Feature Development Lab

Jul 21 to Aug 25 — Sundays, 10:00am-1:00pm (PT)

Instructor: David Kessler

Feature Development Lab is our foundational feature writing class—the one upon which all of our feature writing classes are built. You will go from concept to outline over 5 weeks by applying Script Anatomy’s tools. Suitable for new and experienced writers both.

Each week, you will learn a new writing tool, and then receive a corresponding assignment in which you apply it to your own project. You will also give and receive weekly feedback, from your instructor and your peers, providing you with an honest evaluation of your material in a dynamic and supportive environment.

If you’re new to Script Anatomy, and serious about your feature, this is the place to start. But expect to work hard, this is an intensive course. What you’ll learn here will sustain you throughout your career.

Instructor David Kessler has written Minamata (a film starring Johnny Depp, produced by Johnny Depp’s company, currently on HULU, and picked up by MGM for distribution), Dreamers, and his latest, Adidas V Puma, is currently out to actors. He will share his experience in breaking into the business, navigating pitfalls, and selling your work.

Classes cover: Brainstorming Your Concept / Logline / “Elevator Pitch” / Creating Compelling Characters / Stakes and Conflict / Dynamic Relationships / Analyzing Three Act Structure / Outline / Theme / Transformational Arc / Set-pieces / Cinematic Imagery

Testimonial: “David was extremely prompt during the notes process and was able to adjust his feedback to make sure his advice served the writer’s vision and not just a paint by numbers idea of what a script should look like. The time spent exploring each project’s theme and core ideas resulted in one of the strongest groups of scripts I’ve ever seen come out of a single class. You should definitely check out David if you need a supportive space to finally get that idea out of the purgatory of your brain and onto paper.— Dillon Magrann-Wells

When: Jul 21 / Jul 28 / Aug 4 / Aug 11 / Aug 25

*OFF Aug 18 for Outlines


Where: Online

Cost: $810

9 writers max

Click here for our full refund policy. All sales are final. No refunds. A transfer request 45+ days before the 1st day of class will be honored (class must be selected within five business days of transfer request).

PHOTO / VIDEO DISCLAIMER: Script Anatomy reserves the exclusive right to use any photograph/video/audio taken at any Script Anatomy class, without requiring the permission of those included within the photograph/video. Script Anatomy may use the photograph/video/audio for educational, commercial, marketing or publicity purposes without limitation, and in perpetuity.

INSTRUCTOR DISCLAIMER: Since all of Script Anatomy’s instructors are working writers, opportunities sometimes arise in their careers that prohibit them from teaching. Change of instructor doesn’t qualify you, the student, a refund unless that refund falls under our normal refund rules. By paying and signing up for this class you are acknowledging and agreeing that the original instructor of this class may change before the class begins.

Please note that classes are for individuals aged 18 and older.


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