Screenwriting for Film + Television: From Concept to First Draft

 

Richard Scobie

MA Screenwriting for Film & Television

This online course will give burgeoning writers the opportunity and tools to explore the key concepts and fundamental principles involved in the process of learning the craft of screenwriting, in conjunction with the development and the writing of a full-length, first draft screenplay.


The most overwhelming, yet critical step for the screenwriter is the first draft. Staring at a blank sheet of paper or computer screen can induce “writer’s block” faster than any other challenge facing a screenwriter. Screenwriting for Film + Television: From Concept to First Draft will equip you with a roadmap/step outline for tackling your initial draft and guide you to the next steps on the scriptwriting journey.
In this class, Richard will aim to work closely with you so as to inspire you to develop the art and craft of screenwriting and related ancillary skills to a high level. Teach you how to jumpstart the writing process and complete a written first draft of your screenplay. You will also acquire in-depth knowledge and understanding of the craft of screenwriting and will have gained a clear understanding of the stages of writing from concept/idea to final draft.


You’ll learn how to:

Flush out and organize your ideas into scenes and acts for a comprehensive road map/step outline.
Approach character development, arcs, and dialogue so as to maximize conflict.
Know-how and where to implement plot points, inciting incidents, etc.
Take the next steps after the first draft is complete.
Richard Scobie is a writer, producer, director, and musician, whose work spans movies, television, and music. Born in Reykjavik, Iceland, Scobie graduated with a degree in Urban Development from the University of San Francisco and holds a First Class Honours MA degree in Screenwriting from the National Film School of Ireland, winning the prestigious “Thesis Award for Academic Excellence in Writing” from the Writers Guild of Ireland.
Starting out as a professional musician, Scobie began his filmmaking career writing music for such films as; Ben Stiller’s “The Suburbans,” Rodney Dangerfield’s “The Godson,” as well as for Richard Dreyfuss’ TV show, “The Education of Max Bickford,” and from there, eventually turned to producing, directing & writing.
One of his screenplays, “66 Degrees North”, was one of the top ten finalists of the Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting, as well as being one of the 2010 winners at the Producers Guild of America ‘Produced by Conference.’
Scobie wrote, produced and directed the short film “Afhjúpunin” (Blindsided) which was screened at the Reykjavik International Film Festival in 2012 to rave reviews. Scobie also directed “Deadbook,” which won the prestigious ‘Van Gogh’ Award for “Best Drama” in 2014 at the Amsterdam Film Festival. It also garnished seven additional nominations; one for ‘Best Drama’ at the Berlin Independent Film Festival and the Strasbourg International Film Festival. His screenplay “The Boneyard Boys,” made it into the semi-finals at the 2017 Austin Film Festival. Out of 9,478 scripts submitted, Scobie’s comedy-drama was in the top 2% (top 22).


Screenwriting for Film + Television: From Concept to the First Draft is your opportunity to learn how to conquer one of screenwriting’s greatest challenges and get your ideas developed and down on paper.


Lessons

  • Why Focus on the First Draft?
  • Overcome your fear of writing
  • The Importance of a Writing Schedule
  • Choose What Story to Write
  • What makes a Compelling Story?
  • The Protagonist’s Journey and Desire.
  • Understanding the Three Act Structure
  • Script Structure: Events Along the Journey
  • Tools for Shaping Your Script
  • Write Act 1
  • Write Act 2 & 3
  • How to Generate Conflict and more Conflict.
  • Understand Your Character’s World
  • Add Color to the Scene: Dialogue
  • Flashbacks, Voiceover & Non-linear Scenes
  • Celebrating the Milestone
  • How to Get Constructive Feedback
  • Making Your Elevator Pitch (25 words or less)

Place & Price

Screenwriting | Level I

8-WEEK WORKSHOP

  • Zoom: real-time videoconference  
    tuition: €309(returning students: €279)
  • The island of Moen Denmark: in-person, on hold now 
    tuition: €335(returning students: €305)

Registration fee €25, paid once per term

One-on-One tuition: €60 per session (1 hour)

10 sessions: €500

STARTS

Aug 1

Aug 15

Sept 1

Sept 15