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Explore the exploding new market for screenplays, and learn what a script needs to find a place there.
Understand where stories come from and how they work, and learn how to apply that knowledge to your own stories.
Understand the nature of conflict, and recognize it as the heart of every story we tell; then learn how to develop conflicts in your own scripts.
Understand that characters are the embodiment of conflicts, and then learn how to create compelling characters for your own stories.
Understand the fundamental simplicity of the three-act structure, and then learn how to use it to build your own stories.
Understand the essential elements of a story's beginning, and learn how to employ them in your own work.
Understand the particular challenges posed by your script's long middle section, and learn ways to solve them.
Understand what makes a movie's end work, and learn how to craft the right one for your script.
Understand what brings a scene to life, and learn how to turn beats from your outline into vivid, exciting drama.
Understand how movie dialogue works, see how it's different from theatrical dialogue, and find out how to use it to create and explore character.
Learn how to take a first draft and turn it into a great script.
Learn how to turn your writing talent into a career.
There's never been a better time to start a career as a screenwriter. With technological breakthroughs bringing the cost of making and distributing movies down to almost nothing, there's going to be a huge demand for great scripts—and for people who can write them.
Whether you want to write micro-budget indie films or Hollywood blockbusters, this course will teach you everything you need to know to create a script that can sell. You'll start with the fundamentals of stories—why audiences need them, what they expect from them, and what kinds of stories work time after time. Then you'll learn how to write your own. You'll see how to come up with an idea, how to develop that tiny spark into a story, and finally how to structure it into a screenplay.
But story and structure are only the beginning. You'll learn how to create characters audiences will believe and how to write dialogue that will bring them to life. You'll discover the secrets of constructing scenes that audiences won't be able to stop watching and how to make every moment of your screenplay count. And you'll see how to take your good first draft and turn it into something great.
Along the way, you'll get hands-on experience through a series of short—and fun!—writing assignments that will have you working like a pro from the very beginning of the course.
Finally, you'll get an inside look into the business of selling your script and building your career as a writer. You'll find out about agents and producers, contests and consultants, studios and scam artists. When you finish the course, you'll be ready to start writing your own script, and you'll know how to sell it once it's done!
A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits!
How does it work? Once a session starts, two lessons will be released each week, for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.
Keep in mind that the interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes 2 weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.
The Final Exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the Final Exam has been released, you will have 2 weeks plus 10 days to complete the Final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.
In this lesson, we're going to explore why we don't just love stories—we need them. We'll search in our distant past to discover where stories come from, and then we'll rocket back to the present to understand how they work. We're going to examine the rules that define Western storytelling, and then you'll learn the one simple sentence that will allow you to create compelling stories for your own scripts. Finally, we'll take a close look at the master story that underlies almost every other story ever told and find out how it can help you shape your own stories.
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I have learned an enormous amount in a relatively short time, and I want to let you know that I think you are a fabulous instructor. And because my "grade" doesn't rely upon my high opinion of you, then you must know it's the truth and deeply felt. Thanks so much for being willing to take on the task. I would sign up for any course you ever teach again!
I am amazed at how fortunate we have all been to have had such an outstanding teacher.
I feel like I have learned some really essential things from Bill and Anna that you just can't get from a book, looking online, etc. The feedback for all of us was different each time, yet relevant to each one of us. Two thumbs up!
This was an absolutely fantastic class with fantastic teachers.
Thank you for all of your valuable advice throughout the duration of this course. I've loved every minute of it and am super appreciative of your effort.
Thank you, Bill and Anna, for a great course! I do not want it to end. I appreciate all the instruction and guidance you have provided within this class.
I appreciate your guidance and thoughtful responses throughout the course! I leave this class with a better understanding of conflict and especially plot vs. story. I'm even more excited about completing my first draft!
This course taught me in six weeks how to write the perfect script and how to go about getting my foot in the door of production studios. I don't know what other course could do that with these results.
Thank you for your words of wisdom and encouragement throughout the lessons. I've enjoyed this class immensely and I have learned so much. Thank you so very, very much for your patience and giving guidance in such a positive way.
have learned a great deal in this course and I think the lessons Mr. Rabkin has written are outstanding. He cuts right to the heart of the matter and has made the whole creative process clearer. I really treasure the insights he has shared.
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