Receive guidance and direction on your script from an accomplished screenwriter.
Date: Feb 11-17, 2018
Levels: Intermediate, Advanced
Workshop Fee: $1095
Class Size: 14
Filmmaking must begin with a solid screenplay. This comprehensive 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 retreat.
The retreat 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.
Participants must have a screenplay in progress.
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.
While this is a two-week program, participants may opt to take the first week only.
Header Image Credit: Devin Altobello
Instructor: Wayne Beach
Wayne Beach has written screenplays for Warner Bros., Twentieth Century Fox, Disney, Sony, 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, SEVEN, OCEAN’S ELEVEN, PLATOON, THE MATRIX and THE PERFECT STORM.
Recently he developed an original television pilot, AMERICAN DREAM, for Sony. The pitch inspired a bidding war between Showtime, FX, and WGN America. He also recently finished an assignment adapting THE GARDEN OF BETRAYAL, a new novel by Lee Vance published by Knopf.