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We often hear about how formulaic Hollywood movies are, but this formula seems to work - audiences continue to flock to these movies and enjoy them.  So what is this elusive formula? In this module, we’re going to walk you through the Hollywood formula and how you can use it to structure your story.


  • 21:49 video that walks you through the Hollywood formula for writing movies
  • Comprehensive resource guide
For Instructors:
  • Script Writing Course Curriculum Guide
  • Exercise - Plots and Subplots
  • Quiz and answer key to test your students' proficiency
  • PowerPoint presentation you can use to help support your classroom lecture


  • The A-plot and how it is structured
  • How to create subplots and interweave them into the story
  • The various types of subplots
  • How to create highs and lows to increase the dramatic tension in your story
  • How to create set ups and payoffs
  • How to setup the story so the audience asks the right questions
"Very straightforward and easy to follow. I also really appreciate the combination of technical and aesthetics, which is how I base my class. I would find this to be a very good reference to provide to students."
   - William Donaruma,
      University of Notre Dame