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Online Screenplay Training Course

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SCRIPWRITING TRAINING ONLINE

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All a scriptwriter, author, writer or producer needs to be able to write his own movie can be taught via e-mail in a few months and at a convenient cost. This is the main idea at the base of our courses. Eight lessons and eight exercises to verify progress and learn from mistakes. With a teacher always available who answers all your questions privately, clearing your doubts, analyzing structure issues together, formatting, dialogue writing, and rewriting.

At the end of the course, besides having enjoyed the 14 weeks, you will be familiar with the technical aspects of scriptwriting and possess the basic notions of the theory of screenwriting. And most of all, you will be capable to write your own movie, at your talent and passion’s level.

The first lesson is free and does not bind you to subscription.

HOW

Download Lesson n. 1 here. Read it, evaluate it, do the exercise requested by the lesson, send it to adeledorothy"at"tiscali.it. Together with the exercise, ask the teacher all your questions concerning the contents of the lesson and the course. In a few days you will receive a corrected exercise and the answers to all your questions, thus verifying with your own eyes how useful and fun these lessons are. After this, you can decide whether to enroll or not. To continue the course, you have to send an email to bernard@cineuropa.org declaring your intention to continue the eight-lesson course and make a bank transfer payment. This way, you will be added to the first course on the calendar, during which, over the next 14 weeks, you’ll receive the other 7 lessons (one every two weeks). At the end of each lesson, you will be invited to do your homework which you will email back to your teacher. Within 7 days, your teacher will correct your homework and send it back to you. The 14 weeks offer an optimum amount of time to study the lessons and do your homework and meanwhile, in case of doubts, ask for explanations.

The lessons (that will be sent in PDF format) are easily read and apt even for who has little leisure time. At the same time, however, they face all aspects of screenwriting in a complete and exhaustive way. Actually, the know-how you will possess at the end of the course is superior to any average course and includes a great numbers of interesting issues, sometimes illuminating, that aren’t generally taught at traditional courses.

For further info on contents and organization of courses: bernard@cineuropa.org

WHY

The main reason to enroll to the course is because these lessons represent an efficient synthesis between autodidactic studies and traditional courses. The former, in fact, are free from any guiding element and external verification and are often insufficient. The latter, instead, are often uselessly expensive and don’t necessarily offer the correct tools to learn the subject.

The reasons to enroll to the course are many:

  • because the course forces you to a commitment: initially only two-three pages of homework to become familiar with the subject, while at the end of the course you will be asked to write a short film.
  • because the course can be followed directly from home (or from your office). You will therefore be able to read the lessons at your leisure time and communicate privately with your teacher at any moment. This way, you never risk losing a lesson!
  • because this online course is not an automatic distributor. When you do your exercises, you won’t have to correct them yourself, nor jot down a cross or two on some answer and have the test thrown into Hal 9000. If you have doubts, you don’t have to find the answer in some “faq” page. Somebody here reads what you write.

COURSE PROGRAM

What’s the purpose of the first act of your script? What’s the “subtext” of a dialogue? How can the parentheticals be used at their best? This is the type of questions that every screenwriter should know how to answer and finally this course dedicates the right space to them. But obviously let’s not forget the fundamentals… Syd Field’s paradigm, the function of the scenes, the role of the subplot. From the idea all the way to Hollywood standards for bounding a script! Not without giving a good look at the format – a fixed idea of any aspiring screenwriter! Following are the 8 lessons in detail. Notice that the list contains only the “main” subjects of the lesson. Actually, each lesson is made up of many more details and issues concerning screenwriting, and the main feature of this course is the many small and extemporary paragraphs dedicated to unusual ideas, practical suggestions, alternative paths.

  1. SCREENPLAY FORMAT (all the formal rules of formatting)
  2. THE SCENE (what distinguishes a good-written scene)
  3. FROM THE IDEA TO THE TREATMENT (all the passages in the creation of a story)
  4. SET-UP/PAY-OFF ("knotting" and "unknotting" the threads of your story)
  5. THE THREE-ACT STRUCTURE (how to make your life easier dividing the script in three parts)
  6. THE CHARACTERS (suggestions to better define the characters of your script)
  7. THE FIRST TEN PAGES AND THE GRAND FINALE (the most delicate phases of your script)
  8. REWRITING (writing is rewriting)

EXERCISES

The first 5 exercises concern the writing of six mini-screenplays (3-5 pages each), starting from a pre-fixed theme. Each exercise is conceived to emphasize a particular aspect of film writing and finalized to verify the correct application of the basic notions of the subject. Exercises 6-7-8 are connected in order to set up the writing of a short film script.

CALENDAR of COURSES

The first lesson can be downloaded for free in any moment from this site. The other 7 lessons will be sent via email to who enrolls every 14 days. Between one lesson and another, there are two weeks of time during which the student can read the lesson and send his/her exercise receiving an answer within 7 days most. The second lesson will be sent the first Friday following subscription. The final deadline to send in your exercises is 14 days after having received the eight and last lesson (there will however be a tolerance time of two months. See F.A.Q. at end of page for details).

SUBSCRIPTION FEE

The total cost of the screenwriting course is 280 euros. The payment must be made in a single instalment at the moment of the definite subscription (meaning after the first test and obviously only if you decide to continue the course).

HOW TO ENROLL

Declare your intention to enroll at the following email: caruso@cineuropa.org. You will then receive a confirmation of your enrollment together with the data necessary for the payment through bank transfer. If the payment isn’t made within a week, the subscription declines. For all info concerning the registration conditions: bernard@cineuropa.org

TEACHERS

Adele Dorothy Ciampa was born in New Jersey (USA) in 1966. She is a reader and consultant at Sony Pictures and other main production companies in Europe and USA. She wrote some of Italy’s most famous soap-operas, such as “Un posto al sole” (Rai 3), “Vivere” (Canale 5), “Cuori rubati” (Rai 2) and has now specialized in TV-series. She graduated in Literature and Philosophy and followed many writing courses with the world’s most famous screenwriting ‘gurus’, as Bob McKee, Jurgen Wolff, John Vorhaus. She earned a diploma at the Mediaset Fiction School; followed the Arista European Screenwriting Workshops; and studied drama with Italian famous writer Dacia Maraini. She also followed the New Yourk University course in directing and acting. Besides writing, she is a translator and a teacher at Daniele Cirpiani’s TV Academy. Recently, she’s written the musical “Mary of Nazareth”, with music by Stelvio Cipriani (Oscar-winner for “Anonimo Veneziano”).

F.A.Q.

  • Does the course request a previous preparation? No kind of previous preparation is necessary to enroll to the course. Moreover, no further lessons will be necessary to write a screenplay after the course.
  • Is any particular computer skill necessary to follow the course? No, the course is organized in such a way to be feasible to whomever has knowledge of electronic mail.
  • What software is necessary? Acrobat reader that can be downloaded here for free
  • What’s the average time of reply to our questions? You will always receive an answer within 7 days, often even in 3-5 days. If for exceptional reasons our teachers will not be able to answer within the 7 days, you will be advised of the delay by email and receive an answer as soon as possible.
  • Is it obligatory to end an exercise before receiving the following lesson? It would be best to keep up to the rhythm of the lessons, for example ending exercise n. 3 during the two weeks that separate you between the Lesson 3 and 4. Naturally, if over that period, the student hasn’t completed his exercise, he can make up during the following weeks. The main issue is to finish all exercises within the end of the course (precisely, 14 days after the last lesson was sent).
    In case the student hasn’t ended his exercises within the 14 weeks of the course, there will however be a two-week tolerance after the official ending of the course (precisely, 14 days after the last lesson was sent). Over that period, however, the 7-day answer rule will not be respected, so the teachers’ answers could request up to 15 days.
  • Are the courses for all ages? Yes.
  • What type of help should I expect from the teacher of the course? An informal service, competent, passionate. You can be sure to have available and kind teachers who offer simple answers yet thoroughly exhaustive. Exhaustive corrections and answers in a short time, and not poems!
  • What happens to the exercises I send the teacher? They’re eliminated after being read and naturally nobody, except for the teacher, can read such material. If from an email exchange with a student, a major technical issue arises that can be of interest for the other students, these issues will be faced in collective emails without nominating the student’s exercise, except if previously authorized by the student himself. Privacy and copyright rights of all subscribers are always highly protected.
  • Does the course take place entirely via email? Yes.
  • Does the course release a certificate or a diploma? Yes but it’s simply a souvenir of the lessons. Don’t enroll for this reason.

PARTICIPANTS' REACTIONS

“The different lessons and resulting exchanges enabled me to develop a rather more subtle approach to screenwriting. They also enabled me to understand more clearly what kind of style I want to develop”. Audrey Lemoine, author and songwriter, France.

“The important follow-up provided by the tutor when correcting exercises, his advice, professionalism and extensive experience make this lesson a lesson in excellence. A big thank-you”. Tom Beha, novelist, UK.

"I enjoyed this work, it was a real pleasure. I never felt judged, but supported and encouraged. The teaching goes well beyond screenwriting". Daniel Demierre, film director, Switzerland.

"I really enjoyed these four months of work; I think this is a top-quality course!". Shelly Berkaj, producer, Israel.

"The course is well-structured and very reasonably-priced. All the staff are very responsive and punctual. Well done!". Gustavo Zayas, screenwriter, Spain.

"I am working at Adele's corrections of my 1st exercise and I am glad that she was very precise about all my mistakes". Julia Melnitskaya, producer, St. Petersburg.

"It’s a superb course, I congratulate them. I’m learning with Marta, slowly but surely". Juan Ruiz, screenwriter, Mexico.

"I think the course is very educational and well thought-out". Rodrigo Carrizo Couto, journalist at "El País".

"The lessons were easy to follow and drew on some excellent sources, so I was confident I was receiving good instruction. The exercises were challenging and fun to complete. I wish there was a follow-up course!" Theo, Czech Republic.

"Thank you very much, your comments were very helpful. All I need to do now is to start working on it. I am currently working on several projects adaptations and original works.Thanks again for your advice". Marc Lenglet, scriptwriter, France.

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