The Fundamentals of Screenwriting & Story Structure
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- 15 articles
- 2 downloadable resources
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- Screenwriting & Story Structure with a focus on Short Films
- Proper Screenplay Formatting
- The Fundamental Elements Needed to Write a Great Story
- How to Create Believable Characters your Audience can Relate to
- How to Write Realistic Dialog
- Basic Filmmaking Principals so you can Write Screenplays that Can Be Shot on a Small Budget
- CASE STUDIES of 3 Short Films and the Lessons Learned while Shooting them.
- Some of the Equipment you’ll need if you want to Turn your Well-Crafted Script into a Low-Budget Film
- No previous experience required.
- You have the passion and drive to learn this wonderful craft so you can tell the story you want to tell in a way that can be filmed.
- You are dedicated to spend time practicing what you'll learn in this course
Born in the trenches of low and no-budget filmmaking by an active indie filmmaker, this course won’t waste your time with irrelevant and outdated theory - you learn what you really need to know to get your story idea out of your head and on the written page in a format that can be shot by you or independent filmmakers without the need for a big budget.
With a focus on short films, because they're easier to write, easier to shoot, and cost the least amount to produce, you'll learn how to write a screenplay that people want to read and actors want to be in! You'll learn how to create compelling characters, how to write believable dialogue, how and why to use suspense, drama and conflict. You will learn the Screenwriting Elements you need to know, how to properly format and use them, and so much more!
“Natural and compelling dialogue is a key to screenplays that really stand out. Kenn Crawford understands the importance of effective dialogue; as a result, his screenplays flow perfectly. Kenn also structures his screenplays to maximize audience interest. His characters and situations feel real, and each story is compelling. I highly recommend Kenn Crawford’s course on screenplay writing. It will help you take your ideas and turn them into tightly written screenplays that are ready for production.”
~ Professor Michael G. MacDonald, Cape Breton University. Stage and Film Actor
“Kenn is a visual writer. His dialogue is natural, his settings real, and his stories entertaining. I was fortunate to have Kenn guide me through the screenwriting process for THE ROSE and THE TATTOO. Believe me when I say, if he can teach me how to write a screenplay, he can show anyone.”
~ Dan Yakimchuk, PhD., Cape Breton University.
“In a Kenn Crawford screenplay you get thought-provoking dialogue and a unique plot that keeps you reading until the very end. As a mentor, he showed me that creativity and a little courage can turn a good idea into a great script.”
~ Felix W. Pottie, Indie Screenwriter
"Kenn is a hardworking guerrilla film maker who embraces the DSLR revolution. He is proof you don’t need a million bucks to make a movie, just passion and elbow grease.”
~ Brett Holmes, Indie Screenwriter & Filmmaker
- Anyone who wants to be a screenwriter but doesn’t know where to start.
- If there’s something inside you that says “I always wanted to write a movie” - you’ve come to the right place.
- If you watched movies or TV shows and thought “I could write a better movie than that.” but you're not sure how to get started - you’ve come to the right place.
- If you’re just curious about writing but not sure if you want to do it yourself, you probably came to the wrong place because once you learn how uncomplicated writing and filmmaking can be, you’ll be hooked, and you’ll be left with the burning desire to finally start writing that movie you always dreamed of writing.
ADDENDUM: A new resource has been added to this video.
The Fundamentals of Screenwriting and Story Structure doesn't bog you down with a bunch of techie mumbo-jumbo that usually only confuses beginners. It's taught from the trenches of low and no-budget filmmaking. You'll learn what you really need to know from Kenn Crawford, an independent writer and filmmaker who is still in the trenches doing what he loves... writing and shooting short films.
One of things you will notice as you take this course is that some of the lessons are relatively short. I'm not here to waste your time - if it only takes a minute to explain the topic, you get a minute-long video!
In fact, this Free Preview lesson covers 2 topics and it's only a 3 minute, 22 second long video! That there shows you that I don't drag things out just to make it "look" longer and more in-depth - each video is jam-packed with valuable, usable information... so have a pen and paper ready to take notes!
Here' what we cover in this Free Preview Lesson:
The Four Goals in all of Narrative Screenwriting
The Four Emotions of your Protagonist
The screenwriting software I used to write some of the examples is Celtx (version2.9.7) - it is an older, stand-alone version before Celtx went cloud based, but it gets the job done and I still occasionally use it. It depends on what and who I am writing for.
It's worth noting that the grey bar that surrounds the Scene Headings/Sluglines in the examples shown is only on the screen when you're writing to help you quickly find each scene heading; the script itself is not printed with that grey bar across the scene heading.