3-Week Intensive - Summer 2016

TheFilmSchool’s Summer Intensive –a journey of self-discovery–taught by current industry leaders. This program is designed to help you unleash your unique storytelling voice and give you the tools to take your script from page to screen. A tour de force in screenwriting and directing.

To be a successful in the digital age, writers and filmmakers must not only write exceptional stories, but also understand how to get their story from script to screen.You will experience a deeper connection to the creative part of you as this fast paced diversified program immerses you in character development, story structure, “on your feet” directing and acting, comedy improvisational writing, and the business of the business. At the end of 3 intense weeks you will emerge with a practical understanding of screenwriting, filmmaking, what is necessary to get your story from script to screen and a network of professionals at your fingertips.


Directing: Tom Skerrit, Emmy Award Winning Actor, Director
Development: Emily Zulauf,  Pixar Development & Script Supervisor "Inside Out"
Character Development:  Warren Etheredge, Co-Founder TFS
Story Structure: Brian McDonald, Author, Writer & Story Consultant Disney & Pixar
Guerilla Filmmaking: Joseph Assi, War Correspondent Middle East
 Comedy Improvisational Writing: Stan Wells, Improv coach to Lisa Kudrow & Conan O'Brian
Producing: Stacey Adams, Past CBS Executive & Diana Dotter, Feature & TV Producer


Screenwriting & Visual Storytelling

Brian McDonald | Award-winning director/writer and lecturer who has worked as a story consultant for both Pixar and Disney Feature Animation.


 Emily Zulauf, PIXAR

 Emily started with Pixar in 2008. She worked as the Creative Development Associate, looking for writers to match with our directors, and most recently as the Script Supervisor on INSIDE OUT. Prior to her time at Pixar, she worked for several small production companies and CAA in LA. She is a graduate of Northwestern University. 

Acting & Directing

Tom Skerritt | Award winning actor with over 35 feature films including MASH, Alien, Top Gun, A River Runs Through It, Steel Magnolias, Harold and Maude, and Contact.


Stacey Adams | Stacey recently held the position of Vice President of Current Programming at CBS Entertainment. Stacey managed the creative direction of drama and comedy series and oversaw CSI, CSI: Miami, The Big Bang Theory, and Flashpoint.

Diana Dotter | Executive Director of TheFilmSchool, Diana has two decades of experience in entertainment media, marketing, and business strategy. Diana co-produced the feature film “Zaytoun”, a special presentation at the 2012 Toronto Film Festival, AFI and London Film Festivals. Diana Executive Produced the documentary film “Against All Odds”, comedy pilot “Throw Me A Bone” and co-wrote the web and television series “Staffers”, “Operation Dust” and recently produced two TFS Digital Media Innovation Lab projects “Signs Everywhere” and El Camino Solo”


Warren Etheredge | Co-founder of TheFilmSchool and Emmy nominee for his show “TheHighBar”, published author, staged playwright, producer and veteran festival curator.

Comedy Writing Through Improvisation

Stan Wells | Former director of The Groundlings, has coached Conan O’Brian, Lisa Kudrow, Felicia Day, and more. Wells launched The Empty Stage in West LA in ’91 where he directed over six hundred shows a year for more than a decade.

Guerrilla Filmmaking

Joseph Assi  | Joseph was born in a Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon. He was able to get an education outside the camp due to the full scholarship he was given, until he finished his masters in Cinematography and Science.He taught Editing & Script development at the Academy of Arts & Sciences, Beirut. In 2010 he was chosen to be a main character in a documentary called On the Road in America.After participating in the documentary, he started making documentaries and films in the USA.



Dates of course
Jul 10 - Jul 30
Application deadline
Jul 10
Application fee
Tuition assistance

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