|Award-winning scriptwriter Ricky Lee conducts free online scriptwriting classes during the enhanced community quarantine and Luzon Lockdown|
Ricky Lee has written 150 produced film scripts since 1979, earning him more than 50 trophies from award-giving bodies, including a lifetime achievement award from the critics' group, Urian. Most of his films have been shown in Cannes, Toronto Film Festival, Berlin Film Festival, and other foreign festivals. Among these are Himala, Moral, Brutal, Relasyon, Karnal, Bulaklak ng Maynila, Gumapang Ka sa Lusak, Jaguar, Salome, The Flor Contemplacion Story, Dolzura Cortes, Muru-Ami, Bagong Buwan, Rizal, Nasaan Ka Man, Madrasta, Anak, and Dubai.
What I liked about Sir Ricky Lee and probably what makes him a cut above the rest was the fact that he knew how to pay it forward by helping out fellow scriptwriting aspirants and film enthusiasts by conducting free scriptwriting workshops all these years.
Since 1982, Lee has been conducting workshops for beginning scriptwriters and he has produced hundreds of graduates who now work for either Television and Film productions, both on mainstream and indie films. His free scriptwriting workshop has attracted thousands of aspiring writers nationwide. The said free scriptwriting workshop has a stringent screening process because it is free, the organizing committee has to select the creme of the crop from amongst the applicants.
I tried my luck before to apply for Sir Ricky Lee's scriptwriting workshop. I was able to make it on the callback but for some reason, I ended up attending ABS-CBN's Comedy Scriptwriting Workshop instead. I had no regrets anyway because I was able to learn a lot and I have met participants from that writing workshop who eventually became my lifelong friends. The only difference was, the ABS-CBN scriptwriting workshop I had attended didn't had Ricky Lee as our mentor-teacher because it was organized by ABS-CBN. Instead, we had with TV director Philip Pelino and another award-winning scriptwriter/film director, Jose Javier Reyes to teach us the basics of scriptwriting and how to properly weave a story. Anyway, that's an entirely different story that I had already shared on this blog a few years back.
Going back to Ricky Lee's free online scriptwriting workshop, application to the workshop is open to everyone ages 18 years old and up, including those who do not have prior experience in writing. The selection process is scheduled after the deadline of applicants' submission on March 27, 2020 at 11:59PM. Note that since this is FREE, the slots will be limited to only 50 participants.
Here's how to join:
You have to be at least 18 years old and above in order to qualify.
You have to be a Filipino Citizen.
You must create a letter of intent along with a bio
Once done, send these via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
The three-day free scriptwriting workshop by Ricky Lee will be held on the following dates: April 8, 15, and 22, 2020.
In this time of Covid-19 virus where we are all advised to stay at home and practice enhanced community quarantine, we should take advantage of our time by making ourselves productive even when we are at home. And this is one of the best ways to spend our time wisely by learning something new. Who knows you might be able to discover talents you never knew you had?