“A script that does not utilize imagery and motion is not a movie, it is a radio show.” ~ Max Adams
COURSE DURATION: This is a 6 week accelerated online master class in screenwriting.
COURSE EMPHASIS: Course emphasis is on using motion and screen space in scenes on the page that translate to an arresting visual and moving dynamic read and experience on the page — and film on the screen.
Movement is the backbone and soul of “moving pictures.” Movement through time. Movement through space. And movement on the screen. The immediacy of motion on a movie screen sets film writing apart from every other written medium. And is the difference between a spec script selling — or dying in a drawer. Because it literally died, in terms of using motion and space, on the page.
COURSE EXPECTATIONS: In this course you’ll discover dynamic writing tools and techniques that you can apply to screenplays, teleplays, novels, short stories, and stage plays. Through lectures, clips, script analysis and in-class exercises and assignments, you will learn how to use screen space, how to bring tension to scenes using motion and location dynamics, how to avoid the pitfalls of isolated static action and locations, how to use static locations when you must to create scene tension rather than suck it dry, and how to craft vibrant scenes that will catapult your stories and characters into unforgettable action and motion, both in the script — and on the film screen.
WEEK ONE: Location & Setting || Lecture: Restaurants, Courtrooms & Cubicles Are Not Your Friend
WEEK TWO: Electronic Devices & Filters || Lecture: Plastic Boxes Are Boring
WEEK THREE: Motion & Verbs || Lecture: “Moving Pictures” Means “Move”
WEEK FOUR: Open Spaces vs. Moving Spaces || Lecture: Sitting In a Car is Still “Sitting”
WEEK FIVE: Action: Moving on the Page || Formatting for Impact
WEEK SIX: When Static Scenes Are Required || Lecture: Using Tension, Perspective & Comedy to Carry a Static Scene
WEEK SEVEN: Grace Period || No Lecture |
TIME LINES: Classes roll open online in the forum at approximately 12 AM EST Tuesday morning. Students have until 11 PM EST Tuesday night to read the initial weekly lecture and complete and post an initial short written assignment. There is additional reading and viewing material during the week. There are weekly one hour online chats on Thursday nights. Chat times start at 7 PM EST, 8 PM EST, and 9 PM EST, depending on your class’s chat schedule.
ACCREDITATION: This is an accredited University of Utah class. If you are a University of Utah student, contact Max Adams at max.adams @ utah.edu or Paula in Film & Media Arts for more information.
INSTRUCTOR: Max Adams
DURATION: 6 Weeks + 1 Week Grace Week
LOCATION: Online: AFW FORUM [classroom forums are private]
CLASS SIZE: There is a 12 person cap on this course.
MATERIALS: Lectures, reading materials and most viewing materials are supplied in class or online.
WRITING SAMPLE: A writing sample is required.
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