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TV, Film & Digital Production

The production program is about empowering content creators with the knowledge of what it takes to be successful in the TV and Film industries. The classes in this program focus on screenwriting, film production, and editing and distribution. To reflect the true collaborative nature of film, this program is open to people at completely different levels of writing, improv, or acting experience.

Comedy Film Production

Comedy Film Production

  • Levels 1-2
  • 3 Hours, 8 Weeks

Comedy Film Production 1

Comedy Film Production 1 for anyone who wants to learn the nuts and bolts of comedy film production in a collaborative setting—actors, improvisers, writers, creative polymaths. It’s also for those who want to learn how to elevate the production value of their work and support their great ideas with great technical skills. It gives a holistic view of the filmmaking process and helps you ensure your next short or web series looks as professional as possible.

You will learn about the basics of lighting, sound, and how to use a camera—think guerilla-style filmmaking (which is different and far less dangerous than gorilla-style). Learn how to make a film as an ensemble as you write and shoot short films together.

Comedy Film Production 1 meets once a week for three hours over an eight week term.

Comedy Film Production 2

Comedy Film Production 2 gives a deeper dive into all the moving parts of a film production and gives you confidence to write, shoot and produce your own material.

You will develop more skills and explore the nuances of film production (pre- through post-), including lighting, sound, script revisions, and camerawork. You will film an original short, walking through the entire process from pre- to post-production.

You’ll need to bring an idea for a comedy short that you’re ready to write, rewrite, and put into production.

Comedy Film Production 2 meets once a week for three hours over an eight week term.

These workshops may not be offered every term. If you would like to be informed when a class becomes available, please click here.

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Writing for TV & Film

Writing for TV & Film

  • Intro & Comedy Writing
  • 3 Hours, 8 Weeks

Intro to Writing for TV & Film

Intro to Writing for TV & Film is for anyone who wants to learn the crucial basics of writing for film and television or anyone with a great idea of a movie who needs help putting it into (properly formatted) words. It gives you a strong foundation for TV and film writing, demystifies the language and process of writing, and gives you the tools to begin turning your great idea into the next Citizen Kane/Troop Beverly Hills (same thing).

You’ll learn about the language of film/TV writing, the importance of deadlines, the unique qualities of a cinematic story versus a sketch, lots of screenplay formatting, how and what to pitch, and the scale of your ideas.

You’ll watch films and TV shows with a critical ear for dialogue and structure, read scripts, learn how to pitch, pitch those great ideas, and create outlines or treatments for that million-dollar sitcom or film idea. Oh, and table reads!

Intro to Writing for TV & Film meets once a week for three hours over an eight week term.

Comedy Writing for TV & Film

Comedy Writing for TV & Film is for people passionate about turning their great ideas into awesome scripts people will be clamoring to produce. The idea-to-script-to-production-to-winning-an-Emmy/Oscar process is long and complicated, and this demystifies that crucial first step of taking an idea, getting it off the ground and turning it into a dynamic, exciting pitch.

You will build on all the fundamentals you learned in Intro to Writing for TV & Film and go deeper into the specifics and nuances of each of those building blocks.

You will examine more films and TV shows to uncover their script secrets, refine your pitching process, write and rewrite, participate in more table reads, hone and refine the skills you gathered in the first level.

Comedy Writing for TV & Film meets once a week for three hours over an eight week term.

These workshops may not be offered every term. If you would like to be informed when a class becomes available, please click here.

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Intro to Writing for TV & Film

Intro To Writing for Late Night TV and Talk Shows

This three-hour workshop with Emmy-nominated writer, guest instructor, and Second City alum Holly Wortell will teach students the basics of writing for shows like Fallon, Conan, Kimmel, Seth Meyers, Colbert, Ellen and more. Pitch monologue jokes, develop desk bits, brainstorm, explore and heighten material in this collaborative Writer’s Room environment….

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Film Production

Directing for Film

This Directing for Film class is an introduction on how to access your creative vision to realize written and improvised materials. Good for beginners or if you have experience directing stage or short films but want a more formalized approach to directing film. We focus on film directing terms, how…

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Editing Comedy

Editing Comedy is for aspiring or working editors and filmmakers who want to learn how to edit comedy well. Editing comedy well is a sought after skill not only for commercials and television but for web series as well. We all know editing can make or break a story; it…

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Producing for Film

Producing for Film is a crash course on how to get your project made. You will come to class with a written short, sketch, web series or feature that you want to make. The objective is to take your project from the page to the screen. You will learn how…

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Screenwriting

Screenwriting 1

Screenwriting 1 is for serious screenwriters looking for help turning a jumble of ideas into a sharp script that will turn heads. The screenplay can be an unwieldy beast without proper understanding of structure, pace, tone and character arcs. This class helps you tame the beast.

You will learn the specifics…

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Screenwriting 2

Screenwriting 2 is for the next Diablo Cody/Geoffrey S. Fletcher/Dustin Lance Black/Callie Khouri/Ruth Prawer Jhabvala (these are all Oscar-winning screenwriters so you should probs Google them). Good screenwriting takes time and practice. Rome wasn’t built in a day neither was Ruth Prawer Jhabvla’s Oscar-winning script for Howard’s End.

You’ll explore more…

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Developing Your Movie Idea: A Crash Course

Developing Your Movie Idea is a two-day story workshop that will demystify the process of developing a movie idea into a feature-length screen narrative. You will be taken through a lively, step-by-step story development process in real-time, then watch the magic happen as the process is applied to your own…

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Writing the Comedy Screenplay with Scott Dikkers

A spec-comedy screenplay is a great calling card for any screenwriter—and it’s indispensable for a comedy writer. In this course we’ll tee you up to achieve this goal. Students will learn the tools professional comedy writers use to create funny screenplays and how to use those tools to get started…

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Web Series

Creating the Comedy Web Series

Create comedy web series from script to screen in this 16-week writing and video production course.

For the first eight weeks, students will work in a writer’s room to write 4-5 episodes of a collaborative web series. Students will pitch ideas, give and receive notes, create a show bible and story…

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Writing Humor Pieces for the Web

Learn the craft of writing long-form humor pieces for sites like McSweeney’s, Shouts & Murmurs, and the Second City Network. Whether you’re looking to get your work published online or just want to push yourself as a comedy writer, this class will help you find and polish your comedic voice….

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Writing for Television

The Sitcom Writers Room

The Sitcom Writers Room is for improvisers who want to get a feel of what it’s like to work in a professional writers room. It is good for anybody who is considering moving to Los Angeles to pursue a career in writing. This class provides life experience working in an…

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Writing the Sitcom Pilot

Writing the Sitcom Pilot is for serious writers who want to develop an original sitcom pilot script. It is also for people who feel they have a great premise for a sitcom but don’t have a lot of writing experience. Selling a pilot for development to a studio is a…

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Writing the Sitcom Spec Script

Writing the Sitcom Spec Script is for serious writers who want to get into writing television sitcoms as their career. It is valuable for those planning to move to Los Angeles to become a working television writer and those looking to have a professional writing sample packet. A spec script…

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