“Screenplays come in three sizes: LONG, TOO LONG and SERIOUSLY? ARE YOU KIDDING ME? TOO LONG!” ~ Max Adams


COURSE DURATION:
This is a 6 week accelerated online master class in screenwriting.

COURSE EMPHASIS: Course emphasis is on condensing story, breaking that story into escalating turning point sequences that break out of the dysfunctional Field 30/60/30 model, creating story focus and a strong driving story plot engine, and fixing slow openings and the second act collapse. You know the second act collapse, right? Right. Let’s fix that.

COURSE EXPECTATIONS: In this course you’ll discover structuring tools and techniques to use in fiction, nonfiction, screenplays, teleplays, and stage plays. Through lectures, clips, script and story analysis, and in-class exercises and assignments, you will learn how to beat out a story line using cause and effect and strong story obstacles that push characters and story, how to beat the pitfalls of the 30/60/30 formula, how to bring new life and vibrancy to your script’s pacing, and how to create dynamic, fast paced scene sequences that open, move and flourish on the page — and on the screen — escalating to a riveting story climax.

SYLLABUS:

WEEK ONE: The Model, The Set Up || Lecture: How to Kill a Script in Thirty Pages or Less
WEEK TWO: The Second Act? || Lecture: Escalation is Your Friend
WEEK THREE: Scene Structure || Lecture: Emotional High Points, Use Them or Lose Them
WEEK FOUR: Turning Points || Lecture: How To Turn a Scene in Three Sentences or Less
WEEK FIVE: Mystery & Escalation || Withholding, It Is Not Just for Breakfast
WEEK SIX: Climax || Lecture: Protagonist Enclosed, No Batteries Required
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]
TUITION: $475.00
DEPOSIT: $150.00
CLASS SIZE: There is a 10 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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