Understanding story structure is an essential tool for every filmmaker. This workshop will give you the foundational knowledge you need to write a screenplay, whether it be for a five-minute short or a feature-length film. Learn the basics of pitching your idea, outlining in three acts, understanding your characters, dialogue work, the revision process, and more! This course will require writing outside of class hours, but as a great screenwriter once said: “Being a writer is like having homework for the rest of your life.” – Lawrence Kasdan (Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Empire Strikes Back)Please come to the first workshop with a few ideas you would like to explore.
**Finished screenplays will be considered for production in the Spring! The final produced films could be selected for film festival submissions.**
Registration Deadline: 1/13/20
Denise Stewart is a writer/actor/director. For the past two years, Denise has been collaborating with the UVA Healthsystem to write and direct short films based on case studies. Professional acting credits include: Pride and Prejudice, The Odd Couple, Almost, Maine, and Shear Madness (Heritage Theatre Festival). You can occasionally see her at non-profit auctions and music festivals as one-half of the comic duo, Tina & Tammy: The TipTop Twins. Her one-woman show, Dirty Barbie and other Girlhood Tales, toured at Assembly, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, 59E59 East to Edinburgh Festival, and the Diana Wortham Theatre in Asheville, NC, among other venues. Her pilot script, “Adjuncts” was a 2017 finalist for the Virginia Film Award. She has an MFA in Playwriting from UVA, and runs a production company, Swamphatched Butterfly Productions. swamphatched.com