Class Size: Limited to 12 Students
Instructor: Chris Messineo
Dates and Times:
|Fall||Ten Weeks||Sep 11 - Nov 13||Mondays 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm||Class is Over|
|Spring||Ten Weeks||Apr 2 - Jun 4||Mondays 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm||Registration Opens January 14th|
Description: Do you have a story stuck in your head that would make a great movie? Have you tried to learn screenwriting from a book and are frustrated with the progress you've made? Our Screenwriting class can demystify screenplay format and three-act structure and show you how to get a compelling story on the page.
Throughout the course, we focus on different aspects of the craft, as we learn and do the following:
- Screenplay Format and Software
- Three Act Structure and The Movie Game
- Scene Outline and Scene Cards
- The First Ten Pages
- Creating Characters
- Character, Goals, and Obstacles
- Locations and Action
- Visuals, A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words
- Dialogue and Nine Techniques
- Character Secrets and Story Questions
We read from each other's scripts and learn how to identify what works, what doesn't, and how to improve. We watch scenes from Hollywood and Independent movies and look at the actual screenplays that created them.
In addition, each week, there are specific writing exercises designed to challenge and motivate you while you learn the craft of screenwriting.
Finally, we'll talk about agents, screenplay contests, and how to get your script read and produced.
Note: Select teens are eligible to take this class with instructor approval.