Summer Programs

Writing for the Movies

Writing for the Movies - Course Description

“Concept is king” is a common adage in the world of film development. Have you been mulling a concept for an action extravaganza, a period romance, a coming-of-age comedy, or a psychological mind-bender? Is there a movie floating around in your head begging to find its way onto the page? “Writing for the Movies” is a one-week seminar designed to provide you with the foundational tools to turn your movie idea into a marketable product that will hold any studio reader’s interest. Students will learn the importance of dynamic plot, compelling characters, and captivating dialogue. They will also deep-dive into screenplay formatting, three-act structure, the importance of establishing tone, scene-specific conflict and resolution, story pacing, the ten-page rule, and myriad other tricks-of-the-trade that will set you on the fast-track to crafting your movie concept into a pro-level screenplay. In addition to the five-day seminar, Mr. Romano will make himself available to students for one-on-one consultations to offer notes, discuss their progress, and to offer suggestions on how to overcome the dreaded writer’s block.

Course Information

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  • Writing for the Movies Seminar: $350

    August 3rd - August 7th
    10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    Grades 9 -12

    Please note that there is a 12 student limit for Writing for the Movies.
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