New introductory course: From Film Idea to Pitch

This first part of a pairing of courses is an introduction to screenwriting, discussing key concepts, techniques and procedures of the writing process.

 

Together as a group we investigate their application in case studies, both provided by the tutor and selected by you. Through regular contributions, you will actively develop your observation of the film and TV industries, grow your ability to communicate their film idea alongside established concepts such as character, genre and structure, as well as build an increasing awareness of the creative needs and opportunities evolving from their project.

Working with participant projects in active development, we examine film/TV story development procedures as part of a wider web of film industry institutions and procedures. Here emerging writers will get to respond to the variety of traditions, agendas and expectations that their immediate collaborators (including development executives, agents, producers and directors) bring to a film idea and so create a solid foundation for their own screenplay written in the 100 Pages in 10 weeks practical Screenwriting Workshop.

 

Starts 2 March, 7 pm GMT on Google Meet

Week 1:          Introduction & course overview

Week 2:          Character

Week 3:          Structure

Week 4:          Genre

Week 5:          Script Coverage

Week 6:          Student Coverage Presentation

Week 7:          Formats and Formatting

Week 8:          The Ethics of Storytelling

Week 9:          Pitching Techniques

Week 10:        Students pitch their Project 

£200 payable by PayPal, Cheque or Bank Transfer

Write a Script by Summer:
100 Pages in 10 Weeks

Kick off: 20 May 2021, 7.00 pm UK time online

This is now running for the third time online. Other previous students of mine wrote, made and sold feature films (including Astral, available on Netflix), screened at Edinburgh Film Festival and on the the BBC New Creatives, as well as UK theatrical release. Last  July a former student headlined German Der Spiegel homepage with his film Seeking Buddha, released on 50 screens.

Week 1:          Introduction & The Screenplay as foundation for the filmmaking process

Week 2:          Step Outline (TV: Characters)

Week 3:          Set up: The first 10 pages (TV: Setting and rules)

Week 4:          Adventure: the second 10 pages (TV: Episode Structure)

Week 5:          Turning Point: the third 10 pages    (TV: first 10 pages)

Week 6:          Tests, Allies & Enemies: 10 – 20 more pages (TV: second 10 pages)

Week 7:          Crisis: another 10 – 20 pages (TV: third 10 pages)

6Week 8:          Climax: 10 more pages  (TV: fourth 10 pages)

Week 9:          Resolution: 10 concluding pages  (TV: fifth 10 pages)

Week 10:        The End: final 10 pages & rewrite pitch

Recent participants said:

“I’ve loved every minute of working with you all and learnt so much. I never thought collaborating with other writers could be such a buzz.” 


“The discussion with fellow classmates is such an invaluable tool to improve my writing. Can’t wait to see you all there.”

 

“You are all lovely, talented and more importantly honest.”

 

“This group is amazing.”

 

“I loved getting inspired by everyone stories.”

 

“I just wanted to write to say thank you for two amazing sessions of screenwriting.  I advanced my project to a place that I wasn’t sure I could achieve in the beginning.  I feel I now have a solid place to build in order to make a good script.”

For anyone who has not taken this workshop before (usually delivered at the University of Oxford, and before lockdown occasionally at the Victoria Arms), please note this is a practical workshop including regular table reads of your creative work, not a lecture series.

 

Delivered online


Price £200 (PayPal, bank transfer or cheque) £20 discount if you book before 26 April

Check out further recommendations and if you like connect on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/carlschoenfeld/

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Develop your Voice

  • Finish your screenplay in 10 weeks
  • Commit time to focus on your writing
  • Get regular support from industry professionals no matter where you are based
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write your Screenplay

  • Select your genre
  • Introduce your character
  • Create the turning point
3

Community of Writers

  • Collaborate closely with a small-but-diverse community of other aspiring writers
  • Live online private writers’ rooms
  • Learn to work with other writers through moderated group writing challenges
  • Share your writing in a closed, safe environment that offers constructive feedback
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Join the industry

  • Get one-to-one support from industry professionals at key stages of your work
  • Pitch your idea, network & meet potential collaborators
  • Mix with industry decision-makers
  •  Create your ACTION PLAN for success

About Carl Schoenfeld

Carl Schoenfeld is a BAFTA and Prix Europa-nominated producer with over three decades experience in the film industry.  

His ventures with BBC, Channel4/Film4, BFI and many others have embraced new technology and explored new territory in content production. In addition to teaching screenwriting, he works with the European Commission as a film expert.

Carl also teaches an oversubscribed screenwriting course at the University of Oxford with a 100% student satisfaction rating.  In his fifteen years of teaching, Carl set up and managed industry-leading programs for Raindance, and several leading universities.  His students have gone on to work with a wide variety of top production companies.

A Message From Carl

Testimonials

Claire Stevens

Script Writer, MA in Film
Raindance @ Staffordshire University

“Is there anything Carl does not know about film? Mentoring sessions were never dull – an abundance of information, affirmed with web links, to ensure my own work was explored fully and completed to where I wanted to be as a potential filmmaker. The Raindance programme with Captain Carl at the helm steered this old parrot to an MA distinction. His experience, commitment and genuine care were invaluable.”

Chris Mul

Producer/Director/Writer
Astral (Netflix)

Carl was a meticulous course leader during the time he overlooked my academic work at Raindance. As an industry professional, his knowledge is extremely vast and has been helpful during my personal progression from student to industry professional. Carl is not only a recommendable asset in the film industry, but an individual I always consider when looking for feedback or assistance regarding new projects.

Jessica Smith

Screenwriter/Compositor
Two Line Terrors

Carl was my tutor and Program Leader in postgraduate study at Raindance. Without him I would never have gotten through the first part of my Masters degree. Carl is incredibly knowledgeable and always has a wealth of information to share. He has an exceptional gift for breaking down complicated ideas and imparting them in a clear and useful way – a must for educators and producers alike! I look forward to working with him again in any capacity. I know any project, academic or commercial, is safe in his hands.

Paul Reson

Editor/Director,
The Wayfaring Stranger

It was a hard decision to make to do the course because of the financial commitment I put myself in, but I’m so glad I did. Your industry involvement & experience and willingness to share the knowledge make the course what it is. All the presentations, talking and answering blunt questions have been invaluable. I’ve been seeing loads of stuff you’ve taught us in practice and it’s great! It really hits me in the real world how well the course can equip someone trying to get into the industry. I am still very much in debt to your fantastic course!

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Introductory Course starts 2 March, Writing Workshop 20 May 2021. Register your interest now!
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