Do you have a story idea for the next great comedy film... but need to know how to get it down on the page? This class, designed specifically for beginning and aspiring screenwriters, will walk you through the steps required to craft your own comedy screenplay. The filmmaking process all begins with story development and script writing; this course will help train you how to develop ideas for the screen and practice the necessary techniques to evolve those ideas into a finished screenplay! Course work will involve progressive exercises in the development of a script and finally an outline and several scenes for a screenplay for your film.
No previous training is required; just bring your ideas and creativity and we'll show you what comes next!
Recommended Material/Books: Save the Cat! The Last Book on Screenwriting You'll Ever Need, by Blake Snyder Save the Cat! Strikes Back: More Trouble for Screenwriters to Get Into ... and Out Of, by Blake Snyder Aristotle's Poetics for Screenwriters: Storytelling Secrets From the Greatest Mind in Western Civilization, by Michael Tierno
Recommended software: Free script writing software from celtx.com
Brian McLaughlin Instructor-Screenwriting
The Comedy Store
Laffs Comedy Caffe
Univ of Notre Dame
ISAF HQ, Kabul
Brian McLaughlin was a visiting film professor at the University of Notre Dame where he taught Screenwriting: Writing the Feature Film. His screenplay Scylla Dilemma is currently a quarterfinalist in the PAGE Awards. It was written under the Writers Guild´s Veterans Writing Project. Studio executives have said about the script, "the writing and dialogue are crisp and the characterizations are spot on" and "definitely some creative world-building at play, and some strong dialogue." Brian helped developed and write a TV spec pilot which won Best TV Pilot at the California Film Awards. He has produced four feature films, all of which were acquired for distribution. His films have won two Accolade Awards of Excellence. He is a member of the Producers Guild of America. He has performed stand-up comedy in venues including The Comedy Store in Hollywood, The Ice House in Pasadena, and ISAF Headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan. WEBSITE | EPK