There are two key factors that determine the success of your script when it’s about to be read by a script reader, producer, director, agent, or any other Hollywood executive: Does it “look” professional on the page? And is it a great read? Both are affected by the formatting of your script, and it takes more than using screenwriting software to get it right. Screenplay formatting is an industry standard practice that allows a writer to accurately communicate their stories to readers in this collaborative medium. Without adhering to this standard, scripts become indecipherable and distract the reader from the story, characters, and world you are trying to convey. In this course, you learn not only how to properly format scene headings, action lines, characters, dialogue, parentheticals and transitions, but why these are industry standards. Even with screenwriting software, writers still struggle with the intricacies of formatting as it relates to clarity, succinctness, and the reader’s emotional experience. You also learn how to spot formatting red flags that prejudge your script as amateurish, and explore advanced techniques that help you direct and edit on the page without the use of camera directions and other technical jargon.
Enrollment limited to 15 students; early enrollment advised. Visitors not permitted.
This course is held via video teleconference. Instructors use Zoom to offer live class meetings at the designated class meeting time. Students must be present at the course meeting time as each student’s final grade may include scores for participation.
Please inform your instructor if you will miss a class meeting. You are responsible for any class information you missed. We suggest you arrange with a fellow classmate to share their notes when feasible.
No refunds after April 29, 2023
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