THE MILLION DOLLAR BUSINESS OF SCREENWRITING

Learn the inside secrets about making money as a working screenwriter in Hollywood. Filmmaking!
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  • Lectures 32
  • Length 3 hours
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  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 4/2016 English

Course Description

*** Over 1000 Students Enrolled and Counting ***

Screenwriters are creative, but not all understand how art and commerce merge to create wealth and a lasting career. This course unveils the intricate maze of the business of the entertainment industry biz-ness. Go from a want-to-be to a fine-tuned professional making a healthy living while sharing your creative genius with the world.

5 Star Reviews!

The thing that makes this course so valuable is that it teaches you how to actually make a living and thrive as a professional screenwriter. I have always been a creative artist and writer, but now I know how to actually have a career. I took THE MILLION DOLLAR SCREENPLAY SCREENWRITER course from Castro on udemy and it was awesome. This guy yet again delivers. He should have his own TV show as he is super informative, entertaining, and always compelling to keep me watching. I hate giving 5 stars as it seems cliche, but he earned it. Thanks again! - Edward Mora

What you will learn:

  • Expertly navigate the intricate business maze of the entertainment industry
  • Securing an agent, manager, or entertainment lawyer
  • Successfully choosing a marketable idea that is still in harmony with your value system 
  • How to attach a movie star to your project
  • Understanding source material
  • Obtaining rights from a novel 
  • Reading a room
  • Understanding energy, pacing, voice cadence, 
  • Belief in your idea, higher ideals 

...and a plethora more.

Paul is both knowledgable, and well able to present information in a clear and engaging manner. He is also hugely encouraging and motivational. I recommend this, and his writing The Million Dollar Screenplay course, to any writer serious about entering and moving ahead in this industry. - Anita Daher

Who is this for: 

  • Those who want to make a living as a professional screenwriter should take this course.
  • This course teaches screenwriting students about the business side of the entertainment industry, thus trading daydreams for dollars to make a healthy living as a professional screenwriter.

Paul breaks down the nuts and bolts of what you need to do if you want to play in the world of Hollywood as a writer and filmmaker.  Simply put, be smart, be respectful, and put in the hustle. - Scott McMahon

The structure and tangible guidelines this course offers for a successful career as a working, professional writer is quite profound, yet incredibly digestible to understand and incorporate.  I highly recommend this for anyone who wants to make a living as a screenwriter. - Sonya Thompson

So take peak behind the film business curtain and learn the ins and outs of the screenwriting game. 

What are the requirements?

  • Successfully completing THE MILLION DOLLAR SCREENPLAY course would enhance your experience in taking this course.
  • If you desire to make a healthy living as a professional screenwriter this course is for you.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Expertly navigate the intricate business maze of the entertainment industry.
  • Securing an agent, manager, entertainment lawyer, successfully choosing a marketable idea that is still in harmony with your value system, source material, obtaining rights from a novel, reading a room, understanding energy, pacing, voice cadence, belief in your idea, higher ideals, your lifetime achievement speech to serve as a your compass for value-based choices to fuel a successful career as a professional screenwriter.

What is the target audience?

  • Those who want to make a living as a professional screenwriter should take this course.
  • This course teaches screenwriting students about the business side of the entertainment industry, thus trading daydreams for dollars to make a healthy living as a professional screenwriter.

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

Welcome to the Screenwriting Business
Preview
01:13
Section 1: Let's Get Started
Marketability of Your Screenplay
Preview
04:58
Premature to Market
03:43
Three Different Hats: Producer, Director and Marketer
03:14
Section 2: Preparing Your Screenplay for Market
Writing and Re-Writing
01:55
How to Workshop You Screenplay Part #1
Preview
02:10
How to Workshop You Screenplay Part #2
01:27
Section 3: Agents, Managers & Pitching
Discovering Your Organic Film Industry Resources
05:29
How to Get a Movie Star Attached to Your Screenplay
Preview
06:12
How to Get an Agent
04:01
Submitting Your Screenplay to an Agent
04:27
Working with Your Agent
02:50
Do You Need a Manager?
03:54
Pitching
Preview
03:58
How to Read a Room
04:07
Section 4: Beyond Feature Films
Writing Non Scripted or Reality
05:17
30 Minute Sitcom
03:24
1 Hour Drama
03:31
TV Series Blueprint or Bible
04:13
Section 5: The Business of the Business
3-5 Scripts
01:09
What is the WGA?
01:55
Options
02:57
Residuals
02:55
Writing Assignments
04:37
How to read Industry Notes, the note behind the note.
03:16
Relationships
05:00
Contests and Competitions
03:11
Protecting Your Screenplay
03:49
Section 6: You Are Ready!
Your Lifetime Achievement Speech
02:26
Final Thoughts & Life Experiences
05:50
BONUS: The Million Dollar Screenwriter
00:48
Section 7: BONUS: Indie Film Hustle Podcast
August Rush: How to Write the Million Dollar Screenplay - Indie Film Hustle
Preview
01:23:34

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Instructor Biography

PAUL CASTRO, THE MILLION DOLLAR SCREENWRITER

Paul Castro is a highly respected professional screenwriter of forty plus original television pilots and feature length screenplays. Major studios, A-list producers, Oscar winning movie stars and production companies in Los Angeles, New York and London have collaborated with Paul Castro for his screenwriting expertise.

As part of a 3 picture million-dollar deal, Paul sold his original screenplay AUGUST RUSH, the Warner Bros. hit starring Robin Williams, Jonathan Reese Myers, Kerri Russell, Terrence Howard and Freddie Highmore.

Paul Castro is one of the leading screenwriting experts in the world having lectured around the globe on the craft of value-based storytelling and the business of the entertainment industry. Many of his students are now professionals in the entertainment industry.

•Professional Screenwriter – Film & Television

•Premiere screenwriting teacher in the world

•Original writer of AUGUST RUSH

•UCLA Film School graduate

•Master of Fine Arts in Film & Television, UCLA

•Professional Program in Screenwriting, UCLA

•UCLA Professor 10+ years experience

•Associate Professor 

•MovieGuide Award Winner “AUGUST RUSH.”

•Writers Guild of America (WGA) 10+ years

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