Learn the basics of story structure, character development, plot, and format.

The basic foundation for all forms of filmmaking is the story.  This one-week workshop sets each participant with a story idea for a feature or short film and on a road to a successful screenplay.  Students learn the process necessary to develop stories and shape ideas by creating interesting characters, putting them in challenging and dramatic situations and creating suspense and tension. They learn how to write an outline, build a three-act structure, find plot points to turn the drama and write dialog and action. Most of all, students leave with an understanding of what turns a story into a dynamic screenplay.

Winter/Spring lodging and meal package available for $475. Includes breakfast and lunch Monday - Friday. Dinner services are not available during our Winter/Spring session. Meal plan (mandatory) qwithour lodging $125.

 

Instructors

Wayne Beach

Wayne Beach has written screenplays for Warner Bros., Twentieth Century Fox, Disney, TNT, Fox 2000 Pictures, and Village Roadshow Pictures. He has developed projects for the makers of PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN, THE GREAT GATSBY, LAW & ORDER, THE FUGITIVE, SEVEN, OCEAN’S ELEVEN, PLATOON, THE MATRIX and THE PERFECT STORM.

His screenplay credits include MURDER AT 1600 (Warner Bros.) starring Wesley Snipes, Diane Lane, Alan Alda and Dennis Miller; and THE ART OF WAR (Warner Bros.) starring Wesley Snipes, Donald Sutherland and Anne Archer.    He wrote and directed SLOW BURN starring Ray Liotta, LL Cool J, Mekhi Phifer, Jolene Blalock, Taye Diggs and Chiwetel Ejiofor. The film, his directorial debut, was released by Lionsgate and played 1100 theaters nationwide.

Having recently finished an assignment adapting THE GARDEN OF BETRAYAL, a new novel by Lee Vance published by Knopf, he currently has two television series in development with major producers attached.

Beach has taught screenwriting at Northwestern University and at Bates College, where he continues to serve as guest faculty.    He leads screenwriting workshops at Maine Media Workshops and also serves on the MFA faculty of Maine Media College.

Many of his former students have become successful writers, directors and producers working at the highest levels of film and television.    His screenwriting students have gone on to write hit movies and TV shows including THE VOW, HE’S JUST NOT THAT INTO YOU, FRIENDS, BROTHERS & SISTERS, NEVER BEEN KISSED, VALENTINE’S DAY, GREEN LANTERN, DAWSON’S CREEK, EVERWOOD, ARROW, REVENGE, POLITICAL ANIMALS, GCB, BEVERLY HILLS 90210, JACK & BOBBY, ROSWELL, MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE, and the forthcoming sequel to CLASH OF THE TITANS.

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Course Dates

Feb 8 to Feb 14

Tuition

$1075

Class Size

12