Whether you are a newbie screenwriter, or have long abandoned that script into a drawer somewhere, or you’re looking to adapt one of your novels or works in progress into a script for film or TV, then this is the course for you.
Taught by screenwriter, director, novelist and producer Cal Moriarty you will learn :
how to approach an original screenplay idea, how to plan an adaptation; how to write a film scene/sequence/act; how to write a treatment, and which bits of your adaptation or notes for an original idea might not make the cut. In addition, you’ll gain an insight into the nuts and bolts of the film business, learn how screenplay options and writers contracts work, and, how to avoid endless rewrites. You will leave with valuable skills to enhance your writing portfolio and greatly increase your chances of selling your screenplay to film or tv companies.
•Film vs TV (and what medium might best suit your original piece/adaptation)
•How to kill your darlings (AKA what to leave out from your novel/notes)
•Movie / Screen dialogue
•How to write a movie scene/sequence/act
•How to write great dialogue
•Structure for movies; and, for TV series/mini-series
•How to plan it all out precisely
•How to write a movie treatment / TV series bible/treatment
•How to write a killer logline
•How to avoid endless rewrites
•The movie and TV businesses and how they relate to you as a screenwriter (US and UK)
•How to get your script optioned/produced
This will be an intensive course, and in order to get the most from it we will be asking you to invest some time in advance of the course. This will enable Cal to give very precise feedback about the choices you are considering for your own screenplay. The more of this you can do prior to the course, the more you will get out of the process.
So, before the course commences, please view:
Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn (film)
House of Cards (US TV version with Kevin Spacey) – pilot episode (available through NetFlix)