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Screenwriting with Frederick Ritzenberg!
Stage Werx Theatre
San Francisco, CA
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Screenwriting with Frederick Ritzenberg!
Screenwriting with Frederick Ritzenberg!

If you are writing...and writing...and finally want to shape your script into official, film-shooting format, this is the class for you!  Frederick Ritzenberg will cover the basic elements of screenwriting and how to follow the standard, three act structure in your story. There will also be a workshop portion of the class to allow you to express your concerns about anything in regards to your script!

Structure and Story:
- Know your story and its history!
- What is your PLOT?
- Standard Three Act Structure
- Dramatic premise

Scene Breakdown:
- What are the elements of drama?
- How does each scene advance the story?
- How does the scene advance the character's development?

Character Development:
- What makes a good protagonist?
- Dramatic Need
- Motivation
- Character Arcs  
- What are you trying to say about your characters?
- Who ARE your characters?
- The importance of writing character bios

- Stated vs. exposition
- Implied vs. subtext
- What body language can say
- What facial reactions can say
- What is REALLY good dialogue?!

- WHAT the hell IS conflict, anyway?
- WHERE the hell IS the conflict, anyway?
- How does conflict move the story forward?
- The importance of a worthy antagonist

- Know how your story endsor don't!
- How to resolve character issues
- Happy Endings

Frederick A. Ritzenberg has been in the film business for the last twenty-five years, writing and producing motion pictures.  He produced and directed the critically acclaimed feature film, GOSPEL, which Variety called "technically and artistically, the greatest concert film since Martin Scorsese's THE LAST WALTZ.

He has also written screenplays for some of Hollywood's top name producers: BROTHER ZACK for Joe Roth, Chairman of Revolution Studios. WOODY for Ted Field, Chairman of Radar Pictures, OFFICER BUDDY for Scott Kroopf , President of  Intermedia Entertainment, THE LIMIT for Daniel Melnick, President of Indiprod Company at Columbia Pictures, TAKE IT TO THE LIMIT for Dick Clark Entertainment, and PENNIES A DAY for Nash Entertainment.   Most recently he adapted THE CURE, for Mystic Films.

Ritzenberg has also been an instructor at the Academy of Art College, teaching hundreds of undergraduates the craft of screenwriting. He created the screenwriting course curriculum for the Motion Picture/Video Department.  He is on the faculty at the Berkeley Digital Film Institute and holds a BA and an MFA in filmmaking from The San Francisco Art Institute.  He is a member of the Writer's Guild of America, West.

Stage Werx Theatre, 533 Sutter St.
Monday, June 21st & Monday, June 28th!

$40 Scary Cow Members (discount code is in your Scary Cow email account)
$65 Non Members



Stage Werx Theatre
533 Sutter
San Francisco, CA 94109
United States

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Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: No
Wheelchair Accessible: No


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