“Scripts are what matter. If you get the foundations right and then you get the right ingredients on top, you stand a shot… but if you get those foundations wrong, then you absolutely don’t stand a shot. It’s very rare–almost never–that a good film gets made from a bad screenplay.”
Ready to explore how to bring your ideas to life? Get all the foundational aspects of screenwriting in this 3-session seminar. Through a combination of lectures, samples, handouts, and short assignments, you will learn what a screenplay is, what it isn’t, and how to start your journey as a screenwriter.
January 27, Feb. 3, Feb. 10, 2020
7:00 p.m. EST
*Click here to sign up for The Everything You Need to Know About Screenwriting Seminar Series, which is a full course designed to prepare writers to write your own screenplay and launch you into a screenwriting career.
Are you ready for your writing to get visual?
Screenwriting is the perfect art form for bringing visual storytelling to life. In this 3-session seminar, you will learn the nuts and bolts of screenwriting:
By the end of the seminar, you will have a firm grasp of how to go about writing your own screenplay!
The online seminar is fully interactive and takes place via live video conference (which is recorded, so you can watch it on replay). During the seminar, you’ll have ample opportunity to share your work, talk through and practice craft issues, and ask questions about the genre.
Assignments, readings, and video clips will guide you on your screenplay writing journey.
[ezcol_1quarter]Dates:[/ezcol_1quarter] [ezcol_3quarter_end]January 27, Feb. 3, Feb. 10, 2020 (Dates TBA) [/ezcol_3quarter_end]
[ezcol_1quarter]Length:[/ezcol_1quarter] [ezcol_3quarter_end]3 Sessions (2 hrs. each)[/ezcol_3quarter_end]
[ezcol_1quarter]Where:[/ezcol_1quarter] [ezcol_3quarter_end]Online via video chat [/ezcol_3quarter_end]
[ezcol_1quarter]Format:[/ezcol_1quarter] [ezcol_3quarter_end]Live video meetings including lecture, readings, and homework assignments[/ezcol_3quarter_end]
[ezcol_1quarter]Weekly Meeting:[/ezcol_1quarter] [ezcol_3quarter_end]Mondays at 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. EST[/ezcol_3quarter_end]
[ezcol_1quarter]Instructor:[/ezcol_1quarter] [ezcol_3quarter_end]Rebecca Hales[/ezcol_3quarter_end]
Not exactly. While a screenplay tells a story, it is actually a blueprint for the final visual product. It will be used by the producers, directors, casting agents, actors, location scouts, set designers, costume department, etc. to bring together all the elements that make a movie or TV series. It is a very collaborative document and the success of every department starts with the writer.
Film and television are visual mediums. What is described in a book can range from the physical surroundings, to the smells, to the deepest thoughts and feelings of a character. We spend time in their internal world, getting to know them and bonding with them. In screenwriting, if it can’t be seen on the screen, it shouldn’t be in the script.
Screenwriting forces the writer to ask: “How do I SHOW what the character thinks and feels since I can’t TELL the audience directly?” This includes actions and dialogue that convey emotional subtext.
Not at all! While screenwriting does use special software like Final Draft and Move Magic Screenwriter there are free online alternatives that will help you format your screenplay. Of course, once you fall in love with screenwriting, you may want to purchase the more comprehensive software.
The class will meet in real time over interactive video conference (3 sessions at 2 hours each) to hear Rebecca’s lecture, and talk about the various craft, theory, and production elements in screenplay writing. All materials will be provided including assignment details.