Course DescriptionThis second in a four-part sequence in writing a feature film script has you hit the ground running. You begin by pitching your story based on your outline and revising it to make sure the premise can carry the entire movie. Armed with a workable outline, you then flesh it out into either a beat sheet or treatment (at the instructor's discretion) and begin writing your screenplay. Personalized feedback along with mini-lectures on key craft points, including character development, story structure, and conflict, help you to meet the course goal, which is to write Act I (approximately 30 pages). May be repeated for credit. This course counts toward the 4-course Writing and Directing Short Films Specialization.
Course OutlineBuilding on your outline from the first course in the feature film sequence, continue to learn how to write a screenplay by completing the first act of your film script.
Course may be taken as a certificate program core requirement.
PrerequisitesX 440A Writing the First Screenplay I. Students must bring a four-to-five-page outline they created in Writing the First Screenplay I to first class meeting and be prepared to pitch it.
Applies Towards the Following Certificates
- Directing : Elective
- Entertainment Studies : Electives
- Feature Film Writing : Defined First Requirement, Electives - Feature Film or Television Writing
- Film and TV Development : Electives
- Screenwriting: Film and TV Comprehensive : Defined Third Requirement, Electives - Feature Film or Television Writing
- Study Abroad at UCLA Program : Required
- Television Writing : Electives - Feature Film or Television Writing
- Writing and Directing Short Films : Required