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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.
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|Section 1: Exploring Modern Screenwriting|
|Meet Dani Alcorn and enjoy an overview of the course material to come!|
Why should you write screenplays, and what are the benefits?
|This lesson discusses the top grossing genres and top grossing films of recent history. How useful is this information and what should you do with it?|
|This lesson offers a look at Academy Award Winning films and screenplays. Are awards really the best way to measure a film's success?|
|When comparing movies to television shows there are both practical differences (format, budget, production schedule, etc.) and differences in how the audience relates to the experience. The implications of these differences is discussed in this lecture.|
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.
|Section 2: Planning Your Screenplay|
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).
|This lesson is a discussion of the difference between plot (external events) and story (internal emotions) and how they are integral to creating a compelling movie.|
|This lesson discusses themes, or what movies are really about. It shows you how to dig deeper and find the true emotional core of your script that will relate to all the other story and plot elements of your screenplay.|
|This lesson answers the questions: "Who's in your screenplay?" and "What will you know about them?"|
|This lesson discusses how to create a compelling hero for your screenplay.|
This lesson discusses what good antagonists must do and gives you tips for creating despicable bad guys.
|This lesson discuses the supporting characters you'll create in your screenplay and offers suggestions for how to make them memorable.|
|This lesson discusses what an archetype is, how to use them, and gives an example of a classic archetype.|
|This lesson explores Joseph Campbell's idea of the "monomyth" and details the Hero's Journey.|
|Section 3: Structuring Your Screenplay|
|This lesson gives step by step instructions for how to write a great logline and pitch for your screenplay.|
|This lesson uses Susan Dennard's 11 Key Elements to show you how to write a clear and concise synopsis of your screenplay.|
|This lesson provides a quick introduction to the theory of story structure and introduces the topics that follow in the next several lessons.|
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.
|This lesson introduces the nine story structuring checkpoints of three act structure.|
|This lesson is an in depth look at the story structure checkpoints of Act 1: the Hook, Backstory, and Trigger.|
|This lesson provides and in depth look at the story structure checkpoints of Act 2: the Crisis, Struggle, and Epiphany.|
|This lesson takes an in depth look at the story structure checkpoints of Act 3: the Plan, Climax, and Resolution.|
|This lesson explores beginnings and endings including common techniques and examples from great screenplays.|
|Discover the different types of scenes, and what to do--and not do--to make them great.|
|This lesson discusses two types of roadmaps that will help get you from page 1 to page 120 of your screenplay: the treatment and the outline.|
|Section 4: Writing Your Screenplay|
|This lesson provides a quick rundown of FinalDraft and Celtx.|
|Discover the four elements that make up a screenplay, and how they are used.|
|These common formatting issues may seem tricky, but they're simple when you know how.|
Celtx is powerful and free screenwriting software. Here's how to use it.
|Here's how to write a great screenplay and make sure the director films it the way you imagined it, all without breaking any rules.|
|This lesson explores how to make your characters sound like real and interesting people.|
Minimize descriptions while maximizing the impact of your action lines, and your script will be much more commercial. Here's how.
|In a movie it's easy to recognize and keep track of a large number of characters. But in a script it's hard to keep track of a large number of character names. This lesson shows you how to make those characters memorable, which will help you sell your script.|
|A well paced movie is fun to watch. Here are some examples of pacing problems and successes, and some tips for controlling your own screenplay's pacing.|
|Follow these six techniques and you will finish your first draft.|
|Section 5: Polishing Your Screenplay|
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.
|Section 6: Film Analyses|
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
|Lecture 45||2 pages|
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
|Section 7: Getting Your Screenplay Noticed|
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.
|Lecture 50||1 page|
|Now that you've completed the course, here are some ways you can stay involved, and further develop your screenwriting skills.|
Thanks for taking this journey with me, and Happy Writing!
Dani is the author of the Young Adult novel The Last Telepath, and three screenplays: