Screenwriting Course

ABOUT THIS COURSE

FilmSkills Screenwriting Course
 
 
  • 3-month course
  • 16-lessons
  • 7 hours, 40 minutes of video
  • Projects and Exercises
 
  • Illustrated Companion Guides
  • Downloadable Class Materials
  • Industry-Leading Instructors
  • Certificate of Completion
 

COURSE OBJECTIVE

Write a Screenplay Hollywood Will Want To Produce
 
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. Films with high production values have been known to flop because the scripts couldn’t handle the weight of their own plots, structures or even main characters. Rarely has a bad script been made into a good movie. Writing a script is a craft that takes time to learn and a tremendous amount of discipline, and it also requires understanding story structure, psychology, human dynamics, and pacing.
 
In the FilmSkills Screenwriting Course, you will learn 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 gain all the tools you need to write a professional Hollywood screenplay.
 
You will learn from Emmy and Oscar-winning filmmakers as they reveal the techniques they’ve learned throughout their careers in the comprehensive FilmSkills Screenwriting Course.

THE LESSONS

Each lesson will take you through each step of Screenwriting Course process.

Developing the Idea
Learn how to find and develop a marketable idea, what producers are looking for and which ideas will prevent your project from selling.
Story Structure

 Learn how stories are structured and how you can properly structure your screenplay.

The Three Act Structure

 Learn how to properly write a story using the three act structure.  

A-Story and Subplots

 Learn to properly structure the A-Story and subplots in your script.

Story Pacing

 Learn techniques to help improve the pacing of your story.

The Protagonist

 Learn how to create a strong protagonist, the attributes of the protagonist, and how (s)he changes.

The Antagonist

 Learn to write a strong, multi-dimensional antagonist.

Conflict Types

 Learn the types of conflict, how it is influenced by genre and how it impacts the protagonist.

Supporting Characters

Learn the role of supporting characters and how they can be used to support both the protagonist and antagonist.

Character Archetypes

 Learn the eight character archetypes and how to use them as the foundation for strong supporting characters.

Personality and Backstory

 Learn how to create a real character with personality and backstory

Dialogue and Subtext

 Learn how to write compelling, realistic dialogue in your script.

From Title to Outline

 Learn how to develop your idea into a treatment and outline before writing the first draft.

The First Draft

Learn how to properly format a screenplay.

Rewriting

 Once the first draft is complete, learn how to rewrite a script, from characters to plot to dialogue.  

Marketing the Script

Learn how to pitch and present your script to producers, agents and managers.

THE INSTRUCTORS

FilmSkills features top industry professionals, any of whom are leaders in their field. You will be learning from best.

Chris Huntley

Academy Award-winning creator of “Scriptor," and co-creator of "Dramatica"

Steve Skrovan

Two-time Emmy Award-winning Executive Producer, "Everybody Loves Raymond," and Writer, "Seinfeld"

John Anderson

Los Angeles-based screenwriter

David Freeman

Writer, "Street Smart," and "The Border"

Michael Emanuel

Independent Film Producer, actor in over 200 national television commercials

Jerrol LaBaron

CEO and Creator of Inktip.com

Jeff St. Clair

Cleveland-based Actor "Clone", Commentor WKSU

Brad Sussman

Actor, television personality

Jason J. Tomaric

Emmy-winning director/Cinematographer

Neil Landau

Writer, “Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead,” “Melrose Place,” “The Magnificent Seven,” and MTV’s “Undressed”

Ken Dancynger

Author, “Broadcast Writing,” “Alternative Scriptwriting,” and “The Technique of Film and Video Editing and Writing the Short Film”

Guy Gallo

Writer, “Under the Volcano,” “Tales from the Darkside,” and “American Playhouse”

Xander Bennett

Writer, “The Colour of Fear,” and Author of “Screenwriting Tips... You Hack"

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