Course curriculum

    1. Welcome to Film Writing

    2. Introducing the first exercise

    3. Exercise: Exploring the reasons you connect to characters

    4. A look at storytelling for the screen

    5. A story is...

    6. Introducing "Tango Goes for Chips" assignment

    7. Assignment: Your "Tango Goes for Chips" story

    8. Quiz: What is a story?

    1. Reviewing your "Tango Goes for Chips" story

    2. How and why to read scripts

    3. Reading Assignment: Read the first 10 pages of "Bergman Manor"

    4. More about heroes

    5. More about goals

    6. More about obstacles

    7. Quiz: Heroes, goals and obstacles

    8. Making us care

    9. Introducing the "hero-goal" exercise

    10. Exercise: Brainstorming five original hero-goal pairs

    1. The Hero Questions

    2. Exercise: Answering the Hero Questions for Clem

    3. Exercise: Answering the Hero Questions for an original character

    4. Dr. Showers' Eight Character Traits

    5. Exercise: Finding Dr. Showers' Eight Character Traits for your original character

    6. Character defining moments

    7. Exercise: Discovering your character's defining moments

    1. Brainstorming, part 1: Introduction to the creative discipline of brainstorming

    2. Brainstorming, part 2: Unleashing your inner mad scientist

    3. Exercise: Brainstorming from a prompt

    4. Brainstorming, part 3: Unleashing your inner critic

    5. Exercise: Selecting your best ideas

    6. Brainstorming, part 4: Lego time

    7. Exercise: Playing with your Legos

    8. Writing log lines

    9. Exercise: Write a log line

    10. Brainstorming mad ideas

    11. Exercise: Brainstorming mad ideas

    12. Assignment: Write a "hero changes" story

    1. Introduction to movie structure

    2. Short Film: "The Raft"

    3. Tools for structuring movies

    4. The structure of the short "The Raft"

    5. How to structure a feature-length film

    6. Exercise: Locating the first 5 of the Eight Essential Story Points for Bergman Manor

    1. Understanding the story you're looking for, part 1

    2. Short Film: "Black Hole"

    3. Short Film: "Spin"

    4. Short Film: "Table 7"

    5. Short Film: "Father And Daughter"

    6. Understanding the story you're looking for, part 2

    7. Exercise: Brainstorm an idea for your short movie

    8. Panning for gold

    9. Exercise: Pan for gold

    10. Bulking up your hero

    11. Exercise: Bulk up your hero

    12. Building your obstacle

    13. Exercise: Build up your obstacle

    14. Making it personal

    15. Who else is in the room?

    16. Find your ending

    17. Find your beginning

    18. Your movie in three sentences

    19. Assignment: Telling your story in three sentences

About this course

  • $484.00
  • 128 lessons
  • 13.5 hours of video content

Course materials

Downloadable electronic copies of Bergman Manor and The Detective's Secretary are included in the price of the course and will be provided to students after enrollment. Paperback copies may be purchased from Amazon or any other major retailer. The Hollywood Standard is not included in the price of the course and must be purchased separately.

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Pricing options

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