An Introduction to the Fundamentals of Screenwriting is taught by local professional screenwriter Thomas Cartier. He will lead students through the fundamental aspects of screenwriting for films, once a week for 8 weeks, beginning Wednesday, March 17th, and repeating Wednesday May 19th 2021, 4- 6 pm. Alternatively, students may select an option for individual 1-on-1 tutoring, which will be conducted with one hour meetings online, or in person over the span of 6 weeks. Contact us for details and availability.
During the course, students will learn the fundamentals of how to write a screenplay for a short film. Topics explored include screenwriting fundamentals (such as conflict, beginning/middle/end), finding the story spark and discovering what you want to say (theme), creating compelling characters, techniques to write a successful short film (vs the feature format), implementing successful visual storytelling, crafting well constructed scenes utilizing POV, dialogue, structure, and style, and understanding the basic formatting of a script. By the end of class, students will have written a complete short script, and have the beginnings of a feature screenplay.
Cost for the course is $425 (Alumni discount included), and the registration form is found below. A $50 non-refundable deposit will be needed to secure the registration. In-person instruction will be conducted according to our Social-Distancing Policy for Covid-19, including increased distance, masks and/or face shields, and increased sanitizing.
Wanting to sign up for multiple classes? Check out our Package Options! Intro to Screenwriting (or comparable previous coursework) will be a prerequisite for Intermediate Screenwriting, which will be a prerequisite for Advanced Workshopping.