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Virtual Radio-Television-Film Workshops

Tell your cinematic stories!

Fall 2021 Screenwriting Programs - Registration is now open!
Check out our fall and spring offerings, and sign up for our mailing list to learn about discounts and information on future Radio-Television-Film media programs and events.

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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TV Writing: Pilot I

Do you have a TV pilot you've been wanting to write in a creative, supportive environment? This is the perfect screenwriting workshop to launch you towards your goal. Over 10 weeks, participants will focus on the development of an original series pilot - starting with a logline, drafting pitch materials, working on character development and arcs, crafting a series bible, and mapping an outline - the key to your pilot! In virtual workshop sessions, participants will receive feedback from their instructor and cohort, as well as discuss reading assignments and pre-recorded lectures.
Take as a standalone course or follow with TV Writing Pilot II.

Meeting times: 2/15/22-4/19/22, Tu: 7 pm–10 pm CT.

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Feature Screenwriting I

Do you have a great idea for a feature film? Many have great ideas; only few craft them into screenplays. In this 10-week 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 II.

Meeting times: 2/15/22-4/19/22, Tu: 7 pm–10 pm CT.

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TV Writing: Pilot II

You've got your series bible and your pilot outline, now what? Over 10 weeks, participants will write the first draft of their pilot as outlined in TV Writing: Pilot 1 Workshop I and begin revisions on their second draft. 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: 6/13/22–8/16/22, Tu: 7 pm–10 pm CT.

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Feature Screenwriting 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 10-week 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 Feature Writing Workshop I.

Meeting times:  6/13/22 - 8/16/22, Tu: 7 pm–10 pm CT.

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Animation

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.

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.

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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.