Our Programs


CORE CURRICULUM

Script Development Lab I – Story Development

Designed for the aspiring writer and filmmaker.  Students work on the initial draft of their script and are guided through the core component of story development including: story structure, character development, and dialogue.

Script Development Lab II – 3 Act Structure, Theme & Clone Characters

In this class, we will focus on 3 Act Structure, Theme and utilizing Clone Characters.  Students will learn how to construct acts that build upon each other and lead the story seamlessly forward. Over the course of the class students will get hands on experience writing a 1st, 2nd and 3rd Act and understand how Clone Characters can be utilized to support the theme.

Script Development Lab III – Polishing the Script for Screen & TV

Prerequisite:  Story Development or Instructor Approval

Designed for the advanced screenwriter and filmmaker. Working with direct mentorship from faculty, students fine-tune their scripts to make them production ready.  Visual storytelling techniques will be introduced. Students will receive script notes, shoot parts of their script to ensure the story is being conveyed clearly and poignantly and camera as a character will be introduced.

Film Production Lab I – Pre-Production

Prerequisite:  Script Development Lab II or Instructor Approval of Script

In this course students learn and apply all aspects of pre-production.  This is a practical course where student take their polished-shoot ready script and execute the pre-production steps of budgeting, scheduling, casting, crew, scouting and securing locations, SAG contracts and funding.

Film Production Lab II – Production

Prerequisite:  Film Production Lab I

Scripts that have gone through the Film Production Lab I will be eligible for
consideration and selection for this course.  Students will shoot, edit, score and execute all aspects of post-production on their script. TFS will act as co-producer on projects selected from the Film Production Lab I and will utilize its resources to provide professional production support.

 

3-WEEK SCREENWRITING & FILMMAKING BOOTCAMP

TheFilmSchool’s Summer Intensive is a journey of self-discovery taught by current industry leaders. This program is designed to help you unleash your unique storytelling voice and give you the tools to take your script from page to screen. A tour de force in screenwriting and directing.

To be successful in the digital age, writers and filmmakers must not only write exceptional stories but also understand how to get their story from script to screen. You will experience a deeper connection to the creative part of you as this fast paced diversified program immerses you in character development, story structure, directing and acting, producing comedy improvisational writing. At the end of 3 intense weeks, you will emerge with a practical understanding of screenwriting, filmmaking, what is necessary to get your story from script to screen and a network of professionals at your fingertips.

 

TEEN SCRIPT WRITING AND DIRECTING CAMP

This summer camp is for teens 13 – 17, who want to learn how write, shoot & edit a short film. In this hands-on camp, taught by professional filmmakers, students will be paired in groups of two to three and will work collaboratively to produce a short film.

Students will write a three to five page script which they will then shoot, edit and score. The class is focused on how to shoot a film using a mobile phone so that students can keep creating films after the camp is over. No need for expensive equipment! Films will be presented the last day of class. Parents are welcome to attend the screening.

 

ELECTIVES

Advanced Screenwriting Workshop with Brian McDonald

In this class, we will focus on 3 Act Structure, Theme and utilizing Clone Characters. Students will learn how to construct acts that build upon each other and lead the story seamlessly forward. Over the course of the class students will get hands on experience writing a 1st, 2nd and 3rd Act and understand how Clone Characters can be utilized to support the theme.

Comedy Writing Workshop

Comedy is a critical element in every screenplay. It allows writers to tackle deep and complex issues by sprinkling in a bit of levity. Creatively placed comedy allows the audience to absorb deep subject matter without becoming overwhelmed. Comedy keeps an audience engaged.

Acting & Directing with Tom Skerrit

TFS Founder & Emmy Award Winning Actor Tom Skerritt will teach an advanced acting & directing workshop for a limited number of students.

On Camera Scene Study Class with Tom Skerritt

Students are expected to prepare a 3 page scene that will be provided by the instructor. Scenes will be rehearsed in class, performed for instructor and peers and videotaped for in-class review and feedback.

Advanced Filmmaking Technique with Joseph Assi

In this weekend workshop Joseph Assi will teach you how to make a powerful film using the technology in your back pocket …your iPhone. No longer are filmmakers beholden to expensive equipment and lengthly production schedules. Utilizing current technology now allows filmmakers to tell their story and share it with the world with virtually little to no budgets.

 

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Speaker Series

A free public program that brings in top writers, directors and producers to share their work and engage in conversation sharing their wisdom and insider tips on how to get your work made and sold.

First Tuesdays

Professional Development workshops held on the first Tuesday of every month at Roy Street Coffee on Capital Hill. Each month focuses on a screenwriting or filmmaking element and is conducted by industry professionals that have had success as a creative.

Mission Driven Storytelling

A partnership between TFS Alumni and Seattle Non-Profits