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Writing the Horror Film

July 30 6pm-7:30pm Pacific Time – Scotty Milder

Writing the Horror Film

 This class will cover the fundamentals of writing within the horror genre. Topics covered will be Stephen King's three levels of terror, the difference between horror and suspense, how to approach common horror tropes from a fresh and unpredictable perspective, and the creation of dread and suspense on the page.

Intro to Final Draft

July 23 6pm-7:30pm Pacific Time - Heather Hughes & Kate Wharton

Intro to Final Draft  

In this class you will be introduced Final Draft, the industry standard screenwriting software for screenwriters, directors, and producers. You will be given a general introduction to the software and then will delve into the often-overlooked features that writers, producers, directors and all departments use during the production of a film. Final Draft software is not needed to attend. You can download a 30 day free trial here, for use during the workshop or after.

Writing for Sci-Fi Genre

July 16 6pm-7:30pm Pacific Time - Geoff Miller  

Writing for Sci-Fi Genre

Weather you’re doing a Western in space (Star Trek); a WWII movie set a long, long time ago in a galaxy far, far away (Star Wars); or movie set in a computer (The Matrix, Tron); SciFi offers screenwriters opportunities—and pitfalls—like no other genre.  We’ll take a look at what makes great SciFi great, and how to make sure your own SciFi piece doesn’t fall into a black hole.

Screenwriting II: Structure and Process of Screenwriting

In Structure and Process, students develop the basic storyline for their screenplay while receiving further in-depth instruction in screenwriting and story structure. Topics covered during this class include creating story, structuring the plot and subplots, plot points, ingredients to construct effective opening pages, and detailed instruction on how to build dramatic scenes.

Screenwriting I: Nuts and Bolts of Screenwriting

Nuts and Bolts of Screenwriting lays the groundwork for screenplay writing by providing students with a total immersion in script structure and the craft of writing for the screen. The class will read, view, and discuss four feature-length screenplays. As we examine scripts of vastly different styles, students will begin work on their own feature-length ideas, exploring the concept and creating the foundation for a story.

Screenwriting I: Nuts and Bolts of Screenwriting

Nuts and Bolts of Screenwriting lays the groundwork for screenplay writing by providing students with a total immersion in script structure and the craft of writing for the screen. The class will read, view, and discuss four feature-length screenplays. As we examine scripts of vastly different styles, students will begin work on their own feature-length ideas, exploring the concept and creating the foundation for a story.

Screenwriting II: Structure and Process of Screenwriting

In Structure and Process, students develop the basic storyline for their screenplay while receiving further in-depth instruction in screenwriting and story structure. Topics covered during this class include creating story, structuring the plot and subplots, plot points, ingredients to construct effective opening pages, and detailed instruction on how to build dramatic scenes.