The College of Liberal Arts is providing the opportunity for Liberal Arts Undergraduates to do work and research in a screenwriter’s roundtable program this semester. Students who successfully complete the workshop will receive a $500 scholarship at the end of the semester.
This free semester-long program teaches students to conduct research and write scripts based on individual, political or social stories in the UT and Austin community. Scripts will be researched, written and edited by all students in the group with the help of a facilitator and mentor. At the end of the workshop, students will present and pitch their ideas to an external audience to collect feedback about their scripts and their potential for funding. It is hoped that any films created from the scripts will be of high enough quality to submit to various film festivals.
The program will be facilitated and directed by Evan Roberts, an Austin documentary filmmaker, screenwriter and mentor. Evan brings extensive experience to this area of work and has taught students at various levels the practice of screenwriting.
Participants will receive hands-on experience in
- Qualitative research
- Pitching topics and stories
- Interviewing subjects and organizations
- Individual and group screenwriting
- Critiquing and re-working scripts
Participants will also be provided with access to equipment, training, basic supplies, and direct support from professional filmmakers.
Two students will also be selected to film and document the screenwriting process of the workshop participants. These student filmmakers will be required to produce short documentaries that focus on the screenwriters, their interview subjects and the process of adapting life stories into short film scripts. They will also take part in the weekly workshop meetings and learn the process of researching and writing scripts, but their focus will be on filming the writing process and not the scripts themselves.
The program is limited to students who are enrolled as undergraduate majors in the College of Liberal Arts. Seats are very limited, only eight students will be accepted into the program. The application deadline is September 12th at 5pm, but given limited seat availability, we encourage potential workshop participants to submit their materials as soon as possible.
Workshop members must commit to attend weekly meetings Wednesdays from 5-7:30pm from September 24th – December 10th, 2014.
For questions contact:
Mystie Pineda, Radio TV Film Specialist IV
Evan Roberts, College of Liberal Arts Screenwriting Workshop Director firstname.lastname@example.org
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