April 7 - May 31
Screenwriting: Core Elements (Apr. 2020)
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Michael Urban

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Learn the core elements of writing a screenplay for a feature film, with an accomplished screenwriter as your guide. In this live, online course, you will develop a new script idea into an outline that can be used to write your first draft. The eight weeks will cover character development, theme, story arcs and visual storytelling. Sessions include presentation, discussion, and interactive exercises. The course concludes with a one-on-one mentoring session focused on your project.

The course will be held live in our virtual classroom. All sessions are recorded for registered participants who are unable to attend live.

  • DURATION: Eight weeks, April 7 - May 31 
  • SCHEDULE: Tuesdays, 9am - 11am PT
    • Extended first class session: Tuesday, April 7, 9am - 12:30pm PT
    • Extended last class session: Tuesday, May 19, 9am - 12pm PT
    • One-on-one mentoring sessions are held between May 24 - 31 

Michael Urban has been a working screenwriter since selling his first screenplay in 2001, just six months after graduating from the American Film Institute with a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Screenwriting. In 2002 production began on that screenplay, resulting in the MGM/UA feature film, SAVED! Premiering at the Sundance Film Festival, the film went on to win accolades at South by Southwest and the Gen Arts Film Festival. more...
Éva is an award winning film editor having worked with directors such as Francis Coppola, Barbet Schroeder, Peter Bogdanovich and Anjelica Huston. Her screenwriting and feature film directorial debut, An American Rhapsody, starred Tony Goldwyn, Nastassja Kinski and a young Scarlett Johansson. The film is based on the true life events of Éva’s family escaping from Communist Hungary leaving their infant child (Éva) behind. The film received won multiple awards on the Festival Circuit and was released by Paramount Classics. After discovering the bestselling Hungarian novel, Budapest Noir, she developed the script and went on to direct it. It premiered at the Chicago Film Festival, and has played at many other festivals such as Chicago International, Palm Springs, and Shanghai. It is now available on Amazon, Kanopy and other VOD platforms. Éva has taught film directing and thesis film editing at NYFA for ten years and this is her 5th time as advisor on Sundance Collab. more...
Matty Rich, highly regarded as one of the pioneers of Black Filmmakers burst onto the Hollywood scene in the early 90’s, gaining major recognition as 19-year-old acclaimed writer/director/producer in his award-winning film STRAIGHT OUT OF BROOKLYN. Mega Director Jonathan Demme discovered Matty Rich and STRAIGHT OUT OF BROOKLYN during an editing session for SILENCE OF THE LAMBS. He immediately took him under his wing and the movie went on to be a huge success winning the Sundance Film Festival’s Grand Jury Prize Award for his critically acclaimed film STRAIGHT OUT OF BROOKLYN in which he was wrote, directed, produced and acted in. Samuel Goldwyn Films distributed the movie theatrically. The film would go on to win the Independent Spirit Award, the NAACP Image Award and The Producer’s Guild Award. Shortly thereafter, Matty was inducted into the Directors Guild of America (DGA) by African American Hollywood icons Sidney Poitier and Bill Duke. more...

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