TUESDAYS, APRIL 30 —JUNE 4 | If you think you might have a great idea for a movie and want to know the next steps or are underway with a script and need feedback, this course is designed for you. We’ll spend six evenings learning about how screenplay structure works and how to turn a good idea into a solid premise. Each week we’ll focus on one aspect of the conventions of screenwriting structure. Starting with three act structure we’ll cover turning points, internal and external stakes, character arcs, genre conventions and multiple storylines. Weekly readings and writing assignments combined with in-depth feedback in small workshops will help each writer finish the course with three key well-tested and revised elements: an outline, a logline and a draft of a pivotal scene. We’ll use “The Screenwriter’s Bible” as a text, combined with various screenwriter interviews and articles, while studying the screenplays for Thelma and Louise and Can You Ever Forgive Me?.
Xandra Maria Castleton, M.F.A., is a screenwriter and script consultant who has written and produced award-winning films and television projects for over twenty years. After winning a regional Emmy award for her work as series producer for a KQED TV syndicated series about independent cinema, Xandra co-founded a production company to write, co-write, and produce films that premiered at top festivals such as Sundance and Rotterdam. Her feature film, Full Grown Men, (Tribeca 2006, starring Matt McGrath, Judah Friedlander, Alan Cumming, Debbie Harry and Amy Sedaris), won the 2007 Sundance Channel Audience Award before hitting theaters in 2008. Xandra has since focused exclusively on screenwriting and script consulting for a variety of companies and clients, with the exception of her latest work as co-creator/executive producer and writer of Stand Up Planet, starring Hasan Minhaj of The Patriot Act.
Number of sessions: 6
Time: 6:15 pm – 9:15 pm
Dates: Tuesdays, April 30; May 7, 14, 21, 28; June 4
Course fee: $475