October 21, 2021 09:03
Storytelling - What makes a good story? Webinar by Oscar-winning director Kristóf Deák

Would you like to know how to tell a powerful story? Are you interested in how an idea can reach worldwide success? At the November edition of the Alumni Hungary Webinar Series, we will take you behind the scenes of the Oscar-winning Hungarian short film, Sing (Mindenki, 2016) with an exclusive presentation of the film’s director, Kristóf Deák.

Kristof Deak (1982, Budapest) is a Hungarian film director, screenwriter, film producer and editor who created the short film Sing, which earned him the Oscar Award for Best Live Action Short Film at the 89th Academy Awards in 2017. He studied at the Hungarian University of Theatre and Film in Budapest (2003-2006) and worked in the industry as an editor before moving to London to study directing at the University of Westminster’s MA programme. After winning the Oscar, his subsequent short film Best Game Ever also went on to win several international awards. He is currently developing his first feature film, The Grandson which will be released in early 2022.

Using his Oscar-winning short film Sing as a case study, in his presentation Kristóf will walk the audience through his process of finding the core to a story worth telling - and the meticulous process of unpacking characters and plot that follows. He will address topics such as:

  • Why do we tell stories - why has it been so important for humans since the dawn of civilisation?
  • How can I tell if my story will work? A brilliant filter to use.
  • What works in a film - and what doesn’t?
  • Utilising archetypes and avoiding clichés
  • The logic of emotions
  • Raising stakes in your scenes
  • The two greatest enemies of a good story - and how to steer clear of them
  • Rhythm and editing

To watch Sing click HERE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0piiNk_jMrE

To watch the trailer of the film click HERE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I4BBc_Vqb7s


Date of the webinar: Wednesday, 10 November 2021 between 10:00 and 11:00 am (CET). After the presentation, we will have a 30 min. live Q&A session, when Kristóf will answer your questions.

This exclusive webinar will be available for registered Alumni Network Hungary members only!

Participation is free but registration is required, please register HERE. https://alumninetworkhungary.hu/form/registration-for-kristof-deak-s-

You can only register and join this webinar if you are a registered member of the Alumni Network Hungary website. You can join the network by clicking HERE.

Registration deadline: Monday, 8 November 2021 (11 p.m. CET).

imdb.com – Kristóf Deák

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