Filmmaking must begin with a solid screenplay. This intensive workshop is for writers who have a screenplay in progress and are seeking guidance, direction and focus from an accomplished screenwriter.

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 intensive.

The intensive delves deeply into concept, story structure, character development, plot and subplots, 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 the industry works.  By the end of the intensive, each script has been reviewed and reconstructed with a 'battle plan' on how to take the script to the next level.

Participants must have a screenplay in progress.

While this is a two-week intensive, participants may opt to take the first week only.

Winter/Spring lodging and meal package available for $475 per week. Includes breakfast and lunch Monday – Friday. Dinner services are not available during our Winter/Spring session. Meal plan (mandatory) without lodging $125 per week.

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

Jan 4 to Jan 17

Tuition

$1595 (also may be taken as 1-week beginning January 4 - $995)

Class Size

12