Relationship Driven Screenwriting I

SCRIPT X 415.10

Build powerful stories by placing character relationships at the center for your script.


What you can learn.

  • Build an active story with meaningful characters while letting a primary relationship form the backbone of your script
  • Write effective dialogue that makes characters unique and realistic
  • Craft a full story outline and complete the first 30 pages of a script

About this course:

Good movies--across all genres--are really about relationships: people with problems, searching for answers, who find them through their interactions with other people.  Or aliens.  Or pets.  Even with an arch enemy.  Beneath any good script is a core relationship that makes us want to go on a journey, to see where these two characters will end up.  It’s at the heart of every story type, from buddy cops, star-crossed lovers, and mothers and daughters to the King of England and his speech therapist (The King’s Speech).  Relationship Driven Screenwriting is a fresh way of looking at movies that allows you to develop meaningful characters, build an active story, write effective dialogue, and deliver a theme, all by way of that important, central vehicle.  Through lectures and workshops, you apply this approach to your own material, crafting a full outline and thirty pages of your script, launching your story and its relationships toward something incredible.
X 410.1 Feature Film I, X 410.2 Feature Film II, X 410.3 Feature Film III, and X 410.4 Feature Film IV; or departmental approval.

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