Sundays, April 28-June 30 (9 weeks, skip May 26) 7-9:30 pm
$365 members/$395 others Berkeley
Testimonials for Terrel
Click HERE if you’d like to read a recent review of an early draft of a screenplay written by Terrel, Rule #1, which is currently on its way to becoming a movie starring Reese Witherspoon.
“Let’s spend three weeks on each of the acts of a well-structured, emotionally fulfilling screenplay,” says instructor Terrel Seltzer. “We’ll read scripts, watch movies, and write scenes to develop a practical understanding of the specific ‘chores’ and challenges of each act: Act One (Inspiration) asks a question. Act Three (Philosophy) answers it. The dreaded Act Two (Craft) is all about character development and rising conflict and tension, so that the reader urgently cares how the Act One question is answered in Act Three. It pretty much separates the good from the … not so good.”
The class is designed for people working on scripts who want to workshop their scenes, but “workshopping scenes is not a requirement,” says Terrel. “We also have a great time just talking scripts and movies.”
Terrel Seltzer is a self-taught screenwriter. She learned the craft by watching and outlining literally hundreds of movies. Her career started in the Bay Area, working with SF director Wayne Wang, for whom she wrote the screenplays for the independent films Chan is Missing and Dim Sum. Her two produced Hollywood screenplays are How I Got into College (with Lara Flynn Boyle and Anthony Edwards) and One Fine Day (with Michelle Pfeiffer and George Cloony). Currently, she has two scripts in development: Magick written for director Robert Zemeckis at Dreamworks, and Foolproof, a spec script recently optioned by Warner Brother Classics.