For those of you who missed our Welcome Back Trivia Night last Friday, the applications for our Writing Workshop have been released and are due by 11:59pm on Friday October 11th. 10 students are accepted into the program which involves five Sunday night workshops (2 hours long each) plus a table read of each writer’s completed 7-15 page screenplay. Five of the scripts from our Writing Workshop will be produced during our Directing Workshop during the second semester.
To apply email your application to firstname.lastname@example.org. The application must include four parts:
1. Cover Letter: why you want to be in the workshop, plus your Sunday availability
2. Writing Resume: any writing experience at all, does not need to be extensive
3. Writing Sample: anything except poetry, no more than five pages
4. Three Short Film Ideas in Logline Format: keep the ideas relatively simple as short films do not have the space to accommodate extensive plots and subplots
How do you write loglines you ask? Simple! A logline is a one-sentence summary of your script idea which presents the beginning, middle, and end of the story and uses one character and active verbs.
A bad logline doesn’t set the central conflict or give important features of the story. For example, a bad logline for “The Graduate” would read as follows:
“A college graduate, home for the summer, has an affair with the wife of his father’s business partner, then falls in love with her daughter.” This sentence describes the plot but fails to give the setting, a description of the main character, or relevant conflicts/character desires.
A good logline sets the characters and the important conflicts, and gives a sense of the theme of the film. For example, a good logline for “Rushmore” would read as follows: “A precocious private high school student whose life reviles around his school competes with its most famous and successful alumnus for the affection of a first grade teacher.”
Good luck to all of our applicants, and if you have any questions feel free to email us!