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Learning Objectives

After the course, the participant should be able to:

- transform ideas into a commercially viable story

- write a script for feature film/drama series on demand

- write a pilot section and create a pitch bible for a drama series

- master classical script structure, theme, character development, conflicts, etc.

- shape an outline from an idea

- analyze own and others' script

- sell an idea concept by use of pitch, loglines and one-pagers.

- combine different genres

- master the rewrite process: to receive and draw constructive learning from feedback

- adapt to the film industry's structure and it´s specific expectations and demands on various professions

A one-year, full-time distance course in scriptwriting for commercial feature films and drama series

Story Masterclass is an exclusive one-year, full-time distance course for anyone with proven knowledge and professional experience as a scriptwriter. It provides unique opportunities, knowledge, inspiration, tools and techniques to sharpen storytelling and to make further advances in a career as a screenwriter, with lectures and personal tutoring from some of the foremost and most renowned teachers in the American film industry (Hollywood). 

The course encompasses:

- Lectures and personal tutoring by acclaimed Hollywood teachers

- In-depth studies of concept and character development

- Tools and techniques that enhance the narrative and boost your efficiency

- Building your platform as a professional screenwriter

- Promote and pitch your script and ideas using professional sales argumentation

- Three multi-day meetings – where course management, students and teachers convene
   for workshops and seminars

 

MasterClass Story is held entirely in English. The course utilizes digital communication platforms such as Zoom, Dropbox, Slack and Skype. 

Story MasterClass

Central content

Concept development
  • How to build powerful and captivating stories

  • Create and present script concepts for feature film and drama series

  • Analyse idea concepts and form clear loglines

Narration
  • Build a powerful story with writing techniques developed by Hollywood's top dramatists and taught at the world leading film schools USC and UCLA

  • Create themes, living characters and dramaturgical structures that can captivate a universal audience.

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Screenwriting
  • Create memorable, visually strong and dramatic scenes

  • Write to reach the person to judge your script

  • Practical techniques for building the various parts of your story 

Promotion and pitch
  • Presentation and argumentation techniques developed by professionals

  • Feedback from fellow course participants and active professional film producers

  • Build your platform as a professional screenwriter

  • Practice and perfect your professional pitch 

Location:  Distance

Course:   26 Aug 2019 – 5 Juni 2020 

Application date: 30 April 

Study tempo: 100 % 

Study length:   1 year 

Study allowance level:  Folk high school

Study fees: 5 000 SEK/school year. 

Some necessary tools you learn

Subtext

Learn to communicate subtly through

subtitles — what isn’t said or visible. 

Midpoint

Learn the importance of a strong midpoint in the story

Point of view

Get unique knowledge in how you can work with the so called POV (point of view) both in telling and in the actual script and how you change POV without losing the interest of the viewer or the reader who is judging your script. 

Scene Writing

Learn how you can construct the structure for powerful scenes and good transitions between them. 

Dialogue

Learn theories how to create unique voice for your character, that also communicate the theme effectively. 

Characters

Learn how to create unforgettable characters and how you get them to convey themes from different perspectives. 

Structure

Learn several theories to structure an organic plot, in which the character/characters act out of the plot and their own role as well as personality in it. 

Theme

Learn different ways to make the theme or underlying issue of the story become visible. 

Action vs event

Gain tools to create active characters and the motives that they base their actions on. 

Format & Stil

A badly written script won’t be read by professional producers. Learn to write like a professional—and give the producer reading your script a fantastic experience so that your script can be realised!

Act 2

Most stories fail in the key part known as ‘act 2’ and which the course will teach you everything about. 

The World

Get an understanding of the importance of creating a unique world for the story so that the themes of the film may be conveyed. 

Main Professional Instructors

See more about them and other lecturers that will have classes on instructors page.

Paul Gulino

Feature script instructor 

Karel Segers

Iinstructor  in Storytelling techniques

Iris Yamashita

Lecturer and instructor for features.

William Rabkin

Instructor in TV-Writing

Kathie Fong Yoneda

Instructor in Pitching and selling