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Write Your Feature Film in Six Weeks

At a Glance

  • Finish a strong first draft of your feature screenplay
  • Learn the techniques professional writers use under deadline
  • Finally get all of those ideas out of your head and on the page

Description

The world of the feature film is booming and you are gushing with ideas. This workshop will give you the tools to get the ideas out of your head and into a completed screenplay by introducing you to the methods that professional screenwriters use to write under deadlines.

If you have been sitting on an idea for a feature film, this is your chance to complete a draft of your screenplay in just ten weeks, with expert feedback at every step. Whether you have finished a dozen screenplays or are working on your first, this workshop will give you what you need to get you writing and keep you on track to finish your script. Don’t waste your time with wrong turns that could eat up weeks or months. The expert guidance offered in this course will help you see the big picture of your story even while you are deep in the trenches of writing. By the end of this workshop, you will have a first draft of a feature length screenplay.

In this online writing course you will learn:

  • How to develop a strong premise that helps you define story arc and beats
  • How to exploit genre to find well-worn paths — while still surprising your audience
  • How to write a simple treatment that’ll keep you on track throughout your journey
  • How to have a clear Outer Desire and Inner Desire for your Protagonist
  • How to make sure each new scene builds upon the last
  • How to avoid the dreaded ‘Act Two slump’
  • How to mine Act One for a more satisfying Act Three

All of Screenwriters University's workshops are designed to fit into even the busiest of schedules. The workshops have no set meeting time.You can sign in and read lectures, complete and submit assignments, and participate in discussions on a timetable that fits your needs. This workshop will consist of three, one-week sessions. Each session includes an online lecture as well as a writing assignment that will be submitted to the instructor for private review, along with various additional creative exercises and supplements. Student work can also be posted for group review and feedback. Throughout the workshop you will be able to participate in asynchronous lecture discussions, and you’re encouraged to take advantage of your classmate's feedback by posting the self-directed writing exercises.


Course Outline

Session One: The Idea Becomes the Treatment

  • Introduction to the course
  • What’s your genre? Use it (or lose it)!
  • There are no bad ideas...just bad executions (The Seven Basic Plots)
  • The fascinating Protagonist: Inner VS Outer Desire
  • The perfect logline
  • The five-paragraph treatment


Session Two: Writing Act One

  • The first ten pages: the Ordinary World to the Inciting Incident
  • How do Setting and Mood help you expand and deepen your scenes?
  • Do you need Campbell’s ‘Refusal’? Or ‘the Mentor’? Are there substitutes?
  • What is a true Turning Point? (Or, have you arrived at the end of Act One yet?)


Session Three: Writing Act Two, Part One

  • Once the Protagonist has crossed the threshold, the planning begins!
  • But you know what they say about ‘the best laid plans...’ (Complications ensue.)
  • What is a true Midpoint? How do you know you’ve reached it?
  • A quick look back: breaking down a script into ‘ten’ and then ‘ten’ and then...


Session Four: Writing Act Two, Part Two

  • The Enemy doubles down! The Protagonist pushes on!
  • Now there’s even more to lose! (Or, back to Act One for Act Two’s sake)
  • Right about the end of the second middle (!)...a Major Setback!
  • The Greeks and their Orthodox World View might come in handy about now...


Session Five: Writing Act Three

  • You’re almost there....so why is your Protagonist so exhausted? (Piling it on.)
  • Twists and turns: Can an Antagonist become a Friend? Or a Friend an Antagonist?
  • The Climax
  • The Aftermath (this is more essential than you think!)


Session Six: Re-reading, Rewriting, Foreshadowing

  • Script versus Treatment
  • Killing your darlings (good lines that don’t work)
  • Seeding Act One. Seeding Act Two (Payoffs)
  • Minor characters want a life too!
  • Inside versus Outside

Product Details

  • Date available: 02/20/2015
  • Publication date: 02/20/2015
  • Return policy: This item is not eligible for return.

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.

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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.

$299.99