Online Screenwriting Course: The First Draft

 

 

DATE: Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017 – Tuesday, December 12th, 2017

TIME: 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. PST

FEE: $895 (Payment plan available)

Limited to 7 participants

Workshop instructor Gordy Hoffman guides participants through the creation and completion of an original full-length screenplay. 

ABOUT GORDY HOFFMAN

Gordy has taught screenwriting at the USC School of Cinematic Arts and the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, as well as led workshops all over North America, Australia, New Zealand, Poland and England. He sits on the Professional Advisory Board of the Film and Media Studies Department at his alma mater, the University of Kansas

A proud member of the Writer’s Guild of America, Gordy’s screenplay LOVE LIZA, directed by Todd Louiso and starring his brother, Philip Seymour Hoffman, won the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival. He made his feature directorial debut with his script, A COAT OF SNOW, which world premiered at the 2005 Locarno International Film Festival. Gordy’s short film, DOG BOWL, had its world premiere at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and went on to screen at over 50 festivals around the world. He’s currently developing a feature for Abigail Spencer set in his hometown of Rochester, New York..

Raised in Fairport, New York, Gordy founded the BlueCat Screenplay Competition in 1998 and remains its judge.

THE COURSE

The First Draft Course will afford the convenience of workshopping your screenplay with Gordy Hoffman on your own schedule, conveniently at your own computer.

GOAL

By the end of the workshop, all students will have developed their screenwriting skills and broadened their perspective on writing for the cinema as a whole. Most importantly, upon successfully finishing the workshop, participants will walk away with a complete first draft of their script.

Upon successful completion of the course, each student will receive a certificate from BlueCat and Gordy Hoffman verifying their achievement of the work.

ASSIGNMENTS

Each writer will submit written material to the workshop as outlined in the weekly schedule. Participants read each others’ weekly work prior to class. All members are asked to provide comments on the scripts/weekly assignments, as this will provide a much richer experience for all the participants. Gordy will provide weekly written notes on each assignment, in addition to verbal feedback during each class.

WEEKLY SESSION

The class meets online once per week.  Each participant will receive individualized weekly feedback from the workshop in a supportive, courteous, and forthright environment. Writers will have the opportunity to rewrite and develop their script based off the workshop feedback. A constructive, creative, and supportive atmosphere will be strongly encouraged.

TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS

This is a live class (with two-way video) via Skype group video calling and email correspondence.

In order to participate, you’ll need the following items:

*Computer!
*High-Speed Internet Access
*Internet browser (Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Safari) to connect to Skype
*Web Cam

Note: This program may not be taken on an iPad or tablet computer

SYLLABUS

Week 1 (10/03/17)

Pitch Ideas: Workshop will discuss and hear potential ideas for the screenplays.

Week 2 (10/10/17)

Outlines and Pitches. Writers will submit written development material (notes, outlines, beat sheets, treatments, character sketches, etc.) to workshop for further discussion.

Week 3 (10/17/17)

First 10 pages / Write the first 10 pages of your script. Review material available from fellow writers.

Week 4 (10/24/17)

First 30 pages / Continue writing the next 20 pages of your script.

Review material available from fellow writers.

Week 5 (11/07/17)

First 45 pages / Continue writing the next 25 pages of your script. Review material available from fellow writers.

Week 6 (11/14/17)

First 60 pages / Continue writing the next 15 pages of your script. Review material available from fellow writers.

Week 7 (11/21/17)

First 75 pages / Continue writing the next 15 pages of your script. Review material available from fellow writers.

Week 8 (11/28/17)

To Ending.

Week 9 (12/05/17)

Begin Final Revisions to First Draft

Week 10 (12/12/17)

Complete Final Revisions to First Draft

REGISTER:

First Draft Course - Fall 2017

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Questions? Please contact the BlueCat office at info@bluecatscreenplay.com.