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Advanced Script Studio
This class has been designed for writers who want to develop a single screenplay project in a supportive workshop setting over the course of four sessions. The class will provide an encouraging environment in which to test your ideas, targeted feedback to improve your screenwriting skills, and helpful deadlines to increase your writing output. Writers should arrive at the first class with a clear idea of the project they want to develop and its intended format (e.g. short film, feature film or television).
This class may be used to begin a new project or develop a piece of existing material. Participants will present their work each session, either by pitching their idea or offering a piece of written work (e.g. beat sheet, outline, scene) to be read or performed together in class. After presenting their work, every participant will receive constructive in-class feedback from the group and the instructor. To get the most out of the class, each writer should plan to invest significant time outside of the class to work on their project so that they will have new material to discuss each week. Participants are expected to attend all the scheduled classes; the workshop method requires writers to both give and receive constructive feedback. For this reason, it is not acceptable to leave once your project has been discussed. The instructor will use each individual project to illuminate screenwriting concepts and storytelling techniques that will be of use to every writer.
This is not an introductory class. Participants must have taken Short Film Writing, Story Development or have experience writing screenplays. This class encourages imagination, creativity and originality. The workshop is based on conventional narrative (fiction) filmmaking and storytelling practices and is therefore not suited to projects that aspire to be non-narrative or avant-garde.
Originally from the UK, Stephen Davis is a graduate of the MFA Screenwriting program at the American Film Institute (AFI) in Los Angeles. He has worked as a script reader for companies in Los Angeles, Toronto and the UK. In 2014, he was selected for Script Room 4, a BBC program for developing new talent. His most recent feature film screenplay has received development funding from the British Film Institute (BFI) and Film Wales and was selected for the Black List Mini-Lab at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival. In 2016, he was the runner-up for the Red Planet Prize for new television writing. Passionate about screenwriting education, Stephen also spent a year in the School of Theatre, Film and Television at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and tutored a number of film courses and workshops at York University in Toronto while earning a second Master’s degree in Screenwriting.