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Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.

Flexible deadlines

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Approx. 28 hours to complete

Suggested: 1-2 hours of study, 30+ hours of project work...

English

Subtitles: English, Arabic, Persian

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
6 hours to complete

Develop your TV series concept

In Module 1 you will: 1. create a brief outline of your pilot episode, 2. revise your outline following peer review, 3. create a bible for the series: that is, you will develop your original idea for a series into a document that defines the concept, the major characters and brief descriptions of the episodes for season one....
4 videos (Total 7 min), 3 quizzes
4 videos
Creating an idea for your Series1m
Define your characters1m
The story arc a full season2m
Week
2
6 hours to complete

Write Act One of your pilot episode

In Module 2 you will complete the 1st act of your episode (or the 1st installment of your Web Series) You will: 1. create a brief outline of your pilot episode. 2. revise your episode outline following peer review, 3. create a detailed outline of your first act, 4. revise your Act One outline following peer review, 5. write your first act in screenplay format, 6. revise your Act One script after peer review. ...
7 videos (Total 16 min), 3 quizzes
7 videos
Your episode - the Pilot!1m
The Three act half-hour TV episode1m
Story Structure2m
Scene Structure1m
Screenplay format and film grammar2m
Becoming familiar with the Software (Celtx)5m
Week
3
4 hours to complete

Write Act Two

In this module you will complete the second act of your episode (or the 2nd installment of your Web Series). You will: 1. write a detailed outline of the second act, 2. revise your outline following peer review, 3. write the second act in screenplay format, 4. revise your second act following peer review....
3 videos (Total 5 min), 2 quizzes
3 videos
Write Act Two1m
Giving your characters a voice2m
Week
4
4 hours to complete

Act Three

In module 4 you will complete the 3rd act of your episode (or the third installment of your Web Series). You will: 1. write a detailed outline of Act Three, 2. revise your outline following peer review, 3. Write Act Three in screenplay format, 4. Revise your act following peer review ...
2 videos (Total 4 min), 2 quizzes
2 videos
Write Act Three1m
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By AAJun 14th 2016

David Wheeler is awesome, and I love this course! I am so glad that Coursera and Michigan State University have partnered to offer this course to those of us who have a thirst for learning! Thank you!

By JFSep 28th 2016

Fantastic course, loved the way it walked you step by step through the process and the formatting. This course could have been ten weeks and still wouldn't be enough. Awesome hands on learning.

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David Wheeler

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About Michigan State University

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