Writing the First Screenplay I

FILM TV X 440A
Learn how to write a screenplay by developing a compelling story and tackling a feature film script outline in this first course of a four-course sequence.
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Classroom
Online
Starting at $575.00
As few as 10 weeks
3.0 Credits

What you can learn.

  • Create and evaluate movie story ideas
  • Design fully realized characters
  • Chart a complex, unique plot
  • Write compelling film scenes
  • Complete a 4-5 page feature film outline

About this course:

The first in a four-part sequence designed to take you through the full process of writing a feature film screenplay, this course grounds you in the key craft elements of story structure, plot, scene development, character, theme, genre, and dialogue, and shows you how they work together to grip an audience's emotions. You learn how to create and evaluate story ideas; explore how characters' inner wants and immediate goals shape and drive a screenplay's action; see what constitutes compelling plots and subplots; and learn how to construct a scene. Throughout the course, you complete a series of exercises which serve as the basis for your script outline, a prose description of your screenplay. The course goal is to learn how to write effective, compelling scenes and to create a four-to-five-page outline that clearly delineates your script's beginning, middle, and end. The ability to write an effective outline is a critical skill for the professional screenwriter, serves as the basis for most pitches, and is required for admission into X 440B Writing the First Screenplay II. This course counts toward the 4-course Writing and Directing Short Films Specialization.

Fall 2018 Schedule

These courses are fully online, and there are no in-person classroom meetings.

Wait List
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Instructor: Kate Marciniak
363591
Fee:
$695.00
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Notes

Enrollment limited to 15 students. No refund after October 2. Materials required.

Refund Deadline
No refunds after October 2, 2018
Course Requirements
Internet access required to retrieve course materials.
Wait List
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Instructor: Jim Staahl
363596
Fee:
$695.00
See Details
Notes

Enrollment limited to 15 students. No refund after October 2. Materials required.

Refund Deadline
No refunds after October 2, 2018
Course Requirements
Internet access required to retrieve course materials.
Available
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Instructor: Michael Janover
363597
Fee:
$695.00
4 days left. Enroll by Sep 26, 2018
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Notes

Enrollment limited to 15 students. No refund after October 2. Materials required.

Refund Deadline
No refunds after October 2, 2018
Course Requirements
Internet access required to retrieve course materials.

These courses meet in person and make use of an online presence to varying degrees.

Available
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Thursday 7:00PM - 10:00PM
Location: UCLA
Instructor: Cynthia Hsiung
363414
Fee:
$575.00
5 days left. Enroll by Sep 27, 2018
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Notes

No meeting November 22, 2018.

Enrollment limited to 20 students. No refund after October 1, 2018. Materials required.

Refund Deadline
No refunds after October 1, 2018
Course Requirements
Internet access required to retrieve course materials.
Schedule
Type
Date
Time
Location
Discussion
Thu Sep 27, 2018
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2317
Discussion
Thu Oct 4, 2018
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2317
Discussion
Thu Oct 11, 2018
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2317
Discussion
Thu Oct 18, 2018
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2317
Discussion
Thu Oct 25, 2018
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2317
Discussion
Thu Nov 1, 2018
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2317
Discussion
Thu Nov 8, 2018
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2317
Discussion
Thu Nov 15, 2018
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2317
Discussion
Thu Nov 22, 2018
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2317
Discussion
Thu Nov 29, 2018
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2317
Discussion
Thu Dec 6, 2018
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2317
Available
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Tuesday 7:00PM - 10:00PM
Location: UCLA
Instructor: Matthew Harrison
363528
Fee:
$575.00
3 days left. Enroll by Sep 25, 2018
See Details
Notes

No meeting November 20, 2018.

Enrollment limited to 20 students. No refund after September 27, 2018. Materials required.

Refund Deadline
No refunds after September 27, 2018
Course Requirements
Internet access required to retrieve course materials.
Schedule
Type
Date
Time
Location
Discussion
Tue Sep 25, 2018
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2333
Discussion
Tue Oct 2, 2018
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2333
Discussion
Tue Oct 9, 2018
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2333
Discussion
Tue Oct 16, 2018
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2333
Discussion
Tue Oct 23, 2018
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2333
Discussion
Tue Oct 30, 2018
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2333
Discussion
Tue Nov 6, 2018
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2333
Discussion
Tue Nov 13, 2018
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2333
Discussion
Tue Nov 27, 2018
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2333
Discussion
Tue Dec 4, 2018
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2333
Available
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Monday 7:00PM - 10:00PM
Instructor: Andrew Knauer
363533
Fee:
$575.00
2 days left. Enroll by Sep 24, 2018
See Details
Notes

No meeting November 12, 2018.

Enrollment limited to 20 students. No refund after September 26, 2018. Materials required.

Refund Deadline
No refunds after September 26, 2018
Course Requirements
Internet access required to retrieve course materials.
Schedule
Type
Date
Time
Location
Discussion
Mon Sep 24, 2018
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA Extension DTLA
UCLA Extension DTLA 101B
Discussion
Mon Oct 1, 2018
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA Extension DTLA
UCLA Extension DTLA 101B
Discussion
Mon Oct 8, 2018
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA Extension DTLA
UCLA Extension DTLA 101B
Discussion
Mon Oct 15, 2018
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA Extension DTLA
UCLA Extension DTLA 101B
Discussion
Mon Oct 22, 2018
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA Extension DTLA
UCLA Extension DTLA 101B
Discussion
Mon Oct 29, 2018
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA Extension DTLA
UCLA Extension DTLA 101B
Discussion
Mon Nov 5, 2018
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA Extension DTLA
UCLA Extension DTLA 101B
Discussion
Mon Nov 12, 2018
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA Extension DTLA
UCLA Extension DTLA 101B
Discussion
Mon Nov 19, 2018
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA Extension DTLA
UCLA Extension DTLA 101B
Discussion
Mon Nov 26, 2018
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA Extension DTLA
UCLA Extension DTLA 101B
Discussion
Mon Dec 3, 2018
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA Extension DTLA
UCLA Extension DTLA 101B
Available
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Tuesday 7:00PM - 10:00PM
Instructor: Billy Mernit
363534
Fee:
$575.00
3 days left. Enroll by Sep 25, 2018
See Details
Notes

No meeting November 20, 2018.

Enrollment limited to 20 students. No refund after September 27, 2018. Materials required.

Refund Deadline
No refunds after September 27, 2018
Course Requirements
Internet access required to retrieve course materials.
Schedule
Type
Date
Time
Location
Discussion
Tue Sep 25, 2018
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA Extension Woodland Hills
UCLA Extension Woodland Hills 205AB - Coldwater/Corral
Discussion
Tue Oct 2, 2018
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA Extension Woodland Hills
UCLA Extension Woodland Hills 205AB - Coldwater/Corral
Discussion
Tue Oct 9, 2018
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA Extension Woodland Hills
UCLA Extension Woodland Hills 205AB - Coldwater/Corral
Discussion
Tue Oct 16, 2018
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA Extension Woodland Hills
UCLA Extension Woodland Hills 205AB - Coldwater/Corral
Discussion
Tue Oct 23, 2018
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA Extension Woodland Hills
UCLA Extension Woodland Hills 205AB - Coldwater/Corral
Discussion
Tue Oct 30, 2018
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA Extension Woodland Hills
UCLA Extension Woodland Hills 205AB - Coldwater/Corral
Discussion
Tue Nov 6, 2018
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA Extension Woodland Hills
UCLA Extension Woodland Hills 205AB - Coldwater/Corral
Discussion
Tue Nov 13, 2018
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA Extension Woodland Hills
UCLA Extension Woodland Hills 205AB - Coldwater/Corral
Discussion
Tue Nov 27, 2018
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA Extension Woodland Hills
UCLA Extension Woodland Hills 205AB - Coldwater/Corral
Discussion
Tue Dec 4, 2018
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA Extension Woodland Hills
UCLA Extension Woodland Hills 205AB - Coldwater/Corral
Available
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Saturday 10:00AM - 1:00PM
Location: UCLA
Instructor: Dito Montiel
363950
Fee:
$575.00
7 days left. Enroll by Sep 29, 2018
See Details
Notes

No meetings November 10 & 24, 2018.

Enrollment limited to 20 students. No refund after October 2, 2018. Materials required.

Refund Deadline
No refunds after October 2, 2018
Course Requirements
(Optional)
Internet access required to retrieve course materials.
Schedule
Type
Date
Time
Location
Discussion
Sat Sep 29, 2018
10:00AM - 1:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2317
Discussion
Sat Oct 6, 2018
10:00AM - 1:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2317
Discussion
Sat Oct 13, 2018
10:00AM - 1:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2317
Discussion
Sat Oct 20, 2018
10:00AM - 1:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2317
Discussion
Sat Oct 27, 2018
10:00AM - 1:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2317
Discussion
Sat Nov 3, 2018
10:00AM - 1:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2317
Discussion
Sat Nov 17, 2018
10:00AM - 1:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2317
Discussion
Sat Dec 1, 2018
10:00AM - 1:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2317
Discussion
Sat Dec 8, 2018
10:00AM - 1:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2317
Discussion
Sat Dec 15, 2018
10:00AM - 1:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2317

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