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Scary Cow Presents Screenwriting with Frederick Ritzenberg
Scary Cow HQ | Global Exchange
San Francisco, CA
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Scary Cow Presents Screenwriting with Frederick Ritzenberg
This class is taught over two evenings, Monday, September 8th and 15th. One ticket gains access to both classes.

Fred will cover the basic elements of screenwriting, story development, and how to implement the three act structure in your screenplay. 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.
- 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
- Showing vs. telling
- What is really good dialogue?!

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

- Know how your story ends (or don't)
- How to resolve character issues
- Happy Endings

Frederick A. Ritzenberg has been in the film business for the last thirty years, writing and producing motion pictures. Most recently, Fred produced ZAYTOUN, with Gareth Unwin, the producer of THE KING'S SPEECH. Directed by Eran Riklis and shot in Israel, the film stars Stephen Dorff. Fred also produced and directed (with David Leivick) 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.

Fred headed the screenwriting department at Berkeley Digital Film Institute and also teaches at SCU. He 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.

$45 Scary Cow Members (discount code is in your Scary Cow email account)
$65 Non Members


Scary Cow HQ | Global Exchange (View)
2017 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
United States

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Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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