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
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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 2021 Schedule

Available Format(s):

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

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Instructor: Steven Schwartz
379171
Fee:
$695.00
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Notes

Enrollment limited to 15 students.

Refund Deadline
No refunds after April 14, 2021
Course Requirements
Internet access required to retrieve course materials.
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This section has no set meeting times.
Instructor: Julia Camara
379172
Fee:
$695.00
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Enrollment limited to 15 students.

Refund Deadline
No refunds after April 14, 2021
Course Requirements
Internet access required to retrieve course materials.
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This section has no set meeting times.
Instructor: Ernie Contreras
379173
Fee:
$695.00
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Notes

Enrollment limited to 15 students.

Refund Deadline
No refunds after April 14, 2021
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: Julia Camara
381852
Fee:
$695.00
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Notes

Enrollment limited to 15 students.

Refund Deadline
No refunds after April 21, 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.

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Wednesday 7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Location: Online
Instructor: Laurence Rosenthal
379165
Fee:
$665.00
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Notes

Enrollment limited to 15 students.

Refund Deadline
No refunds after April 14, 2021
Course Requirements
Internet access required to retrieve course materials.
Schedule
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Wed Mar 31, 2021
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
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Wed Apr 7, 2021
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
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Wed Apr 14, 2021
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
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Wed Apr 21, 2021
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Online
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Wed Apr 28, 2021
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Online
Discussion
Wed May 5, 2021
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Online
Discussion
Wed May 12, 2021
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Online
Discussion
Wed May 19, 2021
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Online
Discussion
Wed May 26, 2021
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Online
Discussion
Wed Jun 2, 2021
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
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Available
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Saturday 10:00AM PT - 1:00PM PT
Location: Online
Instructor: Ryan Ward
379166
Fee:
$665.00
Still accepting enrollments
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Notes

Enrollment limited to 15 students.

Refund Deadline
No refunds after April 24, 2021
Course Requirements
Internet access required to retrieve course materials.
Schedule
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Date
Time
Location
Discussion
Sat Apr 10, 2021
10:00AM PT - 1:00PM PT
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Sat Apr 17, 2021
10:00AM PT - 1:00PM PT
Online
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Sat Apr 24, 2021
10:00AM PT - 1:00PM PT
Online
Discussion
Sat May 1, 2021
10:00AM PT - 1:00PM PT
Online
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Sat May 8, 2021
10:00AM PT - 1:00PM PT
Online
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Sat May 15, 2021
10:00AM PT - 1:00PM PT
Online
Discussion
Sat May 22, 2021
10:00AM PT - 1:00PM PT
Online
Discussion
Sat May 29, 2021
10:00AM PT - 1:00PM PT
Online
Discussion
Sat Jun 5, 2021
10:00AM PT - 1:00PM PT
Online
Discussion
Sat Jun 12, 2021
10:00AM PT - 1:00PM PT
Online

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