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What We Did This Summer: Students Showcase Their Work in Immersive Summer Programs

Hampshire Summer Program students concluded their studies with a day of presentations modeled after Division III showcases

What We Did This Summer: Students Showcase Their Work in Immersive Summer Programs

Screenwriting for Film and Video

June 4-29, 2018

This is a four-week immersion in the screenwriting process. The program will analyze different scripting techniques in traditional, experimental, and non-fiction film and video. With special attention given to development and format, the projects created in class will be an exploration of the author’s passion, voice, and vision.

Students will be introduced to the stages of story development for non-fiction and fiction film production. In workshop style, the class will serve as practice audience for readings of drafts, treatments, and pitch presentations that will culminate in a completed first act and step outline for the intended final script for short (8-12 min) documentary/non-fiction, experimental, or narrative script. Students will also explore the power of story and storytelling, develop ideas for fiction and non-fiction projects, and focus on the social impact (who cares? why care?) of the piece.

The program will include day trips to iconic film archives in the region such as Harvard Film Archives in Boston, The Anthology Film Archives in New York City, and the Museum of the Moving Image in New York City. Students will gain knowledge about the stages of development, formatting, and distribution process, and will acquire screenwriting skills that will prepare them for future film production projects. The final stage of the program will be dedicated to marketing and distribution, including research, the writing of query letters, writing competitions, and film market and festivals.

To learn more about the program, check out the 2018 program syllabus draft. Please note that dates and trips are subject to change.

The class structure and the writer's room mentality helped me develop and explore as an artist. These opportunities were invaluable and getting to leave with a substantial amount written is great.

2017 Screenwriting Participant

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