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My Story Can Beat Up Your Story! Screenwriting Crash Course: Master Class

At a Glance

  • A deeper exploration of your story through Theme and Character
  • Determine the thematic statement, thematic argument, and thematic synthesis of a story
  • Learn how to use the Unity of Opposites

Taught by Emmy, WGA, WGC, BAFTA nominated screenwriter and Gemini winning producer Jeffrey Alan Schechter, My Story Can Beat Up Your Story! Screenwriting Crash Course: Master Class is the only webinar that's guaranteed to turn your screenplay into the toughest kid on the block. 

Taking the core principals from his bestselling book My Story Can Beat Up Your Story!: Ten Ways To Toughen Up Your Screenplay From Opening Hook To Knockout Punch, in under 2 hours Jeff will share with you a way of writing that is so muscular simple yet so powerful that Mariner Software now uses it as the brains behind their amazing Contour Story Development System.

In this Master Class we take a deep dive into character interactions and thematic integrity.

THEME & CHARACTER: A deeper exploration of your story and how to weave theme and character into the fabric of your script.

In this session we:

  • Determine the thematic statement, thematic argument, and thematic synthesis of a story (it's easier than it sounds!)
  • Learn the 8 protagonist archetypes
  • Learn the 8 antagonist archetypes
  • Learn how to round out a cast of characters, both positive and negative, that inform and amplify your hero and villain.
  • Use the Unity of Opposites to align both the positive and negative characters with them.

Note: If you'd like to participate in this webinar you should have either attended the 3 Hour Crash Course in person, have taken Parts 1 & 2 of the Webinar Series, or have read the book My Story Can Beat Up Your Story!

Product Details

  • Date available: 11/29/2012
  • Publication date: 11/29/2012
  • Return policy: This item is not eligible for return.

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Meet the Author: Jeffrey Alan Schechter

Jeffrey Alan Schechter has been beating up stories for more than twenty years. He is a WGA, WGC, Emmy, and BAFTA-nominated writer, producer, and director, a million-dollar spec screenplay writer, a Gemini award winning producer, and the developer of the underlying story principles behind Mariner Software’s Contour Story Development program.

Jeff's first credits were in action films such as Bloodsport 2, The Tower, and Street Knight. Turning to his love of family films, Jeff sold his spec screenplay Little Bigfoot to Working Title Film...