In addition to teaching in Bezalel, the Israeli Academy of Arts; The Tel Aviv School of Screenwriting; The Tel Aviv Open University; and more, Motti Aviram often conducts tailor-made workshops for various audiences. Previous workshops include workshops for
- The Writers Guild of Israel.
- The production team of the Israeli children’s channel.
- Asitage, the International Organization of Children’s Theaters
- The staff-writers of HOP TV, the Israeli nursery channel.
- The Israeli Sesame Street team.
- Masterclass in Delhi – Principles in screenwriting for the childern’s films and television.
- Masterclass in Bangalore – Principles in screenwriting for the childern’s films and television.
- 3 Workshops in Singapore, (for AFCC The Asian Festival of Children’s Content) – Creating children’s books, Working with puppets in films & children’s television shows, Principles in screenwriting for children’s films and television.
Workshop curricula are always optimized to meet the needs of the workshop participants. The workshops are based on materials from the book, of course, with additional practical exercises drawn from Motti’s vast experience and success as a teacher, writer, and director in the field.
To coordinate a multiple-session or one-off workshop for your company, broadcasting network, professional organization, school, or festival, anywhere in the world, feel free to contact us.
Some curricular options
Principles of Writing for Children
Learn script writing techniques from the world of children’s literature. such as, rhyming, accumulation, repetition, rhythmic patterns and other methods that significantly increase children’s joy in the texts to which they are exposed via the screen.
Understanding the cognitive abilities of young viewers
Learn to understand the psychological needs and behavioural patterns of young viewers that should inform your content and methodology.
Writing for puppets in children’s TV shows and movies
Acquire essential knowledge in the field of puppets. Learn the advantages and disadvantages of using the various types of puppets, and the differences in their physical operation and technical demands. Study the principles of writing for puppets (as opposed to writing for live actors), and all the operative principles of TV shows and movie sets where puppets are involved.
Understand the principles of humor in general, and of children’s comedy in particular. Follow the development of humor among children, from basic nonsense humor to sophisticated word games. Explore children’s attraction to crude jokes and to forbidden topics (you know – the jokes about peeing and pooping so beloved by children). Understand what comic characters are, learn to recognize the comic situations that kids love, and identify good comic texts for children.
Writing for Animation
Examine the advantages and disadvantages of animation in general and different animation genres in particular. Focus on the techniques necessary for writing for animated characters in animated worlds. Review the various production techniques used in two-dimensional animation (classic animation), three-dimensional animation (computer-generated), cut-outs, and techniques initially developed for the internet which are now also used on television.
Creating Magical Worlds
Explore the creative skills needed in order to write for children. Learn to identify the many fantastic worlds of content that excite them. Fabricate enchanted worlds of tiny hidden gnomes, wondrous flying horses, fairies, princesses, monsters, super-heroes, and more.
Developing Content product for children
Acquiring essential knowledge in the field of Children’s content products. Experiencing techniques, necessary to the development of high quality children’s content products, from the brainstorming stage all the way to the finished product.