Art & Business (of Feature Film Screenwriting)

This unique, professional workshop is designed for writer and filmmakers with a passion for visual storytelling. It provides you with a very unique opportunity to gain first hand screenwriting/ story editing experience under Yolanda’s unique guidance.

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What’s on offer

The workshop is fast, intensive and absorbing. Our key goal is to give students the tools, the mindset and the support they need to work in the real world. By the end of the workshop, students will have evolved professionally, worked with an industry professional, have professional screenwriting experience and a first draft of a feature film screenplay.

Led by feature film writer/director Yolanda Torres, this 10 week workshop is designed for learning all the aspects of feature film screenwriting, from developing the idea to the first draft of a feature screenplay.

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About the instructor?

A graduate of UCLA (University of California Los Angeles) and AFI (American Film Institute), Yolanda’s career began as Production Assistant on Oliver Stone’s The Doors, and her experience prior to writing and directing features (including most recently The Forsaken- Sitges International Film Festival 2015), includes Assistant Directing for Oscar-award-winning director José Luis Garcí and at Roger Corman’s studio. Her Development experience includes Development/ Story Editing/ Script Doctor at DeLuca (Beverly Hills), José María Lara PC and Koldo Anasagasti’s Trauko PC. She has also produced 8 indie feature films.

What will you get out of it?

The Workshop will consist of lectures, demonstrations and software training, in a practical workshop, which meets on Saturdays, so students may develop their writing during the week, in preparation for each session. You will develop a first draft of a feature film screenplay in this time.

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What will you be doing?

ACT I (weeks 1-3)- Concept to Synopsis to Outline

  • Introduction to feature film screenwriting
  • The quest for, evaluation of and development of ideas (premise)
  • Synopsis / Character development/ The three act structure /The outline
  • Box office, financial considerations

ACT II (weeks 4-6)- Outline to Treatment

  • Polishing the outline
  • Further character development
  • The treatment
  • Dialogue basics
  • Pitching / The Script’s journey

ACT III (weeks 7-10)- Treatment to First Draft

  • Developing the treatment
  • Rhythm and structure
  • The first draft
  • The re-write
  • Agent quest / Professional guilds, Associations
“I applied to one of afilm’s workshop programs hoping I might get a general idea about the art and business of screenwriting. Two months later, I had more than just a general overview. I gained a detailed knowledge regarding the process of screenwriting, a knowledge that has helped me since then in improving my writing career. However, what’s more interesting and personal about my experience in afilm is the fact that it wasn’t just about learning the technical terms of screenwriting; it was way more than that. I left afilm with something that I have been quite missing my entire life, the passion to write.”Tamara Maatouk (Lebanon), Art and Business of Feature Film Screenwriting Workshop