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Screenwriting 101 | Your 7-Day Guide to a Killer Movie Idea

Everything you need to know to discover, refine and ultimately plan out your screenwriting masterpiece.
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Created by Michael Rogan
Last updated 8/2015
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Course Description

Ever wanted to write a screenplay? Ever seen a movie at your local cineplex and thought: "Geez, I can write better than that junk?"

Not sure how to get started or the best way to transform your story ideas into an actual full-length screenplay?

Well...worry no longer!

Instead take a chance with the Movie Idea Creator course and learn how to unearth a kick-ass movie idea in 7 days or less.

What We'll Cover

In Movie Idea Creator here's what we're going to go over:

Day 1: What Every Story is Really, Really, Really About

Day 2: 3 Steps to Movie Idea Awesomeness

Day 3: Movie Idea Brainstorming on Steroids

Day 4: How to Find a Non-Sucky Hero

Day 5: Zen and the Art of the Perfect Bad Guy

Day 6: Story Structure in 7 Simple Steps

Day 7: The Final Keys to Story Structure Awesomeness

Day 8: (Secret Bonus Awesomeness)

How We'll Do It

And instead of going over it in some BORING lecture format - I'm actually going to walk you through the process, exercise by exercise, with a movie idea of my own. (How's that for interactive?)

So...if you'd like to take a chance on your creativity - no matter what your storytelling ability - give Movie Idea Creator a chance. (We'll be waiting for ya!)

About Me

Michael Rogan is a former Hollywood screenplay reader and optioned screenwriter. He is the founder and editor of ScriptBully magazine, an inbox periodical devoted to helping screenwriters master get noticed, get paid..and achieve the career of their dreams.

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is designed for people with an interest in, or background in, screenwriting
  • It is ideal for folks who WANT to write a screenplay but don't know WHAT to write
  • It is NOT ideal for people who've already written 5 screenplays and have J.J. Abrams' number in their cell phone. (They don't need it.)
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What Will I Learn?
Find THAT movie idea inside them that's just been dying to get out
Learn how to create heroes and opponents that connect with audiences emotionally (and don't put them in a coma)
Map out the story structure of their they can start writing right away!
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  • Just the desire to turn their delightfully strange ideas into an actual screenplay
Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 9 Lectures Collapse All 9 Lectures 01:55:14
Introduction to the Course
1 Lecture 03:46

In which we welcome you to the first day of the rest of your screenwriting life.

Preview 03:46
The Foundation of Non-Sucky Stories
1 Lecture 12:35

We break down the last 2500 years of storyelling in about...12 minutes. (Not to be believed!)

Preview 12:35
How to Find a Movie Idea That Doesn't Suck
2 Lectures 26:26

We learn 3 awesome (so powerful they should be illegal) for exercises for boosting your creativity, sharpening your writing craft...and help you find that movie idea inside ya!

Day 2: 3 Steps to Movie Idea Awesomeness

In which we go over the best, most fabulous - and so powerful they should be illegal - strategies for finding your movie idea.

Day 3: Movie Idea Brainstorming on Steroids
Heroes and Villains and Non-Sucky Mentors...Oh My!
2 Lectures 31:03

Where we begin the quest for a captivating - if conflicted - hero...and the dilemma that will do all the heavy lifting for our story.

Day 4: How to Find a Non-Sucky Hero

Where we find NOT just a creepy, evil opponent...but a character who will bring out the best (and most assuredly the worst) in our hero.

Day 5: Zen and the Art of the Perfect Bad Guy
Day 6: Story Structure in 7 Simple Steps
2 Lectures 34:38

Where we begin to lay out the roadmap that will transform our creative - though unfocused - movie idea into an unstoppable force of storytelling.

Day 6: Story Structure in 7 Simple Steps

Where we put together the final pieces of your movie idea framework. (And we do it in a way you'll never expect.)

Day 7: The Final Key to Story Structure Awesomeness
(BONUS) Turning Your Idea Into Actual Written Pages
1 Lecture 06:46

Where we discuss how to avoid some of the obstacles you might face...and ensure you see your project from FADE IN to FADE OUT.

(BONUS) Day 8: "To Infinity...and Beyond!"
About the Instructor
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Screenwriting Instructor and Author

Michael Rogan is a former over-worked, under-paid screenplay reader - and optioned screenwriter - who's made it his quest to help writers learn the craft of well as rid the world of movies based on board games. He is the founder of ScriptBully magazine and the author of five books on screenwriting, including "How to Write a Screenplay That Doesn't Suck" and "Selling a Screenplay in the 21st Century."

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