Screenwriting for Beginners | 初心者のための脚本執筆



Screenwriting for Beginners


Learn the essentials of screenwriting over five Tuesday evenings.

Who is this class for?

This class is designed for the absolute novice, one who has never written a complete feature script. In addition, it is particularly sensitive to the needs of those for whom English is a second language. Although native speakers are welcome and the class introduces a lot of jargon, it will be taught at general-vocabulary level appropriate for all learners of English.

What will this class teach you?

While university-level film school classes will take you through baby steps as you learn to construct a scene and character, etc., this class aims to compress all that is taught through several years of film school into five easy nights. By the end of the class, you will be more than ready to start writing a full-length (90-to-120-page) feature script. Future classes will go beyond the basics contained within this one to look at such things as TV pilots, ensemble films, and character pieces. While many great films break the rules, this class will teach you the basics you must know before you decide to ignore and/or improve on them.


27 February 2018 - 18:30 – 21:00

6 March 2018 - 18:30 – 21:00

13 March 2018 - 18:30 – 21:00

20 March 2018 - 18:30 – 21:00

27 March 2018 - 18:30 – 21:00

Meet the Instructor

Matthew Allen is an award-winning Australian screenwriter who has written and rewritten scripts for, and optioned scripts to, the producers of such films as The Boondock Saints (Willem Dafoe), The Bucket List (Jack Nicholson, Morgan Freeman), and Grudge Match (Sylvester Stallone, Robert De Niro). In addition, he has worked in both development and production, interning for such power-players as Jon Landau (Titanic, Avatar). Having seen the business from the inside and out, Allen knows what both Hollywood readers (one of which he has been) and screenwriting competitions are looking for. Allen has lived in Japan for years and speaks with an easy-to-understand, American accent.

Class 1: Structure

Storytelling has ancient rules that transcend culture. You are not the first person to ever consider writing a story and this class will teach you the basic and universal formula that is seldom strayed from. These fundamentals, while not to be viewed dogmatically, are perhaps part of our, as humans, genetic makeup—and therefore must be understood before being deviated from.

  • The Hero’s Journey
  • Three-act structure
  • Classical unities
  • Stakes
  • Ticking clock
  • Dramatic irony
  • Set-up and payoff

H/W: Prepare own idea.

Class 2: Character

Famed screenwriting guru, Robert McKee argues that the age-old debate as to which comes first, character or story, is an oxymoron. McKee argues that character is story and this class will show you how to weave your character into the very fabric of your plot. The class will go beyond McKee however, to look at more recent screenwriting theorists who have built on his work.

  • Archetypes
  • Empathetic vs. sympathetic characters
  • Outer goal
  • Inner need
  • Transformational arc
  • Aristotelian dilemmas
  • Three-dimensional characters

H/W: Prepare pitch of own idea.

Class 3: Action Lines

The screenplay differs from the play or the novel, and this class will show you precisely how it does so. The script for the 1979 classic, Alien was once described as “beat poetry” and screenwriting has, since then, developed more and more of its own style and conventions in terms of prose. This class will guide you through how to use the English language beautifully, from the all-important first page to the final “FADE OUT” at the end.

  • Opening image
  • Show, don’t tell
  • Character first appearances
  • Panache
  • Transitions
  • Bookending

H/W: Prepare structure of own idea.

Class 4: Dialogue

Dialogue may merely be the icing on the proverbial cake, but many an audience member lives for its taste. One Japanese film student once remarked to me that he was stunned to learn of the complex layers of meaning in the dialogue in Hollywood fare. This class will show you just what he was talking about.

  • Conflict
  • Exposition
  • Subtext
  • Voice for each character

H/W: Prepare one-page outline of own idea.

Class 5: Formatting

As McKee once said, any Hollywood reader who tosses a script for poor formatting and typos should be fired; after all, as the Shakespeare goes, “The play’s the thing”. Nonetheless, the fact remains that formatting is used by Hollywood’s gatekeepers as a shorthand code for sorting the pro’s from the amateurs. In this class, you will learn that code, one that is as essential to screenwriting as BASIC is to programming.

  • Impressing readers
  • Scene headings
  • Capitalization
  • Parentheticals
  • Acronyms and numbers, etc. within dialogue

H/W: Write first ten pages of own idea (as preparation for advanced class).







大学のフィルムスクールではシーンや登場人物構成のために無意味なステップを踏むことも多いのですが、ここでは、2年のフィルムスクールクラスを5回の授業に凝縮しています。この授業を終了する時には、90120ページの長編脚本執筆に十分なスキルを身に着けていることでしょう。 先へ進む方には、テレビドラマ、グランドホテル方式、キャラクターピースのためのクラスをご用意しております。有名な映画の多くが、いわゆる「映画脚本のルール」から外れています。しかし、まずは執筆の基本をここで学んでいただき、それから次のステップ -ルールを除外する、あるいはそれを越える- という段階に進むことができると考えています。


2月27日 - 18:30 – 21:00

3月6日 - 18:30 – 21:00

3月13日 - 18:30 – 21:00

3月20日 - 18:30 – 21:00

3月27日 - 18:30 – 21:00


マシュー・アレンは、受賞歴を持つオーストラリア人の脚本家です。彼が脚本家として関わった作品をご紹介します:フランシス・ゲーリー・パワーズのU2撃墜事件(リー・メジャー主演)、ウェールズの山(ヒュー・グラント)、TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES N.M.(キーファー・サザーランド)、RESURRECTION(クリストファー・ランバート)、処刑人(ウィレム・デフォー)、SWMMING UPSTREAM(ジェフリー・ラッシュ)、最高の人生の見つけ方(ジャック・ニコルソン、モーガン・フリーマン)、SACRIFICE(キューバ・グッディング・ジュニア、クリスチャン・スレーター)、リベンジ・マッチ(シルベスター・スタローン、ロバート・デ・ニーロ)、CLOWN(ピーター・ストーメア)、イコライザー(デンゼル・ワシントン)。アレンは、UCLAのリチャード・ウォルターや、アカデミー賞受賞の脚本家レナード・シュレーダーなど著名な脚本家から教えを受けています。加えて、ジョン・ランドー(タイタニック、アバター)のような力のある人物のもとでインターンとして仕事をし、プロダクションの経験もあります。このように映画業界の中と外の状況を見てきたため、ハリウッドで脚本を読む人たち(彼もそのうちの一人ですが)や脚本のコンペ(彼自身も受賞経験者です)がどのような脚本を求めているかを熟知しています。日本に長年住んでおり、わかりやすいアメリカ英語を話します。

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English Language Film School Japan