Ramin Serry

BA, University of Illinois. MFA, Columbia University School of the Arts. Screenwriter, director; wrote and directed two feature films, Maryam (2002) and Loveless (2011). Serves on the screenwriting faculty of Columbia University’s School of the Arts and of Hunter College. Awards include: Golden Reel Award for Best Film, The Tiburon International Film Festival; and Emerging Filmmaker Award, St. Louis International Film Festival. SLC, 2011–

Undergraduate Courses 2017-2018

Filmmaking and Moving Image Arts

Writing Moving Pictures

Open , Seminar—Year

This yearlong course, for the beginning to intermediate screenwriter, is a rigorous yet intimate setting in which to explore and immerse oneself in the screenwriting process. Students may work either on short or feature-length screenplays or on an original television pilot or Web series episode. They will read peer work, with the entire process supported by in-class analysis and critiques thereof. Students are expected to contribute heavily to the class discussion. Fundamentals of character, story, universe and setting, dramatic action, tension, conflict, structure, and style will be explored. In conference, in addition to honing their class screenwriting project, students are also welcome to craft a series of short screenplays for production courses or independent production, rewrite a previously written script, adapt original material from another form, and so forth.

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Previous Courses

Screenwriting: Telling the Truth Through Fiction

Open , Seminar—Fall

This course is for the beginning to intermediate screenwriter.  In a supportive, focused, yet intimate, setting students will investigate the nature of screenwriting and its many facets.  No experience is necessary, and those who may have done some screenwriting in the past will return to the basics to start—a very useful process for any screenwriter.  From there, the writers can take their work as far as they wish.  Structured as an intensive workshop, the class members work on either short-form or feature-length screenplays. These can be developed in the class, or come from previously crafted material.  Students will read peer work, with the entire process supported by in-class analysis and critiques thereof.  Overall, we will migrate from an initial idea through research techniques, character development, story generation, outlining, the rough draft, and rewrites to a series of finished, short-form screenplays or a long-form piece.  Fundamentals of character, story, universe and setting, dramatic action, tension, conflict, structure, and style will be explored.  In Conference, students may research and develop other long-form screenplays, teleplays, web series episodes and/or craft a series of additional short screenplays for production courses or independent production.  Students can also rewrite a previously written script, or adapt original material from another creative form.  

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Writing for the Screen

Open , Seminar—Fall

This course for the beginning to intermediate screenwriter is a rigorous, yet intimate, setting in which to explore screenwriting work-in-progress. Structured as a rigorous workshop, we will explore the nature of screenwriting. Students may work on either short-form or feature-length screenplays or on a television or Web series. They will read peer work, with the entire process supported by in-class analysis and critiques thereof. We will migrate from initial idea—through character development, story generation, and rough draft—to a series of finished, short-form screenplays or a feature-length script. Fundamentals of character, story, universe and setting, dramatic action, tension, conflict, structure, and style will be explored. In conference, students may research and develop long-form screenplays or teleplays, craft a series of short screenplays for production courses or independent production, rewrite a previously written script, adapt original material from another form, and so forth.

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Writing and Rewriting for the Screen

Intermediate/Advanced , Seminar—Spring

This course for the intermediate to advanced screenwriter builds on the foundation from the fall or from another course in screenwriting. Through a rigorous workshop, we will delve deeper into the nature of screenwriting, further refining students’ skills and exploring advanced thematic and structural issues. Students may work either on short-form or feature-length screenplays or on a television or Web series. They will read peer work, with the entire process supported by in-class analysis and critiques thereof. We will migrate from initial idea—through character development, story generation, and the rough draft—to a series of finished, short-form screenplays or a feature-length script. Fundamentals of character, story, universe and setting, dramatic action, tension, conflict, structure, and style will be explored. In conference, students may research and develop long-form screenplays or teleplays, craft a series of short screenplays for production courses or independent production, rewrite a previously written script, adapt original material from another form, and the like.

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