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Virtual Radio-Television-Film Workshops
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Tell your cinematic stories!

Registration for online workshops is now open. Come learn with us—from anywhere in the world!

Do you have a great idea for a film or TV show? Always dreamed of being a documentary filmmaker? Are you curious about the world of animation? Join us this summer in a virtual playground and embark on a creative journey under the guidance and instruction of our faculty. These advanced graduate students, professors, and media professionals will help you hone filmmaking and screenwriting crafts and master the latest filmmaking technology.

Use what you have available and set up at-home stations to make films and create media for the rest of the summer and beyond. Come learn with us!

Kids can play and learn, too!
Parents: learn more about our virtual media camps for kids.

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Narrative Filmmaking: Finding Opportunities in Constraints

Drawing inspiration from movements like the French New Wave and Dogme 95, this filmmaking workshop aims to encourage novice and emerging filmmakers to view obstacles as hidden opportunities and to find creativity in everyday life. You will select one or more of these everyday elements to serve as a tentpole, as you craft a story into a 3-to-5 minute short fiction or experimental film.

Meets 7/6/21–8/12/21, T/Th: 6:00 pm –7:45 pm CT.

Online Workshop Documentary

Documentary Filmmaking: Telling a Personal Story

To reflect on aspects of life and the human condition, directors sometimes must turn the camera on to themselves and explore their personal experiences. Use your time and energy during this quarantine to locate stories within you. In this online production and post-production intensive, we will cover topics such as creative strategies within archival research, documentary storytelling techniques, editing with multiple media formats, and designing sound. You will then tell your story, by developing a 5-to-10-minute short non-fiction film through blending found archival footage and original material, which you can film with a smartphone or digital camera.
Meets 6/28/21-7/21/21, M/W: 5:00 pm–7:00 pm CT.


TV Writing Bootcamp I

Do you have a TV pilot you've been wanting to write in a creative, supportive environment? This is the perfect writing intensive to launch you towards your goal. Over 4 weeks, students will develop an original pilot - starting with a logline and working on character development, a series bible, and pilot outline. The instructor and other students will offer feedback in virtual class sessions, and pre-recorded lectures will offer pilot-writing fundamentals and script breakdowns.
Take as a standalone course or follow with TV Writing Bootcamp II.
Meeting times: 7/5/21-7/29/21, M/Th: 7:00 pm–900 pm CT.


Feature Screenwriting Bootcamp I

Do you have a great idea for a feature film? Many have great ideas; only few craft them into screenplays. In this workshop, learn screenwriting fundamentals as you develop an original feature film idea. You’ll create a pitch, logline, treatment, outline, and first act. While no previous screenwriting experience is required, please come prepared with ideas for a feature film. Having completed a college-level English course is also recommended.
Take as a standalone course or follow with Feature Writing Bootcamp II.
Meeting times: 7/5/21-7/29/21, M/Th: 7:30 pm–9:30 pm CT.



In this four-week course, students will learn the basics of 2D digital animation and explore a variety of storytelling strategies. Foregrounding storytelling as an immediate art, each week, students will complete a short project demonstrating technical principles and personal point of view. Any level of animation experience is encouraged.

Meeting times: 8/2/21-8/25/21, M/W: 6-8 pm CT.

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TV Writing Bootcamp II

You've got your series bible and your pilot outline, now what? Over four weeks, students will write and revise their pilot scripts. (Must have taken TV Writing Bootcamp I OR have a full developed show bible and pilot outline.) Virtual classes will offer live feedback and discussion, and pre-recorded lectures will continue to offer in-depth information about pilot scripts and the writing process.

Meeting times: 8/2/21-8/27/21, M/Th: 7:00 pm–900 pm CT.


Feature Screenwriting Bootcamp II

Do you have a screenplay that you've been wanting to finish but haven't been able to? Are you stuck on a plot point or a tough scene? In this workshop we will take your unfinished screenplay to completion with weekly feedback sessions and tips on how to get your story back on track. Come prepared with a cursory knowledge of screenplay structure and at least a completed first act of a screenplay—which you have either developed independently or in the four weeks prior to this workshop, in Feature Writing Bootcamp I.

Meeting times: 8/2/21-8/27/21, M/Th: 7:30 pm–9:30 pm CT.