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Master the Art of Screenwriting

Complete guide to writing an amazing short script using productivity skills practiced in all great writing.
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What Will I Learn?
Write a great short film script
Write a script like a Pro!
Avoid the common pitfalls
Increase your Screenwriting productivity
Start your writing career and know how to get your foot in the door
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  • Pen and Paper is all you need!

How many ideas for a great short film do you have in your mind but not in a script!? Take this course and learn everything you need to know to get those ideas not only into a script but into a film you can be incredibly proud of.

From coming up with original ideas and nailing the most crucial elements of the script to rewrites, feedback that will get your script to stand out this course will have you writing the type of scripts you always dream of.

The course contains information on:

  • Coming up with Original ideas
  • Planning a script
  • Getting all the essential parts of your story before you start
  • Finding problems early on and how to fix them
  • Building your stories bullet point and action points
  • Writing the script itself
  • Getting the right kind of feedback in the right way
  • Rewriting your script
  • Working with your script through production

You don’t need any prior knowledge of screenwriting to take this course. All you need is a something to write with and your imagination!

This course contains 20 video lessons presented by Adrian Mead, an accomplished writer and director who has worked with major networks in both the UK and US.

The course runs for 01.55.56

Who is the target audience?
  • Anyone who wants to master the process and techniques a working professional uses every day
  • Screen writers who want to increase their productivity
  • Anyone interested in film-making and screen writing
  • Anyone looking to change their career and move into writing
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Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 20 Lectures Collapse All 20 Lectures 01:55:46
1 Lecture 03:35

Get to know Adrian and find out more about what you're going to learn in this course. Adrian also explains why controversy, topicality and originality play an important role in a successful short script.

Preview 03:35
Getting to grips with your script
2 Lectures 15:12

In this lesson Adrian explains the most important elements of planning a successful script and how to avoid some of the potential pitfalls. This lesson will also give you a basic understanding of the role of a producer and how you might be able to find one to work with.

Preview 07:21

In this lesson Adrian describes some of the most effective techniques for coming up with original ideas to start your stript. No matter how busy you are after learning about these techniques you will be able to start making progress on your scripts.

Starting Your Script
The Story Spine
9 Lectures 33:57

Here adrian describes each part of what will make up the spine of your story. Planning these elements ahead of time will ensure your script doesn't run into any dead ends.

Building Your “Story Spine”

Here adrian describes each part of what will make up the spine of your story. Planning these elements ahead of time will ensure your script doesn't run into any dead ends.

Title, Time and Place


In this lesson Adrian talks about the importance of the protagonist and how to make sure you get this essential part of your film right from the start.

The Protagonist

A goal for you protagonist will help you to create a compelling story and here Adrian explains some of the most important things to consider for this element to your story.

The Goals of the Protagonist

Obstacles make your protagonist's goal much more interesting. A common goals is to have a antagonist and in this lesson Adrian talks about these important elements of your story spine.

Obstacles and Conflicts

What’s at stake if your protagonist doesn't accomplish their goal? Making sure you have a compelling answer to this question in your story spine is another important part of writing a great script.

What is at stake?

The theme is an often overlook element to any story but its important to get this right. In this lesson Adrian explain what is meant by “theme” and how to make sure you get this part of your story right.


Getting the end of your story right in an extremely important part and in the lesson Adrian talks about some of the things to think about during this process.

In the end by…
Beats, Not by Dre.
4 Lectures 18:56

Most successful screenwriters won't just sit down and start writing but create bullet points of each step of their story. By doing this you ensure you know exactly where your story is going and how it all come together.

Laying out the story

Now is the time to fix as many potential problems as possible with your script and not when its finished. In this lesson Adrian talks about what to look out for at this stage.

Ironing out problems

In this lesson Adrian talks about what to think about to improve your story at the this point.

Planning your rewrites

In this lesson you will learn about the other documents that you may need to write to go along with your script.

Post Planning - The next step
Let's start writing...then rewriting!
3 Lectures 30:36

It’s finally time to write your script! All you planning is now done and you have thought about all the elements needed.

Writing your script

Feedback is a really important part of writing a great script but you need to get the right kind of feedback in the right way. In this lesson Adrian explains his tied and test technique for going about this.

Feedback and Rewrites

You’re not done yet! Most successful scripts will have been though many rewrites along the way to becoming great films. In this lesson Adrian talks about how to go about your rewrites.

All Writing is Rewriting
Using Your Script in a Production Environment
1 Lecture 13:30

Your script will most likely keep changing even as the film is being shot. This lesson will let you know what to expect from this part of the production and how your role within it.

Shooting Script
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GetFilming is an online film school and community, we bring together the very best experts currently working in the film, TV and online video industries with our community of aspiring filmmakers. 

We work with professionals such as Adrian Mead, Rob Bessette, Evan Abrams and Dave Miller. Our tutors have worked with everyone from Sky, BBC, HBO, AMC, ITV to clients ranging from Subway and Adidas to Gibson and everything in between.

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