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 $665.00
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 serves 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.

Spring 2019 Schedule

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

Enrollment Closed
-
Instructor: Ron Wilkerson
366684
Fee:
$695.00
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Notes

Enrollment limited to 15 students. Materials required.

Refund Deadline
No refunds after April 8, 2019
Course Requirements
Internet access required to retrieve course materials.
Enrollment Closed
-
Instructor: Valerie Brandy
366685
Fee:
$695.00
See Details
Notes

Enrollment limited to 15 students. Materials required.

Refund Deadline
No refunds after April 8, 2019
Course Requirements
Internet access required to retrieve course materials.
Enrollment Closed
-
Instructor: Steven Schwartz
366686
Fee:
$695.00
See Details
Notes

Enrollment limited to 15 students. Materials required.

Refund Deadline
No refunds after April 8, 2019
Course Requirements
Internet access required to retrieve course materials.

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

Enrollment Closed
-
Tuesday 7:00PM - 10:00PM
Location: UCLA
Instructor: Dito Montiel
366678
Fee:
$665.00
See Details
Notes

Enrollment limited to 15 students. Materials required.

Refund Deadline
No refunds after April 7, 2019
Course Requirements
Schedule
Type
Date
Time
Location
Discussion
Tue Apr 2, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2319
Discussion
Tue Apr 9, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2319
Discussion
Tue Apr 16, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2319
Discussion
Tue Apr 23, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2319
Discussion
Tue Apr 30, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2319
Discussion
Tue May 7, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2319
Discussion
Tue May 14, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2319
Discussion
Tue May 21, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2319
Discussion
Tue May 28, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2319
Discussion
Tue Jun 4, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2319
Enrollment Closed
-
Thursday 7:00PM - 10:00PM
Location: UCLA
Instructor: William Hasley
366680
Fee:
$665.00
See Details
Notes

Enrollment limited to 15 students. Materials required.

Refund Deadline
No refunds after April 9, 2019
Course Requirements
Schedule
Type
Date
Time
Location
Discussion
Thu Apr 4, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2278
Discussion
Thu Apr 11, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2278
Discussion
Thu Apr 18, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2278
Discussion
Thu Apr 25, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2278
Discussion
Thu May 2, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2278
Discussion
Thu May 9, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2278
Discussion
Thu May 16, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2278
Discussion
Thu May 23, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2278
Discussion
Thu May 30, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2278
Discussion
Thu Jun 6, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2278
Enrollment Closed
-
Monday 7:00PM - 10:00PM
Location: UCLA
Instructor: Roberto Marinas
366681
Fee:
$665.00
See Details
Notes

No meeting May 27.

Enrollment limited to 15 students. Materials required.

Refund Deadline
No refunds after April 6, 2019
Course Requirements
Schedule
Type
Date
Time
Location
Discussion
Mon Apr 1, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 1329
Discussion
Mon Apr 8, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 1329
Discussion
Mon Apr 15, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 1329
Discussion
Mon Apr 22, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 1329
Discussion
Mon Apr 29, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 1329
Discussion
Mon May 6, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 1329
Discussion
Mon May 13, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 1329
Discussion
Mon May 20, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 1329
Discussion
Mon Jun 3, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 1329
Discussion
Mon Jun 10, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 1329
Enrollment Closed
-
Tuesday 7:00PM - 10:00PM
Location: UCLA
Instructor: Laurence Rosenthal
366682
Fee:
$665.00
See Details
Notes

Enrollment limited to 15 students. Materials required.

Refund Deadline
No refunds after April 7, 2019
Schedule
Type
Date
Time
Location
Discussion
Tue Apr 2, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2333
Discussion
Tue Apr 9, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2333
Discussion
Tue Apr 16, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2333
Discussion
Tue Apr 23, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2333
Discussion
Tue Apr 30, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2333
Discussion
Tue May 7, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2333
Discussion
Tue May 14, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2333
Discussion
Tue May 21, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2333
Discussion
Tue May 28, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2333
Discussion
Tue Jun 4, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2333
Enrollment Closed
-
Saturday 1:00PM - 4:00PM
Instructor: Koji Steven Sakai
366683
Fee:
$665.00
See Details
Notes

No meeting May 25.

Enrollment limited to 15 students. Materials required.

Refund Deadline
No refunds after April 11, 2019
Course Requirements
Schedule
Type
Date
Time
Location
Discussion
Sat Apr 6, 2019
1:00PM - 4:00PM
UCLA Extension DTLA
UCLA Extension DTLA 101B
Discussion
Sat Apr 13, 2019
1:00PM - 4:00PM
UCLA Extension DTLA
UCLA Extension DTLA 101B
Discussion
Sat Apr 20, 2019
1:00PM - 4:00PM
UCLA Extension DTLA
UCLA Extension DTLA 101B
Discussion
Sat Apr 27, 2019
1:00PM - 4:00PM
UCLA Extension DTLA
UCLA Extension DTLA 101B
Discussion
Sat May 4, 2019
1:00PM - 4:00PM
UCLA Extension DTLA
UCLA Extension DTLA 101B
Discussion
Sat May 11, 2019
1:00PM - 4:00PM
UCLA Extension DTLA
UCLA Extension DTLA 101B
Discussion
Sat May 18, 2019
1:00PM - 4:00PM
UCLA Extension DTLA
UCLA Extension DTLA 101B
Discussion
Sat Jun 1, 2019
1:00PM - 4:00PM
UCLA Extension DTLA
UCLA Extension DTLA 101B
Discussion
Sat Jun 8, 2019
1:00PM - 4:00PM
UCLA Extension DTLA
UCLA Extension DTLA 101B
Discussion
Sat Jun 15, 2019
1:00PM - 4:00PM
UCLA Extension DTLA
UCLA Extension DTLA 101B

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

Future Offering (Opens 29 Apr 2019 12:00:00 AM)
-
Instructor: Ron Wilkerson
368084
Fee:
$695.00
See Details
Notes

Enrollment limited to 15 students. Materials required.

Refund Deadline
No refunds after July 1, 2019
Course Requirements
Internet access required to retrieve course materials.
Future Offering (Opens 29 Apr 2019 12:00:00 AM)
-
Instructor: Valerie Brandy
368085
Fee:
$695.00
See Details
Notes

Enrollment limited to 15 students. Materials required.

Refund Deadline
No refunds after July 1, 2019
Course Requirements
Internet access required to retrieve course materials.

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

Future Offering (Opens 29 Apr 2019 12:00:00 AM)
-
Monday 7:00PM - 10:00PM
Location: UCLA
Instructor: Ben van der Veen
368080
Fee:
$665.00
See Details
Notes

Enrollment limited to 15 students. Materials required.

Refund Deadline
No refunds after June 29, 2019
Course Requirements
Internet access required to retrieve course materials.
Schedule
Type
Date
Time
Location
Discussion
Mon Jun 24, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2284
Discussion
Mon Jul 1, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2284
Discussion
Mon Jul 8, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2284
Discussion
Mon Jul 15, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2284
Discussion
Mon Jul 22, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2284
Discussion
Mon Jul 29, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2284
Discussion
Mon Aug 5, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2284
Discussion
Mon Aug 12, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2284
Discussion
Mon Aug 19, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2284
Discussion
Mon Aug 26, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2284
Future Offering (Opens 29 Apr 2019 12:00:00 AM)
-
Saturday 10:00AM - 1:00PM
Location: UCLA
Instructor: Koji Steven Sakai
368081
Fee:
$665.00
See Details
Notes

No meeting August 31, 2019.

Enrollment limited to 15 students. Materials required.

Refund Deadline
No refunds after July 4, 2019
Course Requirements
Internet access required to retrieve course materials.
Schedule
Type
Date
Time
Location
Discussion
Sat Jun 29, 2019
10:00AM - 1:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2325
Discussion
Sat Jul 6, 2019
10:00AM - 1:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2325
Discussion
Sat Jul 13, 2019
10:00AM - 1:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2325
Discussion
Sat Jul 20, 2019
10:00AM - 1:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2325
Discussion
Sat Jul 27, 2019
10:00AM - 1:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2325
Discussion
Sat Aug 3, 2019
10:00AM - 1:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2325
Discussion
Sat Aug 10, 2019
10:00AM - 1:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2325
Discussion
Sat Aug 17, 2019
10:00AM - 1:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2325
Discussion
Sat Aug 24, 2019
10:00AM - 1:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2325
Discussion
Sat Sep 7, 2019
10:00AM - 1:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2325
Future Offering (Opens 29 Apr 2019 12:00:00 AM)
-
Tuesday 7:00PM - 10:00PM
Location: UCLA
Instructor: Julian Goldberger
368082
Fee:
$665.00
See Details
Notes

Enrollment limited to 15 students. Materials required.

Refund Deadline
No refunds after June 30, 2019
Course Requirements
Internet access required to retrieve course materials.
Schedule
Type
Date
Time
Location
Discussion
Tue Jun 25, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2317
Discussion
Tue Jul 2, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2317
Discussion
Tue Jul 9, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2317
Discussion
Tue Jul 16, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2317
Discussion
Tue Jul 23, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2317
Discussion
Tue Jul 30, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2317
Discussion
Tue Aug 6, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2317
Discussion
Tue Aug 13, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2317
Discussion
Tue Aug 20, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2317
Discussion
Tue Aug 27, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2317
Future Offering (Opens 29 Apr 2019 12:00:00 AM)
-
Wednesday 7:00PM - 10:00PM
Location: UCLA
Instructor: Donald H. Hewitt
368083
Fee:
$665.00
See Details
Notes

Enrollment limited to 15 students. Materials required.

Refund Deadline
No refunds after July 1, 2019
Course Requirements
Internet access required to retrieve course materials.
Schedule
Type
Date
Time
Location
Discussion
Wed Jun 26, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2317
Discussion
Wed Jul 3, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2317
Discussion
Wed Jul 10, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2317
Discussion
Wed Jul 17, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2317
Discussion
Wed Jul 24, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2317
Discussion
Wed Jul 31, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2317
Discussion
Wed Aug 7, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2317
Discussion
Wed Aug 14, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2317
Discussion
Wed Aug 21, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2317
Discussion
Wed Aug 28, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2317

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