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Beginning Feature Film Writing

At a Glance

  • Instructor-led or On Demand course from Screenwriters University designed to teach screenwriters the conventions and structure of the feature film
  • Understand the functions of each act in a feature film
  • Develop screenwriting skills using targeted creative assignments

Whether you are a writer looking to understand the fundamentals of writing for film or a television writer looking to expand your skillset, Feature Film Workshop 101 has invaluable information to offer you. Using detailed analyses of successful scripts, you will discover how film writers maximize the impact of your work using compelling characters and scenes. The writing critiques in this workshop are tailored to develop specific skills needed to succeed as a feature film writer. You will also gain access to a wealth of creative writing prompts.

This workshop is offered in two formats. The budget-friendly On Demand option (which is for sale here) gives you the option to work on the same great workshop materials as the Online option, only without instructor feedback. You'll immediately receive our comprehensive course in PDF format, which provides instructions and exercises on specific skills you will need to succeed as a feature film writer. You can purchase the On Demand option here. To get the Online option with instructor feedback and online discussions with other students, please click here.

In this online writing course you will learn:

  • How to introduce and develop your protagonist and antagonist
  • How to plan a story using an outline and notecards
  • How to write memorable characters and surprising stories
  • How to choose the proper setting for your script
  • How to recognize and avoid weak and cliché plots

Session One: Why You Really Need an Outline and Why Act 1 Is the Most Important Act

  • What the function of an outline is
  • How an outline makes writing easier and better
  • What elements should be in an outline
  • The Surprise Factor
  • Why Act 1 is the most important act

Session Two: The Full Monty: The 3-Act Outline

  • The detailed elements of the 3-Act Outline
  • Using notecards to enhance the outline
  • Introducing the protagonist and presenting the plot

Session Three: The Usual Suspects: Introducing Character in Act 1

  • Understanding major, minor, and peripheral characters
  • Introducing character in active scenes
  • Making memorable characters
  • Character conflicts

Session Four: And Then What Happened: Introducing Conflict in Act 1

  • Matching plot conflicts with character conflicts
  • How plot conflict dictates other plot elements
  • Creating stakes and suspense
  • Using misdirection to heighten impact

Session Five: Location, Location, Location: Using Setting to Heighten Act 1

  • How changing setting changes tone, pace, and suspense
  • How to choose more interesting and appropriate settings
  • How to use setting as a misdirection in information-loaded scenes

Session Six: Plotpourri: You Have a Lot More Plot Choices than You Think

  • Identifying weak plot choices
  • Understanding genre templates
  • How to finesse standard plot conflicts into more original conflicts

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Return Policy

Your satisfaction is our top priority. If you are not satisfied with your purchase, please return the item(s) for an exchange or refund within 30 days from the purchase date, unless otherwise noted on the product page.

Ship the item(s) to The Writers Store via a traceable and insured method. You will be responsible for return shipping fees.

Please include a completed Return Form with your shipment. Refunds take up to one week to process once we have received the item(s).

Software returns must be deactivated and uninstalled from your computer before a refund may be issued. Please contact the software manufacturer if you need assistance uninstalling or deactivating your software.

The following items are not returnable: Hollywood Creative Directories, DVDs (opened), and Gift Certificates.

$129.99