Acquire techniques that strengthen character development
Learn the importance of collaboration with writers
Write development notes and learn the difference between beat sheets, step outlines, and story outlines
Compile directors/writers lists
Assess the marketplace and understand what network and studio executives are looking for
Learn how to pitch an idea
About this course:
Producers, development executives, directors, and writers gain practical experience adapting and developing their own stories for motion pictures, movies-of-the-week, and miniseries. Emphasis is placed on studying dramatic structure, learning techniques that strengthen character development, and understanding the importance of collaboration with writers. You are called upon to write development notes; compile directors/writers lists; and learn the difference between beat sheets, step outlines, and story outlines. You also learn how to assess the marketplace by determining what network and studio executives are looking for, as well as the best way to quickly and effectively pitch an idea. You are welcome to submit written works in progress for in-class critiques. At the end of the course, you have honed your storytelling craft by writing original treatments based on your story outline developed in class.
Good written communication skills. Previous training in story analysis is recommended but not required.