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How to Write a Feature Film Screenplay

  • 24 Jul 2019
  • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Studio710 710 13th St #300 San Diego, CA 92101


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So you've got an idea for a screenplay... but do you have a screenplay? Have you ever wondered what makes a successful screenplay before it can be made into a successful film, what separates a spec script from a production script or a shooting script, or how a screenplay differs from other forms of writing? Screenwriter David Raines will lead you through the ins and outs of screenwriting, the elements that comprise a successful screenplay, and how to identify these elements in successful scripts and movies. Beginning with the basics, you will learn how a screenplay is built, with emphasis on character and structure, dialogue and scene-building, genre, theme, goals, and knowing your audience. 

About Our Speaker

David Raines
Kanari Storm Productions

David has been teaching screenwriting in San Diego for several years. He escaped from the foothills of Northern California and, since studying art at San Diego State University, has been performing in Los Angeles and San Diego on stage, screen, and as a voice actor. Some of his favorite stage roles include Elmore Crome in Abundance and Bert Power in Send Me No Flowers. He also has a supporting role in the upcoming feature film, Over Served. When he's not acting, he directs. He played Claudius in his directorial debut, Never to Heaven, a dark thriller short film adapted from Hamlet, which screened at the Shakespeare Shorts: Crossing Borders Film Festival in England. He has been nominated for Best Writing by the 48 Hour Film Project for Mug (2nd runner-up, Best Film 2016), That’s Final (winner, Best Film 2017), and One Plus One Night Stand (runner-up, Best Film, 2019), for which he received a Best Screenplay award.

Meeting Information


710 13th St #300

San Diego, CA 92101
Street parking is available. Metered until 6pm.


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