“Needy Kills in Hollywood. It’s like dating. Desperation never has been and never will be attractive.” ~ Max Adams
COURSE DURATION: This is a 6 week accelerated online master class in screenwriting.
COURSE EMPHASIS: In this course we will cover the pitch in the room, on the phone, in the letter, on the elevator, at the grocery store, at the festival — and the DO’S and DON’TS to get your screenplay read, sold, and produced.
COURSE EXPECTATIONS: In this course you’ll learn pitching tools and techniques that you can apply to fiction, nonfiction, screenplays, teleplays, and stage plays. Through lectures, clips, online classroom story and analysis examples, articles and in-class exercises, you will learn how to get in — and stay in — the door delivering pitches ranging from the blind query to the three minute “elevator pitch” to the full one hour studio pitch. And how to sell that agent or producer or studio suit or cast member.
Along the way, you will receive guidance and feedback from Max, shoring up your presentation and giving you backup and support that will make future pitches stronger and more compelling and will further your writing career.
WEEK ONE: The Five Elements || Lecture: Selling to the Man Upstairs
WEEK TWO: Openings || Lecture: The Problem & the Visual
WEEK THREE: Turning Points || Lecture: Turn or Burn
WEEK FOUR: Remember to Climax || Lecture: The Three Point Essay is Your Friend — But Don’t Forget to Climax
WEEK FIVE: Time Line Pitches || Lecture: Time Lines & Cornerstones
WEEK SIX: Know Your Audience || Lecture: Writer Speak vs. Mogul Speak
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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