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Writing the Family Feature Film

At a Glance

  • Learn the conventions of writing a broad appeal film
  • Discover the key to creating a family friendly flawed protagonist
  • Get the tools you need to hook your reader in the first ten minutes

What exactly a “family film” is can be hard to define—they can be humorous or deadly serious. They can be total fantasy or a (sometimes) painful reality. This workshop will guide you through the structural and thematic elements common among the most successful family films of all time. If you aren’t considering writing for this target market, you are ignoring a prosperous genre that attracts big names and big budgets. Besides all that,these stories spotlight relationships, high-stakes conflicts, and a quest: all exciting goals to look through and to try to achieve for any screenplay. By the end of this workshop, you will have a complete treatment for your feature length family film that has been vetted by a professional screenwriter, and also all the tools you need to see your project to the end.

In this online course you will learn:

  • How to break down the Three-Act Structure, specifically as it relates to family films
  • How to include the Family Feature’s ‘vital elements’
  • How Setting and Mood help you tell your particular story
  • How to create a Flawed Hero and a Strong Antagonist
  • How to write the Three-Act Treatment for your own family script

Session One: The crazy importance of those first ten minutes!

  • Constructing the Flawed Hero and the Strong Antagonist
  • Breaking down Setting and Mood
  • Breaking down the Ordinary World to the Inciting Incident
  • Playing With (and Against) Genre Expectations


Session Two: Act One, Act Two (part one)

  • The Adventure Begins! (And so do the Obstacles.)
  • The legitimate Turning Point
  • Pushing on into the ‘New World’ and its ‘New Rules’
  • Understanding the Midpoint


Session Three: Act Two, part Two

  • Things always get worse before they get better
  • Avoiding the bane of Act Two: desperation moves and clichés
  • The Second Turning Point
  • When does ‘dark’ become ‘too dark’ — and how to avoid it


Session Four: Act Three...and the dreaded Synopsis

  • Act Three is no time to take a breather!
  • Writing the Synopsis
  • Now let’s go over that Treatment again...
  • Taking another look at family films that didn’t work — and why.

Product Details

  • Date available: 02/22/2015
  • Publication date: 02/22/2015
  • 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.

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.

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