Would you like to learn the basics of screenwriting in a 10 week course?
Do you have a great idea for a movie that burns within you? Are you interested in a career as a film writer in Hollywood? Well, the non-profit Real Ideas Studio is organizing a 10 week scriptwriting course to help you get your ideas off the ground.
And you will really be teaching the course.
For those of you who don’t know, I am a blacklisted writer who produced and sold a film and selected several film and television ideas. I’ve teamed up with Real Ideas Studio to help them raise money for their educational programs. They are a 501 (c) 3 not for profit organization seeking to redefine “real world experiences” as global collaboration through cultural immersion in supervised creative arts programs. Their flagship program is a hands-on trip to the Cannes Film Festival, where students write, shoot, edit, and show on-site short films related to the festival while attending premieres and other events.
The aim of this course is to learn the essential elements of screenwriting. This includes story, characterization, dramatic structure, cinematic language and dialogue. I will also coach writers through the first draft of their scripts.
At the end of the 10 weeks you should have a feature film written. And I’ll be there every step of the way to provide feedback and ideas for stories.
What will you learn
First week: brainstorming, creation, characters and conflicts
- Screenplay format overview
- We learn about loglines, contours and genres
- What makes an interesting character?
Week two: opening scenes, character intros, and the first 10 pages
- How can you get the reader involved right away?
- How does your reader identify the genre?
- What are some ways to meet your characters?
Week three: first acts and worldbuilding
- What do you want to happen in the first 30 pages of your story?
- How can we tell if the first act is humming?
- Does the audience understand the world?
Week four: split into two and B stories
- Learn how to get your characters into bigger trouble and let the audience delve deeper into the story.
- How can B-stories support the A-story?
- Execute factory and withdrawals.
Fifth week: second act and embrace of the genre
- What tropes or expectations will the audience have?
- Learn how to turn familiar beats into original ideas.
Week Six: The Center Point and Beyond
- Pan your characters and story from where they were
- Amaze your audience where the story can lead
- Go through pages 50-75
Week seven: Third Acts of the Apostles
- What are some key beats that the story should hit?
- How can you start finishing storylines?
- Pay off the things you planted.
Week eight: pack your movie
- How do all the storylines converge?
- What does a solid drawing sheet look like?
- Finish your script without losing momentum.
Week 9: The Ending Scenes
- What does the audience expect from an ending scene?
- Is there room for a sequel?
- Hint where the story might go.
Week 10: Rewrite and find representation
- How do you go about rewriting your own work?
- What can you do with your script when it’s done?
- Are Query Letters Worth It?
This course consists of one live virtual lesson per week so that students have time between sessions to work on their script. Each session lasts between approximately 1.5 to 2 hours, starting with a short brainstorming / filming discussion to open each class, followed by the lesson of the day, which takes students step-by-step through the writing process and includes a question and answer session Answer part ends.
Enrolled students begin a new script with the goal of completing a draft by the end of the 10 weekly sessions.
EVENTS: June 6th-Aug. 8th
- Deadline: May 31 at 11:59 p.m. PST
- Class size: 20 students
- Level: Beginner to advanced, either at the beginning of your writing career or writers who have been writing for a while but feel like they have a new perspective on the process.
- Age: 18+
TRAINING COSTS: 10-week online course, $ 500.00
- Links to class sessions are emailed prior to each session.
- Free cancellation within 24 hours after the end of the first session.