You have an outline for your brilliant screenplay, or maybe even a first draft. But how do you take it to the next level and turn it into a polished, sellable script? Enter veteran screenwriter Chris Reed (Disney, Touchstone) to help you make your screenplay shine. In this 5-week class, Chris shares his secrets for creating emotionally compelling stories, engaging characters, and snappy dialogue. Chris will teach you how to craft character arcs, sub-plots, and conflict like a pro. Then, he will screen a movie that exemplifies the subject matter of the night and break it down scene by scene. With fun in-class exercises, you’ll apply what you’ve learned to your own story. As well, Chris will give you customized homework assignments specific to your screenplay. By the end of the class, you’ll have a much more complete understanding of what makes a great script great and you’ll have made a big dent in your project, whether that’s a detailed outline or a polished final draft. Oscar not included.
Instructor: Chris Reed
Jan. 26, Feb. 2, 9, 23, Mar. 2 (5 Monday nights)
7:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Cost: $395 (Includes snacks and tea)
Location: Writing Pad East (688 S. Santa Fe Ave, #303, Los Angeles, CA 90021)
Pre-requisite: Students must have taken a 5 week screenwriting class at Writing Pad or elsewhere before taking this class. You must also have at minimum, a high level outline.
About Chris Reed:
Christopher Reed has sold 5 original screenplays and written 6 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.