Susan Kouguell

Susan Kouguell

Susan Kouguell, award-winning screenwriter and filmmaker, is the author of Savvy Characters Sell Screenplays! A comprehensive guide to crafting winning characters with film analyses and screenwriting exercises and The Savvy Screenwriter: How to Sell Your Screenplay (and Yourself) Without Selling Out! Recent publications include her monthly screenwriting column in NewEnglandFilm.com, a chapter in NOW WRITE! Screenwriting: Exercises by Today’s Best Screenwriters, Teachers and Consultants. Kouguell teaches screenwriting and film at Tufts University, and presents international seminars. As chairperson of Su-City Pictures East, LLC, a motion picture consulting company founded in 1990, Kouguell works with over 1,000 writers, filmmakers, executives and studios worldwide. Her six short films are in the Museum of Modern Art’s permanent collection and archives, and were included in the Whitney Museum’s Biennial. Kouguell worked with director Louis Malle on his film And the Pursuit of Happiness, was a story analyst and story editor for many studios, wrote voice-over narrations for (Harvey Weinstein) Miramax, and over a dozen feature assignments for independent companies. www.su-city-pictures.com; su-city-pictures.blogspot.com/


Courses this instructor teaches

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Writing the Documentary Film

Over the last few years documentary films have not only crossed over to a wider mainstream market, but the filmmaking techniques themselves have evolved. No longer are filmmakers’ encumbered—literally weighted down by carrying heavy cameras, sound and lighting equipment and relying on credit cards, limited granting opportunities, and rich relatives …


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Advanced Film Rewriting Workshop

At the heart of the revision process, a writer takes time to ‘re-see’ his or her work—to read the screenplay as a producer or director might. Nobody writes the perfect rough draft. The real work comes in when you start working on your screenplay line by line to reduce it down to the essential elements that make it tick and polish it to perfection.


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Writing the Family Feature film

What exactly a “family film” is can be hard to define—they can be humorous or deadly serious. They can be total fantasy or a (sometimes) painful reality. This workshop will guide you through the structural and thematic elements common among the most successful family films of all time.


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Writing the Animated Feature Film

Have you ever had a great idea for an animated movie but had no idea what to do with it? In this course you will learn how to structure and write a three-act film with a specific emphasis on animation. Animation screenwriting, like all other disciplines of writing, has its own rules, rhythms, and form.


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The Fundamentals of Screenwriting

Have an amazing idea for a movie, but don’t know how to begin writing it? Get your screenplay on the track to success with the Fundamentals of Screenwriting online course. This four-week class is the perfect introduction to the fantastic world of writing a script, from the fundamentals of the story down to the revision process. In this course, you will gain the tools to structure your scenes, your acts, and your plots.