Intro to Screenwriting w/ Justin Nijm (Sun 3/14 – Sun 4/18)

Justin Nijm Headshot

Class Details

Class Runs: Sunday afternoons, 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM MT
Class Dates: Sun 3/14 - Sun 4/18 (6 classes total)
Location: Online Class via Zoom
Instructor(s): Justin Nijm
Price: $250/person

Special Notes:
  • This is an online event! All online classes are currently held on Zoom, and all online shows are currently on Twitch.
  • Students will receive an email with class details and links 12-24 hours before the class. If you do not see this email, please check your spam folder as well!

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Intro to Screenwriting w/ Justin Nijm (Sun 3/14 – Sun 4/18)

This course will focus on writing techniques for short films and feature length movies. You will be able to apply lessons learned in the course to television and other forms of writing as well. We will study multiples genres including drama, horror, and comedy and analyze scenes from well known scripts and movies in order to better comprehend story structure and craft. During this 6 week course, we will also deep dive into building your characters, learn the basics behind a 3-act structure, understand the importance of the inciting incident, think critically about themes and motifs, explore techniques for writing good dialogue, learn proper script formatting, and discuss helpful practices to enrich your own personal writing ritual. Students will share and critique each other’s work through Zoom, and learn best practices for giving and receiving constructive feedback. You will also hear first hand advice on working in the industry as a screenwriter for both independent film and Hollywood cinema. By the end of the program, you will have completed a short screenplay, and be prepared to turn it into a real film in the next course!

Justin Nijm Headshot Justin Nijm is an Arab American filmmaker based in Los Angeles and part of the directing duo Jack & Justin. He is known for his dark, offbeat comedy and captivating visual style. They recently directed two seasons of IFC’s horror comedy STAN AGAINST EVIL, created by Dana Gould and starring John C. McGinley and Janet Varney. They directed two episodes of the YouTube Red show “FOURSOME” created by S&M, and History Channel’s Emmy award nominated series THE CROSSROADS OF HISTORY. He has written and directed for Funny Or Die, Comedy Central, Adult Swim, and Viacom and their work has been featured on Comedy Central’s @Midnight, Good Morning America and ESPN as well as in numerous public showcases including the Oddball Comedy Festival 2014 and LA’s monthly comedy event, The Super Serious Show. Their internet short “DENNIS QUAID’S ON SET FREAK OUT” won a Webby Award for best comedy short and was featured on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Jack & Justin are currently writing their second feature based off their short film “The Hug,” soon to be a major motion picture. He is represented by Artists First.