“Here’s my story… I left in the personal parts because they’re true.
“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 and television writing. 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!
FALL 2015, SPRING & SUMMER 2016 WRITING FOR FILM ONLINE 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 3-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 Program is over:
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.
WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING:
“Act One is more than an educational program — it is a vital resource, both creatively and spiritually, for the new vanguard of Christian film professionals.”
-Bill Marsilii, Writer, Deja Vu, The Wind in the Willows
“Act One is a program that combines values with solid knowledge and experience in the film industry. The leaders are brilliant, and the students are terrific. I’ve been impressed with this program since it’s beginning – and continue to be. It has vision, imagination, and knows what needs to be learned and how to teach it.”
-Dr. Linda Seger, Script Consultant, Author of Making a Good Script Great and Spiritual Steps on the Road to Success
“Writers who are successful write. Act One will give you the training, the motivation, and the support to jump-start your writing career.”
-David McFadzean, Executive Producer, Home Improvement, What Women Want
“Act One develops top notch writers – it’s just that simple. There’s no other program like it.”
-Jeff Holder, Act One Faculty, Network and Studio Executive, ABC, Sony, Hanna-Barbera
“Mentoring Act One students is my way of encouraging and empowering the next generation of screenwriters.”
-Monica Macer, Act One Faculty, Writer, Lost (ABC), Prison Break (Fox)
“Act One is an invaluable experience, a wonderful synthesis of the spiritual and the practical.”
-Chris Easterly, Act One Graduate, 2008 Warner Brothers Workshop Winner, Staff Writer, Unnatural History (CN)
“The breadth of the industry that we are exposed to during the program has more than equipped me with an advanced understanding of the business. The wisdom that the instructors imparted to us would have taken years for us to learn on our own. I feel that the program served to spare me from making costly mistakes in the future.”
-Ben Lobato, Staff Writer, The Unit
“One of the most fulfilling months of my life…both spiritually and artistically… It doesn’t make writing easier. It makes it harder…and better…and thank God for that.”
-Kevin Chesley, Act One graduate, Writer, The Hard Times of RJ Berge (MTV)
Act One not only made me a better writer, it also gave me the connections to start my career in Hollywood… and a community of support to keep me here.
– Robert Kirbyson, Writer-Director, Ctrl (NBC), Snowmen
“Act One seeks to form writers reflective of what might be called a ‘Judeo-Christian professionalism’– writers who combine the highest professional standards with the highest moral values.”
–Cardinal John Patrick Foley
Q: How do I contact Act One?
A: Act One can be reached at 2690 N. Beachwood Dr., Hollywood, CA 90068. You can best reach us via email or schedule a phone call with us to go into more details about our various programs and services.
Q: When is the deadline for the Writing Program applications?
Q: What is the application fee?
A: $0 (Early Deadline) and $50 (Regular Deadline)
Q: How soon will I hear back from you?
A: We accept applications on a rolling basis. Once your application is received, we will notify you of your status within 30 days. The sooner you apply, the sooner you’ll hear back on whether you’ve been accepted and the sooner you can begin to prepare for the program.
Q: What kind of applicants are you looking for?
A: We’re looking for talented writers who love film and TV and are serious about their Christian faith.
Q: What can I expect to accomplish in the Spring Online/Summer Online Writing Program?
A: The Writing Program is a series of intensive lectures and workshops focused on the craft of screenwriting, coupled with rigorous writing exercises and individualized weekly feedback on your work from a Hollywood professional. Curriculum includes classes and assignments on structure, character, dialogue, the spiritual journey of a writer, screenings, Q&A sessions with filmmakers, and much more!
Q: How much writing experience do Act One students typically have?
A: Our students range from beginners with no experience to working screenwriters. According to the surveys we conduct at the completion of each program, students of all experience levels find the program challenging and valuable.
Q: How old are most Act One students?
A: Act One students are typically between 22 and 45.
Q: What is the schedule of the Spring and Summer Writing Programs?
A: 3-Day Intensive Workshop (late February for Spring and June 11-13, 2015 for Summer), followed by Online Classes.
Q: What is the structure/schedule of the 3-Day Intensive Workshop?
A: The Intensive Workshops are typically held in late February for Spring and Early June for Summer. It runs anywhere from 9 – 6 pm. During the Workshop, students will attend class, with a few hours of quiet time for worship and reflection scheduled intermittently. Due to the intense schedule, students should completely clear their schedules from all other obligations for the week of the week.
Q: What is the structure/schedule for the rest of the Spring and Summer Programs?
A: After the Intensive Workshop, students move on to the Online Classes. During the week, you will meet with your Writing Group which consists of 3-5 students and a Master Teacher. These meetings are typically held via Skype.
Q: Does Act One provide financial aid or scholarships?
A: Act One does NOT offer traditional financial aid. However, we do allow our students to spread out the cost of the program over several months, and for those who have a genuine need, partial scholarships are available. (“Genuine need” implies that participation in the program is contingent upon financial aid.) Please see Tuition & Financial Aid for more information.
Q: When is tuition due?
A: A deposit is required upon acceptance into the program to hold your spot. Dates are listed at the top of the page.
- 3-Day Intensive Workshop: TBD
- 10-Week Online Course: TBD
- SESSION LAUNCH DEPENDS UPON 10+ ENROLLED STUDENTS
- 3-Day Intensive Workshop: Late February 2015
- 10-Week Online Course: March – May 2015
- 3-Day Intensive Workshop: June 11 – 13, 2015
- 10-Week Online Courses: June 15 – August 17, 2015
TUITION & DEADLINES:
$2,800.00 (PAY-IN FULL by June 1, 2015)
$1,500.00 Deposit Due Upon Acceptance
APPS DUE May 15, 2015 to get the special discounted rate.
For those not able to pay the full amounts upfront, we offer the following payment plans — please note that tuition does go up:
4-Month Payment Plan
12-Month Payment Plan
*$1,500.00 Deposit Due Upon Acceptance for ALL payment plans.