Course Description

Do you have a great idea for a movie, but don't know how to write it or where to start? Presently, short films are a hot commodity and a ticket into the feature film works. We'll explore industry standards and standouts as we examine screenplay, form, structure, and genre to help you hone your ideas. We'll also read, watch, and write short films. Your screenplay will be work-shopped in class where you'll get to hear it read aloud, and receive feedback from fellow classmates. By the end of the course, you'll have a polished short screenplay and a firm understanding of how to write a feature. Students should have basic computer skills

Learn the basic steps to writing a screenplay utilizing industry-standard best practices and get started writing your first draft. Students should have basic computer skills. The instructor Virginia Bailey is an independent film/video writer, producer, and director, and author of children's literature, including softcover, eBooks, and audiobooks. She teaches Introduction to Screenwriting, and Screenwriting II.

Course Outline

• What is a screenplay?
• The 3-Act screenplay story structure
• Learn about intention & obstacles
• Learn how to create 3-dimensional characters
• Learn how to dream up ideas
• Learn how to write dialogue
• Learn how to show and not tell
•Learn how to research and conduct interviews
• Learn how to craft a logline
• Learn how to pitch your script
• Screenwriting Software

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