Creative Writing Level 1
Instructor: Ted Dougherty Tuesday: 5-7PM PST COURSE TITLE: Creative Writing for Seasonal Attractions and Experiences -Halloween A step-by-step course on creating the foundation for seasonal attractions through the power of words. Theme parks and large-scale production companies require detailed analyses that define and articulate creative visions. With most theme parks around the globe hosting Halloween events, the emphasis of this course will delve into the dark shadows of storytelling within the themed entertainment industry. Using analytical thought and creative writing, students will gain the tools necessary to help scare and thrill brave theme park goers. Pack your wooden stakes, silver bullets, and get ready to write! Objective: The students will obtain a fundamentally sound understanding of how large-scale Halloween theme park attractions are written in the form of treatments, scripts, and synopses. Through the course, enrollees will learn Halloween theme park attraction writing/presentation basics in drafting portions of a standard attraction (maze/haunted house), theatrically driven escape experience and free roaming horror experience, all focused on maintaining theme park expectations in terms of quality, presentation and professionalism. The course is an academic presentation geared solely toward large scale theme park Halloween events and attractions. Enrollees should have an interest in the theme park profession and seasonal special events. Outline: • Week One: Unleash the Beast: Creating an Attraction Synopsis • Week Two: The Art of the Scare: Attraction Treatment Introduction • Week Three: The Nuts and Jolts of Halloween Theme Park Attractions: Treatment and Development • Week Four: The Camera Eye: Working with Intellectual Properties • Week Five: All Encompassing Fear: Theatrically Driven Escape Experiences Introduction • Week Six: Nowhere to Hide: Free Roaming Horror Experiences Introduction All students will have until one week before course start to cancel their registration and receive a full refund. Cancellations requested within one week of class started will not be refunded.
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