Dates: Saturdays, January 16th – February 13th (5 weeks)*
*Due to snow, the makeup class will take place on Saturday, 2/20*
Time: 11 am – 1 pm
Ages: High School
Level: All Levels
Understanding story structure is an essential tool for every filmmaker. This 5-week course will give you the foundational knowledge you need to write a screenplay, whether it be for a five-minute short or a feature-length film. Learn the basics of pitching your idea, outlining in three acts, understanding your characters, dialogue work, the revision process, and more. This course will require writing outside of class hours, but as a great screenwriter once said: “Being a writer is like having homework for the rest of your life.” – Lawrence Kasdan (Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Empire Strikes Back)
Please come to the first workshop with a few ideas you would like to explore.
**Finished screenplays will be considered for production in the Spring! The final produced films could be selected for film festival submissions.**
Denise Stewart is a writer/actor/speaker/coach who currently teaches in the UVA Drama Department. Acting credits include: Almost, Maine, Shear Madness (Heritage Theatre Festival) The Matchmaker, Eurydice, Chemistry of Change (Live Arts), and “The Collector” (Light House Studios), and various performances as part of the comic duo, Tina & Tammy: The TipTop Twins. Playwriting and producing credits include her one-woman show, Dirty Barbie and other Girlhood Tales (Assembly, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, 59E59 East to Edinburgh Festival, Diana Wortham Theatre), her most recent full-length, The Sugar (Lee Street Theatre, Live Arts), and a recent variety piece, Swamp-Hatched Butterfly (Louisa Arts Center). Corporate Coaching clients/Public Speaking events include: Tedx, Crutchfield Corp., Real Estate III, Ameriprise, UVA Hoo’s Well Program, Martha Jefferson Hospital, Women’s 4-Miler Training Program, CASA, and CFA Institute.