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Grabbing the Reader in the First Ten Pages

"The most comprehensive and thoughtful analysis yet for professional screenwriting.”
—Diane Cairns, VP Production: Universal Pictures; Senior VP, ICM

The opening of your screenplay is your most powerful weapon for acquiring an agent or securing a deal. Hollywood executives seldom read past page 10 if they’re not immediately involved in your story. 

Using examples from award winning, blockbuster screenplays, as well as from writers wanting to launch their careers, this DVD shows you how to create opening scenes that:

  • Draw readers into the world you’ve created.
  • Set the tone of your screenplay.
  • Establish empathy with your hero.
  • Lay the groundwork for character growth and theme.
  • Compel readers to turn the page.


Part of the Screenwriting Expo DVD Series, this 2-hour masters course is an exceptional value. Don't miss this opportunity to learn from the finest faculty teaching screenwriting today.

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Meet the Author: Michael Hauge

MICHAEL HAUGE has been one of Hollywood’s top script consultants, story experts and authors for more than 30 years. He coaches screenwriters, novelists, filmmakers, speakers, and marketers, helping transform their stories and their audiences using the principles and methods of Hollywood’s most successful movies. Michael has consulted on films starring Will Smith, Tom Cruise, Reese Witherspoon, Julia Roberts and Morgan Freeman, and has presented lectures and workshops to more than 70,000 participants worldwide. According to Will Smith, “No one is better than Michael Hauge at finding what is most authentic in every moment of a story.” 

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