COURSES & WORKSHOPS
Foundations of Screenwriting: Story Development
This course shows you how to build your script from the bottom up. We will cover concept development, creating a meaningful theme, building a central character who strikes an emotional chord with the audience, and we will even learn how to develop supporting characters and antagonists. We don’t just stop there, we break down how to write a logline, mind mapping your concept, and even how to conquer writers block.
Foundations of Screenwriting Formatting
Don't let formatting derail your screenplay. Learn how to format your screenplay in the Hollywood Standard. The course walks you through how to properly format your screenplay in the Hollywood standard. We breakdown formatting for the feature film, 30min multi-cam/single-cam television show, documentary, split-screen, scriptments and the 1hr television drama.
The Complete Indie Film Producing Workshop
Award-winning film producer Suzanne Lyons is about to take you from script to screen and beyond in this Mastermind workshop. After producing a number of bigger budget features Suzanne thought producing the SAG ultra-low and modified budget films would be a piece of cake. Boy, was she wrong. Wearing 100 different hats was a challenge and she learned so much. And now she will be sharing all that great info with you. This workshop is unique in that it will literally guide you through the entire process of making your film.
LEARN FROM THE MASTERS
ON-DEMAND SCREENWRITING EDUCATION
LEARN FROM THE MASTERS
Access hundreds of hours of online courses, workshops & seminars taught by some of the film industry's greatest minds. Enjoy movies, documentaries, and series about screenwriting and filmmaking; all in one place.
THE DIALOGUE: LEARN FROM THE MASTERS
The Dialogue: Learning From the Masters is a groundbreaking interview series that goes behind the scenes of the fascinating craft of screenwriting. In these 70-90 minute in-depth discussions (over 37 hours in all), more than two-dozen of today's most successful screenwriters share their work habits, methods, and inspirations, secrets of the trade, business advice, and eye-opening stories from life in the trenches of the film industry.
WGA PRESENTS: THE ART OF SCREENWRITING
These workshops have some of the biggest names in Hollywood. Dialogue and Description with Bruce Joel Rubin, Ed Solomon and Dana Stevens With Bruce Joel Rubin (Stuart Little 2, Deep Impact, Jacob's Ladder, Ghost), Ed Solomon (The In-Laws, Charlie's Angels, Men In Black) & Dana Stevens (For Love of the Game, City of Angels). These masters teach dialogue, character, theme, plot, structure and so much more.
JOE ESZTERHAS - WRITERS ON WRITING
His fifteen films include Basic Instinct, Flashdance, Jagged Edge, Showgirls, Sliver, Jade, Music Box (Oscar® Nominated), Telling Lies in America, Betrayed, F.I.S.T, and An Alan Smithee Film: Burn Hollywood Burn. Joe Eszterhas, the controversial and outspoken writer of box-office juggernauts is interviewed about his career, his creative process and his opinions on Hollywood by critic and film writer Stephen Farber.
MASTERING THE HABITS OF SUCCESSFUL WRITERS
In Mastering the Habits of Highly Successful Screenwriters, bestselling author Karl Iglesias will guide students to identify and develop the key screenwriting habits of A-list screenwriters, like Ron Bass, Akiva Goldsman, Gerald DiPego, Eric Roth, Nicholas Kazan, Ed Solomon, Scott Rosenberg, and more. He'll offer an insider's view at how these pros discipline themselves, create original material, conquer the blank page, eliminate writer's block, network, pitch, and persevere in Hollywood.
CRAFT OF STORY
THE HERO'S TWO JOURNEYS
In more than 4½ hours of lecture, discussion and Q&A, Michael Hauge, author of Writing Screenplays That Selland Selling Your Story in 60 Seconds: The Guaranteed Way to Get Your Screenplay or Novel Read; and Christopher Vogler, story analyst and author of The Writer’s Journey: Mythic Structure For Writers, unite to reveal the essential principles of plot structure, character arc, myth, and transformation.
ESSENTIALS OF SCREENWRITING
UCLA's Richard Walter lectures on screenwriting and storytelling throughout North America and the world. He has written numerous feature assignments for the major studios and has sold material to all of the Big Three television networks. He has also written many informational, educational and corporate films, and is a 30-year member of the Writers Guild of America. Join Walter in this video as he discusses his career and the importance of writing one's own personal story.
ADVANCED STORY TECHNIQUES
If you've learned the three-act structure, you may be ready to try variations on the basics & simply create scripts that are more focused, with more momentum. What are other ways that the three-act structure can be used? How does a writer learn to juggle the difficult elements in non-traditional structures? This program discusses the three-act structure in scenes and scene sequences.
COFFEE BREAK SCREENWRITING
Pilar Alessandra is the director of the screenwriting and TV writing program On the Page, host of the popular On the Page Podcast and author of the top-selling book The Coffee Break Screenwriter. The former Senior Story Analyst for Dreamworks SKG, her students and clients have written for The Walking Dead, Modern Family, Grey’s Anatomy, Lost and Family Guy.
WRITING A KILLER ENDING
This program shows how to create meaning and emotion by unifying a character's goal and need into one succinct action - the Killer Ending. Includes discussions of films Sideways, Million Dollar Baby and Eight Mile. Screenwriter, Script Consultant and Director Jim Mercurio, one of the country's top screenplay consultants who produced the award-winning feature film Hard Scrambled, starring Kurtwood Smith (That 70's Show) and Richard Edson.
BROADING YOUR CHARACTER
Actors, directors, and producers want to see dimensional characters, capable of winning Academy Awards. They want breadth, depth, focus, and direction to their characters, but they also want dimensionality - characters that are original and act-able. This program shows how to deepen characters through layering, creating subtext, how to transform characters & how to use dialogue to further add breadth and depth.
CRAFTING COMPLEX CHARACTERS
You can’t have a great plot without having amazing characters. Strong character development will evoke emotions in your audience whether you’re writing a comedy, drama, or any other genre. To create great characters, you need your audience to connect in some way. If you want to elevate your scripts and stories – AND your screenwriting or filmmaking career-- to the highest possible level, this class is a must.
THEME & PLOT
STORY MAPPING YOUR STORY
Daniel P. Calvisi is a story analyst, speaker, screenwriter, and author of Story Maps: TV Drama and Story Maps: How to Write a GREAT Screenplay. He is a former Story Analyst for major studios like Twentieth Century Fox and Miramax Films. He coaches writers, teaches webinars on writing for film and television with The Writers Store and speaks at writing conferences.
DEEPING THE THEME
The Theme or Central Idea of a script deepens the story and connects the audience with the film by conveying the truth about the human condition. What are the common themes used in successful films? How do you clarify your theme and convey your theme without getting preachy? This program discusses the identity theme and its many variations, including methods of expressing the theme and how to convey the theme through cinematic images and image systems.
TELLING YOUR INTERNAL STORY
Jen Grisanti is an international speaker, author and entertainment career coach, the writing instructor for NBC’s Writers On The Verge, and a former studio executive, including serving as VP of Current Programming at CBS/Paramount.
THE " T " WORD: THEME
As Hollywood uses the term, "story" is only one element of a great screenplay. Writers who have something to say about the world must learn how film and drama convey theme and ideas. This program teaches how to use the tools presented in this program to add emotional and thematic resonance to your work. It shows how the intersection of all dramatic elements combines to create meaning.
THE BUSINESS OF FILMMAKING
The Business of Filmmaking consists of a series of behind the scenes interviews with regional, national and international filmmakers, editors, directors, writers, cinematographers, producers and many others who work in the film industry. Covering all aspects of the filmmaking process, each program is designed to enlighten students and take them through all the steps to Make It in Film.
Mr. Levin, who show-ran NBC’s MAD ABOUT YOU in its final two seasons and penned some of that series’ most memorable episodes, has been a writer-producer for numerous other TV shows, including AMC’s MAD MEN and HBO’s THE LARRY SANDERS Show and DREAM ON. Most recently, he served as an executive producer, writer, and director for the critically acclaimed Starz-LeBron James comedy SURVIVOR’S REMORSE.
AARON SORKIN MASTERCLASS
Aaron Sorkin wrote his first movie on cocktail napkins. Those napkins turned into A Few Good Men, starring Jack Nicholson. Now, the Academy Award-winning writer of The West Wing and The Social Network is teaching screenwriting. In this class, you’ll learn his rules of storytelling, dialogue, character development, and what makes a script actually sell. By the end, you’ll write screenplays that capture your audience’s attention.
SHONDA RHIMES MASTERCLASS
When Shonda Rhimes pitched Grey’s Anatomy she got so nervous she had to start over. Twice. Since then, she has created and produced TV’s biggest hits. In her screenwriting class, Shonda teaches you how to create compelling characters, write a pilot, pitch your idea, and stand out in the writers’ room. You’ll also get original pilot scripts, pitch notes, and series bibles from her shows. Welcome to Shondaland.
NEIL GAIMEN MASTERCLASS
Award-winning author Neil Gaiman has spent more than a quarter of a century crafting vivid, absorbing fiction. Now, the author of Stardust, Coraline, and The Sandman teaches his approach to imaginative storytelling in his online writing class. Learn how to find your unique voice, develop original ideas, and breathe life into your characters. Discover Neil’s philosophy on what drives a story—and open new windows to the stories inside you
DAVID MAMET MASTERCLASS
David Mamet sat in on a poker game full of thieves and left with the inspiration for American Buffalo. Now, the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer of Glengarry Glen Ross takes you through his process for turning life’s strangest moments into dramatic art. In his writing class, he’ll teach you the rules of drama, the nuances of dialogue, and the skills to develop your own voice and create your masterpiece.
HOLLYWOOD DIRECTING MASTERCLASS
Veteran film and television director Gil Bettman teaches you how to enhance the drama in a scene, heighten the action by using different lenses and how to move the camera in your next film and video production. It should serve the story without calling attention to itself. Finally, learn how a master of visual design like Zemeckis customizes his application of these Five Tasks to the unique demands of each scene.
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