004 Instructor: Carrell MWF 9:05 AM – 10:00 AM

“To make a great film you only need three things—
The script, the script, and the script.”
– Alfred Hitchcock

Now is an exciting time to be a screenwriter. Streaming platforms like Netflix and Hulu have revolutionized how we watch movies and television, and there are more opportunities for screenwriters to cash in on their stories than ever before. But how does one turn a story concept into an unforgettable and original spec script ready for the market? In this class, we will immerse ourselves in the art and science of screenwriting– including formatting mechanics, story development, dramatic structure, character building, and everything you need to know to write a stunning script that will get you noticed in the industry.

This semester, we will help one another generate powerful and compelling characters and storylines. We will analyze successful scripts, write and complete the critical first act of our screenplays, and table read and workshop one another’s pages to strengthen our stories and art.