Jon Bernstein

Instructor Biography:

Screenwriter, WGA member who wrote Meet the Robinsons, Ringmaster, and Beautiful (starring Minnie Driver directed by Sally Field).  Mr. Bernstein has worked on film and TV projects for Paramount, DreamWorks, 20th Century Fox, NBC/Universal and the CW.  He is a contributing author to Cut to the Chase (Gotham Books/Penguin) and is currently working on an original screenplay with director Neil Abramson to be shot in 2015.

Instructor Statement: My students are encouraged to read produced screenplays, to see movies, and to attend class. Just sitting there with a group of kindred souls can impart, by sheer osmosis, a love of movies and a deeper understanding of their creation. I confess to a bias in favor of the novel, of the musicality of language and its boundless landscape. But I suspect the art of the novel is, in large part, unteachable. Screenwriting, on the other hand, melding a strong concept to a visual format, the union of art and craft, is teachable. Could I distill 20 years' experience into a phrase, it would be that "the emperor wears no clothes." The mystery that has evolved around the word "structure," for example, is just so much bunk. All art has form and lends order to chaos, but if you can dance, you already know about pacing and rhythm. My classes strive to master the "rules" only so that we may creatively break them. We seek to create dangerous, magical, intimate moments for actors, stories rich in human behavior that deliver a satisfying emotional experience. We do it in a supportive workshop atmosphere and through short weekly assignments. We usually have a lot of laughs and make some good friends in the process.

Courses

Feature Film Writing Workshop: Outline and Act I

Film & Television X 431.101

3.00 units

4/7/2015

Spring 2015

UCLA

Open

Designed for writers with at least one screenplay under their belts, this workshop guides you to launch and make significant headway on a new project. ... More

Creative Writing: Screenplay

English XL 138

5.00 units

4/2/2015

Spring 2015

UCLA

Open

Available for UCLA transferable credit and designed specifically for creative writers, this workshop introduces you to writing the feature-length screenplay. To ground your understanding of ... More

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