Learn the fundamental elements of cinematic storytelling and write the first act of a feature film or the full script for a short film.
Through engaging lecture, film clips, and exercises, learn how to express and execute storytelling elements on the page as effective visual narratives. Gain a clear understanding of screenplay format and how to lay the foundation for a dynamic creative vision.
Understand visual storytelling (learn to show, not tell), and the differences between screenwriting and other forms of narrative; learn and practice writing proper screenplay format; gain a clear understanding of conflict (the essence of drama), plot construction, character revelation, and efficient dialogue; study and practice the basics of the Three-Act Structure: Beginning, Middle, and Ending; learn strategies for creation of memorable characters.
By the end of the course, you’ll have completed Act 1 of a feature-length screenplay (approximately 20 pages) or a complete short film (15-20 pages).
The highlight of each week is a 1-hour class taught LIVE, where you can interact directly with the instructor and other classmates. You can also access recorded files of the classes and supporting materials at any time during the course. After each class, the students work on assignments and practical exercises, and receive feedback from the instructor. At the end of the course, you will have developed your own project.
* Image above: Randall Jahnson, writer of The Doors, Dudes, The Mask of Zorro, and episodes of the classic HBO series Tales from the Crypt, among other titles.
SCREENWRITING with Randall Jahnson
Online LIVE class meets on Thursdays
6 PM U.S. Pacific Standard Time (PST)
9 PM U.S. Eastern Standard Time (EST)
*If you miss the real-time, LIVE class, you can access the recorded version of the class, as well as supporting materials, any time during the course.
Class size limited to 20 students.
Instructor's location: Portland, OR.
Certificate issued by IAFA upon completion of the course.