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Unlocking the Structure of the Feature Film

Introductory | In this four-week intensive, we will break down feature films beat by beat, unpacking exactly how a story functions. From daily life to inciting incident to dark night of the soul and beyond, you’ll learn exactly which paths Hollywood-style movies follow. By splitting the 120-page screenplay into six manageable sequences, students will walk away from this course with the kind of deep structural understanding screenwriters must master before diving into their first feature script.

Due to COVID-19, all classes will take place online-either through Zoom or through Wet Ink, our asynchronous learning platform-through Spring quarter 2021.

All times are listed in Pacific Time.

Instructor: Russ Nickel

Class Type: 4 Sessions

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Start Date: 03/10/2021

End Date: 03/31/2021

Days of the Week: Wednesday

Time: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm PST

Minimum Class Size: 15

Maximum Class Size: 30

$274.50 Member Price:
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$305.00 General Price:

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Russ Nickel

Russ Nickel works as a screenwriter in Los Angeles. His first feature film, Bear with Us, is available on Amazon Prime and DVD, and his series, “Stellar People” is slated to be released sometime soon. His short film “The Speed of Time” launched on DUST: Horizons and was featured in Variety. He’s also the head writer for both Arrowhead Studios’ upcoming video game and the ed-tech startup Tappity. Additionally, he teaches screenwriting at Chapman University and Belmont University. When he’s not writing, Russ is probably playing an escape room or some Magic the Gathering. Or drinking coffee. Mmm…coffee. For more, check out @russnickel on Twitter or

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