Mastering Your Story by Revising the Screenplay
Polish your screenplay draft by incorporating powerful cinematic elements and reviewing your story structure in advanced course.
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 10 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.
Winter 2020 Schedule
These courses meet in person and make use of an online presence to varying degrees.
Enrollment limited to 12 students. Visitors not permitted. $100 non-refundable. Not eligible for any discounts.
Course may be taken as a certificate program core requirement or elective.
The deadline for submissions is Monday, December 2nd, at 9:00 AM (PDT). Materials must be received by that time in order to be considered by the instructor. There is no fee to apply.
Instructions for Submitting to Advanced-Level Courses:
Click on “Enroll” then follow the prompts to check out and create a new account, or enter your information as a returning student. Then, follow the remaining instructions below:
- At the “Contact Information” Page, be sure to scroll to the bottom of the page and initial both boxes under “Privacy Policies.” Continue Checkout.
- Click “Start” on the first Application page.
- On the 2nd Application page, click “Start” on the bottom left side of the page.
NOTE: despite being asked to enter payment information, YOU WILL NOT BE CHARGED for this course unless you choose to enroll if / when you receive a notice of acceptance for the course. In other words, it’s 100% free to apply. The full course fee will be due up front to register, prior to attending the course. Since enrollment is restricted there are no applicable discountable promos available for this course.
Selection notices will likely be distributed via email 1 to 2 weeks before the class is scheduled to start. In the meantime, you can also register for alternative open-enrollment course and transfer upon your acceptance.