Writing the First Screenplay I

SCRIPT X 410.1

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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Fall
Winter
Spring
Summer
Remote Instruction
Online
Starting at $665.00
As few as 10 weeks
3.0

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 SCRIPT X 410.2 Writing the First Screenplay II.

Winter 2021 Schedule

Available Format(s):

These courses are fully online and have no regular meeting times.

Wait List
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This section has no set meeting times.
Instructor: Ron Wilkerson
377458
Fee:
$695.00
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Notes

Enrollment limited to 15 students.

This course is taught asynchronously and fully online using Canvas. Sessions run weekly and there are no requirements to attend live, virtual meetings.

Refund Deadline
No refunds after February 16, 2021
Course Requirements
Internet access required to retrieve course materials.
Available
-
This section has no set meeting times.
Instructor: Tony DuShane
377459
Fee:
$695.00
42 days left. Enroll by Jan 6, 2021
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Notes

Enrollment limited to 15 students.

This course is taught asynchronously and fully online using Canvas. Sessions run weekly and there are no requirements to attend live, virtual meetings.

Refund Deadline
No refunds after January 20, 2021
Course Requirements
Internet access required to retrieve course materials.

These courses have regular meeting times and are fully online, via remote instruction. Click “See Details” below for more information.

Available
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Thursday 7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Location: Online
Instructor: Cynthia Riddle
377443
Fee:
$665.00
43 days left. Enroll by Jan 7, 2021
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Notes

Enrollment limited to 15 students.

This course uses remote instruction. As such, instructors use Zoom to offer live class meetings at the designated class meeting time. Students must be present at course meeting times as each student’s final grade may include scores for participation. Please inform your instructor if you will miss a class meeting. You are responsible for any class information you missed. We suggest you arrange with a fellow classmate to share their notes when feasible.

Refund Deadline
No refunds after January 21, 2021
Course Requirements
Internet access required to retrieve course materials.
Schedule
Type
Date
Time
Location
Discussion
Thu Jan 7, 2021
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
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Thu Jan 14, 2021
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
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Thu Jan 21, 2021
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
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Thu Jan 28, 2021
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
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Thu Feb 4, 2021
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
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Thu Feb 11, 2021
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
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Thu Feb 18, 2021
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
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Thu Feb 25, 2021
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
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Thu Mar 4, 2021
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Online
Discussion
Thu Mar 11, 2021
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
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Available
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Wednesday 7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Location: Online
Instructor: Laurence Rosenthal
377444
Fee:
$665.00
42 days left. Enroll by Jan 6, 2021
See Details
Notes

Enrollment limited to 15 students.

Refund Deadline
No refunds after January 20, 2021
Course Requirements
Internet access required to retrieve course materials.
Schedule
Type
Date
Time
Location
Discussion
Wed Jan 6, 2021
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Online
Discussion
Wed Jan 13, 2021
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
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Wed Jan 20, 2021
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
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Wed Jan 27, 2021
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
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Wed Feb 3, 2021
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
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Wed Feb 10, 2021
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
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Wed Feb 17, 2021
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
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Wed Feb 24, 2021
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
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Wed Mar 3, 2021
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
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Wed Mar 10, 2021
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
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Available
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Monday 7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Location: Online
Instructor: Ben van der Veen
377445
Fee:
$665.00
40 days left. Enroll by Jan 4, 2021
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Notes

No meeting January 18, 2021.

Enrollment limited to 15 students.

This course uses remote instruction. As such, instructors use Zoom to offer live class meetings at the designated class meeting time. Students must be present at course meeting times as each student’s final grade may include scores for participation. Please inform your instructor if you will miss a class meeting. You are responsible for any class information you missed. We suggest you arrange with a fellow classmate to share their notes when feasible.

Refund Deadline
No refunds after January 18, 2021
Course Requirements
Internet access required to retrieve course materials.
Schedule
Type
Date
Time
Location
Discussion
Mon Jan 4, 2021
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Online
Discussion
Mon Jan 11, 2021
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Online
Discussion
Mon Jan 25, 2021
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Online
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Mon Feb 1, 2021
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
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Mon Feb 8, 2021
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Online
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Mon Feb 15, 2021
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
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Mon Feb 22, 2021
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
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Mon Mar 1, 2021
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
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Mon Mar 8, 2021
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
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Mon Mar 15, 2021
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
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Available
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Tuesday 7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Location: Online
Instructor: Julia Camara
377446
Fee:
$665.00
41 days left. Enroll by Jan 5, 2021
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Notes

No meeting February 16, 2021.

Enrollment limited to 15 students.

This course uses remote instruction. As such, instructors use Zoom to offer live class meetings at the designated class meeting time. Students must be present at course meeting times as each student’s final grade may include scores for participation. Please inform your instructor if you will miss a class meeting. You are responsible for any class information you missed. We suggest you arrange with a fellow classmate to share their notes when feasible.

Refund Deadline
No refunds after January 19, 2021
Course Requirements
Internet access required to retrieve course materials.
Schedule
Type
Date
Time
Location
Discussion
Tue Jan 5, 2021
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Online
Discussion
Tue Jan 12, 2021
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Online
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Tue Jan 19, 2021
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
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Tue Jan 26, 2021
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
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Tue Feb 2, 2021
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
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Tue Feb 9, 2021
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
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Tue Feb 23, 2021
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
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Tue Mar 2, 2021
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
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Tue Mar 9, 2021
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
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Tue Mar 16, 2021
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Online

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