This workshop is for the aspiring screenwriter who wants to gain a basic understanding of the screen trade and script form; to develop the subject of a screenplay, including the action and the characters; to discover the dynamic elements needed to successfully tell a fleshed-out cinematic story; and to work from the three-act dramatic structure which has driven many diverse classic and contemporary films. There is no need to begin with anything but a love of movies and an idea for a motion picture. The goal is for participants to end the week with a small stack of note cards representing your individual scenes and acts, actual script pages written and discussed, and the confidence you need to go off and complete the screenplay trapped inside your head. Participants should be prepared to generate work both in and out of class.
Jeff Vintar wrote the Will Smith film I, Robot, which began life as his original screenplay Hard-wired. He has written for 20th Century Fox, Warner Bros., Columbia Pictures, Walt Disney, and New Line Cinema. His current projects include Spaceless, an original screenplay at Universal Studios with Gore Verbinski directing; an adaptation of Philip K. Dick’s classic novel UBIK; and a spooky six-hour mini-series for NatGeo, produced by Ridley Scott, called The Hot Zone.