Story Development Workshop: Crafting Your Original Story

FILM TV X 476.244

Producers, development executives, directors, and writers gain practical experience adapting and developing their own stories for motion pictures, movies-of-the-week, and miniseries.

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Classroom
Starting at $699.00
As few as 11 weeks
4.0

What you can learn.

  • Acquire techniques that strengthen character development
  • Learn the importance of collaboration with writers
  • Write development notes and learn the difference between beat sheets, step outlines, and story outlines
  • Compile directors/writers lists
  • Assess the marketplace and understand what network and studio executives are looking for
  • Learn how to pitch an idea

About this course:

Producers, development executives, directors, and writers gain practical experience adapting and developing their own stories for motion pictures, movies-of-the-week, and miniseries. Emphasis is placed on studying dramatic structure, learning techniques that strengthen character development, and understanding the importance of collaboration with writers. You are called upon to write development notes; compile directors/writers lists; and learn the difference between beat sheets, step outlines, and story outlines. You also learn how to assess the marketplace by determining what network and studio executives are looking for, as well as the best way to quickly and effectively pitch an idea. You are welcome to submit written works in progress for in-class critiques. At the end of the course, you have honed your storytelling craft by writing original treatments based on your story outline developed in class.
Suggested Prerequisites

It is advisable that you complete the following (or equivalent) since they are prerequisites for Story Development Workshop: Crafting Your Original Story.

Good written communication skills. Previous training in story analysis is recommended but not required.

Fall 2019 Schedule

Available Format(s):

These courses meet in person and make use of an online presence to varying degrees.

Available
-
Tuesday 7:00PM - 10:00PM
Location: UCLA
369718
Fee:
$699.00
33 days left. Enroll by Sep 24, 2019
See Details
Notes
Enrollment limited; early enrollment advised. Internet access required. 
Refund Deadline
No refunds after October 07, 2019
Course Requirements
Internet access required to retrieve course materials.
Schedule
Type
Date
Time
Location
Discussion
Tue Sep 24, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 1343
Discussion
Tue Oct 1, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 1343
Discussion
Tue Oct 8, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 1343
Discussion
Tue Oct 15, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 1343
Discussion
Tue Oct 22, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 1343
Discussion
Tue Oct 29, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 1343
Discussion
Tue Nov 5, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 1343
Discussion
Tue Nov 12, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 1343
Discussion
Tue Nov 19, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 1343
Discussion
Tue Nov 26, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 1343
Discussion
Tue Dec 3, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 1343
Available
-
Tuesday 7:00PM - 10:00PM
Location: UCLA
Instructor: Sharri Hefner
369770
Fee:
$699.00
33 days left. Enroll by Sep 24, 2019
See Details
Notes

No meeting Nov. 26.

Enrollment limited; early enrollment advised. Internet access required. 

Refund Deadline
No refunds after October 07, 2019
Course Requirements
Internet access required to retrieve course materials.
Schedule
Type
Date
Time
Location
Discussion
Tue Sep 24, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 1256
Discussion
Tue Oct 1, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 1256
Discussion
Tue Oct 8, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 1256
Discussion
Tue Oct 15, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 1256
Discussion
Tue Oct 22, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 1256
Discussion
Tue Oct 29, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 1256
Discussion
Tue Nov 5, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 1256
Discussion
Tue Nov 12, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 1256
Discussion
Tue Nov 19, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 1256
Discussion
Tue Nov 26, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 1256
Discussion
Tue Dec 3, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 1256
Discussion
Tue Dec 10, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 1256

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