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.

Spring 2020 Schedule

Available Format(s):

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

Wait List
-
This section has no set meeting times.
Instructor: Justin Trevor Winters
373004
Fee:
$695.00
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Notes
Enrollment limited to 15 students.
Refund Deadline
No refunds after April 15, 2020
Course Requirements
Internet access required to retrieve course materials.
Wait List
-
This section has no set meeting times.
Instructor: Steven Schwartz
373006
Fee:
$695.00
See Details
Notes
Enrollment limited to 15 students.
Refund Deadline
No refunds after April 15, 2020
Course Requirements
Internet access required to retrieve course materials.
Wait List
-
This section has no set meeting times.
Instructor: Diane Drake
375033
Fee:
$695.00
See Details
Notes
Enrollment limited to 15 students.
Refund Deadline
No refunds after April 15, 2020
Course Requirements
Internet access required to retrieve course materials.

These courses meet regularly and are fully online. Click “See Details” below for more information.

Available
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Tuesday 7:00PM PDT - 10:00PM PDT
Location: Online
Instructor: David Breckman
372981
Fee:
$665.00
Still accepting enrollments
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Notes

Enrollment limited to 15 students.

Please note: Due to adjustments made to the Spring quarter, this course is now scheduled to be delivered in a synchronous online format. Classes will be delivered weekly in an online forum at the scheduled time assigned to the course. Further adjustments may be made by the instructor in order to best serve the course material. Please check Canvas regularly for updates.

Refund Deadline
No refunds after April 14, 2020
Course Requirements
Internet access required to retrieve course materials.
Schedule
Type
Date
Time
Location
Lecture
Tue Mar 31, 2020
7:00PM PDT - 10:00PM PDT
Online
Lecture
Tue Apr 7, 2020
7:00PM PDT - 10:00PM PDT
Online
Lecture
Tue Apr 21, 2020
7:00PM PDT - 10:00PM PDT
Online
Lecture
Tue Apr 28, 2020
7:00PM PDT - 10:00PM PDT
Online
Lecture
Tue May 5, 2020
7:00PM PDT - 10:00PM PDT
Online
Lecture
Tue May 12, 2020
7:00PM PDT - 10:00PM PDT
Online
Lecture
Tue May 19, 2020
7:00PM PDT - 10:00PM PDT
Online
Lecture
Tue May 26, 2020
7:00PM PDT - 10:00PM PDT
Online
Lecture
Tue Jun 2, 2020
7:00PM PDT - 10:00PM PDT
Online
Lecture
Tue Jun 9, 2020
7:00PM PDT - 10:00PM PDT
Online
Available
-
Wednesday 7:00PM PDT - 10:00PM PDT
Location: Online
Instructor: Colin Costello
372982
Fee:
$665.00
Still accepting enrollments
See Details
Notes

Enrollment limited to 15 students.

Please note: Due to adjustments made to the Spring quarter, this course is now scheduled to be delivered in a synchronous online format. Classes will be delivered weekly in an online forum at the scheduled time assigned to the course. Further adjustments may be made by the instructor in order to best serve the course material. Please check Canvas regularly for updates.

Refund Deadline
No refunds after April 15, 2020
Course Requirements
Internet access required to retrieve course materials.
Schedule
Type
Date
Time
Location
Lecture
Wed Apr 1, 2020
7:00PM PDT - 10:00PM PDT
Online
Lecture
Wed Apr 8, 2020
7:00PM PDT - 10:00PM PDT
Online
Lecture
Wed Apr 15, 2020
7:00PM PDT - 10:00PM PDT
Online
Lecture
Wed Apr 22, 2020
7:00PM PDT - 10:00PM PDT
Online
Lecture
Wed Apr 29, 2020
7:00PM PDT - 10:00PM PDT
Online
Lecture
Wed May 6, 2020
7:00PM PDT - 10:00PM PDT
Online
Lecture
Wed May 13, 2020
7:00PM PDT - 10:00PM PDT
Online
Lecture
Wed May 20, 2020
7:00PM PDT - 10:00PM PDT
Online
Lecture
Wed May 27, 2020
7:00PM PDT - 10:00PM PDT
Online
Lecture
Wed Jun 3, 2020
7:00PM PDT - 10:00PM PDT
Online
Available
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Saturday 10:00AM PDT - 1:00PM PDT
Location: Online
Instructor: Julian Goldberger
372983
Fee:
$665.00
Still accepting enrollments
See Details
Notes

Enrollment limited to 15 students.

Please note: Due to adjustments made to the Spring quarter, this course is now scheduled to be delivered in a synchronous online format. Classes will be delivered weekly in an online forum at the scheduled time assigned to the course. Further adjustments may be made by the instructor in order to best serve the course material. Please check Canvas regularly for updates.

Refund Deadline
No refunds after April 18, 2020
Course Requirements
Internet access required to retrieve course materials.
Schedule
Type
Date
Time
Location
Lecture
Sat Apr 4, 2020
10:00AM PDT - 1:00PM PDT
Online
Lecture
Sat Apr 11, 2020
10:00AM PDT - 1:00PM PDT
Online
Lecture
Sat Apr 18, 2020
10:00AM PDT - 1:00PM PDT
Online
Lecture
Sat Apr 25, 2020
10:00AM PDT - 1:00PM PDT
Online
Lecture
Sat May 2, 2020
10:00AM PDT - 1:00PM PDT
Online
Lecture
Sat May 9, 2020
10:00AM PDT - 1:00PM PDT
Online
Lecture
Sat May 16, 2020
10:00AM PDT - 1:00PM PDT
Online
Lecture
Sat May 30, 2020
10:00AM PDT - 1:00PM PDT
Online
Lecture
Sat Jun 6, 2020
10:00AM PDT - 1:00PM PDT
Online
Lecture
Sat Jun 13, 2020
10:00AM PDT - 1:00PM PDT
Online
Canceled
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Monday 7:00PM PDT - 10:00PM PDT
Location: Online
Instructor: Andrew Knauer
372984
Fee:
$665.00
See Details
Notes

No meeting May 25.

Enrollment limited to 15 students.

Please note: Due to adjustments made to the Spring quarter, this course is now scheduled to be delivered in a synchronous online format. Classes will be delivered weekly in an online forum at the scheduled time assigned to the course. Further adjustments may be made by the instructor in order to best serve the course material. Please check Canvas regularly for updates.

Refund Deadline
No refunds after April 13, 2020
Course Requirements
Internet access required to retrieve course materials.
Schedule
Type
Date
Time
Location
Lecture
Mon Mar 30, 2020
7:00PM PDT - 10:00PM PDT
Online
Lecture
Mon Apr 6, 2020
7:00PM PDT - 10:00PM PDT
Online
Lecture
Mon Apr 13, 2020
7:00PM PDT - 10:00PM PDT
Online
Lecture
Mon Apr 20, 2020
7:00PM PDT - 10:00PM PDT
Online
Lecture
Mon Apr 27, 2020
7:00PM PDT - 10:00PM PDT
Online
Lecture
Mon May 4, 2020
7:00PM PDT - 10:00PM PDT
Online
Lecture
Mon May 11, 2020
7:00PM PDT - 10:00PM PDT
Online
Lecture
Mon May 18, 2020
7:00PM PDT - 10:00PM PDT
Online
Lecture
Mon Jun 1, 2020
7:00PM PDT - 10:00PM PDT
Online
Lecture
Mon Jun 8, 2020
7:00PM PDT - 10:00PM PDT
Online

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