Whether you are shooting a film, television show, or web series, the script is the backbone of any production. Without a shooting script, actors, directors, and producers are unable to set up the necessary elements to bring a production to life. However, to complete a screenplay, one must understand structure, character, plot elements, and the proper format—facets of screenwriting that are learned, not intuited. As such, the New York Film Academy’s top screenwriting school in Los Angeles is focused on preparing students to master the fundamentals of writing scripts while gaining an intimate knowledge of the elements that help a script go from page to screen.
Review Of The Screenwriting Program
Located in Los Angeles, the Academy’s screenwriting school provides students not only the opportunity to study under working Hollywood screenwriters, but also an environment in which to make professional connections that will help students far after graduation. What truly makes the Academy one of the best screenwriting schools in the world is that students are expected to be constantly writing, continually honing their skills to create a compelling film or television script while building a portfolio of professionally written material that runs from film and television to webseries and comic books. This approach helps students learn how they can achieve their professional goals.
Screenwriting Courses LA
Students enrolling in a screenwriting course at the Academy in LA can expect to take some, if not all, of the following screenwriting courses.
Elements of Screenwriting
The Business of Screenwriting
Script to Screen
Advanced Writing: Character
Sequential Art (Comic Books & Graphic Novels)
The Great Screenplays
Writing for Television: Specs
Writing the Feature Film Screenplay
Screenwriting Discipline & Methodology
The Art Of The Pitch
Writing for Television: The Pilot
Interactive Narrative (Game Narrative)
Online Screenwriting Courses
In addition to the courses offered at the Academy, students can also choose to study and practice from the comfort of their homes through an online screenwriting course.
Depending on the length and depth of the screenwriting class a student wishes to take, the Academy’s Los Angeles screenwriting school offers screenwriting classes throughout the year. Click here to view the start dates and tuition for each class.
Screenwriting Degrees LA
Students looking to earn a screenwriting degree have the option to enroll in one of our four degree programs offered exclusively at our Los Angeles campus.
In addition to our longer programs, the Academy’s screenwriting school in LA offers a number of short-term workshops that immerse students in the essentials of screenwriting while also giving them extensive, hands-on practice.
The Academy’s screenwriting school also offers a one-year conservatory screenwriting program aimed at students looking to make a full-time commitment to learning and practicing the art and craft of screenwriting.
Part of what makes the Academy the best screenwriting school around is the fact that it is home to a distinguished and diverse faculty of working screenwriters. Each instructor comes from a unique background, which allows him or her to help each student hone in on a particular genre or style. Here are some of the faculty members under whom students will study.
Nunzio DeFilippis, Chair: MFA in Screenwriting, USC. Writer/producer on HBO's ARLISS and wrote for the Disney Channel series KIM POSSIBLE. Had features optioned at Hollywood Pictures, Process Media and Humble Journey Films. Developed a video game at Sony, and a TV movie (TWO STEP) at Oxygen. With his writing partner, he wrote for the comics NEW X-MEN, ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN, and BATMAN CONFIDENTIAL. They created the comic franchises BAD MEDICINE (in development at Closed On Mondays with NBC), THE AMY DEVLIN MYSTERIES (in development as a TV series at E!) and FRENEMY OF THE STATE (co-created with Rashida Jones, optioned as a feature film by Imagine Entertainment/Universal Pictures.)
Adam B. Finer: BS, University of Phoenix. Served as Director of Market Research at Universal Pictures. Co-founder of Arpil Entertainment, a literary management and production company. Consults individuals in career planning, as well as working with content creators, writers, directors, producers, and studio executives to design marketing plans, and business and branding strategies. Producer on WAR OF THE WORLDS: THE NEXT WAVE, THE DAY THE EARTH STOPPED and MEGAFAULT for Syfy.
Margaret Dunlap: MFA in Screenwriting, USC. Co-Executive Producer and writer of more than 30 episodes of the Emmy, Streamy and IAWTV award-winning transmedia series The Lizzie Bennet Diaries and writer on the Emmy award winning Emma Approved. Co-Executive Producer and Showrunner on Pemberley Digital’s follow-up project: Welcome to Sanditon. Has written for television on EUREKA and THE MIDDLEMAN.
Dan Kay: BAS in English from University of Pennsylvania. Wrote and directed WAY OFF BROADWAY and directed STRAIGHT BASHERS and A DREAM LIKE YOU. Wrote the films TIMBER FALLS, PAY THE GHOST, starring Nicolas Cage, and I.T., starring Pierce Brosnan. Recently sold NOCTURNAL, a one-hour drama, to Warner Bros. studios.
Distinguished screenwriting alumni of the Academy’s screenwriting school in LA have gone on to achieve significant success as screenwriters.
In today’s ever-changing marketplace, there are numerous opportunities for professionals who have studied screenwriting to find employment in a plethora of fields and positions.
Feature Film Screenwriter
Video Game Writer
Web Series Writer
Graphic Novel Writer
Interested in learning more about the Academy’s screenwriting school in Los Angeles? Call us today at +1 (818) 333-3558 or click on the links below to receive additional information.