Writing a Short Screenplay - 7245
Description: Whether your target is Hollywood or YouTube, this course will equip you with basic and practical skills for blueprinting your vision on paper, and grabbing your readers with the promise of a great film.
This course introduces the fundamental concepts of storytelling for the 21st century screen. Through formal lectures and fun, innovative exercises, students learn how to build a compelling story using the basic building blocks of structure, character, and dialogue. From there, we will move to the standard screenplay format, and - more importantly - understand how and why that format evolved to serve traditional production models. Finally, the technical constraints of screenwriting will be relaxed and reconfigured as we explore the possibilities of writing for the Internet. Instructor: Shawn Postoff.
Note: The deadline to withdraw from this class is 5 pm on May 24th. A $15 withdrawal fee applies.