Screenwriting Mega Course 1: Screenwriting Basics
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Screenwriting Mega Course 1: Screenwriting Basics

Finally write the type of screenplay that Hollywood is actually looking for!
3.9 (4 ratings)
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Created by Mitchell German
Last updated 8/2016
English
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What Will I Learn?
  • Write a movie that meets all the criteria Hollywood is looking for.
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Requirements
  • You don't need to buy or own anything in order to benefit from this course. Just bring an open mind and an interest in filmic storytelling.
Description

Movies, simply put, are about one of two things: Someone trying to do something, or something happening to someone.  The "someone" represents the protagonist; the "something" is the plot.  The interaction between characters and plot is where the quality, depth and success of a story lies.

Welcome to Part One of the Screenwriting Mega Course, a groundbreaking approach to mastering screenplay story structure that has taught thousands of new and experienced screenwriters how to create and integrate all of the essential elements that a professional screenplay must contain.

There is a pattern in the storytelling of all successful movies, regardless of their genre.  This pattern has been distinguished in more than 50 movies so far, all of which have found critical and/or box office success.  When Hollywood readers recognize this pattern in a screenplay they are considering, it has a much higher chance of being purchased and produced.  The pattern consists of eight "Core Elements" that must be present in every story.

By understanding these Core Elements, the writer will be able to craft a story that fulfills its potential, with three-dimensional characters, relevant themes and subplots, and the required structural moments that causes it to be recognized as a professional-quality screenplay.

The lessons taught in this course bring movie storytelling down to it's Core Elements, inspiring and channeling creativity towards productivity and success.  

At the completion of Part One, students are invited to enroll in the remaining four modules that comprise the 5-part Mega Course.

Who is the target audience?
  • This series is for anyone who has an interest in writing a screenplay. It takes the viewer on a "ground up" tour of how screen stories work and teaches the Core Elements necessary to create a compelling movie. No prior experience is needed to understand these concepts.
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Curriculum For This Course
7 Lectures
01:39:33
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Reelwriting Screenwriting Mega Course: Part 1
7 Lectures 01:39:33

This lesson is an introduction to the course….

Preview 20:10

In this lesson you will learn the fundamentals of what makes a story, as well as the basics of the Core Element Method….

The Reel Writing Method
19:09

This lesson explains that movies are visual in nature and that screenplays are designed to replicate that visual component in words….

Movies: A Visual Medium
13:12

This lesson explains the three specific responsibilities and concerns of the screenwriter. …

Action, Dialogue & Visual Images
08:06

This lesson, which is divided into two parts, covers screenplay format.  

Screenplay Format - Part 1 of 2
18:19

This lesson, which is divided into two parts, covers screenplay format.  

Screenplay Format - Part 2 of 2
04:41

This lesson is an introduction to screenplay basics. 

Screenplay Basics
15:56
About the Instructor
Mitchell German
3.9 Average rating
4 Reviews
13 Students
1 Course
The Story Problem Solver, Creator of Plot Control Software

Mitchell German is the founder of ReelWriting and creator of the software Plot Control with its “famed” Core Elements approach to building a story. He is a filmmaker, screenwriter, script doctor and screenplay consultant with 17 years of experience. He attended NYU Tisch School of the Arts and graduated in 1993. 

Mitchell German is known for developing the screenwriting techniques known as the Thematic Gap and the Core Elements which serve as the foundation for the software Plot Control. His methods of screenwriting have literally created a buzz of their own when he released his original treatise called the “Thematic Gap” exposing how to properly integrate a theme into a screenplay/movie.

Mitchell German has sold, optioned, script doctored and consulted for dozens of companies and fellow writers. Some of the companies and producers he has done work for include Arrow Productions, Double Helix Films, Avnet/Kerner, Bayview Productions, Harbor Lights, Jacob Gardner Productions, Village Filmworks, I.R.S Harris, Golden Quill, AEI Entertainment, Regents Entertainment, Circle of Confusion, Tigre Entertainment, Shadowbox Pictures, Rocky Lang (Ridley Scott’s White Squall, Titanic TV miniseries), Producer David Gil (Blind Spot, Snowboard Acadamy, Night Kill, Joe).

In 1994 Howard Reichman and Mitchell German began working as script writing partners. Their first screenplay together titled “To Fly”, although never produced into a movie, was an overnight sensation and was seriously considered and nearly directed by Richard Donner, Arthur Hiller and Rocky Lang. The “success” of To Fly garnered Mitchell and Howard numerous opportunities to work as industry script doctors. Together they would write and script doctor four feature length screenplays.