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.

Summer 2020 Schedule

Available Format(s):

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

Enrollment Closed
-
This section has no set meeting times.
Instructor: Tony DuShane
374201
Fee:
$695.00
See Details
Notes
Enrollment limited to 15 students.
Refund Deadline
No refunds after July 08, 2020
Course Requirements
Internet access required to retrieve course materials.
Enrollment Closed
-
This section has no set meeting times.
Instructor: Ron Wilkerson
374202
Fee:
$695.00
See Details
Notes
Enrollment limited to 15 students.
Refund Deadline
No refunds after July 08, 2020
Course Requirements
Internet access required to retrieve course materials.
Enrollment Closed
-
This section has no set meeting times.
Instructor: Valerie Brandy
374203
Fee:
$695.00
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Notes
Enrollment limited to 15 students.
Refund Deadline
No refunds after July 08, 2020
Course Requirements
Internet access required to retrieve course materials.
Wait List
-
This section has no set meeting times.
Instructor: Valerie Brandy
376857
Fee:
$695.00
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Notes
Enrollment limited to 15 students.
Refund Deadline
No refunds after July 29, 2020
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.

Wait List
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Thursday 7:00PM PDT - 10:00PM PDT
Location: Online
Instructor: Michael Barlow
374196
Fee:
$665.00
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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 July 16, 2020
Course Requirements
Internet access required to retrieve course materials.
Schedule
Type
Date
Time
Location
Discussion
Thu Jul 2, 2020
7:00PM PDT - 10:00PM PDT
Online
Discussion
Thu Jul 9, 2020
7:00PM PDT - 10:00PM PDT
Online
Discussion
Thu Jul 16, 2020
7:00PM PDT - 10:00PM PDT
Online
Discussion
Thu Jul 23, 2020
7:00PM PDT - 10:00PM PDT
Online
Discussion
Thu Jul 30, 2020
7:00PM PDT - 10:00PM PDT
Online
Discussion
Thu Aug 6, 2020
7:00PM PDT - 10:00PM PDT
Online
Discussion
Thu Aug 13, 2020
7:00PM PDT - 10:00PM PDT
Online
Discussion
Thu Aug 20, 2020
7:00PM PDT - 10:00PM PDT
Online
Discussion
Thu Aug 27, 2020
7:00PM PDT - 10:00PM PDT
Online
Discussion
Thu Sep 3, 2020
7:00PM PDT - 10:00PM PDT
Online
Enrollment Closed
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Monday 7:00PM PDT - 10:00PM PDT
Location: Online
Instructor: Ben van der Veen
374197
Fee:
$665.00
See Details
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 July 13, 2020
Course Requirements
Internet access required to retrieve course materials.
Schedule
Type
Date
Time
Location
Discussion
Mon Jun 29, 2020
7:00PM PDT - 10:00PM PDT
Online
Discussion
Mon Jul 6, 2020
7:00PM PDT - 10:00PM PDT
Online
Discussion
Mon Jul 13, 2020
7:00PM PDT - 10:00PM PDT
Online
Discussion
Mon Jul 20, 2020
7:00PM PDT - 10:00PM PDT
Online
Discussion
Mon Jul 27, 2020
7:00PM PDT - 10:00PM PDT
Online
Discussion
Mon Aug 3, 2020
7:00PM PDT - 10:00PM PDT
Online
Discussion
Mon Aug 10, 2020
7:00PM PDT - 10:00PM PDT
Online
Discussion
Mon Aug 17, 2020
7:00PM PDT - 10:00PM PDT
Online
Discussion
Mon Aug 24, 2020
7:00PM PDT - 10:00PM PDT
Online
Discussion
Mon Aug 31, 2020
7:00PM PDT - 10:00PM PDT
Online
Enrollment Closed
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Tuesday 7:00PM PDT - 10:00PM PDT
Location: Online
Instructor: Dave Polsky
374198
Fee:
$665.00
See Details
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 July 07, 2020
Course Requirements
Internet access required to retrieve course materials.
Book: WRITING SCREENPLAYS THAT SELL by Michael Hauge
Schedule
Type
Date
Time
Location
Discussion
Tue Jun 23, 2020
7:00PM PDT - 10:00PM PDT
Online
Discussion
Tue Jun 30, 2020
7:00PM PDT - 10:00PM PDT
Online
Discussion
Tue Jul 7, 2020
7:00PM PDT - 10:00PM PDT
Online
Discussion
Tue Jul 14, 2020
7:00PM PDT - 10:00PM PDT
Online
Discussion
Tue Jul 21, 2020
7:00PM PDT - 10:00PM PDT
Online
Discussion
Tue Jul 28, 2020
7:00PM PDT - 10:00PM PDT
Online
Discussion
Tue Aug 4, 2020
7:00PM PDT - 10:00PM PDT
Online
Discussion
Tue Aug 11, 2020
7:00PM PDT - 10:00PM PDT
Online
Discussion
Tue Aug 18, 2020
7:00PM PDT - 10:00PM PDT
Online
Discussion
Tue Aug 25, 2020
7:00PM PDT - 10:00PM PDT
Online
Enrollment Closed
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Saturday 10:00AM PDT - 1:00PM PDT
Location: Online
Instructor: Laurence Walsh-Hodson
374200
Fee:
$665.00
See Details
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 July 11, 2020
Course Requirements
Internet access required to retrieve course materials.
Schedule
Type
Date
Time
Location
Discussion
Sat Jun 27, 2020
10:00AM PDT - 1:00PM PDT
Online
Discussion
Sat Jul 11, 2020
10:00AM PDT - 1:00PM PDT
Online
Discussion
Sat Jul 18, 2020
10:00AM PDT - 1:00PM PDT
Online
Discussion
Sat Jul 25, 2020
10:00AM PDT - 1:00PM PDT
Online
Discussion
Sat Aug 1, 2020
10:00AM PDT - 1:00PM PDT
Online
Discussion
Sat Aug 8, 2020
10:00AM PDT - 1:00PM PDT
Online
Discussion
Sat Aug 15, 2020
10:00AM PDT - 1:00PM PDT
Online
Discussion
Sat Aug 22, 2020
10:00AM PDT - 1:00PM PDT
Online
Discussion
Sat Aug 29, 2020
10:00AM PDT - 1:00PM PDT
Online
Discussion
Sat Sep 12, 2020
10:00AM PDT - 1:00PM PDT
Online

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