Description of Class
Have a story idea, novel, or memoir you suspect would make a great movie? First, you’ve got to write the blueprint, i.e., the screenplay. This class offers a boot camp for how stories work in this exciting, yet exacting medium.
This 6-week class, taught by Mary Ruth Clarke (Meet The Parents), is designed for anyone interested in learning the basics of how to tell a story in a picture that moves.
Week One: The Sizzle. We will deep dive into genre, loglines and a great hook that will cause a producer to shout, “That’s a movie!”
Week Two: The Structure of Visual Story Telling. Screenwriters are obsessed with structure. We will begin deconstructing an Oscar winning screenplay to see how it works.
Week Three: Structure, continued. We will finish the deconstruction and complete a structure map.
Week Four: Thinking Visually. Cinematic storytelling is roughly 80% visual and 20% dialouge. We’ll discuss tips, tricks, and tools great screenwriters use to avoid too many talking head scenes and how to drive a story visually.
Week Five: Scene work and Dialouge. We will do a deep dive into how to create purposeful scenes that propel the story forward, dialog that is powerful and succinct, and the ever important subtext which throbs below the surface of scenes.
Week Six: Demystifying Formatting. Writers quake in fear of where to put the black words on the white page. Your job as a writer is to make the reader’s job as easy as possible, and that means getting the formatting right. (There is a reason most of us rely on software.)
There will be ample time allotted in each class to read and discuss participant’s homework. Feedback will be given by the instructor during class time, and there might be opportunity for peer-feedback, as well.
Participants should come to the first session prepared to work on an idea that they have for a screenplay.Top