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  • Lectures 19
  • Length 34 mins
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 2/2016 English

Course Description

With your imagination and our technical tips, this course gets you writing straight away.

These are not long, technical lectures; they're short, very powerful brainstorm and writing exercises which have been carefully designed to teach you the craft of screenwriting in a hands-on way.

Begin with a couple of brain-storming exercises around character development, then learn how to download free screenwriting software and format your screenplay correctly.

Learn how to speak like a professional screenwriter then think up a great title for your movie.

Get back to a brainstorming and writing exercises around genre, expertise and central relationships before writing your very first short film script.

Learn three-act screenplay structure to shape your story in a way cinema audiences will find satisfying.

FULL TRANSCRIPTS of all videos included.

Each brainstorm is 1 - 2 minutes long.

What are the requirements?

  • Bring pen, paper, your ideas and your imagination.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • write your very first screenplay
  • write in correct screenplay format using free formatting software
  • speak the 'lingo' of the craft
  • write cinematically using images and dialogue
  • create characters with goals and character arcs dynamic enough to carry a two-hour feature-film
  • write in different genres with ease
  • write a short screenplay to film on your mobile
  • understand basic three-act screenplay structure
  • understand the power of brainstorming, especially in screenwriting

What is the target audience?

  • This course is designed for two kinds of writers: people who are brand-new to screenwriting, who want to get writing immediately without first having to watch long, theoretical lectures; and people who feel stuck, despite having done a few courses. We get you brainstorming and writing from the get-go but our exercises are carefully planned to simultaneously get you through the theory.

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: MODULE ONE: Start writing your screenplay RIGHT NOW
00:52

Get writing right now! But take a small step first by writing something short. Then learn how to progress both in screenwriting and comedy writing (that module is COMING SOON).

00:50

Creating a satisfying plot is difficult but essential. Here's a brainstorm to give you a shortcut into developing great twists.

00:39

More tips on how to create a plot which twists. The 'choices' people make are key to revealing their attitude at any point in the story and here a brainstorm to help you learn this.

00:34

You don't need to write using screenplay software but it helps speed things up. This is a quick guide to how to get onto a site which gives you it for free.

03:15

Your screenplay won't be read unless it's written in correct screenplay format. Here's an essential guide to help you learn quickly.

00:36

Creating characters who change their values is at the heart of great storytelling. Here's a powerful way to help you design this kind of character.

01:34

Film is a visual medium so you need to use images to tell your story and describe your character. Here's how you do it.

01:28

Thinking up an effective film title is probably one of the most important tasks you'll have to do - especially in this age of instant access - you have a few seconds to grab your viewer - so here are a few tips on how to do that.

03:19

Like any craft, screenwriting has its own 'lingo'. Here's how to speak it!

00:55

If you want to work as a screenwriter you need a powerful calling card and there's nothing better than a brilliant short film. Here's a brainstorm to help you make one.

Section 2: MODULE TWO: The Screenwriter’s Building Blocks and more great brainstorms
02:02

A simple story well told - that's what everyone's looking for - but to pull that off is easier said than done. This brainstorm will keep your story on track by helping you nail a strong and consistent goal.

01:14

Once you've designed your goal you need to work out what your central character's 'attitude' is to that goal. Here's how.

01:30

Choose a genre from one of these and rewrite your story. Try it out as a horror. Then as a musical! See how it changes.

00:50

They say there are only seven plots. Who knows if that's true but here are a few story 'shapes' to help you out if you're stuck on your own plot.

01:26

You'll be surprised how many films use 'expertise' to add texture to the story - here's how to use 'Expertise' to improve your screenplay.

01:40

Learn how to build a character with depth who feels 'real' and 'believable'. Use images if possible as well as words.

02:35

A film uses images to tell your story. A screenplay is a describer of images. This video explains how and way.

06:45

People are boring on their own. Relationships form the heart of many great stories. Here's how to building one quickly and effectively.

01:56

Every professional screenwriter knows about 'three-act screenplay structure' so here it is!

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Instructor Biography

Euroscript Screenwriters Screenwriters, With Fenella Greenfield - Screenwriting guru at Euroscript

About Euroscript

Euroscript was founded in 1995 with the aim of improving the quality of scripts going into production across Europe - although it now works internationally.

Through training programmes, feedback services and the Annual Euroscript Screenwriting Competition, as well as masterclasses and partnerships with organisations including The London Screenwriters' Festival, the BFI, Kingston University, Birkbeck College and the Tampere Film Festival, Euroscript supports writers of all levels to develop their work.

About Fenella Greenfield

As one of the founder members of Euroscript, Fenella Greenfield has been training screenwriters for over twenty years. The Euroscript Online Classroom brings together a collection of her brainstorming exercises and lectures.


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