Pre-Script Pro-Strategy Screenwriting Seminar
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Pre-Script Pro-Strategy Screenwriting Seminar

The most comprehensive screenwriting course you'll find. Learn the process from concept to first draft and beyond
5.0 (2 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
321 students enrolled
Created by Brennan Smith
Last updated 1/2015
Price: $50
30-Day Money-Back Guarantee
  • 5.5 hours on-demand video
  • 13 Articles
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Define a wealth of story values that are most meaningful to you - the engine of your creativity
  • Develop your favorite concept into a marketable framework
  • Build your story through proven story structure for best impact
  • Establish dynamic characters to move your story forward
  • Layout your story quickly to find its flaws before commiting to a full 90 page script
  • Set your script apart by elevating concept, plot and theme
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  • Before the course, you should have watched several movies, enough to know what your favorites are

This is the foundational seminar for your screenwriting career.

Or if you've ever wanted to tell stories that inspire an audience, this is your way.

Abraham Lincoln said, "If I had eight hours to cut down a tree, I'd spend six hours sharpening my axe." Well, when it comes to screenwriting, most people unfortunately spend 6 months to a year scratching away, then half-heartedly sharpening dialog while never considering how good their tools are. Then one day they realize that after all that hacking they still haven't cut down that tree and give up.

That won't be you. Pre-Pro is here for you.


  • Reduce the time needed to create a MARKETABLE Script
  • Prevent the “theft of time” caused by developing unsellable stories
  • Break free of FALSE concepts about the way screenplays are written
  • To create a repeatable, professional approach to the business of entertainment

The following 5+ hours of video with accompanying text, and files are meant to shave YEARS off your screenwriting journey. Take it seriously. Work through the concepts involved. Apply them vigorously and you'll meet with a success unexpected in common hours.

Ready to begin?

Who is the target audience?
  • You should take this course if you've ever wanted to develop a screenplay or novel but didn't know where to start, or got intimidated by the blank page. The blank page!
  • You should take this course if you've ever tried before, even written a script and got nowhere with it.
  • You shouldn't take the course if you're not prepared to do the work
  • But if you're determined to make quality entertainment, this course will take years off your development from amateur to professional
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Curriculum For This Course
38 Lectures
5 Lectures 21:29

Let's start off on the right foot...

Those Links

Did I miss any?
Building your Toy Box
2 Lectures 21:14
Building your Toy Box

Build your OWN Toy Box
Tool Box - Foundations
8 Lectures 01:27:10
Premise part 1: 3 Important Questions

Premise part 2: Elevating Concept

Build your Premise

Essential Question

Genre part 1: Your Top 3 options

Genre part 2: Rounding out the primay list

Genre part 3: Completing your genre selection

How's YOUR Genre?
Tool Box - Structure
10 Lectures 01:08:44
Structure part 1: the Protagonist's 2 Journeys

Structure part 2: Expanding Premise into Structure

Growing your Structure

5 Stages of Grief example

Growing your Structure part 2

12 Sequence Structure

12 Sequence Structure part 2: Die Hard Example

Exercise those 12 Sequences

5 Act Structure

Finishing up Structure
Tool Box - Character
4 Lectures 45:38
Character part 1: The Actor's Approach

Character part 2: Deep Writing Strategies

Character part 3 - Protagonists

Character part 4 - Antagonists
Tool Box - Getting It Down
2 Lectures 16:31

Getting it Down
Elevation and Theme
5 Lectures 54:44
Elevating Concept

Elevating Plot

Theme and Elevating Theme

Thematic Lies

PERMA and Transcendence
Pet Peeves and Conclusion
2 Lectures 15:35
Pet Peeves and Conclusion

More Pet Peeves and Conclusion
About the Instructor
Brennan Smith
4.2 Average rating
9 Reviews
437 Students
2 Courses
Screenwriter/Story Analyst

Bren is a screenwriter and story analyst with a degree in Communications, a Masters in Education, and has studied screenwriting for over a dozen years.He has written scripts in various genres, provided coverage for production companies and script analysis for nearly 100 screenwriters from around the world, and mentored several towards the completion of their screenplays.

His website,, provides insights into screenwriting, movies and culture.