Learn How to Write Your Own Screenplay
If the purpose of film is to tell stories, then the screenwriter is the one who breathes first life into the characters, worlds, and drama unfolding on screen. In NYFA’s 4-Week Screenwriting Camp for teens, students learn how to write their own screenplays with our faculty of award-winning professionals, whose credits include work with HBO, The Disney Channel, 20th Century Fox, Marvel, Syfy, CBS, A&E, Universal Pictures, Dreamworks, BET, IFC, Showtime, ESPN, The History Channel, Discovery Channel, and more!
This hands-on camp is structured to benefit students of any experience level. The course introduces students to the craft and tools of dramatic film writing. Students spend an average of 24 hours per week in class, and eight to 16 hours per week in supervised writing labs. In some locations, students have the opportunity to write and shoot a group project. The final project can take the shape of a rough draft of a feature film, a draft of a shootable short, or an outline and treatment of a feature or TV project.
Students are required to do a significant amount of writing in the evenings and weekends to complete the ambitious goals of this camp. All students learn an enormous amount in a short time. Teens students who complete the program are provided with ample knowledge and experience to decide whether to continue their creative studies in college and beyond.
Screenwriting Summer Camp Classes
To get a sense of what students will learn in the screenwriting camp, here is a sampling of the screenwriting courses they will take.
- Story Generation: This is a first-week class in which students present a variety of film ideas and choose one to write for the rest of the course.
- Writing Workshop: This is a student-driven class in which treatments, scenes, and outlines are evaluated and critiqued.
- Elements of Screenwriting: This course introduces students to the craft of screenwriting; from screenplay format to dialogue, structure, and exposition.
- Screenplay Analysis: This class looks at the intricacies of feature length screenwriting through the reading and screening of well-known films.
- Film Craft: In this course students learn about the elements of the feature film, from directing to cinematography, production design, and editing.
- Acting: This class teaches the theory and practice of the acting craft in order to give writers an understanding of how to make strong character choices.
- Production Workshop: Students expand their understanding of the visual components of screen story by shooting their own short scene.
- Open Writing: This is a recurring course that provides writing time during class hours for students to work on scripts and assignments.
Whether you are considering a potential career as a screenwriter, wish to improve as a writer, or obtain useful skills that will help you in school and beyond, the Film Academy’s Screenwriting Camp provides students with a unique experience they will never forget.
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