Thursdays, 6 - 8 pm
Starts in February, dates TBD
$94 (6 classes)
Estes Park High School Room 307
Every great film starts with the same foundation: a great story. This course will explore the fundamental elements of storytelling, and set out the building blocks for a great screenplay. Focusing on character, plot structure and world-building, the class will study examples from completed films, along with studying the screenplays themselves. By the end of the course, participants will not only have a grasp of storytelling, but will have completed their own short screenplay. The last class will act as a group workshop for these scripts. Beginning and experienced writers are equally welcome – we will restructure our workshop based on each writers’ needs.
BEN LARNED is an award-winning filmmaker and author who holds a BFA in Film & Television from NYU. His short stories have been published in several magazines, such as 9Tales to be Told in the Dark, Danse Macabre and Blood Moon Rising. He recently completed his debut feature film, Chaos Theory, which is available online. Ben is represented by the Jennifer Lyons Literary Agency.
Writing has haunted and exhilarated me since my childhood. I have always been fascinated by it, and have found a way to turn that fascination into creation. Over the course of my life, I have completed seven screenplays, two television pilots, four novels and dozens of short stories. All of these I still count as works in progress, because I am still learning. I want to create an environment in which we can help each other learn, and share our love of storytelling while also creating our own.
Participants need their own laptops, iPads or iPhones. If there is no access to these, hand-writing assignments is a possibility. All participants need access to email for class communications and handouts. R-rated films will be screened as a part of class. Participants under 18 will require parental consent.