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EGL 08 W — That's a Great Idea for a Movie! The Making of a Strong Screenplay

Quarter: Fall
Course Format: Online (System Requirements)
Duration: 10 weeks
Date(s): Sep 24—Dec 7
Drop Deadline: Sep 27
Units: 3
Tuition: $895
Instructor(s): Xandra Castleton
Limit: 17
Status: Registration opens on 08/20/2018
Please Note: No class the week of November 19. Online courses have a new refund policy. The full tuition refund deadline for this course is 9/27 at 5:00 pm (PT); 50% tuition refund deadline is 7/2 at 5:00 pm (PT).
Fall
Date(s)
Sep 24—Dec 7
10 weeks
Drop By
Sep 27
3 Units
Fees
$895
Instructor(s):
Xandra Castleton
Limit
17
Registration opens on 08/20/2018
Please Note: No class the week of November 19. Online courses have a new refund policy. The full tuition refund deadline for this course is 9/27 at 5:00 pm (PT); 50% tuition refund deadline is 7/2 at 5:00 pm (PT).
Have you ever wondered why certain stories make good movies while others may not? Do you have an idea for a screenplay or an interest in learning how to come up with one? This course will help you recognize and develop viable screenplay ideas and give you the tools to write compelling scenes. We will examine the all-important screen story premise from a number of different entry points, such as screenplays, essays on screenwriting, interviews with screenwriters, writing exercises, and an online workshop of story ideas, outlines, and scenes. Each week we will deepen the study of premise as we study other essential elements of screenwriting, such as character, theme, dialogue, and plot structure. We will dissect the screenplays for Chinatown and recent work such as Moonlight while screenwriting texts such as The Screenwriter’s Bible will guide us as we practice story analysis through the process of workshopping. Students will take a screenplay idea through various stages of development, beginning with a one-line summary and ending with a five-page outline and several pivotal screenplay scenes.

Xandra Castleton, Screenwriter; Producer

Xandra Castleton’s scripts have been the basis for award-winning documentary, TV, and film projects, including a profile of the filmmaker John Waters, which received a regional Emmy award. Her films have been shown at the Sundance, Tribeca, AFI, and Rotterdam festivals. She co-wrote and produced the feature film Full Grown Men, which received the 2007 Sundance Channel Audience Award. Castleton is the co-creator and writer of the scripted TV documentary Stand Up Planet.

Textbooks for this course:

Please Note: "Thelma and Louise: A Screenplay Analysis " is only available for viewing online, not in paper form.
(Required) Jennine Lanouette, Thelma and Louise: A Screenplay Analysis (URL) https://www.screentakes.com/downloads/thelma-louise-a-screenplay-analysis/
(Required) David Trottier, The Screenwriter's Bible: A Complete Guide to Writing, Formatting, and Selling Your Script, 6th Edition (ISBN 978-1935247104)