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Screenwriting 101

Online Nov 7 (1 Sunday Morning)10:30am - 1:30pm Pacific$954 Spots Left

25 Spots Left

This class will prepare you to write a feature length movie. If you're looking for TV writing classes, click here.

Note: This is primarily a lecture class. There will be no feedback on student work.

Do you want to write movies, but don’t know where to start? Not to worry. Veteran Screenwriter Chris Reed will provide the foundation you need to begin your journey into the world of writing for the silver screen. He’s written for all the big boys, Disney, Fox, Sony, and Nickelodeon and even created the screenplay “Jaguar” that would eventually become “The Lion King” while working on a three-picture deal at Disney Feature Animation.

Trumbo Screenwriting on TypewriterIn this one-day Online Screenwriting Fundamentals Seminar, he’ll go over the types of films; movies you can write, the structure of a successful movie, and what makes characters compelling. He’ll also help you understand how character should shape every aspect of your movie. Whether you have a movie idea kicking around in your head already, or you want more information on how to generate ideas that pack a punch, this class is the first step on your path to success.

Understanding the fundamentals of good movies before you put pen to page will save you time and heartbreak. By the end of the class, you’ll walk away with a solid foundation upon which to build your screenwriting career. Oscar not included.

Note: This class will be limited to 25 students.

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How our online classes work:

Online classes can be attended from anywhere with an internet connection. You’ll be able to see and hear both your teacher and your fellow students. For the best experience, we recommend attending online classes in a quiet space, and using headphones or a headset.

If you are unsure of whether your computer can handle video conferencing, please review the system requirements.


Chris Reed

12 Scripts Sold

Christopher Reed has sold 5 original screenplays and written 7 other screenplays under contract to various studios including Sony Pictures and Nickelodeon with his writing partner, Cynthia Carle. Chris’s screenwriting career began at Disney Feature Animation where he wrote the feature screenplay, JAGUAR, a concept that would later become THE LION KING. He wrote the original screenplay for the Turner Animation feature CATS DON’T DANCE. Chris has written many screenplays, including the Touchstone feature film, THE SIXTH MAN, as well as the Disney Channel original movie YOU WISH, which was nominated for a Humanitas Award with his writing partner Carle. He has produced a number of short films, including the hugely popular PINK FIVE Star Wars fan film series as well as DOUBLE SHOT, which he also wrote, and THE SPECIALS, which he co-produced and directed. He is the author of two published novels, THE BIG SCRATCH and THE CURSE OF THE WHITE CAT (Ballentine Books /Bastei Lubbe). Chris began his creative career in the theater world where he was founder and Artistic Director of the Siskiyou Performing Arts, writing, producing and directing many plays over 4 seasons. He was also Managing Director of the Magic Theater of San Francisco, producing original works by Sam Shepard, Joe Chapin and other major playwrights. Four of his own plays have been produced in New York, Detroit, California and Oregon. He has produced and directed many independent projects, plays, music, dance events, and internet content. MORE