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New York Film Academy Screenwriting

Hands-on Intensive 8-Week Screenwriting Workshop

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Hands-on Intensive 8-Week Screenwriting Workshop

OVERVIEW

The New York Film Academy has distilled the essential elements from the world's best screenwriting programs to create a super-intensive screenwriting workshop. It is designed for individuals with little or no screenwriting experience who are ready, willing, and able to work and learn within a fast-paced, high pressure, focused environment. The intensive Eight-Week daytime course meets Monday through Friday for classes and writing labs. Students must budget additional daily and weekend hours to write.

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After many years of being taken for granted, screenwriters are now recognized as being as important as directors in making films. It has become a cliché that "you can make a bad movie with a good screenplay, but you can't make a good movie without a good screenplay." However, all the hype about screenplays selling for over a million dollars has led many people to imagine it as a quick and easy way to become rich and famous. Of course, the opposite is true.

Hard work, great passion, unwavering determination and commitment are as essential to successful screenwriting as they are to any other creative endeavor. The New York Film Academy provides the teaching, the student must provide the passion and the talent.

With strict adherence to the rituals of writing and learning, students have the opportunity to develop a feature length screenplay of 90-120 pages. The extent to which each student takes his or her work depends entirely on his or her own dedication and pace. The goal is to finish the course with a first draft of an original screenplay.

PREPARATION

Students do not need any previous screenwriting experience to sign up for this course. However, they must come to the first day of class with an idea for their screenplay. This idea serves as a starting point for subsequent work in the program.

SCREENWRITING TOPICS

The Academy stresses fun-damental writing concepts and techniques. Topics covered during the course will include:
  • Classic Screenplay Structure
  • Character Arcs Heroes
  • Dialogue
  • Theme
  • Conflict
  • Flashbacks
  • Genre
  • Voice Over
  • WGA Format - Style and Tone
  • Subtext
  • Visualization
  • Dramaturgy - Cinematic Syntax

EQUIPMENT

Although not required, the Academy recommends that students have access to a PC or Apple computer.



Dates & Tuition

Fees

Tuition: $3,412 (USD)



Location & Available Dates

For New York City:
Mar 5, 2018 - Apr 28, 2018
May 7, 2018 - Jun 30, 2018
Jul 2, 2018 - Aug 25, 2018
Sep 4, 2018 - Nov 3, 2018
Jan 7, 2019 - Mar 2, 2019
Mar 4, 2019 - Apr 27, 2019
May 6, 2019 - Jun 29, 2019
Jul 8, 2019 - Aug 30, 2019
Sep 3, 2019 - Nov 2, 2019

For Los Angeles:
Mar 5, 2018 - Apr 28, 2018
May 7, 2018 - Jun 30, 2018
Jul 2, 2018 - Aug 25, 2018
Sep 4, 2018 - Nov 3, 2018
Jan 7, 2019 - Mar 2, 2019
Mar 4, 2019 - Apr 27, 2019
May 6, 2019 - Jun 29, 2019
Jul 8, 2019 - Aug 30, 2019
Sep 3, 2019 - Nov 2, 2019

For Sydney Australia:


For South Beach Florida:
Mar 5, 2018 - Apr 28, 2018
Jul 2, 2018 - Aug 25, 2018
Sep 4, 2018 - Nov 3, 2018
Jan 7, 2019 - Mar 2, 2019
Mar 4, 2019 - Apr 27, 2019
Jul 8, 2019 - Aug 30, 2019
Sep 3, 2019 - Nov 2, 2019



Please note: Dates and Tuition are subject to change
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