Instructor: ROBERT TUTAK: Online via ZOOM and MFA private serverWorkshop Date: TBD Meeting time: Instructor will accommodate with best time for both parties living in different time zones.Class meets two (2) days: (4) hours per day: 14:00 - 18:00 PLUS two (2) optional film screenings: 12:00 - 14:00 each day REQUIRED: viewing of three films before the class session. The films are screened online before the class sessions free of charge. They are also available online (additional fee applies) for home viewning. SYLLABUS1. Hollywood Paradigm (three-act story structure)• ACT I (Set-up): first 10 min., Inciting Incident, Plot Point I• ACT II (Confrontation): Pitch Point I & II, Midpoint, Plot Point II• ACT III (Resolution): Crisis, Climax, Obligatory Scene, slow curtain2. action-driven vs. character-driven story3. scene structure4. text analysis• types of conflict• text & subtext• beats• dramatic arc• shift of power5. character development and analysis6. conscious goal vs unconscious desire7. characterization vs. deep character8. character flaw9. back-story, character flaw, and story plot causal correlation10. given circumstances & character's emotional charge11. functions of dialogue12. script formatting13. writing exercises 14. script formatting


  • ROBERT TUTAK, MFA director, Professor of Film at the City University of New York.

  • You may cancel your registration and receive full refund up to 7 days prior to the commencement of the workshop. If you cancel less than 7 days prior to the workshop, the fee becomes non-refundable. No-shows are non-refundable.

    MFA-Dubai workshops are subject to sufficient enrollment. Minimum six (6) students are required for the workshop to take place. MFA reserves the right to cancel or reschedule a workshop up to 7 days prior to its commencement due to insufficient enrollment. In case of cancellation by MFA, all payments are refundable in full. In case of rescheduling, participants have an option to either request a full refund or shift the registration to the new date under the original terms.

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