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July 2018

Elements of Screenwriting

July 12 @ 6:30 pm - September 6 @ 9:30 pm

8 sessions: Thursdays, July 12–September 6 (no class August 2), 6:30–9:30 pm The course objective is to provide the beginning screenwriter with the tools and information necessary to get started on their first-draft screenplay, the first pages of which will be workshopped in the final two class sessions. Learning Objectives: The basics of the screenplay in format and content How a story idea or a piece of narrative fiction or non-fiction translates into a finished film Tricks for mastering three-act…

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Advanced Screenwriting – Mastering the Long Second Act Slog

July 17 @ 6:30 pm - September 11 @ 9:30 pm

8 sessions: Tuesdays, July 17–September 11 (no class July 31), 6:30–9:30 pm You’ve completed your first draft. Now what? You've rewritten your opening and polished those pages until they shine. And your third act's not bad either. But you know in your gut that 90% of what's still wrong with your screenplay lies in that highly problematic second act. It figures. This is the place where MOST of your story happens, after all. So, what do you need to do to…

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Short-Form Screenwriting

July 18 @ 6:30 pm - August 15 @ 9:30 pm

5 sessions: Wednesdays, July 18–August 15, 6:30–9:30 pm For writers and filmmakers, a short film can be an exciting way to tell a story, develop skills, and begin or advance their careers. And with the advent of the web series—which provides independent filmmakers the opportunity to tell longer, more complex stories in installments—there's never been a better time to start writing your short or episodic script. But where to begin? This course covers the fundamentals of screenwriting with a focus…

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August 2018

Dialogue – Elevating Your Script from Good to Great

August 12 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

1 session: Sunday, August 12, 10 am–5 pm The most clever, best-written dialogue in the world can't save a poorly structured script. But lyrical, expertly crafted, memorable dialogue can elevate a script from good to great. Fortunately for writers, a keen ear for dialogue is not just an innate thing that one is either born with or not: it's a skill set that can be learned and continually sharpened over a lifetime. Through screening and discussing carefully-chosen film clips and…

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