“The best screenwriting advice I ever got was, ‘Write what you see.’ What someone should have added, was, ‘in the order you see it.'” ~ Max Adams

 

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

COURSE EMPHASIS: Course emphasis is on writing scenes using writing craft and techniques that will make your reader, be that reader a studio suit, star, director, casting director, or the janitor, “see” your movie in his or her mind’s eye. And really want to see it on the screen. You are writing a movie, right? Right. Let’s do this.

COURSE EXPECTATIONS: In this course you’ll discover dynamic writing tools and techniques that you can apply to fiction, nonfiction, screenplays, teleplays, and stage plays. Through lectures, clips, script analysis and examples, you will work with and learn how to create compelling visuals on the page using elements like light, space, line of sight, motion, and strong descriptive action that will catapult your writing into an unforgettable — and visual — experience for your readers and audience. On the page. And on the film screen. And in the process you will receive feedback, guidance and support from Max to guarantee you are not just reading about these techniques, you are learning how to use them and apply them to everything you write in the future.

SYLLABUS:

WEEK ONE: Setting Location || Lecture: Space, Light, Texture
WEEK TWO: Perspective || Lecture: The Window or the Man?
WEEK THREE: Exterior vs. Interior || Lecture: Car Chase is Not a Location
WEEK FOUR: Character Intro’s || Lecture: Short Skirt Does Not Equal Character
WEEK FIVE: Static Locations vs. Dynamic Locations || Lecture: Dead Movement Equals Dead Movie
WEEK SIX: Verbs & Movement || Lecture: Walk, Leap, or Stroll
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 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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