FilmSkills: Screenwriting


Every great movie is made from a great script. It doesn’t matter how big the budget gets, how authentic the actors perform, or how magnificent the visual effects appear, unless the screenplay is engaging, dynamic, and believable. FilmSkills: Screenwriting teaches you the step-by-step process of writing a script from top Hollywood writers. From the very beginning stages of developing a marketable idea, creating dynamic characters, understanding story structure, and finally learning how to market your script, you will learn the tools you need to write a professional Hollywood screenplay.

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1515222942
  • ISBN-13: 978-1515222941


If more people followed the recipe Jason has tested, perfected and laid out here in beautiful detail, we could look forward to seeing the next generation of cinema artists’ dreams and visions expressively realized.

Jarrod DeSantis


FilmSkills: Screenwriting is jam packed with hundreds of screenwriting tips and techniques the take you step-by-step through the production process. The perfect companion as you write your script, expert Hollywood writers and share inside tips and tricks to producing a script Hollywood will want to read.

  • How to develop a marketable idea that producers and distributors will want
  • Classic story structure 
  • How to build your story into the 3-act structure
  • How to build a strong A-story and subplots that keep the tension and drive the story
  • How to write strong conflict
  • Write a strong protagonist and antagonist
  • Develop compelling supporting characters
  • How to create back story, subtext, intent for rich, deep characters
  • Tips for writing killer dialogue for real, believable characters that will leap off the screen
  • Story pacing techniques using powerful devices to raise the stakes and increase the drama
  • How to structure outlines and treatments to make the first draft painless
  • A complete guide to script formats and how to avoid common formatting mistakes
  • Tips for effective rewrites, from tackling plot problems and character development
  • How to market your script to producers and agents