Online ZOOM class meetings
ALL times are EST (New York) 

DAY 1: 12:00 - 16:00 (12:00 PM - 4:00 PM) EST
DAY 2: 12:00 - 16:00 (12:00 PM - 4:00 PM) EST

Handouts provided (e-files)

Viewing of three films before class sessions (links provided)


1. The three-act STORY STRUCTURE (Hollywood Paradigm)
• 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 curtain

2. Analysis of the Story Structure in an action-driven story
     vs. a character-driven story

3. Scene structure & text analysis
• types of conflict
• text & subtext
• beats
• dramatic arc
• shift of power

4. Character development & character analysis
• conscious goal vs. unconscious desire
• characterization vs. deep character
• character flaw
• back-story -- character flaw -- story causal correlation
• character development writing exercise

5. The functions of dialogue
• visual approach to the scene
• conflict
• text & subtext
• conversation vs. dialogue
• "ping-pong" dialogue
• the 180-degree dialogue
• on-the-nose dialogue
• dialogue arc
• speech pattern

6. Script formatting
7. The business of screenwriting

Writing exercises:
• Story structure analysis
• Story idea /outline
• Story premise
• Character development exercise
• Dialogue scene exercise


  • ROBERT TUTAK, MFA founder-director, Professor of Film at the City University of New York.

  • You may cancel your registration and receive full refund up to 7 days prior to the commencement of the workshop. If you cancel less than 7 days prior to the workshop, the fee becomes non-refundable. No-shows are non-refundable.

    Workshops are subject to sufficient enrollment. Minimum six (6) students are required for the workshop to take place. MFA reserves the right to cancel or reschedule a workshop up to 7 days prior to its commencement. In case of cancellation by MFA, all payments are refundable in full. In case of rescheduling, participants have an option to request a full refund or apply the registration fee to new date under original terms.

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