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 9 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.

Spring 2019 Schedule

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

Available
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Instructor: Ron Wilkerson
366684
Fee:
$695.00
46 days left. Enroll by Apr 3, 2019
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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.
Available
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Instructor: Valerie Brandy
366685
Fee:
$695.00
46 days left. Enroll by Apr 3, 2019
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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.
Available
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Instructor: Steven Schwartz
366686
Fee:
$695.00
46 days left. Enroll by Apr 3, 2019
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.

Available
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Tuesday 7:00PM - 10:00PM
Location: UCLA
Instructor: Cynthia Hsiung
366678
Fee:
$665.00
45 days left. Enroll by Apr 2, 2019
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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
Available
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Thursday 7:00PM - 10:00PM
Location: UCLA
Instructor: William Hasley
366680
Fee:
$665.00
47 days left. Enroll by Apr 4, 2019
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
Available
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Monday 7:00PM - 10:00PM
Location: UCLA
Instructor: Roberto Marinas
366681
Fee:
$665.00
45 days left. Enroll by Apr 1, 2019
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
Available
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Tuesday 7:00PM - 10:00PM
Location: UCLA
Instructor: Laurence Rosenthal
366682
Fee:
$665.00
45 days left. Enroll by Apr 2, 2019
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. 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
Available
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Saturday 1:00PM - 4:00PM
Instructor: Koji Steven Sakai
366683
Fee:
$665.00
50 days left. Enroll by Apr 6, 2019
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

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