Introduction to Screenwriting

 
FILM S4037D
3 points
Session 1: May 26 - July 2
T, R, 1 - 4 pm
Instructor: Marc Lawrence
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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
 
Most summer courses are offered at the standard Continuing Education tuition rate of
$1,570 per point ($4,710 for a 3-point course).
For more information on tuition and course fees, please refer to our Tuition & Fees page.

Materials Fee: $30
 
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About the Instructor
Marc Lawrence
 
Marc Lawrence began his writing career on NBC's Family Ties, for which he received Emmy and Humanitas nominations. His feature credits include writing and producing Life With Mikey (1993) starring Michael J. Fox; Forces of Nature (1999) with​ Ben Affleck and Sandra Bullock; and Miss Congeniality (2000) starring Sandra Bullock and Michael Caine. more
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