Classes & Workshops

Writing the Feature…How Would Billy Wilder Do It?

Instructor(s): Johannes Bockwoldt
Location: WAB – 740 University Ave.
Beginner Beginner Beginner

The goal of this class is a better understanding of dramatic and screenplay structure and the completion of a first act of a feature screenplay. The work of the American director Billy Wilder will be used as a model for sound classic story structure. Wilder immigrated to the US from Berlin in the 1930s and who had a long and productive career spanning six decades, excelled at comedy and drama alike, and his scripts are enduring examples of the craft of storytelling. He co-wrote and directed eternal cinema classics such as Double Indemnity, Sunset Boulevard, Some Like It Hot, and The Apartment. In this class we will analyze and discuss the scripts for these four films to help students with writing the first act of a feature screenplay.