Filmmaking must begin with a solid screenplay. This comprehensive workshop is for writers who have a screenplay in progress and are seeking guidance, direction and focus from an accomplished screenwriter.

Class time is divided between lectures on the dynamics of screenwriting and discussion of student scripts. One-on-one sessions between the instructor and each student take place throughout the retreat.

The retreat delves deeply into concept, story structure, character development, plot and subplots, theme, dialogue, and the process of revising a screenplay.   Students discuss suggestions for rewrites, alternative approaches, and explore solutions to the problems posed by each script. Participants learn to look critically at their writing with special attention to the importance of economy in writing, visual storytelling, and how to heighten the emotional stakes of story and character.

The class surveys the practical realities of the film industry in terms of getting material read and sold, finding an agent, deal-making options, and how the industry works.  By the end of the two weeks, each script has been reviewed and reconstructed with a 'battle plan' on how to take the script to the next level.

Participants must have a screenplay in progress.

While this is a two-week program, participants may opt to take the first week only.

Winter/Spring lodging and meal package available for $475 per week. Includes breakfast and lunch Monday – Friday. Dinner services are not available during our Winter/Spring session. Meal plan (mandatory) without lodging $125 per week.

 

Instructors

Wayne Beach

Wayne Beach has written screenplays for Warner Bros., Twentieth Century Fox, Disney, Sony, TNT, Fox 2000 Pictures, and Village Roadshow Pictures. He has developed projects for the makers of PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN, THE GREAT GATSBY, LAW & ORDER, SEVEN, OCEAN’S ELEVEN, PLATOON, THE MATRIX and THE PERFECT STORM.

Recently he developed an original television pilot, AMERICAN DREAM, for Sony. The pitch inspired a bidding war between Showtime, FX, and WGN America. He also recently finished an assignment adapting THE GARDEN OF BETRAYAL, a new novel by Lee Vance published by Knopf.

His screenplay credits include MURDER AT 1600 (Warner Bros.) starring Wesley Snipes and Diane Lane; and THE ART OF WAR (Warner Bros.) starring Wesley Snipes. He wrote and directed SLOW BURN (Lionsgate) starring Ray Liotta, LL Cool J, Mekhi Phifer, Jolene Blalock, Taye Diggs and Chiwetel Ejiofor. The film was released in 1100 theaters in the U.S.

Beach has also taught screenwriting at Northwestern University and Bates College. Many of his former students have become successful writers, directors, and producers working at the highest levels of film and television. They have written hit TV shows and number one box office hits. Their credits include FRIENDS, BLINDSPOT, ARROW, REVENGE, THE VOW, SUPERGIRL, LIFE AS WE KNOW IT, MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE, BROTHERS & SISTERS, HE’S JUST NOT THAT INTO YOU, NEVER BEEN KISSED, VALENTINE’S DAY, DAWSON’S CREEK, GREEN LANTERN, BEVERLY HILLS 90210, and others.

 

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Course Dates

Feb 11 to Feb 24

Tuition

$1695 (also may be taken for just the first week - $1095)

Class Size

14