Dilman Dila


Date: Saturdays, 13, 20, 27 April & 4, 11, 18 May 2024
Time: 2PM GMT
Duration: 6 weeks
Class size: 10 max

This class will take place online via Zoom and is open to students from anywhere.

Screenwriting uses elements of storytelling, drama, and presentation to build a narrative arc for a film or TV show. The material for a screenplay can be developed from scratch, from an already existing book, or from a real-life event. Doing this, however, demands a great amount of skill, and this class will explore the elements needed to develop this skill.

The six-week-long class will answer the key questions young scriptwriters usually have, some of them being how to research and outline a script, how to develop a script, and how to format a script. The course is open to writers in all stages, and it will be taught by writer and filmmaker Dilman Dila, author of a critically acclaimed collection of short stories, A Killing in the Sun.

For the duration of this class, there will be reading and writing assignments, with feedback included. And at the end of this course, you will acquire the skills necessary to write a compelling script from scratch or improve an already existing one.

Class Outline:

Week 1: Introductions / Understanding Screenplay Formats and Key Concepts

Week 2: Screenplay Structure (3 Act Structure, 5 Act Structure, Hero’s Journey, etc.) and Character Development

Week 3: Starting Out (How to Use a Logline and Synopsis to Develop Your Screenplay) and Further Character Development

Week 4: Writing Scripts With No Dialogue (Visual Scripts)

Week 5: Writing Dialogue

Week 6: Our First Short Screenplay – Feedback Session

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