Writing a Successful Screenplay - Smithsonian Associates

Sunday, December 13 @ 9AM 

You’ve got a brilliant idea for a terrific film. Your next move is to master the steps in turning it into a reality on the screen. Spend a valuable weekend with

, a screenwriting professor at Yale University, as he analyzes the key ingredients of a successful script.

Over two days, gain the practical foundation to develop your own cinematic narrative (regardless of genre) and learn how to create delineated, multidimensional, and memorable characters to tell that story. Lapadula covers the necessary screenwriting components of a professional script: plot construction, character development, creating cinematic dialogue, conflict, dramatic pacing, foreshadowing, the element of surprise, text and subtext, plot points, and visual storytelling.

What level of dedication does it take and what’s in store for you if you commit yourself tp creating a professional-level screenplay?

Learn to devise a logical narrative; the importance of tone for sustaining suspense or achieving comedy; how plot points create an exciting storyline; outlining the full narrative in advance; and what you need to know about the resolution that ends your story.

What makes characters truly memorable, compelling, and a lure for professional actors to desire to bring them to life? How can you delineate your characters from one another and create unique, captivating individuals on screen?

Dig into a close analysis of a wide range of powerful, clever, and iconic scenes from classic films. Clips include

How your screenplay appears on the page is of paramount importance in having it taken seriously by agents, producers, directors, and actors. Learn the rules of professional screenplay formatting and the logic behind them.

provided Alfred Hitchcock with the foundation for one of Hollywood’s most iconic thrillers and how the film’s groundbreaking narrative structure revolutionized modern cinema.

Your script is polished and ready to go. What happens next? Get an overview of the current marketplace in Hollywood and how to maneuver its obstacles as a screenwriter.

, a senior lecturer in film studies at Yale, previously taught screenwriting, playwriting, and film analysis courses at Johns Hopkins, the University of Pennsylvania, and the Graduate Film School at Columbia University.