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Ace in the Hole (1951)


The Foundation of the Feature-Length Screenplay

8 Thursdays, September 27 to November 15, 6:30 pm to 10:00 pm
Instructor: Martin Leicht, M.A., Author and Screenwriter
Location: Community Room
Cost: Fee: $200 for members, $225 for non-members
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Please note: This course is open only to those who have taken The Building Blocks of the Screenplay.

What is the importance of a good screenplay? Put simply, a screenplay gives a story structure. By setting an order to the events of the story and the choices the characters make, writers create a solid and engaging plot. Without structure, stories devolve into chaos, or worse yet, boredom. Learning how to implement each element of storytelling is the first crucial step in putting one's story on the silver screen.

In The Building Blocks of the Screenplay, writers learned to develop characters and conflict through the use of dialogue and action. In this workshop, writers will build on these concepts to develop a structurally sound outline and begin work on a feature screenplay. In preparation for each session, writers will be required to read the work of their peers and provide thoughtful, critical notes to aid in workshop discussions. Each writer will present twice over the course of the eight weeks, ultimately producing the first third of a polished script. With the feedback given on their outlines and presented pages, writers will finish the workshop with a strong foundation for the continuation of their own original work.

*Requirements for Week One
Writers must come to the first class with a full plot summary for the script they wish to work on during the workshop (no more than one page). This summary will be the basis for a more thorough outline to be completed by the second class, which will give a breakdown of each act, and adhere to the guidelines presented in class. 

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  • Thursday, September 27
    6:30pm 2018-09-27 18:30:00 2018-09-27 22:00:00 America/New_York The Foundation of the Feature-Length Screenplay http://brynmawrfilm.org:443/class/2454/the-foundation-of-the-feature-length-screenplay?id=2454&keyword=the-foundation-of-the-feature-length-screenplay Bryn Mawr Film Institute, Bryn Mawr, PA
  • Thursday, October 4
    6:30pm 2018-10-04 18:30:00 2018-10-04 22:00:00 America/New_York The Foundation of the Feature-Length Screenplay http://brynmawrfilm.org:443/class/2454/the-foundation-of-the-feature-length-screenplay?id=2454&keyword=the-foundation-of-the-feature-length-screenplay Bryn Mawr Film Institute, Bryn Mawr, PA
  • Thursday, October 11
    6:30pm 2018-10-11 18:30:00 2018-10-11 22:00:00 America/New_York The Foundation of the Feature-Length Screenplay http://brynmawrfilm.org:443/class/2454/the-foundation-of-the-feature-length-screenplay?id=2454&keyword=the-foundation-of-the-feature-length-screenplay Bryn Mawr Film Institute, Bryn Mawr, PA
  • Thursday, October 18
    6:30pm 2018-10-18 18:30:00 2018-10-18 22:00:00 America/New_York The Foundation of the Feature-Length Screenplay http://brynmawrfilm.org:443/class/2454/the-foundation-of-the-feature-length-screenplay?id=2454&keyword=the-foundation-of-the-feature-length-screenplay Bryn Mawr Film Institute, Bryn Mawr, PA
  • Thursday, October 25
    6:30pm 2018-10-25 18:30:00 2018-10-25 22:00:00 America/New_York The Foundation of the Feature-Length Screenplay http://brynmawrfilm.org:443/class/2454/the-foundation-of-the-feature-length-screenplay?id=2454&keyword=the-foundation-of-the-feature-length-screenplay Bryn Mawr Film Institute, Bryn Mawr, PA
  • Thursday, November 1
    6:30pm 2018-11-01 18:30:00 2018-11-01 22:00:00 America/New_York The Foundation of the Feature-Length Screenplay http://brynmawrfilm.org:443/class/2454/the-foundation-of-the-feature-length-screenplay?id=2454&keyword=the-foundation-of-the-feature-length-screenplay Bryn Mawr Film Institute, Bryn Mawr, PA
  • Thursday, November 8
    6:30pm 2018-11-08 18:30:00 2018-11-08 22:00:00 America/New_York The Foundation of the Feature-Length Screenplay http://brynmawrfilm.org:443/class/2454/the-foundation-of-the-feature-length-screenplay?id=2454&keyword=the-foundation-of-the-feature-length-screenplay Bryn Mawr Film Institute, Bryn Mawr, PA
  • Thursday, November 15
    6:30pm 2018-11-15 18:30:00 2018-11-15 22:00:00 America/New_York The Foundation of the Feature-Length Screenplay http://brynmawrfilm.org:443/class/2454/the-foundation-of-the-feature-length-screenplay?id=2454&keyword=the-foundation-of-the-feature-length-screenplay Bryn Mawr Film Institute, Bryn Mawr, PA