Screenwriting 101: Writing for Film & Television

Real World Film School. Learn Film & TV from someone with a 30+ year career selling Film & TV Screenplays & Producing TV
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  • Lectures 19
  • Length 2.5 hours
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 2/2015 English

Course Description

My name is David Titcher. After attending UCLA Film School, where I was part of the most successful screenwriting class in the history of the film business, I've been a professional screenwriter for thirty years.

I've written film screenplays for “Around the World in 80 Days,” with Jackie Chan and Arnold Schwarzenegger, and for “Morgan Stewart's Coming Home,” with Jon Cryer and Lynn Redgrave. I created the Librarian franchise with Noah Wyle and Bob Newhart that's led to three TV movies and which got me nominated for a Writers Guild of America Award and a Saturn Award and has since been turned into a TV Series, "The Librarians,” which was the highest rated TV Series premiere for all cable in 2014. I am a Writer, Executive Producer, and Co-Creator of FOX's new TV Series, "Houdini & Doyle." I wrote the miniseries “The Curse of King Tut's Tomb” featuring Malcolm McDowell and Hallmark's last Valentine Day's movie, “Be My Valentine” which starred Billy Baldwin. I wrote for sitcoms like “Who’s The Boss,” “Punky Brewster,” and “The Love Boat,” as well as for various Disney animated series. I’ve sold scripts and pitches in every possible genre and medium, including high-budget feature films, low budget films, TV sitcoms, TV dramas, TV movies, TV miniseries, and animation. I’ve worked for practically every studio and network.

I'm going to take you on a journey in writing to hopefully expand your process and your career. This course will take you through screenwriting from premise to outline to script and finally to the business and selling that script. It is perfect for any screenwriter, from those trying to breakout to those with a career trying to improve their work.

The course is broken down into the sections above and is primarily video lectures and PDFs. You will take it at your own pace and should be able to complete the roughly 2 hours of material within a week or two. The best way to take this course would be to work on a screenplay during it and completing each section as you advance.

What are the requirements?

  • Have an open and creative mind, be willing to try new things and explore the depths of your mind!
  • You should already be familiar with a Word Processor of your choice (Microsoft Word, iWork/Pages, or Final Draft are all acceptable).
  • Over 1 hour of video content. Be committed to learn best.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Write a Screenplay
  • Get an Agent
  • Sell that great Screenplay
  • Become a Professional Screenwriter

What is the target audience?

  • This Screenwriting course is meant for writers of all scopes and experience levels. This course gives a fundamental background on all aspects of the writing process, business of hollywood and filmmaking, and creative storytelling. No prior experience is required, not only for filmmakers, contains universal tips to improve your storytelling and persuasive ability. This course is probably not for you if you're looking to learn solely the visual aspect of storytelling or camera operations.
  • Screenwriters - Particularly first time Screenwriters will receive the most benefit from this course.
  • Filmmakers - A Screenplay is a prior question to making a movie or film, learn which ones will make the best films, and understand how elements of story influence the tale you tell.
  • Storytellers - Enrich your storytelling ability by learning the 3 Act Structure, Tone, and other tricks to enhance your tales.
  • Writers - Learn about time tested methods to enhance the reliability of your stories. Understand film adaptations and what books are best compatible for movies.
  • Producers - Get inside the brain of a Screenwriter. Understand what makes them tick so that you can sell them better.

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.

Curriculum

Section 1: Intro
02:20
  • Introduction to the Course
  • Introduction to Your Teacher
  • Class Goals
Introduction - Transcript
2 pages
Section 2: The Premise
11:42
  • How to Find a Story Premise That Will Change Your Life
  • How to Separate Your Premise From the 100,000 Other Scripts That Are Written Every Year
3 questions

Were you paying attention?

14:11
  • The Eleven Keys to Finding a Commercial Film Premise That Will Intrigue Hollywood Dealmakers
  • The Keys to Finding a Compelling TV Series Premise
3 questions

Were you paying attention?

The Premise - Full Transcript
16 pages
Section 3: The Outline
04:27
  • How to Flesh Out Your Premise Into an Intriguing Story
  • The Best Screenwriting Books
05:49
  • How to Give Your Hero An Arc
  • How to Create a Web of Characters for a TV Series
05:44
  • How to Begin Your Script
  • How to Structure Your First Act
02:30
  • How to Make Your Second Act Exciting
  • How to Incorporate the Research of Joseph Campbell into Your Script
04:40
  • How to End Your Script
  • How to Structure a TV Episode
Outline - Full Transcript
13 pages
The Outine Quiz
3 questions
Section 4: The Script
05:00
  • How to Overcome Writers’ Block
  • The Proper Attitude to Start Writing
  • How to Use Final Draft
1 page

This is a slightly modified sample script page from George A Romero's 1968 classic, Dawn of the Dead. It is color coded to the script commands in Final Draft that will be of importance to you.

09:28
  • How to Turn That Outline into a Full-Length Script
  • How to Write a Scene
  • How to Handle Exposition
  • How to Properly Pace the Script
06:56
  • How to Mold That First Draft into a Professional Quality Script
  • How to Handle Feedback
  • How to Edit That 200 Page First Draft
The Script - Full Transcript
13 pages
The Script - Quiz
3 questions
Section 5: The Business
11:51
  • How to Get an Agent
  • How to Keep an Agent
  • How to Pitch
  • How to Handle Rejection
The Business - Full Transcript
7 pages
The Business - Quiz
2 questions
The Business - List of Agents
9 pages

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Instructor Biography

David Titcher, Professional Screenwriter

My name is David Titcher. After attending UCLA Film School, where I was part of the most successful screenwriting class in the history of the film business, I've been a professional screenwriter for thirty years.

I've written film screenplays for “Around the World in 80 Days,” with Jackie Chan and Arnold Schwarzenegger, and for “Morgan Stewart's Coming Home,” with Jon Cryer and Lynn Redgrave. I've also written for every possible television format and genre.

I created the Librarian franchise with Noah Wyle and Bob Newhart that's led to three TV movies and which got me nominated for a Writers Guild of America Award and a Saturn Award and has since been turned into a TV Series, "The Librarians" TNT's highest rated TV Series premiere in 2014.

I wrote the miniseries “The Curse of King Tut's Tomb” featuring Malcolm McDowell and Hallmark's last Valentine Day's movie, “Be My Valentine” which starred Billy Baldwin. I wrote for sitcoms like “Who's The Boss,” “Punky Brewster,” and “The Love Boat,” as well as for various Disney animated series. I've also sold lots of film scripts, TV pilots, and pitches that haven't been made yet but hopefully soon will be.

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