Do you have a great idea for a movie and want to turn it into a screenplay? Have you already started a screenplay and gotten stuck? Have you finished a screenplay but feel it needs polish? Screenwriting Workshop shows you how to accomplish all of these things and helps you market your work and get it onto the big screen.
In these fun and lively lessons, Dani Alcorn guides you on the path to success. You'll learn how to create and polish a screenplay step by step. Topics include:
Whether you're just getting started or you're an experienced screenwriter, Screenwriting Workshop helps you turn your dream into a reality.
This lightning fast survey of both film and television will show you how programming has changed over the years, allowing you to target your scripts at the latest trends.
This lesson discusses where ideas come from, how to remember them, and what to do if you're stuck. Try out a fun exercise to get your creative juices flowing (see supplemental material).
An overview of Four Act Structure. This lesson includes a Quick Reference Guide and a Test Drive with helpful questions about each element of each act to help you think about structuring your original screenplay idea.
Celtx is powerful and free screenwriting software. Here's how to use it.
Minimize descriptions while maximizing the impact of your action lines, and your script will be much more commercial. Here's how.
Workshopping your screenplay is a vital (and often eye-opening) experience.
These specific strategies will take your first draft to a whole new level.
Because they're your main selling tools, it's essential to revisit your logline and pitch after you've finished your screenplay.
One of the best ways to learn to write great screenplays is to watch great movies.
Analysis of The Shawshank Redemption
Analysis of The Silence of the Lambs.
Analysis of Lion King.
Analysis of You've Got Mail
This is a brief synopsis and analysis of TiMER (2009). Main topic: character wants versus character needs.
Analysis of Spiderman.
Analysis of The 5th Element
Agents, Managers, Contests and Contacts are all great approaches to selling your screenplay. Here's the inside scoop on all of them.
These valuable online resources will help you get your screenplay into the right hands.
Dani is the author of the Young Adult novel The Last Telepath, and three screenplays: