The first in a 3-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 serve 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 4-5 page outline which 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 Writing the First Screenplay II.
Webinar enrollment limited to 12 students.
This class is available in 2 formats:
1. Live Webinar
An instructor-led course that takes place through our learning management system at a scheduled date and time. You have the ability to ask questions and interact with the instructor. If applicable, homework assignments can be emailed to the teacher for feedback.
2. On-Demand Video
A downloadable video recording of the class for people who can't commit to a specific day and time for regular class meetings or who wish to get started immediately. These self-paced instructional videos include the same PowerPoint presentations and other course materials as the live lectures, only without teacher feedback or the ability to ask questions. The benefit of the videos is you can rewind and fast forward to particular sections, and rewatch the class as many times as you want 24 hours a day, 7 days a week from any computer or mobile device.