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Learn Screenwriting in a Disciplined, Small Group Structure

Are you passionate about screenwriting?

Would you like to be part of a small, weekly screenwriting group in which you can efficiently learn the structural elements that go into screenplays, and also get disciplined feedback in a consistent, fun weekly meeting?

Then this is the group for you!

In this group/class, you will start from scratch (or you can use a work-in-progress) to get to a completed first draft of a screenplay in about 3 months. The instructor/organizer is Justin Todd (UCLA Professional Program in Screenwriting 2010/UCLA Professional Program in Producing 2014/One completed indie film).

I see that there is a need for this type of group in Salt Lake City, so I thought that this would be a good way to give back to the community using my skill set, and also to have fun organizing a community of like-minded people around a common interest.

The plan is to have weekly 3-hour meetings for about 3 months. In each class, we can learn about a different aspect of the structure of screenplays, go around the group giving feedback, and also have some time for in-class writing. Plan to write about 11 pages a week (or an alternative assignment, such as character development) in order to get to a full screenplay in 3 months.

This sessions's theme -- Get Your Screenplay Ready for Los Angeles!

Class time outline:

11:00 - 12:00 Instruction

12:00 - 1:15 Feedback (15 mins/person - sign up in advance for a slot)

1:15 - 2:00 Writing Time

(Come for any part you like).

Here is the plan:

Week 1: Create a Concept. Concept from Producer’s Point of View; Logline; Poster Ideas; Trailer Ideas; Initial Fundraising Ideas.

HW = Create a 1-3 minute pitch for your movie; or, 1-2 pages.

Week 2: Create the Characters. Character Development for Screenplays.

HW = Develop your protagonist, A-Story antagonist, B-Story antagonist, and C-Story antagonist, limiting yourself to 2 pages each.

Week 3: Plot the Script. Plotting the Entire Script: 7- or 12- Point Structure; Writing the Treatment.

HW = Plot the 7 points of your screenplay, for your protagonist and each antagonist in the A-, B-, and C-Stories, in 1 page each. Plot supplementary characters if you like. Write a scene list (~40-60 scenes), describing each scene in 1-3 sentences. Focus on characters, event, emotion, and conflict. Write a treatment for your script, 1-10 pages.

Week 4: Stream-of-Consciousness Writing + The First 5 Pages.

HW = Write 11 pages.

Week 5: Screenwriting Formatting

HW = Write 11 pages.

Week 6: Act Structure, 7-point structure.

HW = Write 11 pages.

Week 7: Scene Structure, 7-point structure.

HW = Write 11 pages.

Week 8: Writing for Actors and Writing Dialogue.

HW = Write 11 pages.

Week 9: Writing for Directors, Crew, and Filmic Language

HW = Write 11 pages.

Week 10: Writing for Art.

HW = Write 11 pages.

Write 11: Unified Elements.

HW = Write 11 pages.

Week 12: Rewriting.

HW = Write 11 pages.

I believe that both beginning and advanced screenwriters could benefit from and bring value to this group, so I am opening this up to both groups. College students (or even mature high school students) and up are welcome.

Welcome new members (even after Week 1). Locations currently TBD, but we will most likely alternate weekly between the Salt Lake City library and a centrally-located coffee shop.

Take this opportunity to learn about the structure of screenwriting in a small group setting now!

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