HOW TO WRITE A SCREENPLAY USING THE 3-ACT STRUCTURE
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Screenwriting For Beginners : Structuring Your Compelling Screenplay The Hollywood Way
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Created by Chidiki Whitley
Last updated 7/2017
English
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What Will I Learn?
  • By the end of this course, you will know how to plot a great screenplay.
  • By the end of this course, you'll have a clear understanding of what you'll need to do to write a great screenplay.
  • You will know exactly how to breeze through Act II of your screenplay which is a problem area for most screenwriters
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Requirements
  • A computer with ms word or textpad is all you need.
Description

Dear Fellow Screenwriter:

I don't know what inspired me or if there was a particular film that got me interested in filmmaking. There was no magical movie experience that had altered the course of my life. I had not met a superstar that caused me to be so overtaken by his or her presence that I knew I wanted to be in showbusiness. As a child, I was not particularly artistic, and I was a horrific actor – at least according to my parents. In fact, I hadn't seen many movies during my childhood. Sure, I was amazed by the splendor and spectacle of “The Wizard of Oz.” And the theme to “Rocky” tickled my imagination. But I didn’t want to write another Oz or another Rocky.

So it was a curious moment for me when, one day a high school teacher asked me what I wanted to do with my life about a week before graduation. At that point I didn’t know. Or so I thought.

“I want to be a filmmaker.”

It just…popped out of my mouth. To be honest, maybe I was inspired by a movie we had seen in class entitled “Hollywood Shuffle.” I had heard how the director, Robert Townsend had to raise his own money to make the film because no one would give the him money to produce it. I remember laughing out loud with the same intensity that I had for “Revenge of the Nerds.”  Townsend had written, directed and produced the film.

Now, I didn’t make a pact with myself that I’d make films. I wasn’t quite aware of the fact that that movie had had an impact on me. Maybe I spoke out of respect for the Director’s story and wanted to accomplish something on my own terms too.

Looking back at it now, I believe more and more that that film was the catalyst for me and my desire to be a filmmaker. From that standpoint, I’ve come to believe that screenwriters are filmmakers just as much as directors. More than any other collaborator in the filmmaking process, screenwriters have the power to create something from nothing.

The power to create something from nothing… In this course, you will learn how to do that. You will learn how to craft a classic film based on a screenplay paradigm that stands the test of time. 

After taking this course, you will no longer view writing a screenplay in the same way. Come join us…

Who is the target audience?
  • Anyone who wants to learn how to structure their screenplay the Hollywood way.
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Curriculum For This Course
33 Lectures
03:15:24
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The Three-Act Screenplay Structure
15 Lectures 01:39:18

Introduction

Preview 03:23

A few notes on the 3-Act Screenplay Structure

Preview 05:06

The Parts of Act I
15:56

We discuss the screenplays opening scenes and how it sets up our screenplay for the big things that happen in the future...

The Normality
05:14

The Disturbance
04:13

Coping With The Disturbance
03:26

The 1st Act Turning Point
08:50

We discuss the parts of Act II before diving into specifics.

The Parts of Act II
09:10

The New World
07:23

In All Seriousness
07:57

The Midpoint
06:33

The Act II Turning Point
04:28

We've come so far! We discuss the parts of Act III.

The Parts of Act III
03:02

We discuss the climactic moment in our screenplay!

The Climax
09:28

The New Normality
05:09
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Examples From Recent Popular FIlms
8 Lectures 53:57
Normality Examples
08:02

Disturbance Examples
08:37

Coping Examples
07:34

Act I Turning Point Examples
07:08

Subplot Examples
05:54

Midpoint Examples
05:18

Act II Turning Point Examples
05:24

Climax / Resolution Examples
06:00
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Let's Plot A Screenplay!
10 Lectures 42:09

Let's Plot A Screenplay: The Disturbance
04:31

Let's Plot A Screenplay: Coping With The Disturbance
05:06

Let's Plot A Screenplay: The First Act Turning Point
06:54

Let's Plot A Screenplay: Subplots
02:59

Let's Plot A Screenplay: In All Seriousness...
02:18

Let's Plot A Screenplay: The Midpoint
04:42

Let's Plot A Screenplay: The 2nd Act Turning Point
04:19

Let's Plot A Screenplay: The Climax and Resolution
03:57

Let's Plot A Screenplay: The New Normality
01:55
About the Instructor
Chidiki Whitley
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Screenwriting Instructor, Short Film Lover, Peace Advocate

Chidiki Whitley is an award-winning writer of primarily short screenplays. He's also a non-fiction writer and instructor. He was born and raised in Washington, D.C., and now lives in New York, NY. He has written books on the subject of film (as Chike Camara) including "Short Film Structure: Secrets" and "40 Compelling and Scalable Short Film Ideas" - both available on Amazon. A filmmaker, writer, father, husband, and life enthusiast, Camara spends most of his time viewing life from a skewed position with love in his heart.