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.
319 students enrolled
Created by Brennan Smith
Last updated 1/2015
English
Price: $50
30-Day Money-Back Guarantee
Includes:
  • 5.5 hours on-demand video
  • 13 Articles
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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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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Requirements
  • Before the course, you should have watched several movies, enough to know what your favorites are
Description

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.

Purpose

  • 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
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Introduction
5 Lectures 21:29


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

Those Links
01:00


Did I miss any?
00:20
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Building your Toy Box
2 Lectures 21:14
Building your Toy Box
19:04

Build your OWN Toy Box
02:10
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Tool Box - Foundations
8 Lectures 01:27:10
Premise part 1: 3 Important Questions
18:44

Premise part 2: Elevating Concept
08:41

Build your Premise
01:01

Essential Question
01:09

Genre part 1: Your Top 3 options
20:10

Genre part 2: Rounding out the primay list
17:12

Genre part 3: Completing your genre selection
19:23

How's YOUR Genre?
00:49
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Tool Box - Structure
10 Lectures 01:08:44
Structure part 1: the Protagonist's 2 Journeys
14:19

Structure part 2: Expanding Premise into Structure
11:12

Growing your Structure
01:02

5 Stages of Grief example
01:41

Growing your Structure part 2
02:08

12 Sequence Structure
15:05

12 Sequence Structure part 2: Die Hard Example
09:54

Exercise those 12 Sequences
00:36

5 Act Structure
11:52

Finishing up Structure
00:54
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Tool Box - Character
4 Lectures 45:38
Character part 1: The Actor's Approach
10:15

Character part 2: Deep Writing Strategies
13:24

Character part 3 - Protagonists
12:52

Character part 4 - Antagonists
09:07
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Tool Box - Getting It Down
2 Lectures 16:31
Formatting
14:05

Getting it Down
02:26
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Elevation and Theme
5 Lectures 54:44
Elevating Concept
11:36

Elevating Plot
10:00

Theme and Elevating Theme
15:20

Thematic Lies
06:35

PERMA and Transcendence
11:13
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Pet Peeves and Conclusion
2 Lectures 15:35
Pet Peeves and Conclusion
14:20

More Pet Peeves and Conclusion
01:15
About the Instructor
Brennan Smith
4.2 Average rating
9 Reviews
435 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, bren.us, provides insights into screenwriting, movies and culture.