Torry Martin is an award-winning actor, screenwriter, comedian and author. In addition to penning humor columns for a variety of national print and online publications, Torry is the author of “Of Moose and Men” published by Harvest House Publishing and also has several comedy sketchbooks published by Lillenas Drama Publishers. Martin’s unique sense of humor caught the attention of the producers of the popular children’s radio series, “Adventures in Odyssey”, who enlisted him to lend his writing skills to the show. Torry went one step further, creating the delightful recurring character of Wooton Bassett.
Martin has written eight full feature length scripts with co-writer Marshal Younger, including the comedies “The Boonies”, “Helen of Troy, TN”, “Heaven Bound” and “The Matchbreaker”. The writing team was voted first runner-up in the Write of Passage Screenplay competition for the short film “Covering Your Tracts” and they were semi-finalists in the Kairos Screenplay competition for “Just 18 Summers”.
An accomplished actor, Torry Martin starred in the national touring company of Columbia Artist’s musical comedy, “Around the World in Eighty Days”. He has appeared on The Learning Channel and the Fine Living Network; won top honors as both writer and actor in the Nashville 48 Hour Film Project; and has twice been named Grand Prize Winner for both Acting and Writing by the Gospel Music Association. His most recent acting roles were in the Taylor Swift parody of “The Office”, Hallmark’s “The Ultimate Legacy”, and the feature films “The Resurrection of Gavin Stone”, “Heaven Bound”, “The Matchbreaker”, and “Mountain Top”. A storyteller at heart, Martin has graced the stages of hundreds of secular and sacred venues across the country, sharing a brand of comedy described by author Paul McCusker as, “Garrison Keillor with a spiritual perspective.”
If you’ve never written a screenplay before, then this is the class for you. Learn the art and craft of screenwriting from beginning to end. (67 Page handout to be emailed to attendee’s after classes.)
What’s the Big Idea?
Two areas where writers tend to stumble when putting together a story are “the big idea” and pacing. For “the big idea,” this means, “Does this story need to be told as a book or a movie and will it keep audiences engaged for 300 pages or 90-120 minutes?” Engaging the audience, however, starts on the page. You need a reader to keep turning pages of your book or screenplay in rapid succession because the story propels them forward with energy and purpose. Readers need to see the movie as they turn pages, and if the script drags, the movie certainly will. How do you determine if your idea is “big” enough to carry a movie? And how do you make sure your script has strong pacing? In this class we will be delving into detail about the importance of the big idea and solid pacing. I’ll be using some of my own stories as examples.
Using Screenwriting Techniques to Create a Visual Novel
An overview of three-act storytelling where less is definitely more.
The Power of Networking
The who, what, where, when, why and how of networking . Including how to network from a spiritual perspective.
Too Good to Be True/It’s Good to Be Bad – Creating a Compelling Protagonist & Antagonist
Believable protagonists and antagonists. Conceiving original characters. Primary characters and secondary characters. Researching characters to avoid stereotypes. Character motivation and growth. Writing a bio of your characters.