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 2018-2019

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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