2017-05/27 Screenwriting with Mark O’Bannon
- How the Technology of Writing has Changed the Business
- Why Three Acts Will Kill Your Story
- The Seven Steps of Classical Story Structure
- How Genres Affect Structure
- How to Mix Genres
- How to Design a Unique Structure for Each Story
- Multi-Strand Plotlines
Mark O’Bannon, (born 24 February, 1964), is an American novelist and game designer best known as the author of the fantasy series, “Shadows and Dreams.”
O’Bannon has studied writing and marketing techniques extensively, and has read over 200 books on the subjects. O’Bannon has been conducting workshops, seminars and panels for authors on writing and marketing since 2007.
After running a panel at Comic-Con International in 2008 (“How to Tell a Story” and “Humor in Science Fiction”), O’Bannon was having dinner with friends William F. Nolan, Marc Scott Zicree, David Gerrold and George Clayton Johnson. While talking with George Clayton Johnson, Mark conceived the idea for his first series of novels, “Shadows & Dreams” (George wrote eight of the original Twilight Zone episodes, the first episode of Star Trek to air after the pilot, Logan’s Run and Ocean’s Eleven).
The “Shadows & Dreams” series begins with “The Dream Crystal,” a novel about a girl who discovers that she is a Faerie Changeling and fights a war against the Shadow People over the power to control the dreams of mankind.
The second book in the series, “The Dark Mirrors of Heaven” is about a faerie changeling who struggles to remove a curse that threatens to plunge the world into eternal darkness.
O’Bannon is an advocate of Self-Publishing and teaches workshops to aspiring authors on how to publish, market and promote their work.
O’Bannon is the CEO of Shadowstar Games, which publishes the Interactive Storytelling Game (a Pen & Paper Role Playing Game), “Fantasy Imperium.”
Fantasy Imperium sold out in 2010 out of the initial print run of 5000 copies.
Born in San Diego, California, O’Bannon is the grandson of the famous aviation pioneer, Reuben H. Fleet (who acquired the Wright Brother’s airplane company Dayton-Wright along with Gallaudet Aircraft and formed Consolidated Aircraft, the makers of the famous B-24 Liberator bombers and the PBY Catalina flying boats from WWII).
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