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Screenwriting  Fundamentals

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Do you have an idea for a screenplay and are ready to take the next step? This one-day class will help guide you to getting your ideas onto the page. Whether you’re writing a comedy or a drama, hands-on tools will focus on learning industry standard screenplay formatting, honing in and dramatizing ideas, creating compelling characters and dialogue, understanding the three-act structure, visual storytelling, and more. We will discuss sections of published screenplays and films, as you will learn the inside secrets about what movie executives demand in a winning screenplay.

WEDNESDAY | SUSAN KOUGUELL
JUNE 5 | 6:30–9:30 PM
CEUs .3
$125
Pratt Manhattan Center

What Film Executives Really Look For In a Script That Sells

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This one-day workshop will demystify how the film industry really works by navigating this seemingly daunting maze with hands-on advice that is geared to empower you. Learn what movie executives demand in a winning screenplay and gain firsthand insight into what story analysts look for when reading a script and specifics as to what will prompt them to reject or consider a project for production. We will cover key elements of screenwriting, including analysis of structure, plot, characters, dialogue and genre through the eyes of a film executive. Learn how to grab a reader’s attention and avoid the common pitfalls most screenwriters encounter. Whether you are working on your first screenplay or you’ve got several under your belt, this workshop will help you hone your craft as you gain a better understanding of the business of screenwriting.

WEDNESDAY | SUSAN KOUGUELL
June 12 | 6:30–9:30 PM
CEUs .3
$125
Pratt Manhattan Center

Marketing Your Screenplay

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This workshop will focus on demystifying the script submission process, along with hands-on tips on how to target appropriate companies for your project with specific advice on how best and to whom you should submit your work. Topics will also cover advice on writing loglines, synopses and one-sheets, and presenting your pitch. This workshop is geared for screenwriters working in all genres, and for Hollywood and/or independent projects.

WEDNESDAY | SUSAN KOUGUELL
JUNE 19 | 6:30–9:30 PM
CEUs .3
$125
Pratt Manhattan Center


ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR

Susan Kouguell, Pratt SCPS credit instructor and award-winning screenwriter and filmmaker, teaches screenwriting at SUNY College at Purchase. She has been a featured speaker for many universities and organizations, including Harvard, NYU, Emerson, Boston University, the Independent Feature Project, NY Women in Film & TV, Writers Guild of America and Directors Guild of America. A regular contributor for Script Magazine, Susan covers international film festivals and profiles filmmakers. She is the author of The Savvy Screenwriter: How to Sell Your Screenplay (and Yourself) Without Selling Out and Savvy Characters Sell Screenplays!: A comprehensive guide to crafting winning characters with film analyses and screenwriting exercises. As chairperson of Su-City Pictures East, LLC, a motion picture consulting company founded in 1990, Kouguell works with over 1,000 writers, filmmakers, executives and studios worldwide. Her short films are in the Museum of Modern Art’s permanent collection and archives, and were included in the Whitney Museum’s Biennial. Kouguell worked as a story analyst and story editor for many studios, (Paramount, Viacom, Punch Productions (Dustin Hoffman) and as an acquisitions consultant for Warner Bros., and Republic Pictures. She wrote voice-over narrations on several films for Miramax, and over a dozen feature assignments for independent companies.