Learn the fundamentals of screenplay development while crafting your ideas into a script.
There are no available registration dates at this time.
NOTE: This class will be held in an online format using the Zoom platform.
Class meets at 10am EST
This course is part of our Young Artist program, Open to all high school-aged students
The basis for any great film is a great story and turning a story into a screenplay is the important first step in filmmaking. This workshop will give teens a foundation in understanding how screenplays are written and developed. Students will explore screenplay format, the writer’s process, concept, character development, structure and story arcs. Participants learn about writing visually and creating memorable characters and authentic dialogue.
This workshop is a writer’s lab and provides time for each student to develop ideas and write. Students must bring story ideas to this workshop.
If you have a screenplay-in-progress, you will learn how to revise, sharpen and polish your script. If you are developing an idea or outline that is on its way to becoming a script, you will leave the course having written a “treatment” that details the flow of the script, a document that will incorporate scenes you write at the workshop. We will also explore how the film and television industries work and how careers are launched.
Class time is divided between lectures on the dynamics of screenwriting and discussion of student scripts. The instructor will also be available for one-on-one sessions throughout the week.
Please note: Participants might incur streaming rental costs of $10-20 to watch assigned films at home.
“Eye opening, constructive and liberating.” Benjamin Gordon, NYC, NY
“One of the best educational experiences I’ve ever had” – Gabriel Magadieu, Falmouth, ME
Students may request a transcript be sent to their high school for possible credit.
Image Credits: Darcy Aders, Devin Altobello
Instructor: Wayne Beach
Wayne Beach has written screenplays for Warner Bros., Twentieth Century Fox, Disney, Sony, TNT, Wolf Films, Village Roadshow Pictures, and other studios and networks. He has developed projects for the makers of Pirates of the Caribbean, The Matrix, The Great Gatsby, Law & Order, House, Chicago P.D., and Ocean’s Eleven. His students have gone on to write hit films and TV shows.