Objective: To gain an understanding of the basic process of feature film screenwriting.
Target Student: Beginning and aspiring screenwriters
Prerequisite: No previous training required. Have a story idea. Bring creativity and an openness to feedback.
Material/Books: Save the Cat! The Last Book on Screenwriting You'll Ever Need, by Blake Snyder Save the Cat! Strikes Back: More Trouble for Screenwriters to Get Into ... and Out Of, by Blake Snyder Recommended: Aristotle's Poetics for Screenwriters: Storytelling Secrets From the Greatest Mind in Western Civilization, by Michael Tierno
Download and install free script writing software from celtx.com.
Course Description: Filmmaking begins with story development and script writing. This is a course for developing ideas for the screen and practicing the techniques to evolve the ideas into a finished screenplay. Course work will involve progressive exercises in the development of a script and finally an outline and several scenes for a screenplay for your film.
Brian McLaughlin was a visiting film professor at the University of Notre Dame, his alma mater, where he taught Screenwriting: Writing the Feature Film, The Film Producer: From Concept to Distribution, and Advanced Filmmaking. He has also taught at Cal State San Bernardino and The Art Institute of Tucson. He helped developed and write a TV spec pilot which won Best TV Pilot at the California Film Awards. He was produced four feature films, all of which were acquired for distribution, and many short films. His films have won two Accolade Awards of Excellence and a dozen other awards. He is a member of the Producers Guild of America and the Screen Actors Guild. He has performed stand-up comedy in venues including The Comedy Store in Hollywood, The Ice House in Pasadena, and ISAF Headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan.