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Jacopo della Quercia: Preemptively Edit Your Film

Registration ended: 08/02/2014
Class Begins: 08/02/2014   Ends: 08/02/2014
Class Time: 10:30 am - (PDT)
FEE: FREE Registration Expired

One of the great challenges facing any writer is the delicate issue of what NOT to reveal to their audience.  As with any mime or magician, withholding information can be essential to the storytelling experience.  But how much information is too much information--or too little--to keep your story moving smoothly? When adapting a larger work, where should you make omissions?  How much action should take place off the pages?  How large a role should your audience's imagination play?

In this discussion with writer Jacopo della Quercia we will examine these questions and more by sharing personal and historical examples of where cuts were made to better fit a larger story.  Points of conversation include deleted scenes from classic films, unused material from famous scripts, the challenges faced and opportunities offered when adapting existing works, and personal experiences on how writers can be their own film editors. 

Examples cited in the discussion will include: The Godfather; The Princess Bride; Game of Thrones; Batman; The Empire Strikes Back; Se7en; Léon: The Professional; 2001: A Space Odyssey vs. Gravity; Taxi Driver; Dr. Strangelove; Pier Paolo Pasolini's The Decameron vs. Pulp Fiction, etc.

Get ready for a lively discussion on the writing craft from the inception of ideas to the final, finished product!


About Jacopo della Quercia

Jacopo della Quercia is an educator and history writer perhaps best known for his more than 100 articles on the comedy website His work has been featured on BBC America, CNN Money, The Huffington Post, Slate, Ripley's Believe It or Not!, Playboy's The Smoking Jacket, CBS’s Man Cave Daily, and academic resources offered by Princeton University, Brigham Young University, George Mason University, and Georgetown University professor John Brown's Public Diplomacy Press and Blog Review. See more about Jacopo on his web site at


About Host Laurie Lamson

ISA Teleconferences Host Laurie Lamson is the editor of Now Write! Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror and co-editor of Now Write! Screenwriting and Now Write! Mysteries – writing exercise anthologies published by Tarcher/Penguin. Laurie wrote screenplays on assignment for Greenstem Enterprises, Prodigy Entertainment, and co-wrote a comedy with Gary Shusett.