Use ALL of your brain while screenwriting! Film is the art form
that encompasses all the other arts, and this challenging but safe
course takes hands-on lessons from the visual and performing arts
and applies them creatively to screenwriting. With a sprinkling
of Jungian typology, theatre improv, journaling techniques, and
even drawing (no experience necessary), and featuring weekly readings
of student scene work by professional actors, this unique experiential
course will have you writing daily and turning in scenes weekly.
This approach is aimed at pushing you to your next level, rekindling
your enthusiasm, and opening new doorways into screenwriting. Designed
for writers from the advanced beginner to the seasoned pro; a basic
knowledge of screenplay formatting is required.
Filmmaking thrills me because it is the art that encompasses all
the arts. And writing is where the most creative, juicy stuff happens.
During my thirty plus years as a creative professional, Iıve often
been inspired by lessons learned in an art form different from my
current focus, and know that many great artists draw from their
other artistic facets. My goal in the class is to introduce you
to a cross- disciplinary panoply of approaches to great scene writing.
Deceptively playful exercises from theatre and the visual arts,
for example, can add color, depth and sparkle to your writing, connect
you more deeply to your work, and help build or regain the stamina
and flexibility you need to stay in the game. My class is very much
a process, not a product oriented class. Inspired by some master
teachers who have helped me along the way - particularly Betty Edwards,
and also Dennis Krausnick, Natalie Goldberg, Tim Gallwey, and the
writings of Julia Cameron and Viola Spolin - I aim to inspire your
process in enjoyable ways that may open the door to your finest
Gene Roddenberryıs Star Trek inspired me in high school and appealed
to my utopian leanings, especially after reading Orwell, Capek,
and other grim visions of the future. A few years later, my idol
welcomed me as a young college student on my first visit to Hollywood,
and not only used some of my suggestions for his new pilot, but
encouraged me and gave me some of the best (and unexpected) advice
Iıve ever had. He said, "Learn to type really, really fast."
At the precise moment, my 20- year old budding feminist sensibilities
were slightly ruffled, but I quickly realized the wisdom of this
advice. I spent that summer doing typing drills, and my lightning
speed has paid off, over and over, during my writing career. My
biggest influence since then is my husband Alan Kay, whose famous
quote is a beacon of optimism, "The best way to predict the
future is to invent it."