WRITING PROGRAM

“Every great production starts with the writer. Writers who are interested in the craft of writing should start with Act One!” – Ralph Winter, Act One Faculty, Executive Producer, Wolverine, X-Men, and Fantastic Four

 

The Act One Writing for Film & Television Program offers premium instruction and training in the craft of screenwriting. With an emphasis on artistry, professionalism, meaning, and Christian spirituality, students are supported throughout the writing process by working professionals. Come and learn how to excel at your craft, deepen your faith and connect to an authentic community of Christians pursuing careers in the mainstream entertainment industry!

 


THE SPRING ONLINE WRITING FOR FILM PROGRAM

The Writing for Film Online Program offers premium instruction and training in the craft, all from the convenience of your home. With an emphasis on artistry, professionalism, meaning, and Christian spirituality, students are supported throughout the writing process by a Master Teacher who is a working professional, that will mentor you via Skype and various other forms of electronic communication.

The Program begins with a 5 day intensive workshop, where you will sit with Hollywood screenwriters, producers, and executives and engage in high-level discussions on film, story, faith and contemporary culture. Lectures and workshops will focus on the vision and creativity needed to succeed in today’s Industry. You will leave spiritually challenged and refreshed, ready to dive into Online Courses.

The Online Classes will cover screenwriting basics (plot, character, dialogue and structure) through more advances topics (the Theology of Story, Introducing Your Characters, and Plot Twists). You are sure to come away from the course with confidence, knowledge and the seeds of a feature film outline and/or treatment.

Here is what you can expect to walk away with once the Spring is over:
• Artistry
• Professionalism
• Knowledge
• Confidence

You will also have:
• The foundations of a solid feature film outline or treatment.
• Access to the Act One Alumni  Programs and a vibrant Creative Community.

SPRING SCHEDULE & DATES:

5 Day Intensive Workshop
February 25 – 28, 2014
Act One
2690 N. Beachwood Dr.
Hollywood, CA 90068
Online Classes
10 -Weeks following the Intensive Workshop

 


THE SUMMER WRITING PROGRAM

The Summer Writing Program is a series of intensive lectures, workshops and small group meetings focused on the craft of screenwriting, coupled with rigorous writing exercises and individualized, weekly feedback on your work from a Hollywood professional.
We kick things off with an all-inclusive, 5-day Opening Retreat that is filled with foundational classes on story, the intersection of faith & film, and the spiritual journey of a Christian in the entertainment industry.
For the rest of the Summer Program you’ll have Workshops on Saturdays from 9AM to 5PM that are taught by top Hollywood writers and producers. Curriculum includes classes and assignments on structure, character, dialogue, genre and the spiritual journey of a writer.
Additionally, there are special screenings with filmmaker Q&A sessions, alumni panels and social events, and much more. For those interested in writing for television, an additional TV Track is offered.

SUMMER SCHEDULE & DATES:

5 Day Intensive Workshop
5/27 – 5/31/14
Tuesday – Friday
9am – 5pm
May 27 – 30, 2014
10-Week Saturday Classes
6/7 – 8/16/14
Saturdays
9am – 5pm
June – August, 2014

THE SUMMER ONLINE OPTION

Act One recommends moving to Los Angeles in order to fully take advantage of opportunities to break into the industry. However, if you can’t spend an entire summer in Hollywood, an online version of the Writing Program is available.
On-line students are required to attend the Opening Retreat, where they get to meet face-to-face with our top-notch faculty, their fellow classmates and the greater Act One community. After the Opening Retreat, the Online Program consists of a series of live and recorded lectures, Skype sessions, conference calls and online Q&A sessions with filmmakers.

EARLY APPLICATIONS DUE DATE DECEMBER 31, 2014
$50 FEE WAIVED

REGULAR APPLICATIONS DUE DATE APRIL 15, 2014
$50 FEE

LATE APPLICATIONS DUE DATE APRIL 30, 2014
$75 FEE


THE YEAR ROUND CERTIFICATE PROGRAM

For those interested in studying past the summer, we offer a year round program. It includes the Summer courses and continues on into the Fall of 2014 and the Spring of 2015. Students enrolled in the Year Round Program will be able to select from one of two tracks for the Fall and Spring semesters:
  • Feature Film Track
  • TV Writing Track

ALUMNI PROGRAMS

Once students have successfully completed the Summer Program, they are considered an Alumni, and are eligible to access the additional resources that the Act One Alumni Association provides to support you as you move forward in your career.