Film Screenwriting: Writing and Business of Screenwriting

Learn how to to write a script, register it, and position it to become a feature film.
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  • Lectures 9
  • Length 2 hours
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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Published 8/2013 English

Course Description

Working as a professional feature film screenwriter demands an understanding of development, rewrites, genres, marketability, drafts, studios, unions, and much more. This class provides a thorough explanation of all facets of the unique business of being a professional feature film screenwriter. 

Jeffrey Reddick Film Screenwriter

Jeffrey  Reddick has worked in the entertainment industry for over 23 years. He spent  the first 12 of those years working at New Line Cinema before rising to fame by  creating the Final  Destination film franchise. To date, there have been four Final Destination sequels,  which have grossed over $650 million worldwide.

Reddick's  entry in to the film industry came after watching A Nightmare on Elm Street at age 14 and  typing a 10-page prequel which he submitted to New Line Cinema. Though  rejected, the submission started an ongoing relationship with then Chairman,  Robert Shaye, and resulted in an internship at the age of 19.  Reddick  received a well rounded education in the entertainment industry.  During his tenure at New Line Cinema, he worked in home video,  development, accounting, TV and marketing.

Reddick  is a member of the Writers Guild of America and has sold or optioned dozens of  projects for film and television. Other credits include Lions Gate  Entertainment's teen thrillerTamara,  the remake of the George Romero classic Day  of the Dead, USA Networks'Return  to Cabin by the Lake.  Reddick  also adapted the novel Nine for  Constantin Film and served as a supervising producer on the TV series Dante's Cove.

Recently, Reddick had a supernatural TV series  called Near Death in development with producer Gale Anne Hurd's Valhalla Motion Pictures.   Prior to that, he had an animated series, The  Guardians, in development at The Cartoon Network.

What are the requirements?

  • No prerequisite are necessary to take this course

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Learn the structure of for writing Feature Films
  • Understand the Business of Film
  • Understand the components of a script
  • Learn the difference in film and television scripts
  • Learn key industry terminology
  • Learn how to become a professional Film writer

Who is the target audience?

  • Aspiring Film Writers
  • entertainment industry enthusiast
  • producers and directors

What you get with this course?

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30 day money back guarantee.

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Lifetime access.

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Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Film Screenwriting - Express
Course Introduction
Hear from Jeffrey Reddick about how he got started and listen to some of the do's and don’ts he learned along the way.
Before you start writing the screenplay, it is important to understand the terminology and jargon related to the activity.  In this lesson, you will learn the terms. 
Screenplays must be properly formatted in a manner that is accepted in the entertainment industry.  Before determining what software to purchase, learn the different types of software available.  Also, in this lesson, the format of a screenplay is clearly defined and explained.
There are a variety of components and elements that are included in the creation of a screenplay. In this session, you will learn about the various types of screenplays and the components associated with the development of screenplays.
Now that you have created your screenplay, it is time to receive feedback.  But what feedback do you incorporate into your script and who should you solicit feedback from?  Listen and learn about ways to accept constructive feedback for your script.
So you have written multiple drafts, you have polished your script, now it is time to present your script. Keep in mind, you will always be editing your script to some degree, but you need to proceed with next steps. Here are the next steps to take with your script.
You have prepared your script and have learned the next steps, but are you really ready to take on the career of being a screenwriter? Hear the pros and cons of the profession and determine for yourself.
Course Conclusion

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Carolyn Thompson Goldstein, Talent Agent

Jeffrey Reddick, Screenwriter

Alejandro Seri, Final Draft Inc.

Kris Sheets, Line Producer

Toni Suttie, Casting Director

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