May 18 - Jul 11
Screenwriting: Revising Your Feature
Registration is now closed for this session.
Jessica Sharzer

Applications are closed for this course, but are currently being accepted for the July offering.


Revise your feature film screenplay, with an accomplished screenwriter as your guide. In this intensive live, eight-week online course, you will rewrite your screenplay through assignments and feedback from small group workshops.

In class sessions, you will examine successful screenplays, gain a deeper understanding of core screenwriting concepts and how they move from script to screen. You will then move into a small group breakout session with a course advisor where you will workshop your writing and those of your peers, and continue to revise your script. The course concludes with a one-on-one mentoring session with your advisor focused on your project.


By the end of the course, you will:

  • sharpen your understanding of screenplay structure.
  • hone your major dramatic question.
  • refine the world and tone for your screenplay.
  • further develop your characters, their dramatic problems, and antagonists.
  • sharpen your dialogue.
  • learn how to give notes to your peers and process notes from your peers and advisors.
  • understand how to approach a rewrite.

This course is ideal for:

  • writers who have completed a draft of their feature-length screenplay and are looking for guidance from other writers and/or experienced screenwriters in revising their screenplay.
  • writers who have completed a full draft of their feature-length screenplay and want to receive more formal education about screenwriting and/or want to take their work into a workshop setting.

Participants will be placed in small group workshops of about nine. To apply, you should have completed a draft of the screenplay you plan to work on in the course.


COURSE DETAILS

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

Sundance Co//ab provides accommodations and support services to participants with disabilities. Accommodations and services are designed to meet the needs of each participant. Please email us at collab_courses@sundance.org to arrange for services. 

  • DURATION: Eight weeks, May 18 - July 11
  • SCHEDULE: Tuesday, 9:30am - 12pm PT
    • Extended last class session: Tuesday, June 29, 9:30am - 12:30pm PT
    • One-on-one mentoring sessions are held between July 5 - July 11
Instructor
Jessica Sharzer has developed feature films for Universal, HBO, MTV, 20th Century Fox, Fox 2000, Sony, Lionsgate, Netflix and Paramount. Her produced features include NERVE (2015) and A SIMPLE FAVOR (2018). She recently wrote an original sex comedy for Channing Tatum at Universal and an adaptation of Hitchcock’s TO CATCH A THIEF for Gal Gadot. more...
Advisor
Beth de Araújo is a writer and director featured in Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent Film. Her feature screenplay, JOSEPHINE, participated in the 2018 Sundance Directors Lab, Screenwriters Lab and is a recipient of the SFFILM Rainin Filmmaking Grant. JOSEPHINE is being produced by RT Features (CALL ME BY YOUR NAME, THE WITCH). more...
Advisor
Julia Camara is a Brazilian writer/filmmaker. Born and raised in São Paulo, Brazil, she freelanced for years as a Portuguese translator for film and television subtitling. She has written and directed several award-winning short films. Her feature directorial debut IN TRANSIT, an experimental drama shot mostly in one day and with improvised dialogue, won Best Experimental Film at four different festivals. more...
Advisor
Q. Terah Jackson uses historical dramas and science fiction to examine personal and public questions about the human condition. His achievements in writing have been honored by his alma maters – the American Film Institute Conservatory (AFI) and Howard University, by the Writers Guild of America-West, and by Film Independent, and received attention from the Nichols Fellowship. more...
Advisor
Lindsay holds an MFA in screenwriting from the American Film Institute. She has overseen two scripts from script to screen as a writer/ producer. SPOONER, starring Matthew Lillard (SLAMDANCE), and DOUCHEBAG (SUNDANCE) both released theatrically. Most recently Lindsay sold PLAY NICE starring Mary Lynn Rajskub. more...
Advisor
Jennie Lew Tugend has produced some of the industry’s most memorable franchises: THE FREE WILLY trilogy, LETHAL WEAPON 1,2,3 and HBO's TALES FROM THE CRYPT. As former Co-President of Kadokawa Pictures USA, Tugend was a producer on ONE MISSED CALL, a WB release and two episodes of Showtime’s MASTERS OF HORROR. more...

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