Fall 3-Week Intensive Screenwriting Program - 2012
Our 3-Week Intensive – the Storyteller's Conservatory – is TheFilmSchool's cornerstone program, teaching the principles and mechanisms of structure and character, as well as the fundamentals of storytelling, through six distinct courses.
Our 3-Week Intensive – the Storyteller's Conservatory – is TheFilmSchool's cornerstone program, teaching the principles and mechanisms of structure and character, as well as the fundamentals of storytelling, through six distinct courses. Students in this program come from all walks of life and all levels of filmmaking to be a part of this unique program and to get a taste for Seattle’s unparalleled creative community.
- Dates of course
- Sep 22 - Sep 23
- Application deadline
- Sep 15
- Application fee
- Tuition assistance
TheFilmSchool at The Film Center
305 Harrison St.
Seattle, WA 98109
Where's the Structure
Instructor: John Jacobsen
Aristotle said, “Plot is the most important of the six parts of tragedy. The characters serve to advance the action of the story, not vice versa. The ends we pursue in life, our happiness and our misery, all take the form of action.” Learning to structure a film is the greatest challenge facing most writers, so this course will develop your ability to conceive of a dynamic premise, structure a film and execute a screenplay with confidence. Instruction emphasizes traditional three-act structure and its mythic components, conscious and unconscious objects of desire, subplot development, scene execution principles, and the Journey of the Hero.
Such a Character
Instructor: Warren Etheredge
No one pays good money to see ugly folks strip. Likewise, movie audiences won’t tolerate boring characters. Movie-goers want to be seduced and, possibly, screwed over. It’s instinctual, it’s nature. Learn how to play to those base human instincts by creating compelling, multidimensional characters.
The Personal Connection
Instructor: Stewart Stern
Through classroom lectures, timed writing and hands-on group activities, you will forge unexpected emotional connections between your characters and your own life. Screenings of scenes from our instructor’s own works explore in detail how and why each film came to be.
The Play's The Thing
Instructor: John Jacobsen
How do you get the story from the page to the stage or screen? In this class you will explore the language of acting and learn to analyze a scene and elicit an honest performance from the text. The class also covers the fundamentals of framing a shot and the essentials of the visual language used in film.
The Storyteller's Conservatory
Instructor: Rick Stevenson
In the tradition of oral storytelling, this class takes place around a meal or a fire. Share personal stories and analyze them for their impact, their narrative drive, their emotional honesty, their ordering of information and their relevance.
On Your Feet
Instructor: Tom Skerritt
One of the main goals of TheFilmSchool is to stress the mutually supporting roles of screenwriting, directing and acting in the craft of telling a story on film. By directing and acting out scenes from scripts in progress, you will develop a working knowledge of how to fit the pieces together.