Summer 3-Week Screenwriting & Filmmaking Intensive

Film Making

TheFilmSchool’s Summer Intensive –a journey of self-discovery taught by current industry leaders. This program is designed to help you unleash your unique storytelling voice and give you the tools to take your script from page to screen. A tour de force in screenwriting and directing.

To be successful in the digital age, writers and filmmakers must not only write exceptional stories but also understand how to get their story from script to screen.You will experience a deeper connection to the creative part of you as this fast paced diversified program immerses you in character development, story structure, “on your feet” directing and acting, comedy improvisational writing, and the business of the business. At the end of 3 intense weeks, you will emerge with a practical understanding of screenwriting, filmmaking, what is necessary to get your story from script to screen and a network of professionals at your fingertips.


ON YOUR FEET: Diana Dotter, Producer & Executive Director. In this module, students will write a 3 page scene. Each script will be “put on its feet” with fellow class members directing and acting. This will give you a sense of how your writing translates to the actors, director and ultimately the audience.

STORY STRUCTURE: Brian McDonald, Author & Story Consultant Disney & Pixar. In this module, students will learn the foundational and advanced elements of story structure which are essential in building a professional screenplay.

WRITING WORKSHOP – SCRIPT DEVELOPMENT: Emily Zulauf, Pixar Development & Script Supervisor “Inside Out”. In this module, students will take a pragmatic look at their scripts from a development executive’s perspective and learn the skills to make their screenplays powerful and commercially viable.

CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT: In this module, students will learn how to create complex, memorable and engaging characters by diving deeply into their internal conflict and finding what is redeemable about them.

VISUAL STORYTELLING –Designing Your Story From The Inside Out : Chris Oatley – Former Disney Character Designer and Visual Development Artist, Director Of The Oatley Academy Of Visual Storytelling. In this module you will learn how to maximize dramatic effect in your script, orchestrate the audience’s emotions, develop characters and design your shots, sets and costumes.

DIGITAL FILMMAKING: Storyboarding, Shot List Composition & Production Design Joseph Assi, Cinematographer.
In this module, students will learn practical hands on filmmaking techniques. Students will be guided through storyboarding creating shot lists and work in production teams to write, shoot, edit and score a 3 page script using IPhones.

PITCHING FOR TV Stacey Adams, Past Current CBS Executive & Diana Dotter, Producer and Executive Director TheFilmSchool Seattle. In this module, students will learn how to handle themselves in the pitch room. Students will work in teams to craft a pitch and mock pitch sessions will be held to refine students pitching technique and skills.

COMEDY WRITING: Stan Wells, Improv Coach to A list actors & Founder of Empty Stage Theater, Los Angeles. In this module, students will learn how to look at their writing through the lens of comedy.

Monday – Friday 9:15 am – 7:30 pm
Saturday 11:00 – 4:00 pm


TheFilmSchool attracts students from all over the world with its exceptional experience, Seattle’s thriving creative culture, and booming indie film community. We are elevating the art of storytelling by training a new generation of screenwriters and filmmakers, and many of our graduates have gone on to success–starting film companies, making movies, winning awards and have signed with industry agents. Our intensive courses cultivate individual voices and original stories while teaching excellence in dramatic writing. There is no other school like it in the world.

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