SCREENWRITING (Group study)INSTRUCTOR: ROBERT TUTAKINSTRUCTOR LOCATION: NEW YORK CITY, USALOCATION: Online via ZOOM and MFA private serverWorkshop Date: TBD Meeting time: Instructor’s current location timeClass meets two (2) days: (4) hours per day: 14:00 - 18:00 PLUS two (2) optional film screenings: 12:00 - 14:00 each day REQUIRED: viewing of three films before the class session. The films are screened online before the class sessions free of charge. They are also available online (additional fee applies) for home viewning. SYLLABUS1. Hollywood Paradigm (three-act story structure)• ACT I (Set-up): first 10 min., Inciting Incident, Plot Point I• ACT II (Confrontation): Pitch Point I & II, Midpoint, Plot Point II• ACT III (Resolution): Crisis, Climax, Obligatory Scene, slow curtain2. action-driven vs. character-driven story3. scene structure4. text analysis• types of conflict• text & subtext• beats• dramatic arc• shift of power5. character development and analysis6. conscious goal vs unconscious desire7. characterization vs. deep character8. character flaw9. back-story, character flaw, and story plot causal correlation10. given circumstances & character's emotional charge11. functions of dialogue12. script formatting13. writing exercises 14. script formatting
SCREENWRITING (Group study)
ROBERT TUTAK, MFA director, Professor of Film at the City University of New York.
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