Screenplay 101 - From Idea to Screen
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Screenplay 101 - From Idea to Screen

Anyone can learn to write a screenplay -- even you!
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Created by Koji Steven Sakai
Last updated 6/2020
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This course includes
  • 4 hours on-demand video
  • 30 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • They will learn to take an idea and turn it into a feature-length movie screenplay.
Requirements
  • None
Description

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.

Who this course is for:
  • People interested in writing screenplays
Course content
Expand all 12 lectures 04:12:13
+ Class #1 -- Screenplay Basics
1 lecture 15:43

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.

Preview 15:43
+ Class #2 -- Ideas
1 lecture 16:24

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.

Preview 16:24
+ Class #3 -- Screenplay Questionnaire
1 lecture 21:26

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!

Preview 21:26
+ Class #4 -- Major Moments
1 lecture 33:22

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. 

Preview 33:22
+ Class #5 -- Characters
1 lecture 25:51

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.

Preview 25:51
+ Class #6 -- Beats
1 lecture 29:33

Students will learn how to outline their screenplays.

At the end of this lecture, you will begin to outline your own screenplay.

In addition to the lecture and the notes, the class notes have been provided as a resource.

Preview 29:33
+ Class #7 -- Writing Tools
1 lecture 20:57

Students will learn tools to help them begin writing their screenplay.

In addition to the lecture, the class notes and supplemental links (in conjunction with the lecture have been provided).

Preview 20:57
+ Class #8 -- Writing
1 lecture 47:51

Students will learn how to write action and dialogue.

After this class, the students will begin to write the opening beat of their screenplay.

In addition to the lecture, the class notes and supplemental links (in conjunction with the lecture have been provided).

Preview 47:51
+ Class #9 -- Editing and Rewriting
1 lecture 09:53

Students will learn the basics of editing and rewriting.

In addition to the lecture, the class notes have been provided as a resource.

Preview 09:53