Mastering Your Story by Revising the Screenplay

SCRIPT X 412.5

Polish your screenplay draft by incorporating powerful cinematic elements and reviewing your story structure in advanced course.


What you can learn.

  • Make your screenplay speak in visual, cinematic terms
  • Focus on enhancing character turning points
  • Analyze dramatic tension from start to finish
  • Ensure the first and last 10 pages of the script bookend your story effectively

About this course:

This course focuses on strengthening elements of the feature film screenplay derived from the principles taught in the Fundamentals of Story course.  Every week, a segment of the screenplay is workshopped in class with feedback from the instructor and guided critique from class peers. Special attention is given to the tasks of making the work visual, as well as building unique characters through dialogue and behavior, including an advanced critique of structure, as well as an examination of selected elements of filmmaking. Students find the best way to build dramatic tension through each act, focusing on creating powerful turning points for the central characters. The crucial first ten pages, as well as final pages are analyzed and revised to find the best possible springboard and conclusion for the story, incorporating relevant dramatic questions. By the end of the course, students have a final draft of their screenplay forged by this process of thorough revision, providing a significant step towards submission to industry professionals.
The completed feature film draft you wish to rewrite in this course is required to apply.

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