workshop: Treatment. Tom Abrams discusses the treatment and explore the possibilities for a step-outline.

3d workshop: Step-outline. Tom Abrams discusses the step-outline and explores the possibilities how to expand the step-outline into scenes for a script.

In the periods between the three workshops the participants have to work on the progress of their script. Tom Abrams will guide the participants via email.

Costs: 500 million Rupiah (for 4 participants).

The objective of this practical workshop is to train screen-writers to polish and broaden their narrative skills and craftsmanship while developing their projects under the guidance of a scriptwriting expert. Tom Abrams will ask the questions. He is the one who tries to find out which story the team wants to tell, why they want to tell that story, what the characters are like, what the development of the characters will be, how they want to tell the story, what the conflict is, how they want to visualize their story, what their target audience is, etcetera etcetera.

The working language of all workshops is English; thus, a good knowledge of English is essential in order to participate.