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.

Fall 2020 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: Julian Goldberger
376199
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 October 14, 2020
Course Requirements
Internet access required to retrieve course materials.
Wait List
-
This section has no set meeting times.
Instructor: Chrysanthy Balis
376200
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 October 14, 2020
Course Requirements
Internet access required to retrieve course materials.
Book: The Screenwriter’s Bible by David Trottier
Wait List
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This section has no set meeting times.
Instructor: Ernie Contreras
376201
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 October 14, 2020
Course Requirements
Internet access required to retrieve course materials.
Book: The Art of Dramatic Writing by Lajos Egri
Book: Making a Good Script Great by Linda Seger
Wait List
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This section has no set meeting times.
Instructor: Kate Marciniak
378167
Fee:
$695.00
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Notes

Enrollment limited to 15 students.

Refund Deadline
No refunds after October 21, 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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Tuesday 7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Location: Online
Instructor: Laurence Rosenthal
376191
Fee:
$665.00
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Notes

No meeting November 3, 2020.

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 October 13, 2020
Course Requirements
Internet access required to retrieve course materials.
Schedule
Type
Date
Time
Location
Discussion
Tue Sep 29, 2020
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Online
Discussion
Tue Oct 6, 2020
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Online
Discussion
Tue Oct 13, 2020
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Online
Discussion
Tue Oct 20, 2020
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Online
Discussion
Tue Oct 27, 2020
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Online
Discussion
Tue Nov 10, 2020
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Online
Discussion
Tue Nov 17, 2020
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Online
Discussion
Tue Nov 24, 2020
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Online
Discussion
Tue Dec 1, 2020
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Online
Discussion
Tue Dec 8, 2020
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Online
Available
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Wednesday 7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Location: Online
Instructor: Roberto Marinas
376194
Fee:
$665.00
7 days left. Enroll by Sep 30, 2020
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Notes

No meeting November 11, 2020.

Enrollment limited to 15 students.

 

Refund Deadline
No refunds after October 14, 2020
Course Requirements
Internet access required to retrieve course materials.
Book: Save the Cat! by Blake Snyder
Schedule
Type
Date
Time
Location
Discussion
Wed Sep 30, 2020
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Online
Discussion
Wed Oct 7, 2020
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Online
Discussion
Wed Oct 14, 2020
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Online
Discussion
Wed Oct 21, 2020
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Online
Discussion
Wed Oct 28, 2020
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Online
Discussion
Wed Nov 4, 2020
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Online
Discussion
Wed Nov 18, 2020
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Online
Discussion
Wed Nov 25, 2020
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Online
Discussion
Wed Dec 2, 2020
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Online
Discussion
Wed Dec 9, 2020
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Online
Available
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Saturday 10:00AM PT - 1:00PM PT
Location: Online
Instructor: Ryan Ward
376196
Fee:
$665.00
10 days left. Enroll by Oct 3, 2020
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Notes

No meeting November 28, 2020.

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 October 17, 2020
Course Requirements
Internet access required to retrieve course materials.
Schedule
Type
Date
Time
Location
Discussion
Sat Oct 3, 2020
10:00AM PT - 1:00PM PT
Online
Discussion
Sat Oct 10, 2020
10:00AM PT - 1:00PM PT
Online
Discussion
Sat Oct 17, 2020
10:00AM PT - 1:00PM PT
Online
Discussion
Sat Oct 24, 2020
10:00AM PT - 1:00PM PT
Online
Discussion
Sat Oct 31, 2020
10:00AM PT - 1:00PM PT
Online
Discussion
Sat Nov 7, 2020
10:00AM PT - 1:00PM PT
Online
Discussion
Sat Nov 14, 2020
10:00AM PT - 1:00PM PT
Online
Discussion
Sat Nov 21, 2020
10:00AM PT - 1:00PM PT
Online
Discussion
Sat Dec 5, 2020
10:00AM PT - 1:00PM PT
Online
Discussion
Sat Dec 12, 2020
10:00AM PT - 1:00PM PT
Online
Available
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Thursday 7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Location: Online
Instructor: Koji Steven Sakai
376198
Fee:
$665.00
8 days left. Enroll by Oct 1, 2020
See Details
Notes

No meeting November 26, 2020.

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 October 15, 2020
Course Requirements
Internet access required to retrieve course materials.
Schedule
Type
Date
Time
Location
Discussion
Thu Oct 1, 2020
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Online
Discussion
Thu Oct 8, 2020
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Online
Discussion
Thu Oct 15, 2020
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Online
Discussion
Thu Oct 22, 2020
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Online
Discussion
Thu Oct 29, 2020
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Online
Discussion
Thu Nov 5, 2020
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Online
Discussion
Thu Nov 12, 2020
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Online
Discussion
Thu Nov 19, 2020
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Online
Discussion
Thu Dec 3, 2020
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Online
Discussion
Thu Dec 10, 2020
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Online

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