Screenwriting workshop set as part of BisonBison Film Festival

Team Radio Marketing Group - March 16, 2017 1:03 pm

A screenwriting workshop with Clifton Raphael will be held at 10 a.m.  April 8 at the Phillips 66 Fourth Street Clubhouse, 1500 South Fourth Street, from 10 a.m. to noon.

It is free and open to the public.

The workshop will be followed at 1 p.m. with an open panel discussion with the film festival’s jurors.

Participants will explore the seven major plot points needed for both feature and short film length.

10 to 10:45 a.m.: Explore the seven major plot points in both feature-length and short scripts.
10:45 to 11 a.m.:  What is a log line? What are the essential elements needed in a film’s log line?
11 to 11:10 a.m.: Break
11:10 to 11:20 a.m.: Teams will create a log line for a future short or feature-length film.
11:20 to 11:40 a.m.: Teams will present their log lines to the entire group.
11:40 a.m. to noon: Choosing one of the log lines and then, as an entire group, work out that story’s structure,
creating each of the seven plot points.

Clifton Raphael

Clifton Raphael worked more than two decades as a TV director for network broadcasting affiliates in Tennessee and Virginia before he created the award-winning film program at Jenks High School.

In the past 13 years, his students have won a regional Emmy Award, two additional Emmy nominations,
three full-ride scholarships to Ithaca College’s school of communications, and more than $60,000 in cash awards from prestigious national film competitions.

Raphael serves on the board of directors for Tulsa’s historic Circle Cinema, as well as on various film and video advisory panels.

He earned an M.F.A. in screenwriting and film studies from Hollins University, as well as a B.A. in English and psychology from Duke University. In August 2016, Raphael was a guest on Brian Lamb’s C-SPAN program “Q&A.”
He also is a 2017 BBFF juror.

Two other jurors are Brian Hearn and Lisa Marie Evans. They will join Raphael in the afternoon panel discussion.

Brian Hearn

Hearn is an award-winning curator, arts writer, and consultant active in both film and visual arts. From 1995 to 2014 Hearn was the founding film curator at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, where he enhanced the state’s film culture through screenings, events, and gallery exhibitions.

He relocated to Kansas City in 2014 and currently works as collection manager for The Kansas City Collection, a curated corporate art program, and The Collectors Fund, a membership-based fine art ownership investment fund.

His arts writing can be read in magazines such as ArtDesk, KC Studio, Temporary Art Review, Art Focus Oklahoma and Oklahoma Humanities. Hearn has a B.S. in Writing for Television/Radio/Film from Syracuse University and is currently pursuing an M.A. in Art History at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Lisa Marie Evans

Evans’ work varies in form from feature-length documentary films to short animation and public art installation. As a selected artist for various awards and grants, Evans participates in artist residencies and screens her work internationally, including locations such as Hungary, France, the Philippines and Canada.

Lisa Marie EvansEvans thrives from being active within her community. She has developed curricula and taught filmmaking to all ages, facilitates professional development programs for artists, volunteers for multiple film organizations and programs documentaries for the Kansas International Film Festival.

More information about the festival can be found at


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