Filmmaking must begin with a solid screenplay. This intensive one-week workshop is for writers who have a screenplay in progress and are seeking guidance, direction and focus from an accomplished screenwriter. It is equally applicable for those who have a completed script and want to revise and polish it for the market or for production.
Class time is divided between lectures on the dynamics of screenwriting and discussion of student scripts. One-on-one sessions between the instructor and each student take place throughout the week. The workshop delves more deeply into concept, story structure, character development, plot and subplots, central theme, dialogue, and the process of revising a screenplay. Students discuss suggestions for rewrites, alternative approaches, and explore solutions to the problems posed by each script. Participants learn to look critically at their writing with special attention to the importance of economy in writing, visual storytelling, and how to heighten the emotional stakes of story and character. The class surveys the practical realities of the film industry in terms of getting material read and sold, finding an agent, deal-making options, and how Hollywood works. By the end of the week, each script has been reviewed and reconstructed with a 'battle plan' on how to take the script to the next level, including marketing strategies.
For admission to the workshop students must submit one of the following: a completed screenplay draft or the first 20 pages of a screenplay in progress.