Introduction to Feature Film Development
Discover the multifaceted world of feature film development from positions of executives and readers, to tracking talent and networking, as well as analyzing/reading scripts, coverage, and developing your own pitches/ideas.
What you can learn.
- Learn how to start a career in development from the very bottom to the highest positions
- Understand each step of the development process including tacking scripts and editing story
- Engage in weekly writing assignments including synopses, development notes, and script coverage
- Develop pitches/ideas using all of the expertise you have learned in the class
About this course:What happens to a script or novel when it is submitted to a buyer and what happens after it's optioned or sold? In this introductory course, students interested in a career in development or filmmakers looking to guide their projects towards a green light learn the essential steps in the development process. Sessions focus on the key positions and roles in that process, from the story department and its readers to studio and production company executives. Topics include finding new talent and generating ideas, talent lists, networking and tracking, pitching, and moving up. Weekly assignments include reading screenplays, writing synopses, development notes, script coverage, and developing pitches and ideas. Upon completion of the course, you have gained an understanding of the development process and the entry-level jobs available in development, such as reader and assistant to the producer, actor, or creative producer.
It is advisable that you complete the following (or equivalent) since they are prerequisites for Introduction to Feature Film Development.
Spring 2020 Schedule
These courses are fully online, and there are no in-person classroom meetings.
Students interested in development are strongly encouraged to take this course first. Internet access required.