Learn the fundamentals of writing for the big screen as you take an original short film idea from concept to polished screenplay.

Learning to think like filmmakers, in this course students will cover the fundamental aspects of the art and craft of writing for the screen. Students will explore practical elements through writing workshops as well as through the study and critical analysis of several short films. Participants will use both classroom work and field trips to explore the creative process of taking an initial idea to a finished product. Points of focus will include character development, dialogue, scene structure and additional tools that students will employ as they take an originating impulse from concept to first draft to final screenplay.

Students will also delve into the business of working in the film and television industry through discussions with instructors and guest speakers who are professionals in the field.

Course Highlights

Summer Academy enables students to dive deep into a course of study, sharpening skills for their academic and professional futures. Each course is carefully designed to suit student interests and encourage intellectual curiosity.

• Students will gain hands-on experience in film writing with input and feedback from a professional in the field and learn about the film and television industry.

• As part of the course, students will brainstorm, develop a concept, write, workshop and rewrite a draft of a short screenplay.

• The course is open to all students — from those who are curious about the field but have no prior experience to those who already have one (or more!) screenplays in the drawer, waiting to be developed.

• Site visits will vary based on the instructors and terms. Previous courses have visited: Museum of the Moving Image, NYU Production Lab, working film sets in New York City and film screenings. Students will also have the opportunity to visit The New York Times newsroom and/or The Times printing press.

• Speakers and lecturers will vary with the instructors and terms. Previous speakers include: Terry Curtis Fox (Head of Dramatic Writing, NYU), Jenny Halper (Director of Production & Development, Maven Pictures), Josh Young (Playwright & Editor, Museum of Modern Art), Ava Fox Lerner (screenwriter), Naomi McDougall Jones (producer, writer and actress) and Ritesh Batra (filmmaker).

Please note: All information is subject to change at the discretion of The School of The New York Times.

Cost and Session Information

Day Program: $5,225*
Residential Program: $5,825*

Dates: June 7 - June 19

Location: New York City

*Listed program costs do not include course-specific lab and materials fees. Learn more on our website.

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