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June 14, 2018
Marc Krein, an instructor of mass media at Northwest Missouri State University, now owns a professional certificate in screenwriting after completing the program at the prestigious UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television.
“I’m always looking for a new adventure, and screenwriting has always been a passion,” said Krein, adding he considered entering the program for years before enrolling last year. “I love to write. Grueling program, but industry insightful.”
Krein spent a year generating a screenplay to submit to the school as part of the application process. Only eight students from throughout the world were accepted into the program, and Krein’s cohort included students from Mumbai in India, Borneo in Southeast Asia and Hong Kong as well as Detroit; Orlando, Florida; San Diego and Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Once accepted into the school, Krein began the one-year intensive online program. Weekly assignments included submitting written acts and dissecting his classmates’ work, reading full-length screenplays and participating in online videoconference discussions about the readings. Students also were required to see one film in a theater each week.
Completion of the program requires students to write two full-length screenplays. Krein plans to his submit his screenplays, “Left Downwind” and “Lunar Liquidators,” to contests and agents with the goal of securing a deal with a major studio.
Krein joined the Northwest faculty in 2016 and teaches coursework related to electronic media production, broadcast operations, television directing and digital cinematography.
In addition to teaching at Oklahoma State University, East Carolina University School of Medicine, Kingston Polytechnic University and the Management Development Institute of Singapore, Krein’s professional experience includes electronic video system operations for ESPN, FOX, IMG and Gearhouse, as well as telemedicine and medical media, commercial production with ABC Seattle and corporate media with Microsoft in Redmond, Washington.Krein earned his master’s degree in media management from the Edward R. Murrow School of Journalism at Washington State University and a bachelor’s degree in information and communication technologies at California State University-Chico.
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