Screenwriting Workshop

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A month-long extensive workshop, meeting twice per week (Sundays and Wednesdays). Sessions are 90 minutes long. 
Each student should come with a script or script idea for a short fiction film. Students will write the script under guidance during the course. Those with a ready script will work on improving it by applying what they learn.

Topics covered:

  • Classic Screenplay Structure
  • Character Arcs
  • Dialogue – the cinematic language
  • Dramaturgy - Cinematic Syntax
  • Theme & subtext
  • Conflict – plots and subplots
  • Pace, Style, and Tone
  • Visualization
  • Personal style and voice

Students will learn to:

  • Understand plot and narrative structure
  • Analyze the key components of classical dramatic narrative
  • Develop dramatic situations and scenes
  • Write engaging and entertaining dialogue between well-realized characters
  • Find their personal style and voice

Course structure:
1st week (sessions 1 & 2): Lecture on above topics
2nd week (sessions 3 & 4): Screenplay and movie breakdown and analysis (one movie/script per session)
3rd week (sessions 5 & 6): Cold readings and analysis of student scripts
4th week (session 7 & 8): Cold readings and analysis of student scripts. Casting actors for stage readings
4th week live performance: Staged readings of selected student scripts for a live audience


Summer Course dates:
Session 1: May 19 - June 19, 2019
Session 2: June 30 - July 24, 2019
Session 3: August 4 - 28, 2019
Session 4: Sepetmber 8 - October 2, 2019

Course dates:
Kurdish: Sundays & Wednesdays 20:00 - 21:30
English: Mondays & Thursdays 20:00 - 21:30
Each student will also recieve one additional private one-on-one session with Jano.

Course fee:
Regular deadline: $200.00 
Payable on the first day of attendance.



Contact Information for Peace Film Initiative
400 N. Hollywood Way Ste. 207, Burbank, CA 91505 USA
2020 Befrin City, Erbil, Kurdistan Region of Iraq
USA: 310.598.2190
Kurdistan: 964.750.447.8499
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