*THIS CLASS MEETS ONLINE ON THE ZOOM VIDEO PLATFORM*
MONDAY, MAY 4
6:00 – 8:00 pm
Eating the Elephant: From Starting Your First Full-Length Screenplay to What to Do with It (and the Bites in Between)
Instructor: Erik Sternberger
Have you written short-form material and have an idea that you think "could be a movie,” but you are intimidated by the length of screenplays and have no idea where to start? Do you wonder if you should spend the effort writing something you can't afford to film? Are you just starting out and are afraid of asking "a dumb question"? Thinking through a large project gives you plenty of time to doubt yourself and quit, especially if you don't have a plan. In this workshop, we'll talk about how to tackle the task of writing a full-length screenplay and what to do with it when you’re finished. We won't be focusing on the minutia of the contradicting "rules" of screenwriting, but more of how to break down writing your first draft, and then what to do with it when you actually kind of like it around draft 3 or 4. Join instructor Erik Sternberger and bring your ideas to be used as examples and to workshop. Elephants will not be provided.
INSTRUCTOR: Erik Sternberger started his career with DC Comics, then trained at Second City Chicago in Improv and Sketch. He has been a four-time Second Rounder at Austin Film Festival for the last two years and finished in the top 6% of the Nicholl Fellowship in 2019. He also writes satire for McSweeney's Internet Tendency and works locally for Digital Consulting.