Summer Film Course | Introduction to Screenwriting

FILM S4037D
3 points
Instructor: Loren-Paul Caplin
 
For course schedule and location, please visit the School of Professional Studies summer site here.
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A good screenplay is a bit like a magic trick. It seems seamless, effortless, entertaining, and slightly mystifying. As most screenwriters will tell you, however, the final result usually comes from​ an enormous amount of writing, re-writing, receiving feedback, more re-writing, and a healthy dose of luck. Our goal will be to unmask the magic trick a bit, by reading screenplays, watching movies, and discussing the structure, characters, and challenges each script and film faced on its way to fruition.

Additionally, because screenplays are meant to be read but movies are meant to be seen, students will work on pages of their own scripts which we will then examine, discuss, and read aloud. The ultimate goal will be to have students write 10-40 pages of a first act of their scripts,​ along with an outline or treatment which serves as a roadmap to ultimately finishing their screenplays.

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Tuition & Fees
 
Students can review tuition and fees here.

Materials Fee: $30
 
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For questions about School of the Arts summer courses, including those concerning admissions, registration, and billing, please contact the School of Professional Studies summer team at summersessions@columbia.edu or 212-854-9666. With questions about specific course content, please contact Film Departmental Representative Robert King at rk2704@columbia.edu.

About the Instructors
 
Loren-Paul Caplin
 
Loren-Paul Caplin is a screenwriter, director, playwright. Feature Film: The Lucky Ones (Writer/Director), Tribeca Film Festival (2003); History of the World in 8 Minutes (Writer/Director), New Directors/New Films Festival, MOMA, NYC (1998); Lost Angels (Original Story), Orion Pictures; Battle in the Erogenous Zone, (Co-Wrote and Co-Produced) Showtime; The Forbidden Zone (Music Producer), Samuel Goldwyn; Also written film scripts for: Paramount, Columbia, TriStar and numerous independents. more
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