Advanced Screenwriting

Units: 4
Student Level: Intermediate

May 14 - Jun 22 Sorry, this class is currently full
Schedule: Mon/Weds/Fri 1:00pm - 4:30pm
Orientation: May 14, 2018 at 12:30 PM
Max. Seats: 10
Faculty: Paul Foley

Jun 25 - Aug 3 Sorry, this class is currently full
Schedule: Mon/Weds/Fri 1:00pm - 4:30pm
Orientation: Jun 24, 2018 at 2:00 PM
Max. Seats: 8
Faculty: David Balkan

Jun 25 - Aug 3 Sorry, this class is currently full
Schedule: Tues / Thurs 1:00pm - 5:50pm
Orientation: Jun 24, 2018 at 2:00 PM
Max. Seats: 8
Faculty: David Balkan

Jun 25 - Aug 3 Sorry, this class is currently full
Schedule: Mon/Weds/Fri 1:00pm - 4:30pm
Orientation: Jun 24, 2018 at 2:00 PM
Max. Seats: 8
Faculty: Paul Foley


Do you hope to become a Hollywood screenwriter?  Do you have good ideas for stories and characters, but need some guidance to create a finished screenplay?  


This cutting-edge class has been designed to offer summer students a chance to write a complete, feature-length screenplay.

You will leave the USC Summer Film Program with a finished script, an actual project you can continue to revise or take out into the industry to find and agent.

The Masters Screenwriting Class is designed for students who have already written or are in the process of writing a full-length feature screenplay. The objective of the course will be to structure and write a completed rough draft of a three-act, full-length feature screenplay in five weeks.

This is a fast-paced course that will call for hard-work and creativity.

All students will need to begin the course with a serious commitment and a strong work ethic.  Prior to the first class session, each student should arrive with an organized story idea and clearly-defined characters.

Also, it is necessary that each student own a practical understanding of the fundamentals of screenwriting.

The course will be structured to nurture your writing:

Each week, you’ll spend about 12 hours in class. Working your instructor and other students to workshop ideas, dialogue, formatting, narrative, action, among other elements.

During the first two weeks, the instructor will guide you through intense lessons that are meant to clarify structure, character arcs, story, and other tools that will help you outline and plan your script. 

As each student progresses through the writing process, each student will work aggressively to complete twenty-five new pages per week.

The instructor will use the final three weeks of the course to workshop new pages, critique ideas, offer feedback, define the voice of each character, refine sequences, and tinker with the craft of screenwriting.  Your artistic and creative choices will be put to good use.

At the end of the summer session, each student will finish a first feature-length draft that he or she can continue to develop and revise.  

After all, a script is never done, but this class will introduce all the elements of screenwriting, assist you to clarify your story, and guide you toward a rewarding finished product. 

If you dream about becoming a screenwriter, this course will make you work on your dream.

 

About Your Instructor:

 

David H. Balkan is a writer-producer who has written and/or produced over two-hundred and fifty hours of film. He has been the executive producer-showrunner on five one hour dramatic television shows. Over the years, Balkan has served in several senior level staff positions on other TV shows as well as partnering in his own production company. He has written and produced pilots and movies for television and he co-created a one-hour police drama that aired for two seasons as a first-run syndicated series.

Balkan served two consecutive terms on the Board of Directors of the Writers Guild of America. He also served on its Membership Finance Committee and was Co-Chair of the Writers Education Committee. He is President of the Board of Trustees of Oralingua School for Hearing Impaired Children and Co-Chaired Media Access, an organization that helps people with physical disabilities find access to the entertainment industry. In 1998, Balkan was the recipient of the Writers Guild Joan Young Memorial award. 

For the past five years, Balkan has taught advanced screenwriting and production at the graduate and undergraduate level in the school of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California.

In addition to the Writers Guild, Balkan is a member of the Producers Guild of America, SAG and AFTRA. He has a second career doing Voice-Over narrations for television and radio commercials and has narrated audio books and documentaries, including Larry Bird’s autobiography, Bird Watching. Recently, Balkan was invited to be included in the National Register’s Who’s Who in Executives and Professionals which is registered at the Library of Congress in Washington DC. 

Balkan has performed a cabaret act at various venues throughout the LA area and has recorded a CD of great American Standards. He is a graduate of the University of Connecticut, has two children and lives in Beverly Hills, California with his wife, Ellen, who is a psychotherapist.  

 

*Please note that dates and times of the course are subject to minor changes. All writing work takes place outside of class time.*