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
Classroom
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 X 410.2 Writing the First Screenplay II. 

Fall 2019 Schedule

Available Format(s):

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

Enrollment Closed
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Instructor: Kate Marciniak
369580
Fee:
$695.00
See Details
Notes
Enrollment limited to 15 students.
Refund Deadline
No refunds after October 07, 2019
Course Requirements
Internet access required to retrieve course materials.
Enrollment Closed
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Instructor: Ron Wilkerson
369581
Fee:
$695.00
See Details
Notes
Enrollment limited to 15 students.
Refund Deadline
No refunds after October 07, 2019
Course Requirements
Internet access required to retrieve course materials.
Enrollment Closed
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Instructor: Jon Bernstein
369582
Fee:
$695.00
See Details
Notes
Enrollment limited to 15 students.
Refund Deadline
No refunds after October 07, 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
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Tuesday 7:00PM - 10:00PM
Location: UCLA
Instructor: Laurence Rosenthal
369575
Fee:
$665.00
See Details
Notes
Enrollment limited to 15 students.
Refund Deadline
No refunds after September 29, 2019
Course Requirements
Internet access required to retrieve course materials.
Schedule
Type
Date
Time
Location
Discussion
Tue Sep 24, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2333
Discussion
Tue Oct 1, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2333
Discussion
Tue Oct 8, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2333
Discussion
Tue Oct 15, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2333
Discussion
Tue Oct 22, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2333
Discussion
Tue Oct 29, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2333
Discussion
Tue Nov 5, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2333
Discussion
Tue Nov 12, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2333
Discussion
Tue Nov 19, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2333
Discussion
Tue Dec 3, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2333
Enrollment Closed
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Monday 7:00PM - 10:00PM
Location: UCLA
Instructor: Ben van der Veen
369576
Fee:
$665.00
See Details
Notes

No meeting Nov. 11.

Enrollment limited to 15 students.

Refund Deadline
No refunds after September 28, 2019
Course Requirements
Internet access required to retrieve course materials.
Schedule
Type
Date
Time
Location
Discussion
Mon Sep 23, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2325
Discussion
Mon Sep 30, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2325
Discussion
Mon Oct 7, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2325
Discussion
Mon Oct 14, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2325
Discussion
Mon Oct 21, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2325
Discussion
Mon Oct 28, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2325
Discussion
Mon Nov 4, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2325
Discussion
Mon Nov 18, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2325
Discussion
Mon Nov 25, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2325
Discussion
Mon Dec 2, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2325
Enrollment Closed
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Wednesday 7:00PM - 10:00PM
Location: UCLA
Instructor: David Breckman
369577
Fee:
$665.00
See Details
Notes

No meeting Nov. 27.

Enrollment limited to 15 students.

Refund Deadline
No refunds after September 30, 2019
Course Requirements
Internet access required to retrieve course materials.
Schedule
Type
Date
Time
Location
Discussion
Wed Sep 25, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2325
Discussion
Wed Oct 2, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2325
Discussion
Wed Oct 9, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2325
Discussion
Wed Oct 16, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2325
Discussion
Wed Oct 23, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2325
Discussion
Wed Oct 30, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2325
Discussion
Wed Nov 6, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2325
Discussion
Wed Nov 13, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2325
Discussion
Wed Nov 20, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2325
Discussion
Wed Dec 4, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2325
Enrollment Closed
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Thursday 7:00PM - 10:00PM
Location: UCLA
Instructor: Julia Camara
369578
Fee:
$665.00
See Details
Notes
Enrollment limited to 15 students.
Refund Deadline
No refunds after October 01, 2019
Course Requirements
Internet access required to retrieve course materials.
Schedule
Type
Date
Time
Location
Discussion
Thu Sep 26, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 1270
Discussion
Thu Oct 3, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 1270
Discussion
Thu Oct 10, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 1270
Discussion
Thu Oct 17, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 1270
Discussion
Thu Oct 24, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 1270
Discussion
Thu Oct 31, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 1270
Discussion
Thu Nov 7, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 1270
Discussion
Thu Nov 14, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 1270
Discussion
Thu Nov 21, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 1270
Discussion
Thu Dec 5, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 1270
Canceled
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Monday 7:00PM - 10:00PM
Location: UCLA Extension DTLA
Instructor: Andrew Knauer
369579
Fee:
$665.00
See Details
Notes

No meeting Nov. 11.

Enrollment limited to 15 students.

Refund Deadline
No refunds after September 28, 2019
Course Requirements
Internet access required to retrieve course materials.
Schedule
Type
Date
Time
Location
Discussion
Mon Sep 23, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA Extension DTLA
UCLA Extension DTLA 101B
Discussion
Mon Sep 30, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA Extension DTLA
UCLA Extension DTLA 101B
Discussion
Mon Oct 7, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA Extension DTLA
UCLA Extension DTLA 101B
Discussion
Mon Oct 14, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA Extension DTLA
UCLA Extension DTLA 101B
Discussion
Mon Oct 21, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA Extension DTLA
UCLA Extension DTLA 101B
Discussion
Mon Oct 28, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA Extension DTLA
UCLA Extension DTLA 101B
Discussion
Mon Nov 4, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA Extension DTLA
UCLA Extension DTLA 101B
Discussion
Mon Nov 18, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA Extension DTLA
UCLA Extension DTLA 101B
Discussion
Mon Nov 25, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA Extension DTLA
UCLA Extension DTLA 101B
Discussion
Mon Dec 2, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA Extension DTLA
UCLA Extension DTLA 101B

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