Screenplay 101 - From Idea to Screen
- 4 hours on-demand video
- 30 downloadable resources
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- Certificate of Completion
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- They will learn to take an idea and turn it into a feature-length movie screenplay.
Have you ever wanted to write your own movie or wondered what it takes to write one? In this educational and FUN four hour-ish workshop, I'll teach you the basics of movie screenplays, how to properly structure and format them, how to begin to write your own stories, and an honest insiders take on the movie business from a working screenwriter and producer with almost twenty years of experience.
You'll walk away not only with the tools to begin to write movies, but you'll leave with the beginnings of your own story. This is a great introduction for those interested in a possible career in film but also for those who love movies and want a one-of-kind experience.
I have written five feature films that have been produced. I also produced three feature films; a one-hour comedy special on Starz, Comedy InvAsian, a television series featuring the nation’s top Asian American comedians; and Brash Girls Club, a limited comedy series, which premiered on Tubi TV. The only thing I love more than writing is teaching it. I am currently a screenwriting instructor at UCLA Extensions, the New York Film Academy in Burbank, and most recently Chapman University.
- People interested in writing screenplays
In this class, you'll learn the basics of screenplays, including what a screenplay is and screenplay formatting.
At the end of this lecture, please read the Thelma & Louise screenplay to familiarize yourself with what a screenplay looks like and transcribe at least 5 pages.
In addition to the video lecture and the homework materials, this section includes documents that describe screenplay format, the different elements of a screenplay, and the slide show.
In this class you'll learn about how to come up with good ideas and what constitutes a good idea.
At the end of this class, you'll be tasked with coming up with your own good idea using the "Pixar" method described during the lecture.
In addition to this lecture, the class slides have been included as a resource.
Students will learn how to take their idea and begin to develop their idea into a feature-length screenplay. We will be looking at things such as theme, central dramatic question, budget, genre, tone, and much more!
At the end of this lecture, you will fill out your own screenplay questionnaire to begin to develop your idea! Please make sure to watch either Kung Fu Panda or Thelma and Louise before the next class!
In addition to the lecture and the homework assignment, the class slide and links have been provided to you as a resource!
Students will learn what the major moments are in a screenplay and how to properly structure a movie.
At the end of this lecture, you will come up with the major moments for your screenplay!
In addition to the lecture and the homework assignment, the class notes, supplemental links, the major moments break down of Kung Fu Panda and Thelma and Louise, as well as a major moments cheat sheet has been provided for you as a resource.
Students will learn how to develop strong and interesting characters. Don't forget to use the test worksheet as a fun way to help further define your character!
After this class, you will fill out the character breakdown exercise to help you develop your characters.
In addition to the lecture and homework assignment, the class notes have been provided to you as a resource.